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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Housing Report: Institutional Investor Stops Buying, blames "stupid money"

by Calculated Risk on 5/29/2013 01:22:00 PM

From John Gittelsohn at Bloomberg: Carrington Stops Buying U.S. Rentals as Blackstone Adding (ht Soylent Green Is People)

“We just don’t see the returns there that are adequate to incentivize us to continue to invest,” [Bruce] Rose, 55, chief executive officer of Carrington Holding Co. LLC, said in an interview at his Aliso Viejo, California office. “There’s a lot of -- bluntly -- stupid money that jumped into the trade without any infrastructure, without any real capabilities and a kind of build-it-as-you-go mentality that we think is somewhat irresponsible.”
Carrington, which started in 2003 as a mortgage investment fund and has managed almost 25,000 rental homes for itself and others, has been joined by hundreds of institutional and international investors buying single-family homes after prices plunged following the housing crash.
Blackstone Group LP (BX), the largest investor in single-family rentals, has spent $4.5 billion to amass more than 26,000 homes and continues to buy, according to Eric Elder, a spokesman for Invitation Homes, the rental housing division of the world’s largest private equity firm. ... Blackstone’s net yields on its occupied houses are about 6 percent to 6.5 percent ...
Back in late 2008 and early 2009, I started reporting on small investor groups buying low end single family properties to rent. Since then rents have increased sharply and vacancy rates fallen.

Early last year I checked back with these small investors, and they had all stopped buying. The numbers no longer made sense with all the large institutional buyers.   Now it appears the numbers no longer make sense for at least one large buyer.