The transformation of housing into an institutional asset class

The housing trend out to 2030 is becoming clear

My prediction – In any “Great Reset” scenario, the government won’t own our housing stock. Institutional money will own it and manage it for profit. The government will pay them directly to manage this social benefit.

  • Large financial corporations, private equity firms, and institutional money will own a large chunk of the American single-family rental (SFR) housing stock going out to 2030.
  • The return and yield numbers behind these investments are too compelling to ignore.
  • Even after the recent run up in prices and rents, it is not unreasonable to achieve a 15%-20% five-year internal rate of return.
  • When compared to elsewhere around the world, American SFR investments still makes sense.
  • Technology is helping these large outfits to conquer the final frontier of investing – institutional ownership of the American dream; the single-family home.
  • As the industry matures and proves itself worthy to other potential investors, institutions will become willing to accept lower returns over time.  Thus, they will be able to pay more for the properties and achieve an acceptable investment return. 
  • Institutional money is more flexible and normally comes at a lower overall cost than traditional mortgages, thus it will tend to crowd out private individual owners over time.

Yesterday, I came across an article titled, When will single-family rentals reach institutional scale?, and wanted to share it with you. In order to link into the article on the source’s website, the reader needed to be a registered professional. However, I was able to download the article into a pdf format for easy reference.

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While the article is geared for those already familiar with the industry of institutional SFR investing, I think all my readers would benefit from understanding its contents. It goes into more detail behind what institutional investors and industry analysts are predicting for the sector out to 2030.

As the SFR sector continues to deliver stellar performance – total returns for SFR REITS eclipsed 50 percent in each of the last two years, according to industry group Nareit – and become more transparent, the cost of capital will fall, Pattison says. This means institutions will be able to accept a lower rate of return, giving them a competitive advantage over non-institutional buyers.

“As the required rate of return goes down,” he says, “it means that for an average family or household thinking about where they want to live, the rental proposition will look more attractive than the buying proposition.”

As recently as 2017, I had calculated projected five-year IRRs of at least 30% on recent purchases; and these were based on conservative disposition scenarios.  It would only make sense that these numbers would prove too irresistible for the institutional money to pass up. Capitalization rates have only compressed slightly over the past couple years as rents have moved in tandem with prices, yet we are confronted with the prospect of higher rent growth as price inflation seems to remain stubbornly elevated.

To many readers these prospects may seem awful, but to those who can contemplate the inevitable, there is still plenty of opportunity in this sector.

Welcome to the new world order.

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9 thoughts on “The transformation of housing into an institutional asset class

  1. Do you think this will still happen with vacation rentals? I’ve noticed a lot of vacation rentals are yielding 8% or more. Some are even yielding 10% or more.

    You haven’t talked about vacation rentals much, Chris. Why is that?

    1. This institutionalization will eventually affect all forms of sfr prices and rents, including vacation homes. Technology has allowed people to live in areas that previously were not convenient nor practical. A rising tide raises all boats.

      However, the institutions will stay away from these vacation and short term rental sectors for investing as these properties are too labor intensive and cyclical for them to manage them.

      Cash flows are much more predictable with long term rentals, and that’s what the institutions prefer.

  2. Indiana becomes the 24th state that allows constitutional carry of firearms. This means that its citizens can carry concealed without a permit.

    The more the NWO and synagogue of Satan try to impose restrictions and stage mass shootings, the more the hoi polloi demand their firearms.

    The 2A is the only thing standing between us and Chicomm China style tyranny. The US 2A also keeps all Western governments on a leash.

    The US is the tent pole of the circus tent. God help the American remnant!

    I’m sorry, did I just sound racist and xenophobic?🤣🤣🤣

    1. Alan Watt said that history is a horror show. Personal firearms are the only consideration fending off slavery, which the global elite intends for us. And as I read history I see further that a fighting spirit is most important. Passive gentle peoples wind up herded and worked to death in mines. Their women are auctioned off as sex slaves and domestics. Note the “love is everything” meme pushed around hard nowadays by the rainbow crowd, and which media echo at every chance. The white man’s spirit is the enemy of globalism.

      Also expect massive new waves of coloreds into white countries, pushed by food shortages and corruption as globalists bribe colored leaders into deeper thefts of wealth and aid. All meant to kill off white people.

      Any white man or woman who is not armed with firearm and blade and who does not reserve a murderous contempt for the SoS is fodder for it.

    2. I wonder what type of training Abraham’s men had when they defeated the 4 kings to get Lot back.

      1. One thing I know for sure is that they didn’t fear dying and that Abraham’s forces overcame insurmountable odds with the faith of God to free Lot.

  3. Pending home sales sink in February, setting a grim tone as housing market enters key spring season

    The worst news; housing in the US is the cheapest in the world. The US is quickly entering the world of socialistic political correctness. One of the best aspects of this liberal world order in the States is massive government intervention and spending, which results in higher real estate prices.

    Do what you can to hold on to your rentals! Inflation is getting fierce.

    1. These investment firms are buying houses online without even sending someone in to look at the property in person. One house in my town was on the market for over a year, called the agent, showed them my paperwork, then when I placed my bid, somehowe I got out bid the next day and it was sold. I didn’t have an opportunity for a counter offer. The property is right by main street and had a small house in the back. The investment firm in another State, had the house tore down and built a Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins store closer to the street. I’m sure they had to have their eyes on it for awhile to build a business there, just wondering why they waited until I showed interest.

      I’ve noticed these “fund facilities” are buying tear downs that have been on sale for years, yet nobody local wants these shoddy houses. I see Craiglist ads needed for local people to take photos of a property and email them in. I guess that’s how they inspect properties. They must have a legal fine print agreement with local real estate firms that if a property gets a bid by a local person, then the agent has to contact the fund facility so they can decide to outbid. I guess that’s legal….

      1. We had the same thing almost happen to us on a commercial property, private equity wanted to buy the property, tear down the buildings and put up multiplexes. We have also visited properties and told agents to let us know if there was action to let us know and we would throw in a bid (they always did) so maybe it works both ways. I take the view that agents are there to represent their own interest – they don’t necessary cross the line of legal/illegal but they do step on it.

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