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Mergers among the Single Family Rental Giants

by  | Colony American Finance
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As the New Year approaches, we look back at 2015 as a year of growth and acquisition within the single family rental space. In 2015, we saw the merger and consolidation of many of the country's largest single family rental portfolios. With Silver Bay Realty Trust's (SBY) acquisition of American Homes' 2,400 homes, Cerberus Capital Management's purchase of BLT Home's portfolio of 4,200 homes, and Colony American Homes' (CAHS) merger with Starwood Waypoint (SWAY), one is not surprised to hear of American Homes 4 Rent's (AMH) plans to purchase Residential Properties in a $1.5 billion acquisition late last week. Just shy of Blackstone's Invitation Homes portfolio of 50,000 assets (the nation's largest), American Homes 4 Rent will soon own more than 47,000 homes!

According to Leslie Picker of The New York Times, "Single-family home-rental operators are finding they need greater geographic diversity and heft to generate decent returns from rental income. The rebound in home prices has also tempted some smaller firms to cash out and book the profits that were made from buying homes at cheap prices." The single family rental space remains flush with opportunity, as the trend toward renting, instead of buying, is projected to continue. The Urban Land Institute anticipates that rental households will increase to almost 48 million by 2020 (up from 40.7 million in 2010).

With that, the potential for profit and long term appreciation isn't exclusive to the portfolios of the institutional giants. Colony American Finance provides financing solutions to residential real estate investors of all sizes. We provide attractive long-term debt products for stabilized rental portfolios, as well as credit lines for new acquisitions. For more information about how Colony American Finance can help grow your rental and rehab business, please call 949.344.7881 or email

Topics: Commercial lending | Commercial niche loans
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Mergers among the Single Family Rental Giants

by Nic Walling | Colony American Finance
Posted: Feb 18, 2016  14:46 ET

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