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Wall Street Sets Its Sights on Renters | Inter Press Service

Samuel Oakford: #WallStreet Sets Its Sights on #Renters http://t.co/8Da5ZngkU5 #banksters

— Critical Reading (@CriticalReading)

June 11, 2014

Six years after the financial crisis, Wall Street’s housing alchemy engine is revving up again – only this time it’s coming for your rental.

Right as housing prices bottomed out around January 2012, large institutional investors began buying distressed properties in regions hit hard by the foreclosure crisis; they’ve purchased at least 200,000 to date.

In only a year, private equity giant Blackstone Group went from owning no single-family rental properties (SFRs) to being the U.S.’ single largest landlord.

Now, several companies, including Blackstone, are packaging their SFRs into bonds similar to the mortgage backed securities that fueled the financial crisis.