Equity Firms Are Lending to Landlords, Signaling a Shift


Yanir Ram of DRI Holdings in California got a $36 million loan from Cerberus’ FirstKey Lending. He said DRI could then expand without borrowing from hard-money lenders. CreditDustin Michelson for The New York Times

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, large private equity firms spent tens of billions of dollars buying foreclosed homes across the United States to operate them as rental properties.

Now some of those same firms are providing loans to smaller investors seeking to do much the same.

Three big private equity firms — the Blackstone Group, Colony Capital andCerberus Capital Management — are betting that so-called landlord loans to small and midsize investors will become the next big opportunity to profit from the rebound in the United States housing market. The private equity firms are providing financing indirectly to hundreds of real estate funds buying single-family homes, something that until recently was not widely available…

Equity Firms Are Lending to Landlords, Signaling a Shift

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