If you are a small investor, you might be looking for Atlanta investment properties, such as single-family rentals (SFR). The large majority of SFRs are bought/sold by small investors. But, after the housing crisis in 2008, this cottage industry started to change as institutional investors (those who purchase or sell greater than ten houses in a year) and foreign investors appeared in the market to purchase homes with reduced prices.
Consider the Blackstone Group, which is a private equity company, that invested more than five billion dollars purchasing 50,000 single-family homes after the 2008 subprime mortgage calamity. Additionally, foreign investors boosted their investments in American single-family homes by over $100 billion in 2016. Furthermore, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have also developed in the SFR industry as returns from rental property investments have outperformed the lackluster returns that other investments provide.
The more savvy investors helped to develop a new breed of brokers to buy/sell American SFRs. Among the most notable include Investability.com (an ally of Real Property Management franchise offices), Roofstock, OwnAmerica, VIPhomeshop, as well as others. Through the benefit of their online systems, neither a large nor a small investor is limited to Atlanta investment properties. They can now hunt for investment properties in any location in the US based on price, geography, cap rate, and additional criteria. Also, because an already leased SFR is more valuable than a vacant SFR, the listings often include these investment opportunities.
Even though the infusion of institutional and foreign investors may have led brokers to create these new systems, the interesting element is those small investors (drivers of the rental market industry) could be the ultimate beneficiaries. The small investor is no longer limited to searching the local community for investment rental properties. Instead, without ever leaving home, an investor can now locate numerous rental properties that match investment requirements.
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