Ever since the initial public offering for Blackstone’s Invitation Homes with Fannie Mae’s backing, opinions have been circulating regarding the Single-Family Rental market. One of particular interest is that of the National Association of Realtors.
To quote HousingWire, “NAR made its stance on investors clear on several occasions: Investors are creating more competition for first-time homebuyers, possibly even keeping them from homeownership.”
NAR President William Brown wrote a letter to Mel Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, making it clear he believes Fannie Mae’s involvement is only assisting large institutions to compete with homebuyers. He goes on his letter to state that, “investors drive up the price of rents and remove affordable inventory from the hands of American homeowners.”