Founded during the Great Recession, Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH) has slowly expanded its portfolio of single-family rental homes across the United States since 2012. It now owns and operates 80,000 homes across 16 markets and is the largest operator of single-family rental homes in the country.
With some analysts forecasting we could see an uptick in foreclosures and distressed homes next year, is there an opportunity for Invitation Homes to purchase more homes and grow its portfolio? The company seems to think so. It recently announced it has formed a $375 million joint venture with Rockpoint Group to acquire single-family homes and operate them as rentals. Invitation Homes will contribute $75 million, and Rockport will put in $300 million. But that’s just the start. The joint venture eventually plans to deploy over $1 billion to buy and renovate homes in the West and South, where Invitation Homes is already strong.