Banks boost credit lines to firms buying homes

June 17, 2013 11:00AM

Deutsche Bank is among several financial service providers lending a hand to private equity firms increasingly buying up homes to rent, Bloomberg News reported.

The firms, in turn, have sped up purchases, amid rising competition and prices, Bloomberg News said. More and more funds have begun leasing out the thousands of homes they bought at foreclosure auctions, through open market purchases and in bulk deals during dismal times.

Deutsche Bank arranged a $1.5 billion credit line for Blackstone Group to buy single-family properties after providing $2.1 billion to the firm earlier this year. The bank will eventually sell debt to investors by securitizing rental payments. Blackstone bought about 29,000 single-family homes in 13 metro areas, making it the largest owner in the U.S., Bloomberg said.

Silver Bay Realty Trust, a REIT that owns more than 5,000 homes, acquired a $200 million facility last month from Bank of America and JPMorgan, Bloomberg News said.

Some firms disapprove of the higher level of leverage, however. While the credit lines can help firms increase returns, Carrington Holding Co. CEO Bruce Rose cautioned against too much borrowing by rental investors, when yields narrow as purchase prices rise faster than rents.

As home values rise, rental yields have “compressed to 5 percent in the most popular cities for investors,” according a report from investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg News said. [Bloomberg News]Mark Maurer