Blackstone Group LP’s debut sale of bonds backed by rental homes is paving the way for Cerberus Capital Management LP and Colony Capital LLC as Wall Street creates a new market to expand funding for the industry.
Steve Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group LP has spent $7.5 billion acquiring 40,000 houses in the past two years to create the largest single-family rental business in the U.S. The private-equity firm is now planning to sell bonds backed by lease payments, the latest step in turning a small business into a mature industry.
Laurie Goodman, who says no analysts have been more critical of bank mortgage practices than her team at Amherst Securities Group LP, is siding with lenders when it comes to a flurry of new rules intended to protect homebuyers.
In 2002, an accountant in Boca Raton, Florida, named Joseph Lents was accused of securities-law violations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Lents, who was chief executive officer of a now-defunct voice- recognition software company, had sold shares in the public company without filing the proper forms. Facing a little over $100,000 in fines and fees, and with his assets frozen by the SEC, Lents stopped making payments on his $1.5 million mortgage.
Freddie Mac’s $500 million of risk- sharing debt sold yesterday may not give the firm as much protection against homeowner defaults as policy makers seek, according to Amherst Securities Group LP and Deutsche Bank AG.
Bank of America Corp. ’s plan to sell the insurance unit it acquired with Countrywide Financial Corp. may result in it liquidating properties faster after homeowners stop paying on debt underlying mortgage bonds, according to Amherst Securities Group analyst Laurie Goodman .
Housing prices in the U.S. will fall a further 5 percent in the next year before the bottom as the government plans to sell foreclosed properties to investors, according to Laurie Goodman of Amherst Securities Group LP.