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iBuying has been all the rage, as companies like Zillow, Redfin, and Opendoor use artificial intelligence to actively acquire, improve, and flip homes in hot markets of the US. In total, ibuying accounts for less than 1% of total home sales in the US. However, in Phoenix, it accounts for more than 5% of all transactions.
Ivy League universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and MIT quietly run some of the most successful endowment funds in the world. Fueled by donations from wealthy alumni, the endowments are not beholden to limited partners like most investment managers, allowing them to take unique risks. In recent years, endowments have been growing their positions in natural resources like farmland.
Family offices typically (1) buy quality assets (2) in good locations with (3) little debt and (4) an infinite investment horizon. They also (5) choose metros where rent growth is expected to exceed inflation over the long term. It’s not sexy, but it works.
Before working on this piece, I thought that institutional real estate firms exclusively sourced their deals from brokers. However, I was wrong. In addition to brokers, institutional firms leverage relationships with other firms and public auctions to keep their deal pipeline full.
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