When the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) launched a program allowing bulk sales of foreclosed single-family homes in February 2012, the move was meant as a partial solution to the country’s housing crisis. The stipulation was that bulk investors, at the time made up primarily of private equity firms, would turn the houses to rentals for a set number of years, cutting back on for-sale supply in hard-hit markets while simultaneously providing increased rental options to local ...

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