Initial Seed Investment Includes Three Atlanta Communities Totaling Nearly 250 Homes

Haven Realty Capital and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives have formed a programmatic joint venture to acquire and develop more than $1 billion in new build-to-rent (“BTR”) communities throughout the United States.

The $415 million equity joint venture will provide long-term capital for Haven to continue to execute its business plan in the BTR space working with homebuilders.

“The for-sale housing market has been significantly hampered by recession fears, inflation, and rising interest rates placing a burden on homebuilders and their ability to add to the housing stock,” said Haven founder and managing principal Sudha Reddy.  “This partnership will allow us to continue working with U.S. homebuilders, who are becoming increasingly comfortable selling entire communities to operators like Haven to lease to residents who want to live in a home but can’t afford to buy or prefer to rent.” Reddy is a member of ULI’s Single-Family Rental Product Council.

One of the nation’s leading BTR owner-operators, Haven currently controls 35 communities across nine states in various phases of construction and stabilization representing approximately 3,500 homes and $1.2 billion in project value.

“The joint venture will add to Haven’s existing portfolio that has been aggregated over the last two years,” said Reddy.  “We expect to be an active buyer/developer as the market evolves and opportunities become available over the coming months.”

Haven managing director and head of capital markets Eric Kim said, “The fundamentals of the single-family rental industry remain solid and J.P. Morgan believes as we do in the strength and viability of the asset class along with our ability to execute.”

Haven intends to leverage its existing relationships and create new ones with best-in-class national and regional homebuilders throughout the U.S. Sunbelt states.  The joint venture will target communities with 50 to 200 homes ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet (139.3 to 232.25 sq m) , primarily with three- and four-bedroom floorplans.

The joint venture comes at a time when new for-sale housing starts have fallen to a two-year low, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

”We’re pleased to able to partner with Haven to continue to provide the attractive, newly-built, larger single-family homes for rent that more and more American families seek,” said Ryan Holgan, executive director, Real Estate Americas, at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Initial seed investments for the joint venture will include three communities located in Atlanta metropolitan statistical area representing nearly 250 homes, with expected closings in the next 90 days.

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