Blackstone Makes $10 Billion Bet On Multifamily Units As Real Rents Begin Re-Accelerating

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Apr 08, 2024 - 05:00 PM

Democrats are probably furious this morning after reading The Wall Street Journal's headline announcing Blackstone's $10 billion acquisition of Apartment Income REIT, taking the company private. This move signals the firm's bullishness on the rental housing market, especially when rents are beginning to re-accelerate. 

Blackstone agreed to purchase AIR Communities for $39.12 a share, representing a 25% premium to the company's closing share price on Friday. The deal is being completed through the investment management company's $30.4 billion global real-estate fund. 

Blackstone favors rental housing as one of the hottest places in the commercial property market to invest. The acquisition of AIR will give the investment manager exposure to 76 rental housing communities in coastal markets, including Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles. 

"The acquisition is Blackstone's largest transaction in the multifamily market," WSJ pointed out. 

Earlier this year, Blackstone President Jonathan Gray said, "We can see the pillars of a real-estate recovery coming into place," adding, "We are, of course, not waiting for the all-clear sign and believe the best investments are made during times of uncertainty."

Blackstone has been aggressively increasing investments in CRE markets, a major bet the Federal Reserve's interest rate hiking cycle has plateaued and cuts near. 

Blackstone's actual bet is based on the idea that rent inflation is reaccelerating

In December, we noted that shelter CPI lags actual rents by about 18 months. So, by the time the Fed figures out the next surge in shelter costs - it will be too late.

Fast forward to just days ago, we showed readers actual rents are beginning to rise. 

Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced bills in Congress that aim to restrict hedge funds from buying up homes, alleging these funds are responsible for driving up shelter costs. 

According to a recent note by, the US housing market is short 7.2 million homes. 

Demand for housing continues to increase as population growth outpaces the rate of new home growth. Also, the genius idea by radical progressives in the White House to flood the nation with ten million plus illegal aliens will continue to put upward pressure on shelter costs. 

The latest data from Miller Samuel Inc. and brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate data shows the median rent in Manhattan is inching back up to record highs. 

We guess inflation is not going away anytime soon - or at least before the elections in Novemeber.