Over the last three years, there has been a 44% increase in institutional investments in the residential sales market, according to new research by the property data and analytics firm RealtyTrac.Gary Beasley, co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE:SWAY) and SWAY management, is not at all surprised by the growth. "The reason why I am so bullish on this is because it's a product -- a renovated, managed home -- that consumers want," said Beasley.The private-equity real estate fund that he managed, Waypoint Homes, merged with a division of private equity firm Starwood Capital last fall to form a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on single-family residential investments; it trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "SWAY".On Tuesday, the newly-minted single-family REIT acquired Waypoint Fund XI, a portfolio of 707 single family homes, for $144 million. "I think the industry is continuing to institutionalize, and more of the 14 million rental home...
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