Chinmay Bhatt, senior managing director of Berkadia Joint Venture Equity & Structured Capital, has been hearing from clients that the institutional equity markets are frozen. It is news to him. At the time of’s call with him, he was in the market with four deals. What is happening, he explains, is that equity has gotten much more selective as the economy softens and certain commercial real estate assets show weakness. “You just have to have a thick skin,” he says. “While capital is being selective, when they want to engage they will do so in a meaningful way.” 

One of the asset classes that institutional equity is targeting in particular right now is build-to-rent and single family rental homes. Groups interested in BTR and SFR right now are mid to large private equity firms, some REITs and some overseas family offices. All together, Bhatt estimates that the institutional equity available for the space is in the billions.

Erika Morphy


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