Across the U.S., cash purchases accounted for 30 percent of home sales from January through April, on track with 2015 levels.
The deal builds on two initiatives by Blackstone: to build permanent capital through an expansion into insurance, and to pursue lower-cost rentals for its CRE business.
Acquisitions of retail property rose in recent months. But the sector continues to face uncertainty and a bid/ask divide.
VineBrook Homes Trust, which operates more than 13,500 SFRs, has held discussions with advisers about going public.
REITs have a track record of performing well during inflationary periods.