“The idea is to arbitrage other people’s misery”

The cruel irony known to every aspiring homeowner is that there has never been a better time to buy a house. It is cheaper to own – based on the monthly payments at the current interest rates of under four percent – than it is to rent in just about every market across the United States. In Phoenix, for example, it is 21 percent cheaper to own than it is to rent. In Minneapolis, it is 28 percent, according to Burns.

But most who aspire to the property ladder are shut out of the homebuying opportunity. They have no access to credit. They are crushed by record-levels of student debt. A greater share than ever of their paycheck is already going to housing costs, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

That’s where bulk buying comes in to play.

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