Renter Warehouse is based on Eden Prairie. It manages more than 22,000 homes in more than 40 U.S. metro areas. Renters Warehouse said it will acquire OwnAmerica Real Estate. It to create what it is calling the nation’s first full-service, online real estate investment company.

The deal is expected to close Jan. 1. Terms were not disclosed.

Renter Warehouse President and CEO Kevin Ortner said: “The deal will enable the company’s customers, which have hired Renters Warehouse to provide day to day operations of their rentals, to buy more real estate online.”

It’ll also help the company serve bigger customers, which it refers to as investors, who want to own single-family houses without the hassles of managing them. The acquisition enables Renters Warehouse to provide detailed investment data, including stock-like analysis of their investment. It enables local market data that includes unemployment trends and income analysis.

“We’ve been seeing a lot more interest from institutional money coming in and saying the single-family rental space is exciting, but we want to be hands off,” Ortner said.

OwnAmerica enables clients to buy and sell properties to one another in a much more streamlined way.

Brenton Hayden founded Renters Warehouse  in 2007.

Source: Star Tribune
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