You Won't Believe Who the Largest Homeowner in America Is

In the following video, host Chris Hill sits down with Motley Fool analyst Austin Smith to talk about housing trends in the United States. Austin tells investors about the huge surge in private-equity homeownership and discusses the one company that's the largest homeowner in the United States. He then tells us how this correlates to a huge increase in home rentals over individual homeownership, and he gives us a few of his picks for how investors can play a spike in single-family home rentals.

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