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SEC Probes Rental Home Values Backing Private-Equity Bond Deal

Livinglies's Weblog

May 8, 2017, 6:08 PM EDT
  • Radian’s Green River says U.S. queries broker price opinions
  • Probe said to question if firms’ assessments overstated values

U.S. securities regulators are investigating whether bonds backed by single-family rental homes and sold by Wall Street’s biggest residential landlords used overvalued property assessments.

Radian Group Inc.’s Green River Capital unit is one of the market participants that received a request for information from the Securities and Exchange Commission in March about broker price opinions, or BPOs, the company said in a regulatory filing late Friday. Green River provides BPOs that are used to value real estate in securitizations.

The agency has been looking at whether BPOs were wrongly inflated, and similar letters were sent to other companies, potentially serving as a starting point for an industrywide probe, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The person asked not to…

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