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The Chinese have been buying up West Coast US for ten-twelve years now so it's not like we're unfamiliar.

The one aspect that separates REIT purchases from any other is the hold horizon. A REIT pretty much needs to show it's making its investors a profit every quarter. A traditional investor mostly just expects to turn a profit when she sells, with the expectation that rents will defray expenses or supplement income. In a traditional investment portfolio you diversify into real estate as a separate asset class. You don't tokenize it for purposes of putting it on the stock market.

Publicly-traded firms snapping up homes will let go of them just as fast. It's going to be interesting to see what happens when rents aren't realized. Right now there's a glut of capital looking for somewhere to go. it'll want to go somewhere else the minute it sees a quarterly loss.