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Editor's notes: AVHI's shares haven't benefited from the housing sector recovery yet, but a recent private equity investment and a focused strategy could lead to significant upside.

We often hear the argument of markets being rigged, biased towards institutional investors and disadvantageous towards retail investors. In some respects this statement is true, without a few million dollars in capital, many private investment deals are closed off the large majority of investors. So how can the average person gain access to the brilliant minds which stand behind private equity deals? Fortunately in the current market environment, we are seeing a large amount of private capital take non-controlling (less than 50% ownership) equity positions in small-cap publicly traded companies.

As the homebuilding industry gets back on its feet once again, smaller builders are not finding capital as easy to come by as their larger competitors. Private investment dollars are...

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