After the great housing collapse, Marketplace Homes put some liquidity into a weak housing market.
"Around 2006 Kalis noticed a lot of potential clients telling him that they wanted to buy a home, but they couldn’t get rid of their other home. At Pulte, Kalis put together a program that helped people get out of their other homes using a method known as “solution-based selling.” This meant that if you helped solve someone’s problem, they would likely become a customer. The company sold around 20 homes with this solution.
Dick Chelten founded Marketplace Homes in 2002. Chelten become one of Kalis’ biggest investors and is a mentor to him. Kalis felt like this solution-based program could be much bigger so he bought the business from Chelten for $25,000. The company grew to 100 homes sold in Metro Detroit shortly after that, which is around the same time that the housing market fell 90%. Marketplace Homes is expected to do around $20 million in revenues this year.
...While many banks were telling people to foreclose on their properties, Marketplace Homes said that people should keep their homes and try to save their credit. Marketplace Homes allows people to buy a new construction home, while listing their old home for 1%. You can lease your home for up to 6 years."