Real Estate Syndications: Are They Right For You?

by | Dec 22, 2020 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve been processing all the information possible and have nearly become enamored with the power of passively investing in real estate syndications, how could you not invest?

The ability to invest in real, physical assets without being a landlord, getting a majority share of the returns, and reaping amazing tax benefits is a pretty shockingly sweet deal. Plus, the diversification opportunities with minimal work while making an impact on local communities is attractive. 

Even though these traits seem impossible to pass up, real estate syndications aren’t for everyone. Each investor is in a different stage of life, has a different level of risk tolerance, and maintains different goals.

Before investing in a real estate syndication, see if one or more of the below describes you and your current situation.

1 – You Have More Than $50K of “Investment” Money

While there are some real estate investment platforms that will accept smaller investment amounts, most private real estate syndications begin at a minimum investment of $50,000.

Ensure you have the minimum investment of $50,000, plus your standard emergency fund, plus any other savings for your life’s aspirations – a new car, fluffy retirement savings, this year’s vacation to Cabo, and college education funds, to list a few. 

Of course, there are lots of contingencies in place in investments like syndications, but if you aren’t prepared to lose your investment in its entirety and be okay financially, then syndications may not be your best bet…yet. You might want to head back to the drawing board with some serious savings plans and re-visit real estate syndications in a year or two. 

On the other hand, if you have all the potential cash-needing scenarios covered, then invest with confidence! 

2 – You’re Okay Having Someone Else Take the Reins

If you’re short on time, but heavy on cash, and want someone else (a professional team) to manage the property while you reap the rewards, you’ve found the right investment. 

Passive investing in real estate syndications is much less hands-on than your typical residential real estate rental property.  In fact, you’ll probably never see the property in person and won’t be involved in any day-to-day decisions. 

You don’t have to be in contact with the broker, monitor the property manager, or analyze and choose between contractors’ bids. Instead, you get a few emails, sign a legal document or two, and carry on with your life while the checks show up.

3 – You’re Looking for a Long-Term Investment

Maybe you’ve done your research and know not to look for some get-rich-quick scheme, but rather, are interested in a steady long-term approach to wealth. Unlike stocks or something you can flip in a short time period, real estate syndications typically have a hold period for three to five or more years.

If you’re more of a set it and forget it type investor, and can plan for your investment capital to be unavailable for long periods of time, passively investing in real estate syndications is your new investment choice.

4 – Sharing Returns In Exchange for Less Work is Attractive to You

Fix-and-flips and standard rental property approaches to investing allow 100% of the profits in your pocket. Mostly because they are smaller deals, require plenty of sweat-equity, and often have only one party (you) financing and managing the deal. 

Multifamily real estate syndications are completely different as there could be hundreds of individuals involved, thus some profit sharing. Usually, the passive investors get the larger portion of a 70/30 or 80/20 split, with the general partners getting the smaller percentage. 

Group investments like this take a “team” or collaboration mentality versus a competitive mindset. The general partners are actively managing the property, making decisions toward renovations, and handling marketing and financial reporting. So, it only makes sense that they are rewarded for their efforts. If profit sharing and the concept of “a rising tide lifts all boats” makes sense to you, you’re in the right place.

5 – You Don’t Need the Money for a While

It’s possible you’re in a season of life where your kids’ vehicle purchases or college decisions are either several years in front of or behind you, that you’re in a home that doesn’t need a massive kitchen renovation, or just that you have spent some time planning well, establishing savings accounts, and minding your expenses. 

If this is the case, you also likely met the criteria in #1, and you are going to be okay having your money “locked-up” for a bit. You’ve worked hard to save, budget, and build a nest egg, and you’re just looking for somewhere to park it for a few years with the possibility of earning some interest. 

Not needing your savings for the foreseeable future is a fantastic feeling, and if this describes you well, investing passively in a real estate syndication might pique your interest even more after realizing how well-positioned you are for this type of investment opportunity. 

Recap

You’ll love being able to invest your money in real estate without the hassles of being a landlord all while having the chance to diversify your investment with different sponsors, in different markets, and in different asset classes. Plus, the tax benefits (and sometimes even the returns) from passive investing can surpass those from personal rental properties.

But, being a passive investor isn’t for everyone. So, if you…

  • Have more than $50k of “investment” money
  • Are okay NOT having an active role
  • Are looking for a longer-term investment
  • Find collaboration and sharing returns attractive
  • Want to park your cash for 3-5+ years

…then investing passively in real estate syndications might be the best fit for you. 

The beauty of real estate investing is that it’s so incredibly diverse. Perhaps some of the above doesn’t describe you and you want to roll up your sleeves and do the work yourself first to learn the ropes. Or perhaps you’re looking for a more liquid or a shorter-term investment. That’s okay.

There are so many opportunities out there to invest in great projects and impact local communities. Commercial real estate syndications are just one avenue, but if you meet a few of the criteria above, you might have found your match.

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