Once you decide to invest outside your local area, the possibilities are limitless. This can be exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time.
A tidal wave of thoughts may come flooding in immediately. Should you consider a bustling city or a metro area? You may reminisce about a vacation you enjoyed and the gorgeous buildings you saw there.
You could dive down every possible rabbit hole, cross-referencing “best real estate market” lists, trying to make sense of current population trends, and even looking up news local to areas you’d be interested in. Honestly, this won’t really help you draw any conclusions, plus you’ll waste a ton of time and energy.
Instead, begin by assessing your personal investing goals. Maybe you want to invest in a growing market that also provides decent cash flow. Using that basic framework, this research checklist will help narrow things down:
Any time a potential investor is reviewing real estate syndication investment opportunities, they’ll likely come across the term “equity multiple”. Even if they’ve purchased a primary home or a residential rental property before, it’s unlikely they’ve heard of equity multiples.
When it comes to passively investing in real estate syndications however, it’s an important phrase to know and understand.
A real estate syndication is a group investment, yet it can feel like a lonely process at times. For security and privacy reasons, you may never meet or even know the names of the other investors, even though you’re pooling your money into the same asset alongside each other.
It’s likely you’re in touch with the syndication sponsor, or with a group like Timbermoss Capital, but you won’t get the team atmosphere you’ve come to know with other group activities.
So, you may find yourself wondering what the other investors are like, where they come from, and how they chose the same deal as you.
Today, let’s satisfy your curiosity by addressing a few questions you’ve probably always wanted to ask about the other investors:
Imagine spotting an old bookshelf sitting out on the curb. You pull over to check it out, and since it’s in good shape, you proceed to lug it home and give it a fresh coat of paint.
A few years later, you sell the shelf to someone else who claims to have the perfect spot for it.
You took something that had been overlooked, committed some sweat equity, and breathed new life into it. This is the essence of value-add, and it’s a commonly used strategy in real estate investing.
The Basics of Value-Add Real Estate
Let me ask you a question. What first interested you in real estate syndications? Most likely, it was the potential to put your hard-earned money to work for you to create a good return and thus grow your wealth over time.
And in fact, that’s the number one question that most of our investors ask us when they first consider investing in a real estate syndication with us. They want to know, if they were to invest
$100,000, how much money they could stand to make.
And believe me, we love good returns, and those returns are a big part of why we do what we do. However, while returns are certainly important, there’s an even more important aspect that we focus on when we evaluate potential deals.
Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not nearly as exciting as passive income and double-digit returns. In fact, it’s more boring than taxes and K-1’s.
The most important thing we focus on in a real estate syndication is capital preservation. In other words, we focus on how NOT to LOSE money. That’s our number one priority, as boring as that might sound.
Once you choose a real estate syndication deal, sign the PPM (private placement memorandum), and send in your funds, you have very little control over the performance of the asset. You’re truly a passive investor at that point and must fully trust the sponsor team to manage the daily operations effectively, execute the business plan, and guard (and grow!) your investment.
This is exactly why you should be absolutely confident in the deal and the sponsor team up front. Do your research, squash any doubts you may have, and ask questions BEFORE investing with a new real estate syndication sponsor.
This list of questions provides some great ideas and may guide you toward subjects and concerns that should be on your mind as a new investor. It will also give you some ideas of things that other investors are asking that you might not have thought about. Some of these can be found on your own in the investment summary or through independent research, but others you may need to ask the sponsor directly.
Have you ever heard about or explored the opportunity to sponsor a child through a non-profit program such as Children International? Contributions through these organizations change children’s lives exponentially in areas of health, education, and even safety.
As you may know, when you choose to help a child through such programs, you receive updates about the child regularly, including notes they’ve written and even pictures of them. You get to have a supportive hand in their growth from afar while never having to enforce a bedtime or wash the ice cream off the child’s shirt.
Investing in a real estate syndication is very similar in this aspect. As a passive investor, you would receive regular updates on the progress of the project after the deal closes, but you don’t have to field phone calls from tenants when an issue arises.
Typical Real Estate Syndication Communications and Touchpoints
There are 5 key communications you should receive at important intervals once you invest in a
real estate syndication. From the closing date, through the hold period, until the asset sale, here’s what to look for:
Investing in real estate outside your local market, in an area you may never visit, and where you have no trustworthy friends on whom to call can seem absolutely terrifying, especially for new investors.
However, this leap into seemingly scary territory may be the key to real estate investing success.
Most real estate investors begin with local deals, and while some get lucky, others do not. The truth remains: There are more opportunities “out there” than you could ever imagine, and you’ll never see or know about them without the courage and wisdom to explore outside your local market. Having a wide net to cast for deal flow and potential returns can be a powerful thing.
Investing Out of State, and Why Everyone Should Do It
Investing across state lines allows you to align your real estate portfolio to your long term investing goals through:
Are you considering investing in a real estate syndication but are leery that it sounds a little too good to be true? You’re not alone.
Many investors are shocked when they first learn about the potential cash flow returns they could receive through investing passively in real estate syndications.
The key, though, to putting your doubts and skepticism to rest, is to understand where that cash
flow comes from and how it makes its way from the asset itself to your pocket, and that’s exactly
what we’ll cover in this article.
Take a moment to think about the process that you used to find the home you’re currently living
You likely had a checklist that included a specific area, school district, commute, and the number of bedrooms you were looking for. If you were looking for a three-bedroom with plenty of green space in mind for your growing family, it’s very unlikely you would have settled for a one-bedroom high-rise condo, even with a great view.
Well, it’s the same type of situation when you’re investing in real estate. Before you even begin to consider potential investment opportunities, it’s imperative you know WHY you’re investing and WHAT you’re looking to get out of it.
Without clear goals, you’ll easily be swayed (or paralyzed) by beautiful photos and well-marketed opportunities that don’t actually align with your investing goals.
As we walk through these examples, see if one resonates with you. With clear goals in mind, you’ll know just what to do when the right investment opportunity comes along.