Category: Multifamily Investing

What Everyone Should Consider Before Passively Investing in Multifamily

Passive investors have much to consider when evaluating the multifamily investment opportunity. Among knowing and trusting the sponsor and ensuring alignment of interest, there is one more basic piece that everyone should consider and understand prior to making their passive investment. That is understanding the suitability of the investment towards your needs. You see, there […]


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Tax Advantages in Multi-Family Investing

One of the unique features of real estate investing is its awesome tax advantages. Real Estate Passive Income vs. Ordinary IncomeReal estate income is not taxed the same as ordinary income. Whereas ordinary income is taxed at the income tax rate, easily upwards of 20% depending on your annual income and filing status, passive income […]


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3 Ways to Protect Yourself as a Passive Investor in a Real Estate Syndication

The idea of becoming a passive investor in a real estate syndication is attractive for many who seek to diversify, save on taxes, have more money than time and work in their professional job and have no desire to become full-time real estate investors. Many professionals are attracted to passively investing in syndications because of […]


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The Importance of the Exit Strategy in Real Estate Syndications

Real estate Syndications are the pooling of funds to buy real estate assets – in our case, our favorite is Multifamily – much larger than an individual can do on his or her own. Although all involved in the syndication, sponsors and limited partners, benefit from cash flow distributions, whether monthly, quarterly or semiannually, the […]


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The Purpose of the Asset Manager In Your Next Apartment Investment

When you decide to passively invest with a sponsor in an apartment syndication, you are investing with that sponsor’s team. This is why it is essential to not only vet the deal, but vet the sponsor. When you vet the sponsor, you are looking for capabilities and experience on the team. One important skillset to […]


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The Importance of Alignment Of Interests When Passively Investing in Apartments

Apartment investing is a great way for working professionals to diversify, beat inflation and grow wealth. It is not as difficult to get into this realm or as exclusive as many like to think. (See ‘Do I have to be Accredited to Invest in Real Estate). What it does take is mindset, education and good […]


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What are Replacement Reserves In Multifamily Investing?

If You Fail to Plan… It is always good to have a plan for the unforeseen. As it is said, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This certainly should be the mantra for multifamily investing. Operating apartments is operating a business, and as such, there are operating expenses. Some of these expenses […]


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What is Value-Add In Multi-Family Investing?

There are a 3 general business models to multi-family investing. One of which, Value-Add, is very popular for its ability to create great wealth for investors. What is Value-Add?Value-add describes methods used to create equity by improving a property’s income. In multi-family, unlike residential, a property’s value is based on the income it produces. So, […]


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What is An Asset Management Fee In A Real Estate Syndication?

When passive investors are seeking to invest in syndications, it helps to know how the deal is structured. After doing any sort of research or reviewing any investment opportunity offered by a syndicator, you will see a line item called “asset management fee.” What Is Asset Management?Asset management describes sponsor’s efforts in supporting the business […]


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Becoming a Professional Passive Investor

Many people think that to become a real estate investor, you have to quit your job, find deals, work with lenders, do your own rehabs, and so on. Sure, that is the path for many successful real estate investors, but not all. We most attribute real estate investing to an active involvement, but there are […]


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Three Important Drivers To Increased Local Housing Demand

What is it that makes increases the demand for housing in any local area? What leading indicators can help any investor identify future demand and great real estate investment opportunities? Well, here are three, and if your investing is principled with a focus on these three areas, you are much more likely to protect and […]


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3 Important Characteristics of High-Quality Asset Managers

If you have not read What is Asset Management?, check it out to familiarize yourself with this key function of your sponsor team and why the role is essential to managing any apartment investment. Recognizing the importance of a solid asset management team, what does it take to be a good asset manager? As passive […]


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The Value Of Trust In Apartment Syndications

I am excited to share that I will am participating in my first multi-family real estate investment as a Limited Partner in a Real Estate Fund. Investing as a passive investor is a great way to learn the apartment syndication business and grow wealth at the same time. After months of searching for the right […]


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The Purpose of Property Managers In Multifamily Real Estate

Active and Passive Investors alike should understand the critical purpose and value proposition of property managers in commercial real estate. Recognizing the importance of a PM in single-family buy-and-hold rentals, they play an even more significant role as an extension of your team when dealing with apartments and large multifamilies. Below highlights three very important […]


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Vetting the Neighborhood for Real Estate Investment

As you may know, even in great markets, there are sub markets or pockets that are more or less desirable. These neighborhoods may either attract growth, ramain stagnant or be on the decline. If you are an out-of-state investor or a passive investor in an out-of-state market, how do you know if the neighborhood is […]


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One Tell-Tale Sign That Your MultiFamily Rents Are Low

As you underwrite multifamily assets, you will inevitably evaluate its rent potential, in terms of where the rents currently stand against the market and how close to market levels can they align. Of course, during due diligence, there is sufficient opportunity to evaluate this alignment and potential through property management resources and market analysis. However, […]


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What is Absorption In Real Estate?

As you begin to analyze markets, you will encounter the term absorption. Knowing what it means and its importance is essential to your understanding of the subject market. What is absorption? Absorption is a metric used by multi-family investors to measure tenant demand. It is used to describe the extent to which multifamily units are […]


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The Passive Investor’s Guide to C-Class Apartments

Passive Investors should understand the concept of value-add, which is how sponsors create value for investors and residents. This happens from increasing the income potential of the apartment. Usually, these value-add opportunities are found in C-Class Apartments. What is C-Class? In general, apartment class is a subjective rating for the condition or desirability of the […]


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How To Invest In Real Estate While Working A Full-Time Job

One of the primary attractions to my site, blog contents and guest appearances on podcasts is that I am a working professional while also investing in multifamily real estate. It has not been an easy journey, and even today it is not without challenges, but it is easily possible. My goal is to help working […]


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3 Red Flags To Watch Out For In Apartment Investing

Risk is inherent in any investment decision. However, risk can be managed, especially when there are proven models and systems. Just like playing a sport or learning a game, best practices exist and those who follow the proven path are more likely to find success in achieving the goal. When it comes to multifamily investing […]


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Why Should I Consider Apartment Syndications?

If you are new to apartment syndications, I recommend you check out What Is Multi-Family Syndication, which should be a helpful resource and introduction into how this niche works and how many have become financially free by investing in apartments. Now that you are somewhat familiar with how it works, why would any working professional […]


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What Is A Stabilized Multifamily Investment Property?

Passive investors may hear the team stabilized when investors are describing an apartment’s occupancy. Stabilized assets simply refers to the level of occupancy. Although lenders, brokers and syndicators may all have their own ideal for what is considered stabilized and that term can vary even further by the investment asset relative to the market for […]


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The Power of Forced Equity In Apartment Investing

Multifamily investments have insane scalability and raising net operating income through value-add activities can create immense value for investors. For illustration, I want to provide a hypothetical example. You become a passive investor in an apartment syndication for a 144-unit in a growing neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida. The average rents of $1,050 for the all-two […]


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The Critical Difference Between Investment and Speculation

Unfortunately, when it comes to the subject of investing, much behavior demonstrates a lack of differentiation between investment and speculation. Investing Investing, at its core, describes the concept of buying an income-producing asset. In exchange for your cash, you now have an asset that pays you. Examples include dividend-paying stocks, cash-flowing real estate, or note […]


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The Easiest Value-Add Improvement To Your Multifamily Investment

There are tons of ways to add value to your multifamily investment. Some may be physical improvements such as paint, additions and landscaping and others may be operational in nature such as raising below-market rents, reducing expenses by negotiating better contracts or new sources, and the list goes on. But there is one great and […]


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