Category: Multifamily Investing

The Greater Responsibility of MultiFamily Investing

We often talk about wealth building as the most attractive part of being a multifamily investor. But there is great responsibility in this business. As active syndicators, we serve two very important stakeholders: investors and residents. Unfortunately, most content is about the former, and not enough discussion exists about the wonderful service we get to […]


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3 Ways to Increase Occupancy In Multifamily Investing

When investing in apartments, the one thing that matters, after the health, safety and welfare of your residents, is income. Income is fundamental to multifamily investing and without it, there is no value or reason to own these types of assets. During the holding period, the ability to increase income through maximizing rental income and […]


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Using Leading Indicators to Be Competitive In Multifamily Investing

Competition for Real Assets This is certainly a competitive time for multifamily investors. During this inflationary period where prices are rising on everything from groceries to used cars, investors are seeking assets that can beat inflation. As a result, the multifamily space is doused with competition from investors who want better returns and downside risk […]


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How to Reduce Loss to Lease in Multifamily Investing

Whereas in the the single-family space, owners get a general gauge on going rents for like properties, In the multifamily asset class, it is essential to ensure that current rents are in alignment with that of the market. What is Loss to Lease? When current rates are lower than market rates for units in areas […]


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5 Great Frequently Asked Questions About Apartment Investing

Check out these 5 top questions that I found are among the most frequent that working professionals ask when they learn about my addiction to apartment investing. How Can a “Regular Person” Invest in Apartments? Yes, it is very possible, even common, for “regular people” to invest in apartments. Read Do I Have To Be […]


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The Key Investment Criteria for any Great Real Estate Market

Any great real estate investment market needs this one thing. Without it, there is no long term sustainable growth. It is evidence of other important fundamentals. What I am referring to is population growth. Population Growth Without population growth, your selected market is at risk of decline as well as your investment. There are plenty […]


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Why Apartment Syndication is Not for Everyone

I recently read “Syndication is a B*tch – And Other Truths You Haven’t Been Told” by Bruce Peterson and it is a game changer. For anyone who wants to someday syndicate multi-family deals, this is a must read. Whereas other books and resources speak primarily about how the process of syndication and the the wealth […]


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Recession-Proof Investing And Why It Works

There are so many ways to build wealth – certainly some are much riskier than others. The best type of investments are those that can withstand the cyclical nature of economics, those that do not take rare genius and impeccable timing and those whose returns are based on proven models and a track record of […]


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How To Validate Rents During Underwriting and Due Diligence

The due diligence process is the time to ensure that rents are as advertised and the potential for rent growth is as expected. Not doing so sufficiently can lead to the following problems: Having higher than anticipated unpaid rents Not receiving the rent values expected on day one Not achieving the anticipated rent growth Devastating […]


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Why People Choose to Rent Over Home Ownership

Why is it that someone would choose to rent versus own their home? After all, we have all heard that the American Dream is home ownership. Don’t people rent only because they have to, and not by choice? Not exactly… The “American Dream” Has Changed People’s preferences are changing. Here are a few characteristics of […]


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How Did Multifamily Demand Stack up Against Other Commercial Real Estate in Q2?

Demand for multifamily assets remain strong even during this ongoing pandemic. Check out the following excerpt and data from Marcus and Millichap’s August Research Brief for Q2 demand (full report here): “Multifamily leasing resumes in force. Ongoing employment growth and the resumption of many normal routines bolstered household formation in the spring and summer, leading […]


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Comparing The Various MultiFamily Housing Class Categories

When acquiring multifamily assets, there are general subjective categories of housing that are based on demographics, age of build, quality and rents that they command. The industry generally categorizes them from Class A through Class D, based on those aforementioned characteristics. Various Housing Classes Class A – Class A housing are the most desirable. Typically […]


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The Most Important Lesson I Learned from Real Estate Investing

I want to share with you the most imporant lesson, one that caused me to rethink my approach to real estate and wealth building altogether. Next Level Investing Involves Teamwork To get to the next level, in addition to creating systems, planning for scale and working through the discomfort, I learned that I must stop […]


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Managing Income in MultiFamily Operations

Income is so essential to multi-family investments that without it, there is no return. The primary source of income in multi-family operations is rent. In many cases there are other smaller sources of income such as storage, laundry use and other add-on luxuries. It is great to identify additional sources of income where possible. However, […]


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The 3 Largest Expenses In Multifamily Operations

When it comes to multifamily operations, management of net operating income is key to creating value. Aside from optimizing income by increasing occupancy and getting to market rent levels, management of expenses is also key. Below are the three largest expenses in management of multifamily assets. Repairs/Maintenance Repairs and maintenance can be costly, especially when […]


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Financial Freedom vs. Debt Freedom

I like Robert Kiyosaki. I also like Dave Ramsey. Both want you to be successful, but share very different definitions and paths to that success. Most people need to hear Dave Ramsey’s message. It is one of discipline, getting out of debt and living life unconstrained to financial burden. To accomplish this is to live […]


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The Great Investment Alternative of Apartment Syndications

The Trade-Off With Stocks For those who invest in stocks, often in choosing your alternatives you are faced between a high-growth company and a mature company. The high growth company offers much upside potential at the price of a higher Price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple, whereas the mature company has less growth potential and its P/E multiple […]


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The Importance of Cash Flow In Wealth Building

Cash We have often heard it stated that “Cash is King.” This is logical thinking in that cash is a resource that allows us to obtain other resources that are essential for life: food, shelter and other needs. Without this liquid resource, we cannot quickly trade for other important life essentials. If all of our […]


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Cash Flow Versus Appreciation In Multifamily Real Estate Investing

As a real estate investor, one should appreciate and desire both appreciation and cash flow, two powerful wealth-building tools of real estate. Often times, in your investing you will notice a trade off between the two and it is wise to identify which takes priority as part of your investment strategy. Appreciation and Cash flow […]


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The Passive Investor Startup Guide

I have been writing about multifamily investing for over a year. If you search this blog you will find plenty of content that can help anyone achieve the mindset that leads to financial growth, take the first step in real estate investing, become educated in the multifamily asset class and learn about apartment syndications. Many […]


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The Low-Risk Approach To Acquiring Multi-Family Assets

Multi-family assets cover a wide spectrum of niches, such as apartments and mobile home parks, and investment strategies, such as new development, acquiring stabilized assets, seeking value-add opportunities, or repositioning of highly distressed assets. Each niche has its own unique characteristics and each strategy has its own risk factors. Balance of Risk and Reward One […]


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How to Conservatively Underwrite Multifamily Investments

Especially in this economic cycle, the assumptions we make in our underwriting can lead to very critical miscalculations if we are not prudent and conservative. Below are two very important considerations in conservatively underwriting multifamily investments. Rent Growth Both experienced and inexperienced investors alike may be inclined to project rent growth in year one. While […]


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How Passive Investors in Apartment Syndications Receive Returns

Below outlines how passive investors, or Limited Partners (LP’s), in apartment syndications commonly receive returns. Cash Flow from Operations Distributions from Cash FlowAfter the passive investor agrees to join the deal as an LP, she will receive her representative portion of cash flow distributed as however outlined in the private placement memorandum (PPM). These can […]


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Why Rental Income Can Survive A Global Pandemic

During this pandemic, one of the things that scares landlords and investors most is whether tenants, who are now protected with eviction moratoriums, will stop paying rent. In March 2020, when COVID hit the states hard, there was widespread fear that tenants would not be able to pay rent. Then, after the Government released stimulus […]


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What Multi-Family Syndicators Look For In Passive Investors

If you are considering becoming a passive investor, it is relatively intuitive to determine how to find active syndicators, what to look for in sponsors and questions to ask during the start of the relationship. One lesser discussed topic is what sponsors are actually looking for when bringing in potential passive investors to investment opportunities. […]


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