Understanding Real Estate Syndications

Jul 11, 2023 | Industry Articles, Investment Strategies

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There are so many opportunities available in the real estate investing marketplace. One of these options is investing in real estate syndications. This is a form of investment wherein several investors pooled their money together to invest in a real estate project. This is one of many strategies that can be used to start a passive income source from real estate investing. Today, we’ll be discussing the basics of real estate syndications, how they work, and how you can start investing in them.

What is Real Estate Syndication?

Real estate syndication is a joint venture between several real estate investors who contribute capital towards the acquisition of a property. This fund is typically managed by a sponsor – a entity responsible for finding deals, negotiating terms, managing the property, and facilitating communication with the investors. Each investor owns a percentage of the property and receives a proportional share of the earnings generated from the investment. This type of investment aligns the interest of investors and sponsors since their profits rely upon the success of the property.

Types of Real Estate Syndications

There are two types of real estate syndications: Equity Syndications and Debt Syndications. Equity syndications focus on generating returns from appreciation and rental cash flow. In contrast, debt syndications focus on generating returns from the interest paid on a loan provided to developers. Debt syndications typically involve less investment than equity syndications, but investors are generally more passive in the management of the property.

How to Participate in Real Estate Syndications

There are two primary ways to participate in real estate syndications. The first is to become a passive investor by contributing funds to the project. As a passive investor, one’s role is to contribute capital and review regular reports provided by the sponsor about the property. The second way is to become an active investor and become a sponsor. This requires extensive knowledge of real estate acquisition, management, and finance.

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Real Estate Syndication Group

Benefits of Real Estate Syndications

Real estate syndications offer several benefits to investors. These include access to larger projects with more significant potential returns, reduced risk since the deal is typically vetted by professional review, and the ability for passive investors to diversify their investments to a wide range of projects. Additionally, passive investors have less management responsibility and a steady source of income from the rental cash flow generated from the property.

Risks of Real Estate Syndications

The risks of real estate syndications include the possibility of losing all the invested capital, a lack of liquidity since these investments are not traded on public markets, and the potential for unforeseen expenses. Also, investors rely upon sponsors to manage the property and fulfill their obligations, which can create potential conflicts of interest.

Real estate syndications offer investors the chance to invest in larger real estate projects than they could afford alone, as well as the opportunity for passive income without significant management responsibilities. However, it’s essential to understand the risks associated with this type of investment, including limited liquidity and higher risk compared to public markets. As with any investment, thorough due diligence and a close examination of the sponsor’s experience and track record is essential before committing any capital. Overall, if investors are willing to take on some risk, real estate syndications can offer high returns on investment and long-term security.

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Andrew Campbell
Written by Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell is a native Austinite and Managing Partner at Wildhorn. He is a real estate entrepreneur who first broke into the business in 2008 as a passive investor. In 2010 he transitioned into active investing and management of a personal portfolio that grew to 76 units across Austin and San Antonio. He earned his stripes building and managing his personal portfolio before founding Wildhorn Capital and focusing on larger multifamily buildings. At Wildhorn, he is focused on Acquisitions and maintaining Investor Relations, utilizing his marketing and communications background to build long-term relationships.

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