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ARTICLE - What Is A Real Estate Syndication?

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Real estate syndication is a strategy that allows multiple investors to pool their resources together to purchase and manage larger properties. This can include commercial properties such as office buildings, retail centers, and apartment complexes, as well as residential properties such as single-family homes or duplexes.

The goal of a real estate syndication is to generate income and capital appreciation for the members through rental income, property appreciation, and other income-generating opportunities.

In a real estate syndication, an individual or group known as the sponsors or General Partners (GPs) will identify a property, and then raise capital from a group of investors, known as Limited Partners (LPs), to fund the acquisition and any necessary renovations or improvements needed to help increase the property’s value. The GPs are responsible for overseeing the property's management and operations, and collectively bear the full responsibility and liability for all aspects of the property’s performance. The LPs are passive investors, meaning they bear no responsibility or liability for the property’s management or performance, but they are entitled to a share of the profits generated because they are considered equity owners of the property.

One of the key benefits of real estate syndication is that it allows investors to participate in larger, more expensive properties that they likely would not be able to purchase on their own. It also allows investors to diversify their portfolios, as they can invest in multiple properties through a syndication rather than having to put all their resources into one property. Additionally, syndications can provide investors with a steady stream of income through rental income and appreciation, all while enjoying numerous tax advantages that do not exist in the typical investing world of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

However, there are also some potential downsides to real estate syndication. For example, LPs by definition have no control over the property and its management, and have no vote over how it is operated or when the property will be refinanced or sold. Additionally, the timeframes involved in a larger commercial syndication mean that capital may be tied up for multiple years, so investors should not invest funds that they will be needing or wanting to receive back in the short term.

Real estate syndications can be an attractive investment option for individuals who lack the time, expertise, or capital to invest in real estate on their own, but who want to participate in the potential profits and appreciation of the real estate market. However, it is vitally important for potential investors to become comfortable with the GP team and its ability to properly manage and operate the business. If this comfort or trust is lacking then investors would be better served by waiting for the next investment opportunity.

Overall, real estate syndication can be an incredibly valuable strategy for investors looking to diversify their portfolios by investing in larger real estate properties. However, as in any other investment opportunity, it is important to carefully evaluate the risks and potential downsides before investing. Ensure that the investment parameters meet your current needs and wants before committing your hard-earned dollars.

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