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Before we begin talking about the three phases of real estate syndication, let’s first cover what a real estate syndication is. At its core, a real estate syndication is similar to buying stock in a company to raise funding for the business, but with real estate. Investor risk hinges on the single investment property, but it’s possible to access much larger investment properties and assets than investing alone. Similarly, real estate syndication funds provide access to high-value properties, but investments are a slice of many properties, making them less risky.
A safer way to invest in real estate syndication is through a syndication fund. Much like a mutual fund, real estate syndication funds enable investors to buy small shares of a corporation that invests in multiple properties, spreading their risk while providing more stability, diversification, and higher-quality returns.
In a one-property real estate syndication deal, multiple investors combine their capital to buy, build, or renovate a commercial property. Comparatively, real estate syndication funds like those offered by Saint Investment Group provide more robust capital preservation and lower volatility than investing in a single property because they hold many different properties.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of real estate syndication funds is that they free your time and energy by removing the work of acquiring individual properties. Funds that hold syndication real estate often include multiple commercial properties, such as offices, retail space, industrial buildings, and even student housing on college campuses, providing greater risk protection than a single syndication investment can.
So now that we’ve covered how real estate syndications and funds that hold syndications work, let’s talk about the three common phases of real estate syndication to better understand the risks and rewards involved for investors.
Whether you’re investing in a single real estate syndication deal or a fund with a portfolio of real estate syndications, the processes of acquiring, holding, and liquidating the properties still work the same way.
With an individual syndication deal, you may be responsible for a lot of the due diligence and operations of the property, depending on your role. While with a real estate syndication fund, you can sit back and relax while expert fund managers handle all three phases of real estate syndication.
The three phases of real estate syndication are:
The origination phase of real estate syndication deals involves constructing a cohesive plan, finding and acquiring the ideal property for the plan, marketing the property, and taking care of the legal dealings like registrations and disclosures.
In the operation phase, typically, the backer or firm (like Saint Investment Group) handles the day-to-day operations of the syndication as an entity as well as the property or properties that were acquired in the origination phase.
With the final phase, liquidation, the goal for investor’s returns is selling the property for a profit so they can move on to the next syndication deal. For buy and hold investors, it can involve generating monthly rental income and routine property management before eventually selling to move on to another investment property.
The origination phase of real estate syndication often lasts several months, from property identification to the closing table.
The deal sponsor can perform some or all of the following tasks in the origination phase:
The operation phase entails executing the business plan, typically with the help of a professional property management company and other real estate contractors.
In the value-add stage of the syndication, the Operation phase can include:
After the value-add stage, the Operation phase can last several years, and the focus shifts to the following types of day-to-day tasks:
The final phase—liquidation—entails some type of “liquidity event” that returns the initial capital to the investors. This could be the sale of the asset, but it could also be the refinancing of a loan.
In the liquidation phase, the sponsor usually performs the following tasks:
In the event of refinancing, the operational phase might continue for several years until the property’s sale, at which time any remaining investors will get their share of the proceeds.
If you’re an accredited investor who wants to diversify your investment portfolio in a stable way that delivers solid returns without the complication of each phase of syndication, real estate syndication funds might be perfect for you!
Saint Investment Group offers you a solid foundation in real estate syndication with our syndication funds. Call (323) 483-0291 today and speak with a member of our seasoned team of real estate syndication investors. Learn how you can access the investment opportunities in real estate syndication now!
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Nic has honed his focus on the Real Estate and debt markets with Saint Investment Group and pursues large-scale Distressed Asset purchases with his partners and syndications.