Underwriting in the context of commercial real estate simply means researching all the extenuating factors of an investment and mitigating its risks by allocating resources appropriately. In English: Doing your homework… Learning everything you can, leaving no stone unturned, and figuring out what the cash flows will look like based on the available evidence.
Knowing how to pick a syndicator is a skill that every passive investor needs to hone. Before you evaluate syndication deal opportunities, you first need to evaluate the actual syndication teams. Good teams will usually have good deals, so if you are looking for opportunities, finding the team is the higher priority. But then, this article will show you what needs to happen next – the interview. Ask the right questions.
Now it is time to put on your detective hat to find syndicators. All syndicators in the United States are compelled to file their offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This filing is a Notice of Sale of Unregistered Securities. Looking for these types of filings gives you a starting point for finding syndicators who have experience syndicating at least one project.
Each multifamily investment in a real estate project deal is unique, so it is sometimes difficult to compare them against each other. One way that you can do this is to compare the different characteristics of risk in order to make an informed decision on which one to invest in. You ultimately want to make sure that the riskier a project might be, that you are getting paid for that risk.
Active real estate investing can be very difficult. This article will make you think twice about taking on such a huge responsibility, especially when you can get the same returns passively through syndications. When actively investing, you are responsible for finding opportunities, financing them, renovating them, and renting them out. Managing your property takes time from you since repairs and maintenance calls are inevitable.