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Syndications Gone South
Wall Street Journal today I summarize if you don't want to $ paywall. Author credit Will Parker
#syndications #syndicator #apartments #grifter #ponzi #SEC
"Gajavelli built a real-estate empire using funds from dozens of small investors who wanted a chance to earn a landlord’s riches without any work. He pitched double-your-money returns in ebullient, can-do talks at investor conferences and on YouTube videos . . .
In April, Gajavelli’s company lost more than 3,000 apartments at four rental complexes to foreclosure, one of the biggest commercial real estate blowups since 2008 financial crisis. Investors lost millions . . .
His signed commercial real-estate loans that carried floating interest rates and were adjusted monthly. Starting teaser rates 2021 initial rates at 3.25%. When the Federal Reserve began raising rates last year, driving up monthly loan payments, inflation rose expenses, and Applesway couldn’t raise rents fast enough to keep pace. After bills went unpaid, company properties went into foreclosure . . .
Gajavelli is one of thousands of real estate entrepreneurs in the U.S. known as syndicators. Many have come under similar financial pressures and hold properties they can no longer afford. From 2020 through 2022, real estate syndicators reported raising at least $115 billion from investors.
Congress in 2012 opened the door to the syndicators with a law that made it easier to market real-estate investments online. The law, intended to open financial opportunities to lower-income people, greatly expanded the reach and audience for syndicator deals.
Syndicators chose apartment complexes in the South and Southwest, where real-estate prices were lower, rents were rising and housing regulations were looser. Locations favored landlords with fewer renter protections, which made it easier to evict tenants and raise rents . . .
Most hold balloon-payment loans that require repayment when they come due 2023 . . .
Syndicators invest little of their own money. They collect acquisition fees from investors that typically go from about 2% to as high as 5% of an apartment building’s purchase price. They also take management fees of 2% to 3% from the building’s gross income. Syndicators often profit even if the investment is a failure, which real-estate analysts say encourages excessive risk-taking at the expense of inexperienced investors."
Think all the moaning about adjustable rate loans in 2008...
So what I predict is all the syndication laws and SEC filings are now going to be overturned.
link here https://www.wsj.com/articles/a...
What say you?