I have written a number of blogs in recent months about alternative methods for acquiring real estate investments. This is a pertinent topic for many investors because of the stringent requirements for conventional financing and the difficulty many investors face when trying to obtain financing. For those individuals that have the ability to bring multiple investing partners together to buy real estate, putting together a syndication may be a great option.
Real Estate Syndication Basics
In short, a syndication is simply a pooling of funds between multiple investors as a tool for acquiring or investing in real estate. Most people associate syndications with large commercial deals, but this does not necessarily have to be the case. I have a friend who is in the process of putting syndications together for single family properties. Interestingly, he lives in the U.S. as a foreign national and is unable to obtain conventional financing. After striking out with numerous outlets that claimed to have financing for foreign nationals, he decided he would take matters into his own hands and find other investors to put up the cash.
In most syndications, there is a manager who forms and organizes the syndication. In return for the work of creating and managing the syndication, there is typically some sort of fee or additional ownership given to the manager for their efforts. My friend structured his syndicates such that three investors put up all of the cash to buy a single residential investment property and the syndicate was split into four equal ownership interests. Essentially, my friend was able to own a 25% share in the property in exchange for finding the investment and organizing the syndicate with the 3 other investors.
For those individuals who don’t necessarily have the cash to buy property right now, but do have the ability to find deals and organize small pools of investors – using this kind of quasi-syndicate method may be a great strategy. While some people may turn their nose up at syndicating on such a small level, I think this kind of creative thinking is what makes investing in real estate fun and interesting. Whether you’re buying one single family house or a million dollar commercial property, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to profit from cheap real estate combined with creative real estate investing strategies.