When it comes to investing, as with many of life’s major paths, it’s easy to look back and see the best choices, what should have been done, and what would have been a smart decision. Harnessing the ability to thoroughly understand your financial situation, identify actual financial goals, and commit to a plan of action are all easier said than done.
By looking at the past performance of three multifamily real estate investment projects, how much they returned to investors, and the impact they’ve had in their respective communities, it might help you understand what real estate syndications could add to your portfolio.
Keep in mind that, although these are based on actual projects and data, some identifying information has been adjusted to protect the privacy of the deals, partners, and investors.
Ready to dive in? I sure am!
Case Study #1 – 320-Unit Apartment Community
In May of 2016, a 320-unit apartment was acquired for $26.6 million. The class B apartment community was built in ‘83 and in a rapidly growing submarket of DFW (in Texas).
The business plan included on-site operations improvement and renovations for each unit for a full value-add deal. Upon acquisition, a professional property management team was placed. They maximized operational efficiencies and executed each phase of the business plan beautifully.
Within 18 months, the renovations were completed, and, since the market was favorable, the team sold the property for $35.2 million. This means by the time the property sold and everything was finalized, which actually took 22 months total, they’d exited the value-add real estate syndication with a profit of $8.6 million dollars.
But what does this mean for investors?
Let’s pretend you’d invested $100,000 into this particular deal as a passive partner. You would have wound up with $170,000 in less than two years from your initial investment date. 70K profit in 22 months with zero work? Yes, please!
Case Study #2 – 216-Unit Apartment Community
Our next example is also in DFW but only had 216 units and was built in ‘81. Although dated, it was a nice class B asset in a growing submarket of the metroplex.
One key difference between this example and the last one is that this apartment complex hadn’t been publicly listed. It was acquired off-market because of a partner/broker relationship established prior. They had a great track record and were able to make a quick, favorable deal without the challenge of competing against other potential buyers.
For $12.2 million the deal was done. The team rebranded and repositioned the property and invested several thousand per unit for renovations.
In just 18 months, the property sold for $18.25 million. They exited this particular real estate syndication deal with an over $6 million dollar profit.
If you were an investor in this deal with a $100,000 buy-in, you would have exited the deal with $200,000 just a year and a half later. I don’t know many places you can double your money that quickly.
Case Study #3 – 200-Unit Apartment Community
Our third example was acquired off-market in December of 2017 for $16million. This 200-unit apartment community, also a class B asset, is in the DFW area like the others examined in this article.
Let’s dive a little deeper and study this asset. May 2018 (6 months after purchase), 38 units had been remodeled and new rental rates were $20 more than original projections. At that point, we were basically ahead of schedule - renovations-wise and rental rate-wise, which was fabulous news!
$20 per unit doesn’t sound exciting, but when you talk about raising the rent per unit not only to a projected value, but $20 more than that??!! Well, it really adds up!
38 renovated units x $20 = $760 per month and $9,120 per year. At a conservative cap rate of 10%, this adds $91,200 of unexpected, positive equity to the property.
Other projects completed within the first 6 months include an outdoor kitchen, a new dog park, rebranding with new signage, and construction of over 40 carports.
December 2018, renovations continued to run smoothly and new units were achieving rental premiums beyond projections. In fact, as a result of the increased rental rates, investors were receiving an additional 2% in returns that month.
That meant investors who put $100,000 in were receiving an extra $2,000 above and beyond the standard returns which had been about 0.67% or $667/month. Nice Holiday bonus, right?
This property and the team had been consistently outperforming projections. In fact, within the first year, we experienced a 26.4% surplus which allowed a refinance deal to go through. Investors were able to receive 40% of their capital back while still maintaining the same cash-on-cash returns based on the original value invested.
That meant the property was performing SO well that the team was okay pulling some of the originally invested capital out of the project.
If you’d originally invested $100,000, not only would you have been receiving your $667 each month, plus the $2,000 bonus back in December, but now you’ll receive a check for $40,000 of your original investment back with no change to your monthly returns.
August 2019: renovations including eco-friendly toilets and showerheads were completed on 135 out of 200 units. These renovated units were renting for an astounding $80 over projections, and we were also saving gobs of cash on the overall utility costs for the property.
All renovations on this property were completed and the property is under contract to be sold.
Either way, this real estate syndication deal has been a huge success, and residents and investors alike are very happy.
The number one thing holding back potential investors is syndication education. (That rhymes! Sort of.) These real estate syndications sound great and you see peers making great returns, but it can be super scary to invest your own $50,000 or $100,000.
Self-education toward understanding real estate syndications can be time-consuming and require a lot of energy upfront before you feel comfortable. The case studies here are all real projects that we and our partners have been a part of. None of the returns or the performance of the projects have been fabricated.
What can you do today, that your future self will thank you for? Investing in your financial education is one of the best ways to jump-start the progress toward your success two, five, or ten years from now. Look back at the deals mentioned here. Within 2-3 years the amount of income these investments have generated is absolutely impactful, to anyone’s life.