Real Estate CrowdFunding Due Diligence ?

By Mark Robertson CrowdFundBeat  Sr. Contributing Editor. President at CrowdDD, LLC,

A member of our email real estate Crowdfunding email list Robert C, recently shared his list of due diligence tips investors should follow while evaluating real estate investments.  Most of this advice came from Jeremy R., a full time real estate investor. I strongly believe if you follow this advice, your chances of success  will increase.

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*Strong cash flow is key (vs. speculation development with no cash flow)

  • Min 9% cash on cash year 1 and 11% cash on cash over term
  • Don’t look at IRR, just gravy
  • Look closely at cap rates
  • JR only does 10 year opportunities (he thinks shorter term have too much recession risk at exit)
  • JR likes lower risk stabilized deals
  • Drill into the projections and assumptions in the proformas – you want conservative assumptions
  • New developments are higher risk
  • Drill into experience levels of sponsors – better if they are wealthier… JR even does a background check and meets them in person
  • Check the location closely (growing?  declining?)
  • Read the operating agreement for the LLC and PPM (cash calls?  etc…)
  • Likes at least a 7.5% cap trailing on B class (used to like min 8% a few years ago)
  • No % fee for assets under mgmt
  • Careful of shorter term opportunities in that they have enough runway to ensure EXIT doesn’t come during recession
  • Choose opportunities that make sense for where we are in the cycle
  • Buy at a price and cap rates closer to market trough than peak
  • He is currently (this summer when I last talked to him) looking for stuff that would do better in a downturn (MHP, self storage, retail with grocery and drug store anchors and recession proof tenants)
  • Drill deeply into what is the projects exit strategy if things go badly?  What is plan B and plan C and will you still easily get your principle

Jeremy uses these principles when picking his own investments and the investments he recommends to his group. I have invested in 7 deals Jeremy has recommended and each had a 10%+ cash on cash returns and are meeting or beating projections.  Investments include 3 self storage deals, 2 Mobile home park funds, a Houston retail center, and an Ohio industrial park. Unlike crowdfunding platforms, these investments do not have ongoing platforms fee that eat into your return.  If you would like to learn more Jeremy ‘s group and your accredited, please email me using our contact us link for an introduction.

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