Institutional investors want a say in project details. Smaller checks from a bigger investor pool give us the latitude to run the offering as we see fit.
Clifton Minsley, Co-Founder / Investor Relations Manager
10 Federal Co-Founders Brad and Clifton Minsley are leaders in adapting technology to make their commercial real estate projects more efficient and profitable. The company specializes in real estate acquisition, development, and property management.
When they moved into the growing self-storage vertical in 2016, they brought a tech-focused approach to automating self-storage facility operations. So, it was a logical next-step to seek a technology solution for raising funds online for their next project.
10 Federal placed a multi-facility self-storage offering on the CrowdStreet marketplace in summer 2017. The overall equity raise on their first offering was $10 million.
“When we signed up in May of 2017, CrowdStreet had raised roughly $100 million through 100 deals,” Brad noted. “So, we expected to raise $1 million through the platform. Today, we’re between $4 – $5 million, and it continues to accelerate.”
“We have the specialized knowledge to introduce technology into the self-storage niche, but the larger equity groups tend to opine on what they think should happen,” added Clifton Minsley, Co-Founder and Investor Relations Manager. “Infusing our fundraising with smaller investment amounts through CrowdStreet keeps the decision making in our hands.”
The company also cites a reduced labor burden when raising capital, along with a lower load on upfront capital costs. “We used to spend somewhere in the mid-teens in load,” Brad commented. “That’s dropped to a single-digit marketing expense with CrowdStreet.”
After some review, 10 Federal also purchased and implemented CrowdStreet’s investment management software. They’ve integrated the portal into their website to manage their entire investor portfolio, in and outside of the CrowdStreet network.
Clifton commented, “We see where every investor is in the process, from submission to closing an offer. We have over 100 investors in just this CrowdStreet project alone. We’re now able to disseminate documents and information from a central location.”
The 1 -2 punch of CrowdStreet’s online fundraising and investment software platform has been crucial to 10 Federal’s accelerated growth plans and allows the company to focus on what they do best, executing their business plan.
Founded in 2004, Windmill Investments is a private real estate investment company specializing in identifying undervalued or under-performing properties with strong growth potential, including single-family homes, multifamily apartment complexes, and commercial offices. The company has over 1,500 units under its management portfolio.