Our Deal Screening Process

Uncompromising commitment to quality

Our Capital Markets team is on the ground in every region of the U.S., looking for well-respected sponsors and their deals. They bring these real estate investment opportunities to our Investments team, which puts both the sponsor and their deal through our review process to determine if they are a good fit for our Marketplace. Out of every 100 deals, approximately five make it to the Marketplace for investors to compare and review.


Evaluating the firm

We seek to work with reputable, high-quality partners. Each new sponsor is subject to the same, objective review process.

  1. Background check: Using industry-leading platforms, we conduct an in-depth background check on both the firm and principals.
  2. Track record review: We confirm the sponsor has successfully executed projects in the asset type they are looking to bring to the Marketplace.
  3. Sponsor designation: We organize sponsors into four unique categories based on their background and experience–Emerging, Seasoned, Tenured, and Enterprise.


Sponsor background check:

Our Investments team evaluates each potential sponsor by conducting:

  • Deep background checks
  • Interviews and reference checks
  • In-depth online news and social media research

Red flags including “bad actor” violations or any pending material litigation are grounds for immediate rejection of the sponsor.

FINRA BrokerCheck
Track Record-Spot Audit
Investor Reference Check
Google and Linkedin Search
Crowd DD Search
Business Address Verification
Bankruptcy and Lien Search
Criminal and Lawsuit Records Search
UCC Filings Search
Professional Licenses Search
Track record review:

We evaluate the sponsor’s track record, including a review of their quarterly reporting, to confirm they have successfully executed on past deals and can demonstrate stewardship of investor capital. We specifically look for successes in the asset type they are trying to bring to the Marketplace. We want to work with sponsors that value direct relationships with investors and have the infrastructure to support those investors for the duration of the project.

Sponsor designation:

Expertise is gained through experience, with sponsors transacting on numerous deals across multiple commercial real estate cycles. A more established sponsor’s network of banking relationships and capital sources complement their expertise, providing negotiating benefits and bringing favorable terms to a project. We tier our sponsors based on their experience and track record so our investors can get a sense of the firm behind the deal.

Sponsor Designation
Age of Firm 15+ years
Principal Experience 30+ years
Total Portfolio Value Must be $5B+
Additional Requirements
  • National platform
Age of Firm 10+ years
Principal Experience 20+ years
Total Portfolio Value Must be $500 MM+
Additional Requirements
  • Principals have invested together over multiple cycles
  • Dedicated investor relations & accounting staff
Age of Firm 5+ years
Principal Experience 10+ years
Total Portfolio Value Must be $100 MM+
Additional Requirements
  • Existing network of repeat investors
  • Established banking relationships
  • Affiliations with national industry associations ULI, NAOIP, CCIM, SIOR, or IREM*
Age of Firm <5 Years
Principal Experience 5 years (at least 2)
Total Portfolio Value May be < $100MM
Additional Requirements
  • Strong leadership experience
  • Experience in the proposed asset class and geographic market
  • Demonstrated experience in managing individual investors
  • Higher sponsor co-investment or credit enhancements
*ULI (Urban Land Institute), NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Development Association), CCIM Institute (Certified Commercial Investment Member), SIOR (the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors),IREM (Institute of Real Estate Managers)

Are you a sponsor looking to raise capital on the CrowdStreet Marketplace?
Contact our Capital Markets team for more information.



Evaluating the asset

When reviewing a potential deal, our team asks four key questions:

  1. Is the project within a core competency of the sponsor?
  2. Do the materials demonstrate professionalism and conform to industry standards?
  3. Are the deal assumptions supported by market data?
  4. Does the project match CrowdStreet investor preferences in terms of asset type, projected returns, and location?

We’re looking for deals, both single asset properties and commercial real estate funds, in markets across the U.S. with positive economic and demographic trends. Once a sponsor passes the initial screening stage, our Investments team reviews the individual deal to make sure that it aligns with the sponsor’s background and they have a track record of successfully executing that specific asset type. We also look for 3rd party data to support the business plan and validate the sponsor’s underlying assumptions. The team prepares an Investment Memo that covers sponsor designation, key deal points, capital stack, co-investment, and financial returns. All of that information is reviewed by our Investment Committee, which determines if the deal is right for the Marketplace.

To help us answer these questions, we ask that sponsors provide us with:

  • Project overviews
  • Pro Formas
  • Historical operating statements
  • Rent rolls
  • Market data
  • Sales comparables
  • Feasibility studies
  • Appraisals
  • Third-party data reports
  • Lease comparables

The team reviews the deal’s terms and associated documents against our standard deal term criteria. All potential deals are also screened against investor demand to ensure that there is an audience for and sufficient interest in the project.

As part of our ongoing review, our quality control process collects documentation throughout the lifecycle of the project to validate the sponsor and the underwriting of the opportunity, as well as for fraud prevention.

Read our Investment Thesis to learn more about what we’re looking for in each asset class.


Evaluating the deal materials

Our goal in reviewing the deal’s legal documents is to ensure there are no issues or discrepancies relating to the numbers and content between the documents and/or any conversations between CrowdStreet and the sponsor.

  • Any issues will be raised with the sponsor prior to launch.
  • Our team provides direct feedback and suggestions to help the deal conform to our standards
  • Sponsors can either adjust the terms or documents or withdraw their deal for consideration.


We collect standard third party reports and deal documents to confirm pro forma assumptions, capital structure, and the feasibility of the business plan. Among other things our team collects and reviews the:

  • Property Management Agreement
  • Loan Documents
  • Zoning Report
  • Purchase and Sale Agreement
  • Settlement Statement
  • Property Condition Report
  • Construction budget and contract
  • Deed of Trust
  • Lender Term Sheet
  • ALTA Survey
  • Environmental Report

We believe that informed investors are empowered investors. Our team uses the information we collect to create the detail page of any live deal so investors can do their own due diligence before deciding which deals are right for their portfolio.

Bringing commercial real estate to investors

Our Capital Markets team has relationships with some of the nation's most sophisticated sponsors, bringing dozens of potential deals to our Investments team for a more in-depth review every month. The Investments team puts each sponsor and their deal through our multi-stage, objective review process, looking for investment opportunities that meet the standards of our Marketplace. We pride ourselves on both the quantity and quality of our deal flow, giving investors the opportunity to build a diversified commercial real estate portfolio that meets their own investing criteria.

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