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Real Estate Syndication FAQ: A Frequently Asked Questions Guide

Explore real estate syndication: navigate investment horizons, understand tax implications, and more with our comprehensive FAQ guide.
by CrowdStreet

11 Frequently Asked Questions About Real Estate Syndication 

Real estate syndication is a collective investment avenue where multiple investors pool their financial resources to acquire equity positions in real estate ventures that might be otherwise unattainable, either due to a lack of sufficient capital or real estate project management experience.

Let’s examine a few of the most frequently asked questions from prospective real estate syndication investors.

Tip: Learn more about real estate syndication with CrowdStreet’s Guide to Real Estate Syndication


How to syndicate a real estate deal?

Syndicating a real estate deal involves identifying a viable investment opportunity, structuring the deal, raising capital, ensuring legal compliance, acquiring and managing the property, and eventually executing an exit strategy. 

Throughout the process, syndicators, also known as sponsors, must maintain transparent communication with investors, distribute profits, if any, according to the agreed structure, and adhere to all relevant securities regulations and legal requirements. 

The goal is to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome by pooling resources to access real estate investments and implementing strategies to achieve favorable outcomes.


What is the minimum investment required for syndication real estate?

The minimum investment for real estate syndication can vary widely depending on the deal and the syndicator, but it typically ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 or more.


Are real estate syndications available for non-accredited investors?

While many syndications are structured for accredited investors, there are opportunities available for non-accredited investors, depending on the regulatory exemptions the syndicator is operating under.


How long is the typical investment horizon in real estate syndication?

The investment horizon for real estate syndication can vary, but it typically ranges between 5 to 10 years, depending on the project and the syndicator’s strategy. It’s important to keep in mind that these are generally illiquid investments. 


Can I invest in syndicated real estate deals through a self-directed IRA?

Yes, many investors use self-directed IRAs to invest in real estate syndications, but it is up to the syndicator whether or not they allow self-directed IRAs.


What are the tax implications of investing in syndicated real estate deals?

Investing in syndicated real estate can offer several tax benefits, including depreciation, mortgage interest deductions, and potentially lower capital gains taxes. There can also be potentially negative tax implications, including income being classified as Unrelated Business Taxable Income for some investors investing through a retirement account or added complexity in the tax filing process. However, individual tax implications can vary, so consulting a tax professional is advisable.


How do I find experienced syndicators and evaluate their track records?

Researching online, networking with other investors, and attending real estate investment seminars are some ways to find and evaluate syndicators. Assessing their past projects, experience, and transparency is crucial in evaluating their track record.


What happens if a syndicated property fails to execute on its business plan?

If a property underperforms, investors may be negatively impacted, including a complete loss of capital. The specific impact will depend on the deal’s structure and the reasons for the underperformance.


Can I exit a syndication real estate deal before the investment term ends?

Exiting early can be challenging, if not impossible, as real estate syndications are illiquid investments. However, some syndicators may offer buyout options or facilitate secondary sales, but these can come with challenges and potential discounts.


Are there any specific legal requirements for syndicated real estate investments?

Yes, real estate syndications must comply with various laws, and syndicators must provide detailed disclosure documents to potential investors. Compliance with local real estate laws and regulations is also essential.


Is there a difference between direct and online real estate syndication?

Short answer: kind of. Real estate syndication involves a collection of investors pooling resources to invest in property, typically managed by a sponsor. Online real estate syndication connects investors to these opportunities via online platforms, generally making investment more accessible. Both methods allow passive investment in real estate.

Still have more questions about real estate syndication? We’ve got you covered. Check out the Comprehensive CrowdStreet Real Estate Syndication Guide and details on the pros and cons of real estate syndication.

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