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Benefits of Self-Directed IRAs for Real Estate

July 9, 2019

Benefits of Using Self-Directed IRAs For Real Estate By Adam Gower Ph.D. Alternative Assets   Recent research indicates that including alternative investments in a portfolio increases risk-adjusted returns. These “out of the norm” investments range from real estate to market funds, such as lending platforms or other less tread investment paths. Institutional investors have embraced…

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Portfolio Diversification Benefits of Real Estate

July 9, 2019

Portfolio Diversification Benefits of Real Estate By Adam Gower Ph.D. A New Approach for Your Portolio   Registered investment advisors, or RIAs, have long scoured the market for the top performing securities to invest in on behalf of their high-net-worth clients. Historically, RIAs would invest in some combination of stocks, bonds, and cash as a…

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Cap Rates: Ultimate Real Estate Investing Guide

June 27, 2019

Cap Rates: Ultimate Real Estate Investing Guide By Adam Gower Ph.D. I’ll tell you right now this is probably one of the most used terms in real estate and it is one of the most misunderstood. As much as it’s used, it always astonishes me how little cap rates are understood. If you ask 10…

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Real Estate Sponsor Fees and the Role They Play

June 11, 2019

Real Estate Sponsor Fees and the Role They Play By Adam Gower Ph.D.   When looking at any real estate deal with a new sponsor, understanding the principals’ motivation for why they are doing a particular transaction is a key consideration. The best sponsors will be able to articulate clearly the strengths and weaknesses of…

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Real Estate Waterfalls – The Simpler the Better

June 5, 2019

Real Estate Waterfalls – The Simpler the Better By Adam Gower Ph.D. Real estate syndications use what are called ‘waterfalls’ to structure and compensate principals and investors, and these are seldom altered once a developer creates a structure that works for them. There are, however, a vast array of ways in which waterfalls are designed…

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The Impact of Crowdfunding on Real Estate Waterfall Structures

June 5, 2019

The Impact of Crowdfunding on Real Estate Waterfall Structures By Adam Gower Ph.D. Waterfall calculations are used by real estate developers to calculate distributions to investors during the life cycle of a project and there have been some notable shifts in how they are structured since the emergence of real estate crowdfunding – with significant…

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Real Estate Waterfall Outliers

June 4, 2019

The Outliers of the Real Estate Waterfall World By Adam Gower Ph.D. When investing in a real estate project as a passive partner, cash distributions are calculated and made using what is called a ‘waterfall,’ most of which are structured according to reasonably uniform standards, and some of which are more creative.   According to…

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Sponsor Fees and the Motivating Factor in Real Estate Investing

April 28, 2019

Sponsor Fees and the Motivating Factor in Real Estate Investing By Adam Gower Ph.D. When looking at any real estate deal with a sponsor, understanding the principals’ motivation for why they are doing a particular transaction is a key consideration prudent investors should keep in mind. The best sponsors will be able to articulate clearly…

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Unwrapping Assumptions in Real Estate Analysis

April 19, 2019

Unwrapping Assumptions in Real Estate Analysis By Adam Gower Ph.D. The Promise of High Returns   It is easy for investors to be seduced by the promise of high returns on a real estate deal and while there is nothing wrong, of course, with wanting a high return it’s important for investors to understand what…

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Aspects for Evaluating a Sponsor

April 9, 2019

Aspects for Evaluating a Sponsor By Adam Gower Ph.D. Investing in an average real estate deal with a great sponsor instead of a great real estate deal with an average sponsor can be a wise investment decision. As the sponsor has such an impact on the trajectory of how the real estate is going to…

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