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National Directory of Real Estate Investment Clubs & Groups


National Directory of Real Estate Investment Clubs & Groups

Real estate investor associations allow individual investors to syndicate real estate deals that would be otherwise unattainable for an individual. For example, a dozen investors might pool their money together in a multi-family real estate investment group to purchase and then manage a $5MM apartment complex. By syndicating this deal across a dozen investors, each individual investor gains access to an investment class that may have been too expensive with their current funds and is also able to spread the risk of the deal across several stakeholders in the enterprise. HouseCashin provides a current directory that lists real estate investor groups in your area to allow individual investors to gain access to the best real estate deals on the market.

Frequently Asked Questions

Real estate investment clubs (aka real estate investment groups or “REIGs”) consist of groups of individual investors who pool their own money to execute and manage real estate investments. By definition, a REIG is any association where individual partners pool their capital to execute deals but do not meet the requirements to become a REIT (e.g. must offer publicly traded shares, distributes at least 90% of its income each quarter to shareholders). A real estate investment can be structured as a partnership (which includes most crowdfunding platforms online) or a corporation (which includes standard corporate governance agreements and shares in the enterprise. For either structure, individual investors will have certain rights and obligations connected to their role and ownership in the entity. House flipping investment groups are excellent examples of real estate investment clubs that include specific obligations for individual investors (usually related to services rendered by certain investors, such as management of subcontractors). For any REIGs, individuals should be careful when entering a partnership or corporate agreement, and should ask themselves what could go wrong.

Real estate investment clubs are accessible to almost any investor who has their own capital and often, their own unique expertise (e.g. property management, construction) to bring to the table. Typically, an existing property investment association will have an enterprise value based on its current capital and investments, and new investors will buy shares in an existing partnership relative to the size of their capital investment or the assumed value of their future services. Other times, new investors might network together to form an entirely new REIG. It’s essential that during the formation of an REIG that all investors carefully consider the partnership agreement for the LLC and make clear legal consequences for investors who fail to fulfill their obligations. Those consequences are especially critical when an investor’s obligation isn’t just money invested, but includes a service rendered. For an investor who receives a share of an REIG by offering their property management services, for example, the REIG operating agreement should make the requirements for rendering those property management services explicitly clear. Occasionally, REIGs will be comprised of investors in a national alliance across several states who syndicate much larger deals (usually multifamily properties). While rarer than local groups, these interstate groups can be excellent sources of networking for fundraising.

There are several significant advantages to joining a REIG. These include:

  1. Access to previously hard-to-reach deals. By pooling capital or expertise together, REIG’s allow investors to access attractive investments, such as multifamily rentals, flip properties, or even wholesale deals for real estate wholesale clubs that would otherwise be unattainable for an investor who doesn’t have the individual capital or expertise by themselves.
  2. Dilution of risk. Like all investments, real estate investments carry a certain degree of risk - this is especially true for real estate investments that involve significant amounts of renovation or construction. By investing through a REIG, each investor reduces the amount of capital and time they need to risk in a deal while also reducing their potential exposure to mortgage defaults and lawsuits.
  3. Networking. Being able to leverage the resources of several local investors in an REIG is invaluable for finding good deals, knowing how to identify bad deals and finding the right professionals (e.g. subcontractors, real estate attorneys).
  4. Education opportunity. REIGs offer a rare opportunity for new investors to learn from established experts in a local real estate market. Each local real estate market is highly unique, with different opportunities and risks. Knowledge and experience are enormously valuable for any real estate investor.

Like any significant commitment of time or money, the first step is to attend some networking meeting with several REIGs in your area to see which strategies and individuals best align with your real estate investing goals. After finding an attractive REIG, you will likely be asked to pay membership dues, which average between $100-$300 per annum. Keep in mind that the many members in a broader REIG might never actually join in an REIG that executes a real estate deal. Most REIG investment entities are formed when 5-10 investors in a broader REIG find a deal. For example, they find a flip property or a multifamily property, and create a partnership agreement to execute that deal. If successful, most of those partnerships will continue doing deals and potentially, bringing on new partners. Having capital or expertise is essential when looking to join with other members in an REIG to execute a deal: you need to bring something to the table. Most residential real estate investing groups will have a lower minimum investment requirement than a team that invests in much larger deals (e.g. apartment complexes).

Overwhelmingly, a simple Google search will be enough to identify dozens of REIGs in your local area. Those REIGs will have websites or other investor pages that will let prospective members know when open-networking events are happening and also give a sense of what real estate strategies those groups focus on. But it’s important to choose a reputable real estate investment group in your location. HouseCashin provides a list of vetted top-rated REIGs so that investors can find the best partners in their local market. To view the list for your city, choose your location on this very page.

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