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This guest post comes courtesy of Ryan Scribner, founder of Investing Simple — a personal finance and investing blog.

Very few people would say that they enjoy investing during uncertain times. We all tend to enjoy investing when the wind is in our sails. It feels good to purchase a stock or fund and see your money growing almost immediately. Up until 2020, this was exactly what most investors were experiencing. You would toss your money into the market and start seeing returns in a very short period of time, in some cases almost immediately.

However, during uncertain times, it…

When investing in a real estate project, investors consider different parts of the capital stack as an entry point, from senior and mezzanine debt, to preferred and common equity (see our article to learn more). Investors who prefer to reap the benefits of a levered return and potential upside generally seek to invest in the common Capital Stack equity, which has traditionally been bifurcated between equity investors or limited partners (“LPs”) and real estate sponsors or general partners (“GPs”).

This article takes a look at the relationship between LPs and GPs and outlines the risk-reward dynamic of LP and GP…

We enjoy connecting with investors and learning about their unique stories, experiences, and strategies. EquityMultiple’s Investor Relations Team has spoken with countless investors across the United States. This is an interview with Geoff, an entrepreneur and EquityMultiple investor from Charlotte, North Carolina…

Key Takeaways

Geoff has always taken an entrepreneurial approach to wealth creation, hence his self-directed approach to real estate investing.

He likes the narrative side of commercial real estate investing, and the specific thesis of more niche asset classes.

Given the events of 2020, Geoff is more drawn to debt investments in the near future.

Tell us a bit about yourself … outside of work, what do you like to do? What freedoms do you hope to attain through investing ?

My favorite adventures are being outdoors with my wife and kids. Whether that’s hitting the local trails by foot or mountain bike and when we’re by the water, I really enjoy paddle boarding and soaking up all the wonderful things the ocean/beach has to offer. …

Single-family rental investing entails investment into low-density housing in attractive suburban and in-fill neighborhoods with multiple bedrooms and no shared spaces. The aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis left home ownership lower by 6% from its original peak in 2005 of approximately 70%. Each 1% drop in the homeownership rate equates to approximately 750,000 homes. In the years that followed, single family homes suddenly became a deep value investment opportunity, drawing the attention of some of the largest private equity managers and developers, where scale could generate significantly higher rental yields as compared to the more fragmented mom and pop…

Select sunbelt multifamily markets have shown relative strength during the pandemic, owing to a combination of low cost-of-living; relatively low population density that may currently appeal to renters and employers; favorable tax regimes for residents and employers; local economies less predicated on tourism; and limited supply of new housing stock.

Albuquerque is one such market, which exhibits the above sunbelt characteristics in addition to geographic restrictions to expansion and a solid U.S. Military presence that reduces volatility. Rent expansion in Albuquerque has remained flat or positive throughout the COVID crisis. On a trailing three-month basis through September, rents rose 0.6%…

Roommates, communal bathrooms, and shared common spaces might bring you back to your college days. However, many working professionals are turning to this type of lifestyle for a sense of community and a lower cost of living. In gateway cities where rent has become increasingly expensive-such as San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles-the co-living model is a viable, lower-cost alternative for professionals who are seeking proximity to employment and cultural opportunities.

Co-living is a form of communal living in which residents get a private bedroom in a furnished multi-unit property with shared common areas. Since its emergence in 2008…

EquityMultiple has been making real estate investing simple, transparent, and accessible for accredited individuals since 2015. We are not the only company that has sought to bring individual investors more access to alternative assets. In the years since The JOBS Act of 2012, the set of opportunities available to individual investors has increased dramatically.

Note: this article first appeared on the EquityMultiple Resource Center.

During this time the crowd investing space has matured, the early pretenders have fallen by the wayside, and the mature platforms of today have established a spectrum of models as far as what is offered to…

A triple-net lease refers to an arrangement between a tenant and a property operator whereby the tenant is responsible for all of the property’s major operating expenses. This article breaks down the triple-net lease concept, compares triple-net with other common lease types, and explains what to consider when evaluating a triple-net lease investment.

Commercial real estate lease structures may vary considerably depending on the property, tenant profile, and business model of both the tenant(s) and the property operator. Over the past several months, EquityMultiple has offered several triple-net lease investments, including an Amazon procurement center and an addiction treatment facility.

The Three “N”s

In recent quarters, EquityMultiple has expanded our real estate investment offerings beyond distinct properties to Funds, Opportunity Zone, and 1031 Exchange investments. The goal is simple: to provide further means of diversification and tax-efficient investing strategies to complement the debt, preferred equity, and equity investments we have offered since inception.

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, this diversity of product provides even greater benefit to our investors. Please read on for a review of our three “Approaches”, and how these different types of investment can help you position your portfolio for the economic recovery.

The Fund Approach

Private and non-traded fund structures offer…

There are many paths to creating a balanced real estate portfolio. Historically, EquityMultiple’s offerings have focused on private real estate investment opportunities. The most recent offering — a public, non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) — provides investors with a new path toward diversification. Below are explanations distinguishing a private REIT, a publicly-traded REIT, and a public non-traded REIT, including certain historical metrics, trends, and considerations for investing in each.

In order to qualify as a REIT:

  • 75% of gross income must be comprised of rents from real property, interest on mortgages financing real property, or from sales of real…


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