How to invest
Passive income is earnings derived from enterprises or investments in which a person is not actively involved. Unlike active income, passive income allows participants to see wealth generation benefits long after implementing the foundational "work". For many, the ultimate goal is to create sustainable passive income streams that eventually surpass their earned income leading to financial freedom.
Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment is an excellent way to earn a passive income from a real asset driven by a few key factors:
Traditionally direct ownership of individual assets has been the main way investors earn passive income in CRE. This method involves an investor sourcing and evaluating an opportunity, liaising with an agent, carrying out significant due diligence, engaging lawyers on property conveyancing, and then either assuming ongoing asset management or outsourcing this to a third party. This method is suited to investors able to dedicate large amounts of time and capital to CRE investing. While asset level control and low fees are benefits to this strategy there are significant disadvantages including; large capital entry requirements, lack of diversification, potential lack of transparency, liquidity issues, and potentially lack of investment expertise to produce sustainable asset performance.
Investors can participate in real estate pooled-investment vehicles as a way to build passive income portfolios. Several investors pool their capital together to purchase real estate, which is managed by a third-party, in exchange for ongoing cash and capital returns. Property syndications, and crowdfunding platforms all embody this way of investing by allowing investors to hold a fractional interest in the underlying asset/s. Benefits of this method include the flexibility of allocation size and the ability to leverage investment and management expertise. Downsides can include high fees or misalignment of incentives between the Investor and the manager. This avenue of earning passive income has proliferated in recent years due to the high returns many investments offer compared to bank deposits.
A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a publicly-traded company that owns, and in most cases operates, income-producing real estate. REITs give investors the ability to realise the passive income associated with real estate ownership without the trouble of being a landlord in the traditional sense. REITs main benefit is the liquidity the public markets provide along with a certain level of diversification. Disadvantages of publicly listed REITs are that they display a strong correlation with stock market volatility, offer no asset level control, and often offer lower yields compared to direct ownership opportunities.
REITs give investors the ability to experience the economic benefits associated with real estate ownership without the trouble of being a landlord in the traditional sense. They can be thought of as a mutual fund, and offer individuals an opportunity to invest in the real estate sector while remaining completely passive.
Many regulations govern REITs, the most important being that they must distribute at least 90% of their taxable income to shareholders each year as dividends; the REIT is permitted to deduct dividends paid to shareholders from its taxable income. The unique tax advantages offered by REITs can translate into superior yields for investors seeking higher returns with relative stability. Publicly listed REITs are often correlated with stock market volatility and high management fees, which is why some investors choose to stay away from this method of investing.
Commercial real estate offers several different ways to build your passive income. There is work that goes into reviewing an investment opportunity, finding a qualified investment opportunity, or getting an investment to perform as intended. An understanding of critical revenue and cost drivers of an investment opportunity, asset management strategies and the tax implications of that strategy is key to building a sustainable and enduring passive income portfolio.
Here at Jasper, we offer investors the best attributes of direct ownership, proportionate ownership schemes, and REITs. It’s a better, smarter way to invest in real estate.
Posted on 6 May 2020
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