When you invest in your first syndication, it can sometimes feel like you’re doing so in a vacuum. You’re trying to learn all the lingo, review deal packages, and make the leap of faith in committing a huge chunk of money into a property you’ve likely never seen in person.
When I first started investing in syndications, I certainly felt this way. I knew, logically, that there were plenty of other investors investing in the project with me, but it still felt like I was walking the path alone, and there were many fears and unknowns along that path.
I knew that, unlike investing in stocks with my online brokerage account, once I wired my money into a syndication, I wouldn’t be able to log in anywhere and “see” it, which was a terrifying proposition at the time. What if that money just disappeared into thin air? Where would I even begin to try to get my money back?
All these questions swirled around in my head, but I forged on. Over the weeks and months when I was starting out, I did a ton of research and talked to a ton of people. Every article I read and every conversation I had gave me a bit more peace of mind, until I was able to tip the scales and feel confident and ready to take the plunge.
If you’re in that same boat of considering investing in your first syndication, I’d like to share a few recommendations for getting through those initial fears and uncertainties:
Education is the best way to fight back against the fear of the unknown. Investing $50,000 or more can be absolutely daunting, and you don’t want to spend the next several months or years with sleepless nights, worrying about your investment.
The best way to build your investing confidence is to do your research. Listen to podcasts, read books, and search through online articles and forums to gain different perspectives, so you can build a 360-degree view of the whole process.
Here are a few great places to start:
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – one of the best books ever written on financial freedom, the investing mindset, and the power of investing in real estate
BiggerPockets – massive online community of real estate investors. #rabbithole
Real Wealth Network – great source for info about some growing markets around the country
The Goodegg Blog
In particular, these posts are a great place to start:
This one requires you to get out from behind your screen and actually talk to people, but trust me, it’s completely worth it, and it can save you tons of time in the long run.
When you’re starting out in real estate investing, there’s so much to learn, that just getting to the point where you know what questions to ask is an accomplishment in and of itself. Most people who venture into the world of real estate investing are so bewildered that they never even get to the point of asking questions.
This is where forums like BiggerPockets can be extremely helpful, because you can see the questions that others are asking, which may be questions you didn’t even know to ask.
When you’re preparing to invest in your first real estate syndication, there are no dumb questions. This is a big investment and could make a significant difference in your family’s future, so be sure to leave no stone unturned.
We always love when our investors ask us questions, because it tells us that they’re thinking critically about the situation, taking it seriously, and doing their own due diligence. Those are exactly the types of investors we want to partner with, and those are the investors who will invest confidently and remain confident throughout the life of the project.
A syndication, by its mere definition, is a group investment. That means that there are others out there like you, who are in your same shoes or have walked in them before you.
When you’re just starting out, it can be tremendously helpful to find and connect with others who are new to investing, as well as more experienced investors.
Those who are new to investing will share many of your same anxieties, questions, confusions, and excitement. Those who have invested in a real estate syndication before can provide invaluable firsthand accounts of their experience with various projects and sponsors.
You can find other investors through online forums like BiggerPockets, through local networking events, or by asking sponsors if they’ll put you in touch with some of their current investors.
If you haven’t already, start by checking out Shannon’s story. Shannon was in your shoes not long ago, and she and her husband did a TON of research before deciding to invest in their first real estate syndication.
By connecting with fellow investors like Shannon, you’ll start to build a community of investors around you that will help you, not only in getting through your fears, but also in connecting you with great investment opportunities.
This is one that we highly, highly recommend to all our investors.
When you’re shopping for a new couch, it’s unlikely you’ll buy the first one you come across. The more couches you look at, measure, and sit on, the more you’ll know exactly what you want, and don’t want.
The same goes for real estate syndications. The first time you look through an investment summary, you might be completely overwhelmed by all the financial projections, data, and lingo.
However, the more investment summaries you review, the more you’ll start to understand the flow of the deal packages, how each sponsor communicates, and exactly what strikes your fancy.
When we open up a new investment opportunity, it typically fills up within a few days. This leads new investors to panic, thinking that they’re missing the boat and that they should hurry up and learn everything so they can get a spot in a deal.
I’m here to tell you, there’s no need to rush. There will always be more great deals.
What’s important is for you to take the time you need to truly feel comfortable with your investment. It likely took you a long time to save up that money you’re about to invest, so don’t sink it into the first deal you come across.
Allow yourself the time to do the research, talk to people, and consider alternatives, so that if and when you finally do invest in that first real estate syndication, you are confident and excited about every step of the process.
If you take away nothing else from this article, I hope you’ll remember this. Investing in a real estate syndication is a big deal. And it’s completely normal to feel scared, confused, skeptical, anxious, and maybe a bit timid.
Every successful investor started out in your shoes.
What separates those who successfully invest and build passive income, from those who give up and return to their old ways, is action. Plain and simple. In the face of uncertainty, those who take action will find success.
In preparing to invest in your first real estate syndication, I highly recommend that you do the following:
And if anyone tries to rush you or pressure you to invest, you tell ’em to come talk to me.
Investing in your first real estate syndication is a huge milestone in your investing journey, and, even though your head might be spinning now, this is a time to savor.
Enjoy the learning process. Enjoy being a newbie. Enjoy the adventure ahead.