According to Freddie Mac, there were approximately 43 million renter households across the United States in 2019, representing 36% of all households.
While returns have dominated the CRE conversation over the past decade of growth, recent events, namely the volatility and unprecedented economic shutdowns caused by COVID-19, have amplified many investors' concerns about the other side of the coin: risk. From hotels to shopping centers to office buildings, people are paying attention to risk. The market has already experienced tremendous change and it is difficult to forecast which further changes will occur.
Successfully cultivating investment opportunities for a private capital network involves carefully balancing the desire for strong investment returns against the risk inherent in achieving those returns. Risk is increased in times of uncertainty, and the current economic situation has investors asking how to effectively (and safely) allocate their capital. We believe that with the right sponsor partners, strong execution in the form of comprehensive underwriting, deal evaluation, and favorable investment structures, investors can find Alpha – excess return above the market - in a variety of different market conditions. This article explains how Alpha Investing is structured to source high-caliber sponsors and provide strong risk-adjusted opportunities to its members.
Commercial real estate, given its illiquid nature, is generally much slower to respond to economic shocks such as the COVID-19 crisis, however, the impact is certainly beginning to unfold as well. Whether you’re a long-time investor or someone who’s just getting started, it’s important to be prepared for recessions such as these.