GROWTH EQUITY GROUP’S PRIME FEATURE IN COMMUNITY INVESTOR MAGAZINE
OWNING WITHOUT LANDLORDING
Growth Equity Group has set in motion a new way to invest in real estate in your retirement, in a strategy that’s shaking up the industry and providing clients the most exceptional level of customer service and care.
To often, investors stop short of adding real estate to their port- folios because the initial investment appears to be complex, and the long- term commitment labor-intensive. And rightly so: it can be difficult and costly to find appropriate properties and investors might not have the skills or resources to determine a property’s income-generating viability.
Appropriate and affordable financing can be difficult to find, with most non-recourse loans typically at rates of around 12 percent. Not to mention, the first thought to pop into an individual investor’s mind when he or she hears “income property” is a broken water heater in the middle of the night.
However, specialized real estate investment groups can offer comprehensive services to make both the initial and long-term investment in real estate simple and user-friendly for individual investors. These full-service firms handle everything from market analysis to building permits and cost of living index. Often, the firms buy or build properties in bulk at a discount achieved through research, relationships and years of expertise in the field. In addition to providing inventory, they enlist a proper maintenance and management team to avoid the late-night water heater scenario.
Be The Director Of Your Retirement
While the economy has shown signs of sustained recovery, continued un- certainty and market volatility on Wall Street prompt many investors to search for non-traditional methods to diversify their retirement portfolios. Self-direct- ed IRAs (SDIRAs) have gained momentum as the go-to investor’s choice to safely and effectively accomplish this while planning for the future. One of the many advantages of a self-directed IRA is the opportunity to experience significant gains by investing in alter- native assets and receive a sizable tax incentive. Similar to a traditional IRA, a SDIRA is also a tax-deferred retirement account that provides additional earning power with rental properties which accumulate income inside of the IRA with no capital gains tax. When utilizing a SDIRA, it is important to remember that certain rules still apply. Each asset has a different set of restrictions and investors must be aware of prohibited transactions to avoid penal- ties from the IRS.
With real estate, for example, all income generated from a property must go directly into the SDIRA; neither the account holder, nor a relative can live in the property; the property cannot be previously owned by family members; non-recourse loans must be used if the property is being financed; expenses related to the property can- not be paid with personal funds; and SDIRA funds cannot be used to pay off a personal mortgage.
Owning Without Landlording
Real estate not only introduces a new asset class to a retirement plan for true diversification, it protects against market fluctuations and allows investors to hedge inflation. While many traditional portfolios consist of assets that are highly correlated and can rise and fall in value together, income-producing real estate offers investors four ways to generate returns:
- RENTAL INCOME
- PROPERTY VALUE APPRECIATION
- EQUITY GENERATION OVER TIME
- FINAL SALE OF THE PROPERTY
Additionally, when utilizing a non-recourse loan to finance the property as opposed to traditional financing— an IRS requirement of SDIRAs— investors can leverage their entire account to increase buying power. For example, by using 50 percent leverage, an investor could buy a $100,000 property by putting down only $50,000 in principal out of the SDIRA, and utilize a non-recourse loan for the balance. The advantage of non-recourse loans is that they are based on the asset or property’s ability to pay off the remaining balance and the lender cannot seize the borrower’s other assets in the event of default.
Partnering With Experts
Specialized real estate investment groups can offer comprehensive services to make both the initial and long-term investment in real estate simple and user-friendly for self-directed investors. These firms handle everything from market analysis to building permits and future maintenance. Often times, the firms buy or build properties in bulk at a discount achieved through research, relationships and years of expertise in the field.
What Is Your Property Management Approach?
The GEGmanager.com portal provides clients 24/7/365 access to all their documents, financial data, and performance. With local boots on the ground, and an elite team at our Chicago HQ, investors get the best management, with one dedicated point of contact,” boasts Preston Despenas. “For individuals that don’t want to be looking back and kicking themselves for missing out, not just on profitable investment properties, but on smart tools like self-directed IRAs for rapid and compounding gains and non-recourse investor mortgage loans, it is worth investigating the GEG solution.”
No Vacancy, No Problem
The Rental Assurance Program is a pledge to recompense any losses due to tenant vacancy and empower investors to take advantage of real estate investment opportunities.
“While every Growth Equity Group property comes renter-occupied, the Rental Assurance Program ensures that cash flow continues in the event of any vacancy or tenant default. The program is one more way we offer clients peace of mind, making it easy for them to invest in real estate and help them achieve their financial goals. We make land-lording simple and virtually hassle-free. Due to the quality tenants already placed within each unit sold, our turn-key properties produce cash-flow from day one and we can ensure that promise with our new Rental Assurance Program”
The Rental Assurance Program safeguards Growth Equity Group clients for up to 12 months on newly purchased properties. The program ensures cash flow by paying the investor any lost rental income that resulted in tenant default or vacancy.
As part of the GEG Solution a full suite of services including inventory, financing, and property management, the Rental Assurance Program is available immediately at no cost for individual investors who purchase income properties from Growth Equity Group. All inventory has pre-approved non-recourse financing and comes with rental assurance protection, as well as GEG Manager, a free online property management tool, and self-directed investing support through Equity IRA free-of-charge.
The Real Rate Threat
A frothy stock market, roller coaster oil prices, and higher taxes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to issues battering investors today. Still, none of these risks compares to the threat of rising rates, and is adamant that interest rates will go up.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of individuals continue to seriously underestimate the impact of higher interest rates on their investment portfolios, which in turn will very much affect their day-to-day lives. Whether it’s in 6 months or 18 months, Preston Despenas warns that, “rising rates will impact all businesses from mom and pop shops to large institutions, and Fortune 500 companies. In turn this will obviously hit the wallets of everyone. However, perhaps most significantly of all, it will be a blow to the yields and cash flow of investors who drag their feet in restructuring portfolios and locking in the most attractive spreads on income-producing real estate”.
Alleviating that risk is something that traditional investors constantly scratch their heads over or they simply accept the returns that they generate in the stock market without weighing the options. The simple fact is self-directing in alternative assets isn’t a strategy most individuals are aware of because banks and brokers neglect to tell them.
On $250,000 of leverage, if rates rise to 8% investors would lose almost $500 per month in cash flow, and would pay almost $200,000 more in interest alone over a 30 year loan compared to a 5% rate today. Multiply this by 5 properties, and factor in rising asset prices, and this is a million-dollar mistake that investors will be kicking themselves for years to come.
In Search of Better Investments
The need to switch portfolio holdings is clear, but many investors have allowed themselves to be held back by uncertainty and wanting to ensure they make the perfect investment, all while trying to find the time. Banks haven’t been kind either. According to many of the clients, which have reached out to Growth Equity Group it no longer matters if you have been banking with the same institution for decades, or have been depositing mil- lions each year. Individuals are still suffering from poor customer service.
The big question is – where can investors find an efficient solution for investing in income producing real estate safely, and get access to attractive long term leverage that enables them to fully capitalize on the current market, and lock in the best spreads? Self-directed IRAs (SDIRAs) have become increasingly popular in recent years as individuals look to take charge of their retirement with alternative investments beyond stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Senior Partner, Preston Despenas, explains why Growth Equity Group’s inventory gives the investor the best possible options for leverage and growing their wealth in their retirement.
Why should you be interested? If you are interested in expanding your investment options for retirement, adding income producing real estate to a self-directed IRA is a terrific option to diversify your traditional portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. While other alternatives are available, many hard assets come with increased risk and volatility. Unlike those alternatives, real estate has the potential to protect your portfolio against inflation. Like other IRAs, the SDIRA offers tax-deferred or tax-free growth of your earnings. This means, your return has the ability to compound more quickly, and again increases your return on investment.
Growth Equity Group have penned a number of Self-directed IRA investment eBooks including, “The 4 Greatest Challenges Facing Self-Directed IRA Real Estate Investors” and “Don’t Risk It”. The eBooks delve into topics that constantly plague newly self-directed individuals and contain pointers necessary for even the most savvy of investors. GEG seeks to eliminate the risk of prospective investors running into prohibited transactions and keeping them on-course for IRS legalities. While a lot of literature exists on the subject of real estate inside of a Self-directed IRA, these eBooks look to shave away all the unnecessary portions and make it as simplistic as possible.
Growth Equity Group was recently awarded the Peoples Choice Award at The Chicago Innovation Awards. Growth Equity Group was nominated for its innovative online property management portal GEG-Manager. The People’s Choice Award is awarded to one of the Top 100 Chicago Innovation Awards finalists. Those who received the highest number of votes through an online popular vote won the Peoples Choice Award for either the public or private sector. Over 40,000 votes were submitted for the 2015 award. Growth Equity Group bested several reputable contenders to come in first place in the voting. The notable local media attention following the victory included sources such as Yahoo! Finance, The Chicago Tribune, and Morningstar, to name a few.
In February, the senior partners were set to ring the Nasdaq closing bell as result of the accolade. “We are very honored and extremely excited to partake in a celebration like this. Our winning this award and all the benefits that come along with the title really prove how imperative customer service is to us,” said Preston Despenas, Senior Partner and Co-founder of Growth Equity Group. “The purpose of our creation of the innovative software we call GEG Manager is to connect our investors with their investment no matter where they are. That convenience for our customers is what has earned us the recognition that brought us this amazing opportunity. The opportunity to ring the Nasdaq closing bell is a dream-come-true for spreading our message of diversification, and alternative investments like the option of implementing real estate into an IRA.”