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Core Plus investing in commercial real estate is a strategy for investors to earn a steady income from their investment, while also taking on moderate risk to make higher returns potentially. This strategy involves investing in a “core” portfolio of stable, income-generating properties, such as office buildings or apartment complexes. The “plus” part of the strategy involves the acquisition of properties that may need minor cosmetic or maintenance work completed, and/or leasing up to full occupancy.
There are four investment strategies to consider with different risks and rewards types. While each strategy has its strengths and weaknesses, Core Plus can be considered the “Goldilocks” of the group since it offers both stability and moderate growth in return for your investment.
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Core Plus Investments Provide Stable Income
Core Plus real estate investments can earn a stable income through the rental income generated by the “core” properties in the portfolio. These properties are typically stable, income-generating assets such as office buildings, retail centers, or apartment complexes.
They are often located in established, desirable areas and have a high occupancy rate, which can provide a steady stream of rental income for the investor.
For example, imagine if your portfolio includes a stable office building in a busy downtown area. The office building is fully leased to a variety of tenants, including businesses and professionals, and generates a steady stream of rental income for you. This rental income can provide a stable source of income, even if the value of the office building fluctuates.
Core Plus Investments Offer Moderate Growth
The ‘Plus’ in the Core Plus strategy includes the potential to earn higher returns on your investment if your capital is invested into assets that need minor cosmetic and maintenance completed, and/or leasing to fill occupancy. Additionally, if your asset is in an “up-and-coming” area, your initial investment can potentially increase in value over time as the area develops.
For example, perhaps you invest in a modern building that virtually needs no cosmetic or maintenance improvements. However, the asset is in an evolving and growing area, but it currently does not have a strong, or premier tenant base. This investment categorizes as a Core Plus investment rather than a ‘Core’ investment because the current renters are undesirable, the occupancy is low, and the area is still developing. With time, as the developers leave and new renters are acquired, both your passive income and growth on your initial investment have the potential to climb.
Core Plus Investments Provide Diversification
Another benefit of investing in a Core Plus strategy is that it allows you to diversify your portfolio, spreading out your risk using different commercial real estate assets. By including both stable, moderate and higher-risk investments, you can potentially reduce the impact on your portfolio if any one investment underperforms.
For example, if you invest in a fund that includes properties where growth trends are not performing as expected, the income generated from the investment can help you potentially offset those losses.
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What to consider before investing in Core Plus Real Estate
When considering whether to invest in a core plus real estate fund that might be a good fit for your portfolio—or any private real estate investment, for that matter—it’s important to first establish a foundational framework.
Key components include:
- Clearly defining your short-, medium- and long-term financial goals
- Considering whether your priority is to perfect a passive income stream, build wealth, or something in between
- Understanding your risk tolerance
- Assessing your ability to hold illiquid investments
Most individual investors will benefit from the support of financial, tax, and legal advisors throughout the asset allocation and portfolio construction process.
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