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The Power of Investing in Commercial Real Estate

Potential Benefits of Real Estate Investing1
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Cash Flow
Properties may earn rental income from tenants. The more stabilized the property or higher its occupancy, the greater the chance of a steady and predictable stream of cash.
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Inflation Protection
Over the long-term, real estate may provide a hedge against inflation, since property values and rental income typically increase during periods of inflation.
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Diversification
Real estate can provide diversification within a portfolio of traditional investments such as stocks and bonds.
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Pursuing alternative investments

Forward-thinking investors should consider alternatives outside of the stock market and public exchanges. Real estate may provide a solution.

More Than Just Diversification
While the real estate market can fluctuate, it has demonstrated over time to be less volatile compared to some other asset classes. The potential for this stability can be a distinct advantage to investors.
Appreciation and Income
Historically, real estate investments have offered some investors a path to wealth through property appreciation and the generation of steady income. On the RealtyMogul platform, we strive to offer both paths, with Private Placements and Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”). Also consider 1031 Exchange properties for potential tax benefits. 1,2
Commercial real estate investment considerations by property type
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Multifamily
Description:
Residential buildings that vary by location (urban or suburban) and may be further classified by structure: high-rise, mid-rise, or garden-style.


Considerations when Investing:
Economic drivers include demographic trends, home ownership, household formation rates, and local employment growth. Leases are typically short term and adjust quickly to market conditions. Generally considered to be one of the more defensive investment types within commercial real estate, though they are still subject to competitive pressures from newer construction.
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Retail
Description:
Everything from small shopping centers, strip malls, and outlets to large power centers with a “category-dominating” anchor tenant.


Considerations when Investing:
Broadly influenced by the health of the overall economy including employment growth, the region’s economic focus, and demand for office space. More local factors include the property location and its traffic flow; population demographics; and local household incomes and buying patterns. Leases also often have long terms, which means that after a while lease rates may lag behind current market rates. Step ups in lease rates may need to wait until lease expirations.
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Office
Description:
Range from high-rise multi-tenant structures in city business districts to mid-rise single-tenant buildings in suburban areas.


Considerations when Investing:
Rents and valuations are influenced by employment growth and a region’s economic focus. Individualized tenant improvements are usually not very involved, but credit quality of tenants is key; re-leases of office space typically require some lead time to sign, finalize, and execute. Office properties often have longer-term leases that can lag behind current market lease rates, so that significant “step-ups” or “step-downs” of rental rates may occur when leases expire.
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Industrial
Description:
Manufacturing facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, research & development (R&D) properties and flex-space.


Considerations when Investing:
Manufacturing and R&D properties tend to be build-to-suit buildings that can be difficult to “re-tenant” without extensive modifications, while warehouses and distribution centers can be more generic buildings. Industrial properties are also influenced less by local job growth more than by larger economic drivers such as global trade growth (imports and exports) and corporate inventory levels. As with office buildings and retail centers, industrial property leases tend to have long terms, so that over time lease rates can fall behind “market.”
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Other
Description:
Self-storage facilities, mobile home parks, student housing and hospitality.


Considerations when Investing:
Key drivers include demographic trends, the state of the national economy in general, and large macroeconomic drivers such as supply/demand.
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Balancing risk and return1
Moving between the three primary real estate investment strategies is a bit like stepping up the ladder in terms of taking on more risk and, in theory, being compensated for that risk with higher returns.

A well-balanced commercial real estate portfolio may include some or even all of these different investment strategies.

Investment Strategies3

Each of the three primary categories of real estate investment strategies has its own risk and return characteristics.

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Core
Properties that are stable, fully leased, well-located and typically Class A. Lower risk and lower reward, with low leverage, if any.
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Value-Add
Lower occupancy or secondary market locations with an opportunity to increase value through renovations or repositioning. Medium risk and reward with low to medium leverage.
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Opportunistic
Typically raw land or ground-up development with little to no near term cash flow. High risk and high reward with high leverage.
Passive vs. Active Forms of Ownership

The way an investor owns real estate can be just as important as the underlying real estate and investment strategy. Considerations need to be made for taxes, property operations, potential tenant issues, diversification and individual financial responsibility.

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DISCLAIMERS
1 Investments in real estate are speculative, highly illiquid, and involve substantial risk. You should not invest unless you can sustain the risk of loss of capital, including the risk of total loss of capital. Please carefully review the general platform Disclosures and the specific offering documents for each investment product which contain important information about the fees you will pay, conflicts of interest, and relevant specific and general risks.

2 There is no guarantee that the RealtyMogul Income REIT, LLC’s (“Income REIT”) or RealtyMogul Apartment Growth REIT, Inc.’s (“Apartment Growth REIT”) members or shareholders, respectively, will receive a distribution. Distributions have been paid from sources other than cash flow from operations, including net proceeds from the offerings, cash advances by RM Adviser, LLC, manager of the Income REIT and Apartment Growth REIT (the “Manager”), cash resulting from a waiver of fees or reimbursements due to Manager, borrowings and the issuance of additional securities. The Manager of Income RIET or the Board of Directors of Apartment Growth REIT may in the future declare lower distributions or no distributions at all for any given period.

3 Investors should carefully consider the most appropriate risk tolerance for their personal financial situation. Diversification and rebalancing strategies do not ensure a profit and do not protect against losses in declining markets. All investments involve some degree of risk. It’s important that you understand that you could lose some or all of the money you invest.
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