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Real estate investments offer significant potential for financial growth, but it’s not without risk. At Ascent Equity Group, we empower our investors with the knowledge to navigate these risks effectively.

Let’s look into the key risk factors associated with real estate investments and the strategies we employ to mitigate them. Using our latest investment, Sunrise on Chandler, as an example, we’ll explore how careful debt management, expense control, and operational stability form the backbone of a robust investment strategy. Understanding these factors is essential for any investor looking to maximize returns while minimizing potential pitfalls.

Key Risk Factors in Real Estate Investments

       1. Debt Management

The most significant risk factor in real estate investments is debt. To mitigate this risk, securing a fixed-interest rate loan is essential. For Sunrise on Chandler, we’ve locked in a fixed interest rate for five years, with five years of interest-only payments. This strategy stabilizes our largest monthly expense and provides predictability in our financial planning.

       2. Expense Control

Controlling expenses is vital in managing a property efficiently. There are three primary expenses that can be unpredictable in real estate syndications:

a. Mortgage Payments: With a fixed interest rate, our mortgage payments remain stable, minimizing the risk of fluctuating costs.

 

b. Property Taxes: Property Taxes: In certain states like Florida and Texas, property taxes have seen significant increases. However, in Phoenix, where Sunrise on Chandler is located, property taxes are capped at a 5% increase annually. This cap allows us to predict and manage tax expenses effectively.

 

c. Insurance Costs: Insurance can be a significant expense, especially in regions prone to natural disasters. For example, in Florida, insurance costs for one of our properties tripled from $100,000 to $300,000 due to increased climate risks. In contrast, Phoenix is relatively protected from natural disasters such as tornadoes, and hurricanes, with minimal fires, resulting in more reasonable insurance costs. This stability significantly reduces the risk associated with insurance expenses.

       3. Operational Stability

Maintaining operational stability is another critical aspect of risk management. For Sunrise on Chandler, we are fortunate to have a highly regarded property manager, Nancy, who has been successfully managing the property. Keeping the same management team in place reduces disruption and ensures continuity in operations. Additionally, Sunrise, the operator of the deal, will continue to be involved, further minimizing execution risk.

 

By addressing these key risk factors—debt management, expense control, and operational stability—we have created a robust investment strategy for Sunrise on Chandler. This comprehensive approach to risk management ensures that we can provide our investors with stable and predictable returns while minimizing risk.

Investing in real estate requires a nuanced understanding of the risks involved and the strategies to mitigate them.

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