Realty Mogul: MogulREIT I, MogulREIT II. Review
Category: Non-accredited investor funds
Honors: Best for debt (MogulREIT I)
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Realty Mogul was the 2nd platform in the industry to introduce nationally available funds to non-accredited investors. Currently it has 2 main funds.
This fund invests in debt and debt-like securities.("loans, equity in commercial real estate ventures and other real estate-related assets").
It's made more than 12 months of 8% (annualized) monthly distributions. It has no performance fee, which is one of the biggest fees if the fund as well. It has a nice feature where you can view the portfolio here.
It's minimum investment is $1000 which is the industry average ($5,000 for IRA which is a bit more).
On the downside, skin in the game is exceptionally low with principals investing only $2,500 or 0.05%.
This fund is very new, starting in September of 2017. It invests in multifamily apartment communities (both with high occupancy, and value-added opportunities). It's minimum investment is $1000 which is the industry average ($5,000 for IRA which is a bit more).
On the positive side, principals have invested $1 million in this fund which is much more skin in the game than the industry average ($100k) and the largest percent of invested equity currently (25%). Also, it has no performance fee, which is one of the biggest fees if the fund as well.
This fund has no history or target yield. This makes it difficult to gauge the risk and appropriateness for portfolio. I hope they at least change the target soon.
It's currently leveraged at 0%, but has the ability to go up to 75%. Unfortunately there is no target leverage, so it's difficult to say how conservative or aggressive they intend to go. It would be really nice if they set a target in the future, so that an investor can determine if targeted risk is a good fit for their portfolio or not.
Neither fund has full bankruptcy protection. They are bankruptcy remote, but do not have the backup service providers specified in advance. So in a bankruptcy, this could be a problem.
As mentioned earlier, neither fund has a performance fee which is a huge plus. Slightly offsetting this is that both funds charge a 3% organizational and offer expense fee when you make a deposit, which is a bit higher than the industry average (1.5%).
Both funds have a one year lockup during which you can't take out your money, which is longer than average ( the average fund has no lockup). The withdrawal fees are:
One year lockup.
1 year until 2 years 2% fee.
2 years until 3 years 1% fee.
3 or more years no fee.
- Advantages: No performance-based fees, access to either multifamily or debt strategies if that's what your portfolio is looking for.
Disadvantages: Incomplete bankruptcy protection, slightly high 3% organizational and offering expense fee on deposit (average is 1.5%),inability to pull money out for one year.
Accolades: Best for debt (MogulREIT I).
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