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What is Private Equity Real Estate Investing?

Private equity real estate investing refers to the practice of investing in real estate properties through private equity funds or partnerships.  It involves pooling funds from institutional investors, high-net-worth individuals, and other accredited investors to acquire, develop, manage, and sell real estate assets with the aim of generating attractive returns.

Limited Partnership Structure

Private equity real estate investments are typically structured as limited partnerships, where the investors become limited partners and the fund manager acts as the general partner. The general partner is responsible for making investment decisions, managing the assets, and seeking profitable exit strategies.


Capital Deployment

Private equity real estate funds raise capital from investors and use it to acquire different types of real estate assets, such as residential properties, commercial buildings, office spaces, retail centers, industrial facilities, and more. The fund's investment strategy can vary, ranging from opportunistic and value-add investments to more conservative core strategies.


Active Management

Private equity real estate investors often take an active role in managing the acquired assets. This may involve property renovation, repositioning, leasing efforts, and implementing operational improvements to enhance cash flow and increase the value of the properties. The goal is to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns by adding value throughout the holding period.


Leveraging Debt

Private equity real estate funds often utilize debt financing to leverage their investments. This means borrowing money to finance a portion of the acquisition or development costs, which can amplify potential returns if the property value appreciates. However, increased leverage also adds risk to the investment, as higher debt levels can impact cash flow and increase vulnerability during market downturns.


Holding Period and Exit Strategies

Private equity real estate investments typically have a finite holding period, ranging from a few years to several years. During this period, the fund manager aims to execute an exit strategy to realize profits for investors. Exit strategies may include selling the property to a third party, taking the property public through an initial public offering (IPO), or recapitalizing the property.


Risk and Return Profile

Private equity real estate investing carries various risks, including market fluctuations, economic conditions, property-specific risks, and regulatory changes. However, it also offers the potential for higher returns compared to other traditional investment avenues due to the active management and value creation strategies employed.


Who can invest with Tidegate Capital?

In order to invest with Tidegate Capital, and participate in private placements, investors must meet the criteria of being an accredited investor.


What is an accredited investor?

“Accredited investor” has been defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a test to determine who is eligible to participate in certain private capital market offerings. Generally an individual person is an accredited investor if they: (1) had an income of $200,000 over the last two years (or $300,000 jointly with a spouse or spousal equivalent) and reasonably expect to satisfy the same criteria in the current year, (2) have a net worth of over $1,000,000, either alone or together with a spouse or spousal equivalent (excluding the person’s primary residence) or (3) hold a Series 7, Series 82, or Series 65 financial services license and is in good standing. 


How does a business entity (i.e. a trust, LLC, partnership or corporation) qualify as an "accredited investor"?

In addition to qualifying as an individual, there are other categories of accredited investors which will satisfy the SEC’s definitions: (1) any trust, with total assets in excess of $5 million, not formed specifically to purchase the subject securities, whose purchase is directed by a sophisticated person, or (2) certain entity with total investments in excess of $5 million, not formed to specifically purchase the subject securities, or (3) any entity in which all of the equity owners are accredited investors.


How can I use a third party to verify I am accredited?

An accredited investor verification letter can be provided by a qualified broker-dealer, SEC-registered investment adviser, licensed attorney or CPA with knowledge of your finances who can certify as to your accreditation. 


What is Tidegate Capital’s minimum investment?

The minimum investment amount is typically $50,000 but may be higher or lower in some cases.


How does the allocation and commitment process work?

Tidegate Capital grants allocations taking into account timing, interest level, and overall opportunity size. Once an allocation is accepted, investors receive an online subscription agreement for completion prior to funding.


Am I able to sell my investments prior to the end of the hold period?

Prior to investing, you should assume that you may be required to hold your investment for the duration of Tidegate Capital’s hold period.


What is the length of my commitment?

For each investment, we typically target 5-10 year hold periods. However, Tidegate Capital maintains the right to exit investments outside of this time frame to the extent that it determines that doing so would be in the collective best interest of its investors. 


When and how will I receive distributions?

We intend to make regular (roughly quarterly) distributions from available cash flow once a project is stabilized. These distributions may vary depending on each period’s cash flow and capital requirements. Size and timing of distributions depend on the business plan and performance of each transaction. Distributions are automatically deposited into your bank account on file. Investors will be notified of upcoming distributions and are able to track their distribution history in their AppFolio investment portal account.


When can I expect to receive a K-1?

For U.S. taxpayers, we aim to provide annual K-1 statements in a timely manner, by the first week of April, but cannot guarantee that they will be available prior to April 15th. Investors can find all their current and historical statements on the Documents tab located in the Investments section of their AppFolio portal.


How can I learn about Tidegate Capital investment opportunities?

Email us at to schedule a brief call.  We can review your goals and form a compliant relationship.  If the fit is good, we will add you to our investor list and send you opportunities as they become available.

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