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Club Syndication: How to Invest in Commercial Real Estate Like the Wealthy
Developer & Real Estate Investor - Shane Melanson helps Canadian professionals and business owners invest in commercial real estate safely.
Specifically for service based professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants) and business owners earning a great income and who are too busy to find great commercial properties. You want to stop trading time for money and like the idea of owning tangible hard assets that pay you every month.
For the past 14 years, I've helped real estate investors transact more than a quarter billion in income producing real estate. Some clients have been able to replace a 6-figure income with a single commercial property * (not an income claim, requires hard work, dedication and capital).
There are three primary ways I can help you invest. Which would you like help with?
What are Commercial Real Estate Syndications?
Club Syndication: A small group of people that pool their money to purchase a larger commercial (or multifamily) property.
The world of investing in commercial real estate is different than residential investing.
Commercial real estate is based is a small community. It can take years to develop and nurture key relationships required to be successful. Most commercial properties are not listed online or found on the MLS.
Top Commercial Brokers have a database of proven buyers they take deals to direct.
There are several reasons. First, they will earn the entire commission (no sharing with an outside broker). Second, and more importantly is that brokers and sellers want to work with buyers who will close ("Deal Certainty"). Commercial transactions are complex with many moving parts. The seller and the broker typically have a good idea on who the best buyer(s) for their deal before they even list it.
- How do get started investing in this closed off asset class?
- Who can you trust?
- How much money do you need?
- What is the process to investing (actively or passively)?
There is a straight forward 3-Step Framework to Get Started:
3 Steps to Grow Your Real Estate Portfolio & Retire Early
I started like many real estate investors - buying and fixing up single family properties, finding tenants to generate a few hundred/month. When the Calgary market was appreciating 5%/year - my portfolio looked good.
In 2004, I was working a fulltime job and managing multiple properties. I didn't have a family. So working long hours and weekends didn't bother me. Fast forward, today, married with 3 kids- I wanted more time to be with my family.
The goal of investing in real estate was to give me freedom- not create a 2nd low paying job.
In 2008, I partnered with my father-in-law, a 40 year veteran developer and commercial real estate investor. He taught me how to raise capital and invest in 7 and 8 figure commercial and multifamily properties.
- How to secure capital (both debt and equity).
- Who you need on your team to help you.
- How to find the right deals
- How to structure and negotiate with investors
When I started, most of our clients were REIT's, Pension Funds and Wealthy Families. Once in a while a physician, engineer or business owner would ask me to help them buy a apartment, retail or warehouse building. It was in helping individuals making the leap from single family to commercial where I saw I could add the most value to investors.
But, there was one thing that kept many of these investors small.
They didn't understand the "Game of Investing in Commercial Real Estate".
Even if an investor had $500k, 1M or $5M, eventually, they would not see the best deals. The Game, as I call it, is about having access to capital, leveraging your reputation as a closer and then actually executing on the deals you buy. Unfortunately, many new commercial investors are too busy to take the time to properly master the Game.
I started coaching and helping business owners, medical professionals, people who had money to invest- but didn't know where to start.
Today, when I'm not working on my own projects and developments, I mentor a few real estate entrepreneurs who want to learn the Game and gain access to proprietary deal flow.
To see how I help professionals and business owners invest in commercial properties, click the link below.
From the Blog
How Dan Bought His First Commercial Property in 4 Months
Replacing a 6-figure income with just one commercial property? It is possible (not easy) - but doable if you find the right property in the right location.
Devoted to helping highly skilled professionals and business owners who are stuck trading time for money. The GOAL of this podcast is to help you start living LIFE on your terms. And the best way to do that is to eliminate any FINANCIAL worries but taking responsibility for your money and how it's invested.
Kind Words From My Private Coaching Clients
Shane is one of the few people in this industry who I feel I can really trust- amazing information, no bs, and always authentic.
Appreciate you Shane, for dropping knowledge as always. I’m a rookie investor, but feeling more and more confident by the day.
Shane's latest book (Club Syndication) is a great helicopter tour of the complex and scary world of investing in commercial real estate.
Shane's tips are simple, but poignant, and his transparency and genuine desire to help other sis refreshing in today's business world.
A fast and simple read for anyone looking to diversify their investment portfolio or begin focusing on commercial real estate investments.
Many thanks Shane for your hard work on this project.
It's certainly a great learning experience, especially on our first commercial property. We're extremely lucky to have such experienced team working with us, without your help and guidance we would definitely be lost and not able to pull it off.
Please accept our sincere appreciation to you, words cannot describe our gratitude but thank you is indeed from the bottom of our hearts.
I’ve been watching Shane’s Facebook videos and it has taken me on to a whole new investing path that I had no idea existed.
He is very clear and systematic in his approach. He doesn’t tease you with just enough information for you to need to go buy his material to get a full understand.
I would advise you to listen to the podcast now and start learning a new way to invest.