Introduction to Private Equity Real Estate

Eric Wilson

Managing Partner

October 2, 2023

7 min video

Eric Wilson

Managing Partner

October 2, 2023

5 min read

Private equity real estate (PERE) is an alternative investment that continues to captivate the interest of investors worldwide. It involves pooling capital from various investors to directly invest in real estate properties or real estate-related companies.

Two Main Categories of Private Equity Real Estate

As I mention in the video above, PERE offers two primary investment avenues:

  1. Syndications: These are deal-by-deal investments where a group of investors, led by a general partner (GP), pool their capital to purchase a single asset. The GP, or active investor, is responsible for finding the deal, securing capital, and executing the business plan, while the passive investors (limited partners or LPs) contribute capital.
  2. Private Equity Funds: Unlike syndications that focus on a single deal, private equity funds involve pooling capital to invest in a collection of properties. This diversifies the investment across multiple assets, somewhat akin to investing in a mutual fund versus selecting individual stocks.

The Appeal of Private Equity Real Estate

Higher Returns and Diversification

REPE is often sought after for its potential to deliver higher returns compared to traditional investment vehicles. It also provides an excellent opportunity for portfolio diversification, reducing overall investment risk.

Tax Efficiency

Direct ownership of real estate in many REPE structures allows investors to enjoy various tax benefits, enhancing the overall attractiveness of these investments.

Professional Management

Investing in REPE means your investments are managed by professionals with deep market knowledge and experience, ensuring better handling of the assets compared to individual management.

Risks Associated with PERE

Limited Liquidity

REPE investments are generally illiquid, with capital typically locked in for several years depending on the nature of the investment (syndication or fund) and the specific business plan.

Manager-Dependent Risks

The success of a REPE investment largely hinges on the expertise and reliability of the manager or general partner. Therefore, thorough due diligence is crucial to assess their track record and capabilities.

Choosing Between Syndications and Funds

The choice between investing in a syndication or a fund should align with your investment goals, risk tolerance, and preferences regarding investment diversity.

  • Syndications offer a more focused investment in a single property, potentially giving investors more clarity on what they’re investing in.
  • Funds, on the other hand, offer broader exposure across multiple properties, which can spread out risk.


Private equity real estate presents an exciting opportunity for investors looking to diversify their portfolio and potentially achieve higher returns. Whether through syndications or funds, these investments offer unique benefits and risks. As always, conducting thorough research and due diligence, especially when selecting a fund manager or a specific deal, is key to making informed investment decisions.