At a Glance
|Minimum Account Requirements||The price of 100 shares – currently $5,055|
|Investment Options||Streitwise offers one REIT to investors, with multiple portfolio (including SDIRA) and payment options like crypto.|
|Redemption Options||You are able to sell REIT shares after holding year.|
|Transparency ||All return reports and SEC filings are on their main page|
What is Streitwise?
Streitwise, simply put, is a professional REIT management service and platform that offers private (i.e., not on the stock exchange) REITs to accredited and non-accredited investors.
Need a refresher on what a REIT is?
Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, are equities that represent a firm’s stake in income-generating real estate. Many different REIT types available can focus on geographic or industry (hotels, malls, etc.).
Streitwise offers one equity REIT, worth $81M, that is geographically focused with all properties in St. Louis and Indianapolis.
In general, REITs have solid returns. They also have the advantage of a longer collective time horizon, as REITs have been around for decades – the REIT sector has returned 11.51% over the past four decades, which is a strong showing.
How Streitwise Started
Streitwise was founded in 2017 and is the latest project of the holding company Tryperion Investments. Tryperion is a longtime private equity real estate investment firm that:
- Identifies market inefficiencies for profit.
- Takes an active role in management and leasing owned properties.
- Invests back into the properties with capital improvement initiatives.
- Finances properties intelligently.
Streitwise Investment Options
Streitwise has one REIT available for trading, and all properties are in St. Louis and Indianapolis. The overall REIT is worth $81M and is diversified to avoid idiosyncratic risk for any individual property industry.
The minimum investment for this REIT is $5,055, or 500 shares at $10.11 each.
The distribution, or dividend, average is 9.2% annualized over the past 21 quarters and was 8.4% in the most recent quarter.
Dividends are distributed quarterly, usually around ten days before the end of the financial quarter.
The loan-to-value, or LTV, ratio is 0.5. The LTV determines leverage risk for property financing by dividing the mortgage amount by the appraised property value.
A “good” LTV is 0.8 or below in the real estate private equity industry, so Streitwise is appropriately leveraged, and fund dissolution seems unlikely.
The minimum investment for this REIT is $5,055, or 500 shares at $10.11 each. Additional shares can be purchased for the same price.
Streitwise also offers dividend reinvestments, so your distributions can be used to buy additional shares.
The fee, 2% of the portfolio’s value, is taken directly from distributions, so you won’t even notice that you’re paying a fee.
Streitwise offers a few advantages over standard REITs:
Self-directed IRAs (SDIRAs)
A SDIRA is similar to regular IRAs but allows you to hold alternative investments like crypto and, in this case, privately managed REITs.
You can open a new SDIRA to invest in this option or possibly roll an existing IRA or 401(k) into a SDIRA, but you will have to check with your current institution first.
In addition to traditional ACH and wire transfer to fund purchases, Streitwise allows Bitcoin and Ethereum purchasing.
Many private REITs mandate multi-year holding periods, especially ones investing in projects, but Streitwise allows you to sell your shares after only one year.
Streitwise now offers an app on the Apple Store that lets Streiwise REIT holders check their portfolio, add funds, and check their tax documents on the go, in addition to other features.
Streitwise has a limited returns history, but since its inception in 2017, it has generated an annualized 9.2% return.
While this does underperform the broad public REIT market, there are two important caveats:
- The broad REIT market has decades of historical returns, so Streitwise is younger than the sector.
- Streitwise’s holding and management company, Tryperion Holdings, is a real estate private equity firm with a 27.6% internal return rate and 1.93 gross value multiple since 2013 – this shows that Streitwise’s parent company knows its stuff when it comes to real estate.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Overall, the real estate market can be volatile and cyclical, so past returns might not represent future rewards.
There is always the risk of capital loss or dividend reduction, and the high initial investment price means much cash can be lost.
The good news is also that real estate is cyclical – generally, you’re better off holding for a return to appreciation rather than selling at the bottom.
Streitwise’s unique SDIRA and payment options are a positive feature, but the real benefit comes from their regional specialization.
Although it isn’t diversified across regions but instead industry, Streitwise’s management team is essentially a team of subject matter experts in the local market and is well-equipped to advocate for investors.
Streitwise Review Final Thoughts
Although Streitwise is expensive compared to public REITs, its specialization and unique qualities make it an attractive vehicle. Unfortunately, its high starting price makes it cost-prohibitive, especially for newer investors.
Its quarterly dividend is strong and is expected to improve with the top-tier management team and holding company. Overall, Streitwise is an excellent diversification option for higher-net-worth investors.
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