Frequently Asked EmpireHomes Questions

General Questions

How does Empirehomes work?

Empirehomes allows accredited investors to pool their money and invest as little as $10,000 into pre-screened, institutional quality real estate opportunities via an online portal. Investing in direct real estate opportunities is now as easy as scrolling through your laptop while sitting on your couch. Acquire Real Estate also lets you pledge money to sponsors allowing you to have early screenings of any deal that the operator lists on our website. Click here for more information.

What are the benefits of using Empirehomes?

Empirehomes makes it easy for our members to invest in a variety of real estate opportunities throughout many geographic locations from the comfort of their home. We spend a tremendous effort sourcing real estate investments so our members don't have to. Our services allow you to screen investments online, sign legal paperwork online and have access to all your documents in one place on your investor dashboard.

Is the Empirehomes website secure?

Yes. We go to great lengths to ensure the security of all of our members and our data and use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers.

How does an investment get listed on Empirehomes?

Empirehomes's experienced team has long standing relationships with many of the top real estate sponsors out there. These companies request permission to list their investment opportunities on the Empirehomes platform. Our staff reviews their materials and determines whether the company and the investment is a strong opportunity for our members.

How will I be updated about my investment?

Empirehomes will work with the real estate company to ensure timely updates are shared with all investors at least quarterly. Updates will be provided via email and via your investor dashboard. In addition, you will receive tax documents every year that you have a distribution from a real estate investment on Acquire Real Estate.

How does the JOBS Act impact Empirehomes?

The JOBS Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012 by President Obama; Title II of the JOBS Act became effective on Sept. 23, 2013, and Title III is currently under an SEC rulemaking period. Empirehomes is currently only open to accredited investors and relies on legal structures and exemptions that existed before the JOBS Act.

What types of investments does Empirehomes offer?

Empirehomes currently offers both debt and equity investment opportunities. We focus on investing in high quality properties with stable, consistent cash-flow, including, but not limited to, shopping centers, apartment buildings, office buildings, industrial buildings and self-storage facilities. To learn more, click here.

What does Empirehomes do to review the requested investments for the platform?

Our team at Empirehomes has over 60 years of combined experience and has owned and developed over 5 million square feet, sold over $9 billion and funded in excess of $1 billion in real estate transactions. We go through extensive data research and due diligence to fully understand the details of each transaction we offer including the market environment, the quality of the property, the projected returns and the reputation and history of the sponsor we are working with.

When I invest in deals listed on the Empirehomes platform, what do I own?

When you invest in a property with Empirehomes, you are purchasing shares of an LLC as a limited member. In turn, that LLC owns a share of a specific investment property, like a grocery anchored shopping center, for example. An LLC gives you liability protection, shielding your personal assets from the investment.

If I invest with Empirehomes and something happens to Empirehomes, what will happen to my investment?

Empirehomes operates LLCs that could be managed by a replacement manager. Empirehomes would appoint an agent, such as a national bank or trust company, to manage the LLCs in the event Empirehomes is unable to manage them.

When is my investment complete?

With Empirehomes your investment is completed the minute your funds settle our Automated Clearing House (ACH). Unlike most Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms who operate on a "best efforts" model we are able to eliminate the lengthy escrow process by prefunding all opportunities and allowing investors to purchase interests on a rolling basis.

Are there fees for investors?

Joining Empirehomes and browsing the investment opportunities is free. Should you chose to invest, there is a fee associated with each investment. The fees depend on the nature of the transaction. In addition to administrative and legal expenses, the fees will cover the ongoing reporting and communications for the investments.

When will I get my investment back?

The real estate investments you find on Empirehomes are private transactions in physical properties around the United States. The investments are not traded on public stock exchanges and cannot be easily sold or traded. Different properties have different expected “hold periods”. A hold period is the anticipated time investors will be involved with the investment until it is re-sold and range from less than 6 months to greater than 5 years. It is important to read the offering memorandum for a deeper understanding of the hold period for each investment. As an investor, you will receive a return on your investment when the company distributes money.

Are these investments risky?

Yes. Similar to investing in the stock market, there is no guarantee when you are investing in real estate. The real estate market has economic cycles and it is difficult to know how and when the economy will change. But we strongly believe the main benefit of investing with Empirehomes is that you are investing in tangible hard assets around the United States. Your investment is in an actual property you can visit.

Is there an investment minimum?

Yes. The minimum investment is $10,000.

What if more money is needed for the property?

Empirehomes investments typically do not have capital calls. A capital call is where the investor is required to commit more money to the property, beyond the initial investment. Investors will have the opportunity but not the requirement to put more money into the deal. However, if an additional capital raise is required it is possible that investors will be diluted.

What are the tax implications of investing with Empirehomes?

While we cannot provide legal or tax advice and recommend you speak with your own accountant or attorney, one of the benefits of investing in real estate equity through Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) is that they can be taxed as partnerships allowing for the entity to function as a "pass through". For example, profits, losses and depreciation can be passed through to the investors, as applicable on equity investments.