What is Passive Investing?

Do you enjoy making money? For yourself? For your family? For philanthropic organizations?  Do you understand risk?  Are you intrigued by real estate?  Enjoy learning, especially from others of like-mind?  Do you long to ditch your W-2 or crave options to do what you want/when you want?  In other words, are you searching for financial freedom? 

Well, if you answered yes to just one of these questions, you have come to the right place.  For the length of time that COVID has become part of our vocabulary, the community at Left Field Investors has been striving to be the one-stop, educational hub for new and experienced investors within the passive real estate investing space.  We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we are active investors in real estate syndications and seek the best resources to help us in our journey.  There is no experience necessary, no timeline, and no exceptions except that you keep an open mind, be prepared to learn, and possibly share if you are comfortable doing so.

Within our community, no investing topic is prohibited, but the common ones are multi-family apartments, self-storage facilities, commercial and industrial triple-net leases, mobile home parks, ATMs, development projects, and agriculture.  We also discuss the advantages of cash flow investing, yield plays, and opportunities that involve both. To accomplish our goal, we meet monthly on Zoom but also have a robust forum utilized by our paid membership (Infielders) which deep-dives into these topics and discusses sponsors and specific deals. 

Because of our vast network, we have an array of members who fund their opportunities differently.  Some use qualified funds (tax-deferred money such as IRA’s and 401k’s), others use non-qualified funds (after-tax money such as cash), and others use a combination of both.  These are probably the most likely sources, but other vehicles gaining traction and popularity are HELOCs (home equity line of credit), cash-value life insurance, and 1031 exchanges.  The nice thing is our diverse community has people well-versed in all of these and can explain, or at least offer an opinion, regarding which strategy makes the most sense as each one has different tax implications. Depending on the investment opportunity, it may lend itself to using one type of “tax bucket” over another.

The bottom-line is that our community discusses a whole host of topics centered on making us well-informed and better passive real estate investors.  We frequently tap into external resources who are considered experts in their field and will openly discuss opportunities.  Come for the knowledge, stay to be surrounded by individuals of like-mind, and let’s all grow together.

Sean Donnelly is one of the founders of Left Field Investors. He began investing in real estate in 2007 when he bought a flip at auction with a friend.  While the market tanked shortly after, the multifaceted benefits of real estate investing became clear.  He currently owns single family and duplex rentals but has shifted to investing primarily  in passive commercial real estate syndications.

Nothing on this website should be considered financial advice. Investing involves risks which you assume. It is your duty to do your own due diligence. Read all documents and agreements before signing or investing in anything. It is your duty to consult with your own legal, financial and tax advisors regarding any investment.

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