Our strategy is simple. We try to understand what investors are looking for and what they value most, then find opportunities that best align with those goals. It was this mindset that pointed us to student housing.
We believe well-positioned student housing has the potential to offer a variety of benefits that matter to investors: monthly cash flow, stable performance, inflation-friendly value, appreciation, and tax efficiency through depreciation, all from a brick-and-mortar asset anchored by the historical stability of a university.
NB Private Capital typically divides investment opportunities into four categories, each with their own unique goals and objectives.
NB Private Capital often acquires newer assets that we believe to be stabilized and well-located in strong markets. For these properties, NB Private Capital typically employs a more conservative buy-and-hold strategy where the property is held for a five- or six-year period. These assets are 1031 and IRA eligible.
NB Private Capital believes that increased diversification can help with capital preservation and safety. With this in mind, NB Private Capital created an LLC that owns smaller interests in various NB Private Capital properties. Investors can buy shares of the LLC and have direct ownership benefits of a more diversified portfolio. The LLC is IRA eligible but not eligible for 1031 exchanges.
Every now and again, NB Private Capital will encounter a dilapidated property or a vacant plot of land with an ideal location near a growing university. For NB Private Capital, this can translate into tremendous upside potential through an all-new, ground-up development, especially in markets where demand is growing faster than supply and the current competitive set is antiquated or lacks modern appeal to today’s pickier students. In this case, NB Private Capital believes a well-executed strategy can potentially bring high returns. Keeping in mind, construction projects inherently bring on a number of risks and uncertainties. For these opportunities, investors should be sure the risks and benefits of a project are consistent with their goals and objectives.
Our strategy is to be disciplined in assets that fit a carefully crafted set of criteria that can potentially help deliver on these benefits.
Less Market Correlation
We look for universities that have shown consistently inclining enrollment, even during times of recession or a struggling real estate cycle.
Monthly Cash Flow
Properties are acquired based on the net operating income in relation to the sales price. Inherently, most of the properties we buy are already profitable and producing income each month. From there, our goal is to maintain high occupancy to preserve the cash flow and do all we can to potentially increase the income through rental-rate growth, efficiency operations, etc.
With each property, we see an opportunity to potentially grow income and add value. This may be through steady rental growth in a tight market where demand is growing but supply is limited. Or, it may be a more assertive strategy where we’re initiating substantial renovations to upgrade and modernize a property.
We like properties that have demonstrated a track record of consistently high occupancy in markets where their nearest competitors have also performed well historically. Further, we try to single out properties that we feel have a sustainable competitive advantage (such as a location within walking distance to campus) that may be difficult to replicate. That way, we think the property can maintain steady performance.
Tax Efficiency Through Depreciation
A dollar saved can be a dollar earned. Real estate is unique in that it may be one of the few assets that tend to appreciate over time but that the IRS will allow depreciation to write off the usage of the property. We tend to favor property with lower land costs, written off at the 27.5-year schedule allotted by the IRS. For most of our current properties, this practice has enabled us to shelter up to 100% of the income on the majority of our assets. It’s a huge but oft-overlooked benefit.
NB Private Capital believes that well-positioned housing for students near campus can leverage the economic stability of a major university and cater to a demand with less volatility than the macro-economy. Our strategy is to target the well-located properties within walking distance to growing universities that fit within the company’s proprietary buying model. In particular, the company will emphasize value-added opportunities, targeting well-located properties that can be upgraded from extensive renovations with a more contemporary look and feel. The key will be to make cost-effective improvements that students could potentially be willing to pay a higher premium for; helping to raise rents, grow income, and appreciate property value.
We consider NBPRE as our financial PARTNER. NBPRE. has high integrity and honesty and is very knowledgeable about the student housing real estate market segment. We are delighted with the results and look forward to having a very, very long-term relationship with them.
— D.B., VIP investor*
[We’ve been] dealing with NBPRE and their staff for six years; the most important quality I really appreciate has been HONESTY.
— R.K., VIP investor*