4 Great Benefits of Hotel Crowdfunding

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EquityRoots.com uses crowdfunding as a finance tool to raise capital for premium branded franchised hotels. We harness the buying power of the crowd to create investment opportunities in institutional grade assets that were once only available to REITs, insurance companies, and established players in the hospitality industry. Our crowdfunding technology allows even the smallest of investors to invest alongside professional real estate developers, hotel owners, and other like-minded investors. It’s a system in which everyday folks can tap into serious sources of capital for investment purposes. This capital can be structured as equity, debt, mezzanine debt, and sometimes even convertible debt – security instruments that are designed to yield a return for investing. There are plenty of advantages in crowdfunding investments. Here are just a few!

1. Diversifying Risk.

Hotel investors can diversify risk by investing in fractional interests in different hotels across the country. Hotel investors can select hotels under different brands in various states. Our EquityRoots platform allows investors to select multiple assets, and buy shares or investment units in different projects and properties, diversifying your investment risk by brand, by the market, by different geographic regions, or simply by the different types of hotels, whether it is an extended stay, limited service or full-service hotel.

2. Owning Pieces of Institutional Grade, High-Quality Developments.

Typical hoteliers and hospitality groups commonly pursue 80-120 room properties in secondary or tertiary markets. This is where barriers to entry are often less and construction costs are generally lower. However, in higher density urban markets such as Chicago and New York, hoteliers face much higher barriers to entry and construction costs are significantly higher. Consequently, many hospitality groups aren’t able to penetrate into those markets. Primary urban markets have institutional grade assets that typically cost $20-50 million and although they can take many years to develop, it’s worth the hassle. Institutional grade assets tend to have the highest average daily rates, highest occupancies, and strongest profit opportunities for their owners and investors. But because of their size and other barriers to entry, these deals sometimes become out-of-reach not just for everyday people, but also for proven hoteliers. This is where crowdfunding kicks in to provide leverage and opportunity that hotel investors otherwise would not have access to. By pooling capital from crowd, EquityRoots’ crowdfunding platform allows everyday folks to compete for higher-grade, higher-quality deals. Crowdfunding is now gaining access to deal flow usually reserved for institutional players like REITs and insurance companies, giving even new hotel investors a chance to enjoy the ownership of some of the most profitable opportunities.

 

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3. No Middlemen and No Commissions.

The crowdfunding process is very simple and efficient. Under specific exceptions to the securities registration requirements, broker’s fees or commission fees for buying and selling the investment are not permissible. Crowdfunding aims to make every penny of your dollar count in the investment, instead of letting middlemen walk away with your money.

4. Local-Concrete Investments You Can See.

Investing in property and buildings that you can see and visit is yet another advantage. Hotel investments are different than paper stocks and bonds; paper certificates that we can never see and often trade on speculation. Real estate is an investment that you’ll always be able to see. It has real property interest and physical improvements on the land. A family can walk into a hotel, point to it, and feel a sense of ownership. It’s a more rewarding investment experience than collecting paper certificates in a file cabinet.

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Existing Hotel vs New Construction Hotel – Which is the Better Investment?

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Existing Hotel vs New Construction Hotel - Which is the Better Investment

Hospitality entrepreneurs usually enter a dilemma when it is time to expand their portfolio of assets, particularly hotels. They are confused whether to invest in a newly constructed hotel or to invest into the renovation of an existing one; investments should be made after measuring the pros and cons of each situation. Sometimes looking at the bigger picture is more relevant than the current performance of an existing asset, so it’s better to evaluate each option thoroughly.

There are two types of investments available for hotel entrepreneurs; either investing in an existing hotel or laying down the groundwork for a newly constructed one. Your choice should ultimately depend on the cost basis, time, quality, and potential disposition value of each deal.


Existing Hotel

 

Whenever you decide to undertake the renovation of an existing hotel, two things are always considered; the cost basis of your acquisition and the cost benefit of changing flags, or renovating the property into a different brand. This is especially true if the hotel is located in an extremely busy market, center-city location, or in market where vacant land is scarce.

How will you benefit from investing and renovating an existing hotel over constructing a new one? Here are the reasons:

-If you purchase an existing hotel with operating history, you’ll have a very accurate look of what’s going on today, or what the return on your investment currently looks like.

-Due to the rising costs of construction and scarcity of land in reputable markets, the feasibility of building a new hotel is harder said than done.

-Assuming the property is cash flow positive, you can recognize income 12-24 months sooner compared to new construction hotel investments.

-When buying an existing hotel, you can safely skip the entitlement, design, and development process.

-Sometimes acquisition cost can be significantly below new construction replacement cost.

-Existing hotels often have financing that you can assume. It’s convenient not having to go searching or negotiating for a loan when you can readily assume a good loan.

As far as the risks are concerned, you will have to think about the following:

-Many older hotel buildings do not have adequate electrical, plumbing, or mechanical functions to keep up with the demand of today’s corporate traveler. You’ll end up spending just as much money replacing these systems as you would installing brand new ones.

-The price of acquisition with the cost of renovation must not be greater than the cost of constructing a new hotel.

-You might have less branding options as opposed to building a new hotel.

-Selling renovated or repositioned hotels will most likely sell for a drastically smaller premium than newly constructed assets.

-Your maintenance costs will never be as low as new construction hotels.


New Construction Hotel

 

Investing in a new development project can also be a risky but rewarding investment. It’s important to invest in reliable markets and cater to the business traveler.

Upsides to New Construction

New development & new construction investments have numerous benefits, including:

-The guest experience and floorplans of today’s hotel prototypes are more efficient and modern than older hotels. Guest are satisfied and leave great travel reviews. Everything is new!

-New construction hotels typically become market leaders with rate and occupancy because business travelers don’t mind spending more money to stay in newer hotels.

-Operating profits are very lean because the property manager isn’t always spending money on maintenance and repairs.

-Disposition is often very rewarding. REITS and institutional buyers demand the best performing assets and often pay the highest value to new or newer hotels.

Downsides to New Construction

However, new construction and new development hotels are not without their own share of risks:

-The development process often takes 6-18 months of hard work with engineers, attorneys, architects, and City Officials with another 16-24 months of physical construction.

-No income during the development and construction process.

-Building codes and zoning laws are different everywhere and subject to government review

-Construction financing is generally tighter and more expensive than existing hotel acquisition loans. There are plenty of lenders for existing hotels, not so much for new-construction loans.

 

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Conclusion

Both options come with their own set of pros and cons. Whatever investment you end up making, you should take into account whether you’re making these investments to supplement your cash flow or to maximize your long term gain. Both of these objectives can be rewarding, but take a look at the bigger picture which can often be found in a metric called “equity multiples”.

equityroots.com is website owned and operated by Equityroots, Inc., a Delaware Corporation and real-estate developer specializing in select service and full service hotel development. Equityroots found value in partnering with Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), recently licensing two of their most iconic brands, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express in a dynamic dual brand design. The development was able to identify Class-A vacant site in a market with barriers to entry, it was an easy decision to pursue new development given the circumstances.  New development projects and investments often require a higher degree of patience compared to existing hotel acquisitions, but the added layer of patience is often rewarded during the exit strategy.

For more information on hotel investments, visit us at www.equityroots.com or sign up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of our homepage.

Sources

“Hotel Investment: How to Finance the New Supply.” Hotel Online. Apr 11, 2014.

Jones, Michael. “What Does it Take to Start a Hotel?”  Forbes. Feb 23, 2013.

LaSalle, Jones. “5 Forces Driving Hotel Investment.” Building Design and Construction. Feb 5, 2013.

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