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Aug 27, 2019 - 3:30pm

The definition of REPE is as loose as a wizard's sleeve. I would of thought it was the PE bit that was the bit that wobbled the term but with WeWork floating as a tech company I'm not even sure I know what's considered RE these days.

Aug 27, 2019 - 3:36pm

Tech Companies are Tech companies because they strangle the market by being first mover and taking over all of the market share. Not by actually improving technology. That is why WeWork is a tech company and Tesla is not.

That's my useless backwards insight for today

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Aug 27, 2019 - 3:39pm

Touchy subject, but here's my take:

LP investors = "REPE" (real estate private equity) or "PERE (private equity real estate) or "Real Estate Fund"
Company names are typically "____ Capital" or "____ Management"

GP investors = "Operator" or "Sponsor" or "Real Estate Investment Company" or "Syndicator"
Company names are typically "____ Partners" or "____ Property Group"

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Aug 29, 2019 - 12:49am

So by this definition you would not consider Blackstone REPE? Blackstone is definitely not just an aggregator of capital. They actively sponsor funds as the GP, raise LP capital from a wide variety of sources, invest directly in real estate at the property level, and operate their own portfolio.

My definition of a REPE firm is a firm that sponsors Reg D private funds. If the firm has just a programmatic joint venture relationship with a large LP and doesn't have a fully discretionary Reg-D fund then it isn't REPE.

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Aug 29, 2019 - 8:50am

Firms like Blackstone that take both the LP and GP approach would be - well - considered both REPE and an Operator... it doesn't have to be complicated.

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Aug 29, 2019 - 11:11am

Could you also say that the source of capital being deployed in REPE is institutional in nature (pensions funds, endowments, etc.) whereas if it is sourced by high net worth/family/friends it is classified more as "family office"?

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:16am

A family office can still be a PE shop I wouldn't say the investor base dictates whether a firm is REPE or not.

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Aug 28, 2019 - 10:58am

Hilarious that this got MS

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Aug 28, 2019 - 12:57pm

I can see a lot of the younger people on this forum looking for a standard definition so when they are reading posts/advice they know what everyone is talking about.

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Aug 29, 2019 - 10:22am

Also when networking. As an MBA student relatively new to real estate, when I'm having informationals and they ask what I want to do I want to have a good shorthand that I know everyone will understand. No better way to kill a conversation than launch into a three minute description of a PE shop when they know exactly what it is and you could have just said "real estate PE".

Aug 28, 2019 - 4:55am

I think the distinction is in the process of an RE shop using a vehicle (typically a pooled fund with outside investors) to make investments in assets as opposed to acquiring properties directly on their own balance sheet.

Sep 3, 2019 - 10:38pm

I think this is the key distinction. A REPE firm raises a pool of capital dedicated to an explicit strategy (can be broad or narrow) and executes the strategy on behalf of the fund investors. This is in contrast public REITs or RE companies raising capital on the public markets, syndicators and operators raising capital on a per-deal basis, or developers funding a project with debt, refinancing once stabilized, and holding the asset.

Put differently, REPE firms deploy privately-raised capital that was sourced above the property-level, in accordance to some type of strategy or guidelines.

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