Investing Glossary

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  • Accredited Investor

    An accredited investor is a term used by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Rule 501 of Regulation D.
  • Active Income

    Active income is income earned as a direct result of a specific effort. In other words, input is correlated to output.
  • Alternative Investment

    An alternative investment refers to any investment which does not qualify as “traditional”. Traditional investments are widely considered to be stocks, bonds and cash.
  • Amortization

    As opposed to an interest-only loan in which each repayment installment consists only of interest payments with a single lump-sum principal repayment at the end of the loan period, each repayment installment of an amortizing loan consists of both principal and interest.
  • Appreciation

    An increase in value is referred to as “appreciation”.
  • Basis Point

    A basis point (bps) is a unit that is equal to 1/100th of 1%, in other words one basis point is equal to 0.01%, similarly a 1% change is equal to a 100 basis point change.
  • Capital

    Capital is any financial asset or the value of an asset.
  • Capital Gain

    A capital gain is any increase in value of an asset (such as stocks or real estate) that exceeds the purchase price. A capital gain is unrealized until the asset is sold.
  • Capital Gains Taxes

    A capital gains tax is a tax applied to realized capital gains upon the sale of an asset, such as stocks or real estate.
  • Capitalization (Cap) Rate

    The capitalization or cap rate measures a property’s yield in a one-year time frame, making it easy to compare one property’s cash flow to another on an equal basis – without taking into account any debt on the asset.
  • Cash-on-Cash Return

    Cash-on-cash return is one of the most widely used metrics in commercial real estate. As the name implies, this metric is calculated by dividing annual before tax cash-flow by the total cash invested in a project.
  • Census Tract

    Census tracts are typically small subdivisions of communities that are delineated for the purposes of the US Census.
  • Common Equity

    Common Equity means that investors have one-to-one (or equal) participation in each dollar invested and any potential profits or losses.
  • Cost Basis

    The cost basis of an investment is an investor’s initial stake in an investment, which is typically the initial price they pay to acquire that investment.
  • DRIP

    The Fundrise Dividend Reinvestment Program “DRIP” allows investors to automatically reinvest the dividends they earn from their investments directly back into offerings on the platform. Investors have the ability to choose the offerings into which they would like the dividends reinvested.
  • Debt

    An amount of money (obligation) owed by one party (the debtor) to another party (the creditor).
  • Development

    Development is the process of building or adding to existing structures to increase the value of a property.
  • Distributions

    Payments made to investors periodically, typically over the course a calendar year, either from profits or interest payments.
  • Equity

    As it relates to real estate, equity can be measured as the amount of capital a sponsor (property owner/developer) puts into a property.
  • Free Cash Flow (FCF)

    Free cash flow is a measure of a property’s ability to generate cash after setting aside reserves for capital expenditures such as future development, tenant improvements, and leasing commissions.
  • Hard Asset

    A tangible object of worth that is owned by a business or individual.
  • Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

    In real estate, the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is a metric used to evaluate the profitability of an investment over its lifetime and is represented as the average annual return percentage. The IRR of an investment can be calculated forward-looking to estimate potential future returns or backward looking to measure the performance of a completed investment.
  • Investment Property

    An investment property is a real estate asset purchased with the sole purpose of earning income. Income from an investment property can be generated through leasing space within an asset or an eventual sale of the asset.
  • Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act

    The JOBS Act was a law passed in 2012 in the United States that eased regulations related to funding small businesses. Intended to increase American job creation and foster economic growth, the JOBS Act aims to provide easier access to public capital markets and small, growing companies.
  • Linear Income

    Linear income is earned in direct relation to the number of hours you work.
  • Liquidity

    Liquidity refers to the ease with which an asset can be purchased or sold. Marketable securities that are traded in high volume tend to be the most liquid, or easy to trade without creating wild fluctuations in price.
  • Liquidity Premium

    The liquidity premium represents the incrementally higher price an investor is willing to pay for a more liquid asset or security, all other factors held equal.
  • Loan-to-Cost Ratio (LTC)

    The Loan-to-Cost Ratio is the ratio of a loan used to help finance a project compared to the total cost.
  • Loan-to-Value Ratio (LTV)

    A risk assessment ratio that lenders perform when considering a real estate loan.
  • Mezzanine Debt vs. Preferred Equity

    Mezzanine Debt is generally a loan that is secured by a property and senior to any equity, but junior to the senior loan on the property. Preferred Equity, on the other hand, is an equity investment in the property-owning entity. It is not secured by the property but rather by an interest in the entity investing in (or owning) the property.
  • Net Asset Value (NAV)

    The Net Asset Value (NAV) per share represents the estimated value of a single share based on a variety of factors.
  • Net Operating Income (NOI)

    In real estate, the net operating income, or NOI, represents the annual revenue (or income) generated by an investment property after annual operating expenses.
  • Opportunity Zones

    Opportunity Zones are census tracts generally composed of economically distressed communities that qualify for a community development program called the Opportunity Zone program, which was created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
  • Passive Income

    Passive income (also known as residual or recurring income) is commonly used to refer to income that continues to be earned even after the work is done.
  • Preferred Equity

    Typically in a Preferred Equity investment, all cash flow or profits are paid back to the preferred investors (after all debt has been repaid) until they receive the agreed upon “preferred return.”
  • Preferred Return

    A Preferred Return is paid to investors before a sponsor receives any share of the cash flow.
  • Private Equity Fund

    A private equity (PE) fund is a collective investment model where money from separate investors is pooled together into a single fund and then used to make investments, most often in various illiquid equity and debt assets.
  • Pro-Forma

    A financial model often used in real estate to predict future cash flows and total investment returns.
  • Project Payment Dependent Notes

    A Project Payment Dependent Note is a special, limited obligation of Fundrise Investments, LLC sold to investors, the proceeds of which are used to fund corresponding project investments.
  • Real Estate

    Real estate includes a parcel of land and any of its permanent structures (buildings, parking lots, etc.).
  • Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

    A REIT (which is pronounced “reet” and stands for Real Estate Investment Trust) is a company which makes investments in and owns income-generating real estate properties.
  • Recurring Income

    Also known as residual or passive income, recurring income is earned by creating or acquiring an asset that continues to pay of profits regardless of if there is still active work being done to the asset.
  • Redemption

    In the event of back taxes or unpaid liens, a borrower who pays off those debts may reclaim their property, preventing foreclosure or the auctioning of their property.
  • Regulation A

    Regulation A allows unaccredited investors to purchase small offerings of securities that do not exceed $5 million in a 12-month period.
  • Regulation A+

    Regulation A+ is the SEC’s proposed revision of the current Regulation A, which was mandated by the JOBS Act in 2012.
  • Regulation D

    Regulation D permits raises of unlimited amounts from accredited investors without registering a public sale through the SEC, as it’s assumed that accredited investors are financially able to bear the burden of investment decisions without a review by the SEC.
  • Residual Income

    The term residual income (also known as passive or recurring income) is commonly used to refer to income that continues to be earned even after the work is done.
  • Secured vs Unsecured Position

    A secured position in the Capital Stack retains the right to foreclose on a property in the event of a default, or non-performance. Unsecured creditors do not have the right to foreclose on the property, and therefore have less collateral backing their investment claim.
  • Senior Debt

    Senior debt generally secured at the “base” of the capital stack. Because it sits at the base of the capital stack, it must be repaid first.
  • Sponsor

    An individual or firm in charge of finding, acquiring, and managing a piece of real estate.
  • Step-Up In Basis

    A step-up basis is the adjustment of a cost basis for an asset for an investor. Certain factors may initiate a step-up in an investor’s original cost basis, thereby reducing their realized capital gain and associated tax liability.
  • Tenancy / Occupancy

    Occupancy is generally referred to as a percentage of the total square feet or units leased – it is a building’s revenue source.
  • Term

    In real estate, the term refers to the lifespan of a given asset or liability. At the end of the term, the loan is or investment is repaid.
  • The Capital Stack

    The Capital Stack orders the seniority of claims to the collateral and cash waterfall of an entity.
  • Unaccredited Investor

    An investor who does not meet the wealth requirements of an accredited investor set forth by the SEC.
  • Underwriting

    Underwriting is the process by which real estate investments are evaluated to determine their viability.
  • Yield

    In the context of commercial real estate, yield refers to the annual cash return on the investment, expressed as a percentage of the investment’s initial cost, or less frequently, its estimated current value.