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    Frequently Asked Questions about REITS and Sukoon REIT

    What is a REIT?

    A REIT, which stands for Real Estate Investment Trust, is a type of investment that allows people to invest in real estate without directly buying properties themselves. It's like a mutual fund or company that owns and manages different types of real estate, such as apartments, office buildings, shopping malls, or hotels.

    How does a REIT work?

    Here's how it works: When you invest in a REIT, you're essentially buying shares or units in that trust. The money you invest is pooled together with funds from other investors. The REIT then uses that money to purchase and manage properties. The income generated from these properties, like rent or profits from property sales, is distributed among the REIT investors in the form of dividends. So, as a REIT investor, you can earn a share of the rental income and potential property appreciation without the need to directly buy, maintain, or manage the real estate yourself. REITs are required by law to distribute a significant portion of their earnings as dividends to investors, which makes them attractive for those seeking regular income. They also provide a way to diversify your investment portfolio by adding real estate exposure. In summary, a REIT is an investment vehicle that allows individuals to invest in real estate without buying properties directly. It's like owning a share of a company that owns and manages various real estate assets, and you receive a portion of the income generated by those properties as dividends.

    What makes traditional REITs problematic from an Islamic perspective?

    Traditional REITs engage in non-Islamic practices such as the following: 1) Investing in non-shariah compliant businesses such as bars, nightclubs, banks or interest based financial institutions, recreational drug facilities and others. 2) Other REITs use high levels of leverage and pay interest on the funds used to purchase buildings .

    What makes the Sukoon Halal REIT different?

    We are different in that we focus on shrariah compliance of not only the tenants that we rent to, but also the funds that we use to purchase buildings. We are exclusively equity funded, by interest averse, socially conscious qualified investors and investment funds.

    Do you take loans to purchase properties?

    No! That is what makes us different. Our fund is 100% equity funded, which means all of the funds used to purchase property are from our investors.

    What are the investment fees?

    Our goal is to return a minimum of 15% annual returns when properties are eventually sold. These returns are comprised of annual income generated from the properties (we anticipate investor annual income to be 5%+ from rents) and an additional return when properties are sold after the holding period. Our fees are very reasonable and range from 1.0%-1.75% depending on the level of investment. Investors who commit more to the fund will receive slightly higher returns due to lower fees. Our fees cover compensation of our team, costs of diligence of the properties and other related expenses. Our goals are aligned with our investors, as we will split any fund returns above 15% annually between the fund and the investors. For example, if the fund returns 20% annually, the first 15% goes to the investors, and from the additional 5% return, 2.5% goes to the investor and 2.5% goes to Sukoon REIT.

    Have you done this before?

    Our founder has been involved in Real Estate and Business Acquisitions for over a decade. He has personally invested and is currently investing for himself and others and generated high returns. You can see more about on the What Makes Us Different Page and explore our case studies.

    Who can invest in your REIT?

    Private REITs generally can be sold only to institutional investors, such as large pension funds, and/or to “Accredited Investors” generally defined as individuals with a net worth of at least $1 million (excluding primary residence) or with income exceeding $200,000 over the prior two years ($300,000 with a spouse).

    I'm interested? Do I qualify?

    We would love to accept all investors but by law, Private REITs generally can be sold only to institutional investors, such as large pension funds, and/or to “Accredited Investors” generally defined as individuals with a net worth of at least $1 million (excluding primary residence) or with income exceeding $200,000 over the prior two years ($300,000 with a spouse).

    Can you help me qualify as an Accredited Investor?

    Yes! We would be happy to help you qualify as an accredited investor.

    What types of properties will you buy?

    Our focus is on: 1) Commercial Tenant, Mission Critical Properties that house shariah compliant businesses 2) Attractive locations with potential for capital appreciation 3) Retail, Medical, Manufacturing, Mission Critical Office among others 4) Long Term Leases in Place 5) Triple Net Leases (NNN) where all expenses are paid by the tenant 6) Stable Tenants with robust balance sheets and a history of being able to fulfill lease obligations 7) Renewal options in place to extend leases

    What's the advantage of investing in a REIT versus buying my own Commercial Property?

    Discounting our knowledge of the market, investing in the Sukoon REIT will give you access not only to single properties, but a portfolio of a dozen or more potential properties. More properties provides a diversification of risk and an additional opportunity to increase returns than you would have by investing in a property otherwise.

    Why don't you invest in residential real estate?

    Residential real estate is problematic for multiple reasons: 1) The housing market is more volatile than the commercial real estate market 2) Tenants are individuals rather than corporations - many of these individuals are unable to purchase a home, and struggle to make rental payments. Evicting or pursuing payment from a person on their primary residence presents a problematic ethical quandary from an Islamic perspective. 3) Laws with regards to Commercial Lessees are much more straightforward and governed by lease agreements. 4) Commercial Real Estate tenants come in all shapes and sizes, and we are able to conduct appropriate diligence to ensure they are a tenant who will be able to meet their payment obligations. 5) As a corporate tenant of a mission critical location, the tenants are inherently incentivized to maintain the upkeep of the properties. This lowers the cost to the fund of remediating damages to property.

    What else do I need to know?

    This information is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as financial or investment advice. Please consult with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions." "Past performance is not indicative of future results. The value of investments in real estate can fluctuate, and investors may not receive the full amount of their initial investment." "Investing in real estate involves risks, including but not limited to market fluctuations, changes in interest rates, and potential regulatory or legislative changes. Investors should carefully consider these factors before investing." "The information provided is based on current market conditions and may be subject to change without notice. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of the information, we make no guarantees regarding its completeness or reliability." "Investors should review the prospectus and any other relevant documents before investing in the REIT. The prospectus contains important information about the investment objectives, risks, fees, and expenses associated with the REIT." "The REIT may distribute dividends, but there is no guarantee of future distributions or their amount. Dividends are subject to the REIT's financial performance and available cash flow." "Investors should carefully consider their own financial situation, risk tolerance, and investment goals before investing in the REIT. Each investor's circumstances are unique, and the suitability of an investment may vary." "The REIT is not insured or guaranteed by any government agency. Investments in the REIT are subject to investment risks, including the potential loss of principal." "The REIT's performance may be affected by general economic conditions, local real estate markets, and other factors outside of the REIT's control." "The REIT is not responsible for any third-party content or websites that may be linked from our website. Such links are provided for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement or responsibility for the content." Remember, it's always a good idea to consult with legal and financial professionals to ensure that the disclaimers are appropriate for your specific circumstances and jurisdiction.