Comparing Top Performing REITS: Roots vs BlackStone (BREIT) vs YieldStreet
Investing in real estate can be a great option to diversify your portfolio, but getting started can be difficult. Companies like Roots, Blackstone and YieldStreet make real estate investing accessible and easier to manage via their online REIT platforms. All platforms offer different minimum investment options and strategies that they use to grow their funds. The decision ultimately comes down to your individual goals and preferences.
If you are looking for less fees and to invest in real estate that has a unique, positive social impact on the renters, Roots is for you.
If you’re an experienced investor, have the time to coordinate with a financial advisor, and want to allocate a larger amount of resources to bet on a REIT, BlackStone’s BREIT may be the right one for you.
If you’re content with a higher minimum investment and enjoy very diversified portfolios, YieldStreet might be better for you.
All platforms offer a great way to invest in real estate without the hassle. Ultimately, it's crucial to do your research, understand the risks involved, and seek professional financial advice before investing your money. Below you'll find an in-depth review of Roots, BlackStone, and YieldStreet, highlighting their differences across 5 dimensions: property type, minimums, fees, liquidity and average returns.
Roots, YieldStreet, and BlackStone each offer a unique portfolio of assets. While preferences may vary, we recommend that you read about other REITS and the citations below to assist you in your research before you make an investment.
Blackstone offers a non-listed REIT called the “BREIT”. The BREIT offers a fund based on commercial real estate and real estate debt investments which allows them to give collateralized loans to real estate investors. These properties can be purchased through BlackStone’s financial advisory team and are not offered online directly to investors.
Yieldstreet offers multiple property types: multi-family, industrial, office, single family rentals, storage, and more. YieldStreet also announced that “The Fund also seeks to invest across different investment types including, but not limited to, first lien mortgage loans and preferred equity opportunities to help generate current and regular income for investors.”
Roots offers one investment option, a portfolio of single family rental properties. Roots has a unique model where the tenants of the properties get invested in the fund if they are good renters (pay rent on time, take care of the property, and are a good neighbor). This has led to less vacancy, lower turn costs, and higher returns for its investors, as you’ll see below.
Minimum Investments, Fees & Liquidity
Roots, BlackStone, and YieldStreet make real estate investing easy, but when it comes to fees and liquidity, each company differs significantly.
Roots Fees and Minimum Investment
Roots allows you to invest with a $100 minimum. Unlike other platforms, Roots has no start-up fees. Roots also developed a program that allows investors to cash out with no penalty fees after one year of your first investment. Investors also have the option to reinvest or cash out their distributions at the end of each quarter. If you need to liquidate your funds before one year, there is a 6% early withdrawal fee.
BlackStone (BREIT) Fees and Minimum Investment
BlackStone allows you to invest with a $2,500 minimum for their Class D, S, and T shares and a $1,000,000 minimum investment for their Class I shares. Unlike the other REITs mentioned in this article, BlackStone is open to investors based on a minimum income requirement of $70,000 annually, or a net worth of at least $250,000. BlackStone offers monthly distributions for the BREIT but cautions investors that these are not guaranteed. They have a limited amount of repurchases that they choose to make in each month or quarter, and can potentially choose to repurchase none of the submitted shares.
According to YahooFinance, in May of this year, BlackStone announced that they were limiting their investors withdrawal. The article also states that this is not considered a “new trend” and that “BlackStone has been limiting monthly investor withdrawals since November”.
BlackStone has a 1.25% management fee per annum NAV, payable monthly along with fees for performance participation allocation. To learn more, please see the link “BlackStone - BREIT Offering Terms” below for more information.
YieldStreet Fees and Minimum Investment
YieldStreet allows you to invest with a $10,000 minimum. They have utilized a concept they call “DRIP” which automatically invests an investor's distributions back into their fund. Investors have the option to opt out of this feature but should be aware that it's on by default.
YieldStreet has a 1.5% annual asset management fee, and a 0.5% fee for operating expenses that is deducted from distributable cash.
YieldStreet’s policy indicates that investors may not touch any of their funds for the first year. After that, investors have the option to potentially liquidate a portion of their investments on a quarterly basis. Investors should be cautious of early withdrawal fees that will occur if the funds are removed within the first five years of their initial investment request date. To learn more, please see the link “YieldStreet - Essentials” below for more information.
All platforms have delivered returns to their investors with Roots leading the way.
The Roots Fund was up 13.5% over the last year and 36% from July 1, 2021 - July 1, 2023.
BlackStone (BREIT) has achieved a 1.9% one-year return on their BREIT “Class I” and a 4.6% annualized distribution rate. Since its inception, BlackStone has had an annualized return of 11.7% on their “Class I” shares.
YieldStreet has a net annualized return of 9.8%. Since its inception YieldStreet has had an annualized return of 9.5%.
However, it's crucial to note that past performance is not a guarantee of future results. There are always risks in investing, and it's essential to understand them before investing your money. Want to learn more about REITs? Read this article comparing Fundrise, Arrived Homes, and Roots.