What is an "accredited" commercial real estate investor and why does it matter?

Posted by Jamestown Invest on August 12, 2020
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Under federal securities laws, traditionally only wealthy accredited investors may participate in certain types of investments, such as real estate private equity offerings, hedge funds or venture capital funds or investments. The SEC defines an accredited investor in Rule 501 of Regulation D, the full text of which is available here.


To spare you some of the more technical, legal language, this is what it breaks down to*:

An accredited investor must be in one of the following categories:
  • - An individual with an annual income of $200,000 or more (or $300,000 for joint income) for the last two years;
  • - An individual (or jointly with spouse) with a net worth of $1 million or more (excluding the value of the person’s primary residence);
  • - An individual who is a general partner, executive officer, director, or a related combination thereof for the issuer of unregistered securities;
  • - An entity that is a business development company or an organization with assets of $5 million or more;
  • - An entity that consists of equity owners who are accredited investors;
  • - Registered brokers and investment advisors;
  • - An employee benefit plan, within the meaning of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, if a bank, insurance company, or registered investment adviser makes the investment decisions, or if the plan has total assets of $5 million or more.

The JOBS Act Expands Access to Private Offerings

In 2012, Congress passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, and the SEC later implemented rules to open private offerings to a wider audience as compared with traditional private offerings limited to accredited investors only. The JOBS Act rules allow issuers to utilize digital marketing to communicate with potential investors and technology to streamline the investment process through online platforms. Following passage of the JOBS Act and subsequent regulatory reforms, almost all Americans can now access private offerings through an exemption called Regulation A+. These offerings require detailed public filings with the SEC, which disclose the company’s investment strategy, business plan, track record and potential risks.

Do I have to be an accredited investor to invest through Jamestown Invest?

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Short answer: Both accredited and non-accredited investors can participate in Regulation A+ offerings like Jamestown Invest 1, LLC through our online investment portal, which features a minimum investment of $2,500 for individuals, as long as certain suitability requirements are met.

For more information, you should review the offering circular at www.jamestowninvest.com/OC.

Investing in Jamestown Invest 1, LLC’s common shares is speculative and involves substantial risks. The “Risk Factors” section of the offering circular contains a detailed discussion of risks that should be considered before you invest. These risks include, but are not limited to, illiquidity, complete loss of invested capital, limited operating history, conflicts of interest, blind pool risk, and any public health emergency. In addition to the foregoing risks, the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are unknown and could materially impact this investment. Further, there is no assurance that Jamestown Invest 1, LLC will be able to achieve its investment objectives or to access targeted investments like those identified.

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