What is IRR?

The Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is a financial metric used to evaluate the profitability of potential investments, calculated as the discount rate that brings the net present value (NPV) of all cash flows to zero. It’s commonly used in capital budgeting to compare the attractiveness of different projects or investments.

Calculate your projected return

Assuming a 5 year term of investment, enter in an amount you would like to invest and adjust the IRR to see your return.

What is a Good IRR?

You want a positive IRR—a negative IRR indicates you’d lose money on the investment. Generally, an IRR of 18% or 20% is considered very good in real estate.

Generally speaking, a high percentage return (greater than 10%) indicates a successful investment, while a low IRR (less than 5%) might mean investors should reconsider their investment options.

How your real estate investments stack up

A REIT: 5-10%

A REIT (real estate investment trust) allows you to invest in a portfolio of properties like a mutual fund. With this

added diversification and stability comes a sacrifice in returns. The IRR for a REIT will generally be lower than a LP or Co-GP fund.

A LP Fund: 15-20%

A LP real estate fund allows you to invest directly in a property (or selection of properties) and benefit from passive income as well as the sale. Due to being closer to the properties and profits, the IRR will generally be higher than that of a REIT.

A Co-GP Fund: 20-25%

Like an LP Fund, a Co-GP Fund will project a higher IRR than a REIT. When investing in a Co-GP Fund however, you invest passively (like an LP) but will receive from the GP’s share of the return. This allows a Co-GP Fund to project a higher IRR and higher return as a result.


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