The Compelling Case for Incorporating Private Equity Multifamily Real Estate in Investment Portfolios

In today's investment environment, characterized by escalating volatility and uncertainty, financial advisors and their clients are searching for resilient and profitable asset classes. This white paper offers an evidence-based rationale for financial advisors to consider integrating private equity multifamily real estate—specifically offerings from Gratūs Funds—into their clients' portfolios. The paper will explore the multifaceted advantages this asset class can offer advisors and their clients, from diversification to risk-adjusted returns to long-term financial stability.

As the financial landscape continues to be marked by increased volatility and uncertainties, there's a renewed emphasis on portfolio diversification. Echoing Warren Buffett's sentiments, "If you buy things like farms, apartments, or interests in businesses…you'll do alright," this paper champions the integration of alternative assets like real estate into investment portfolios. Through platforms like Gratūs Funds, financial advisors can optimize client portfolios by tapping into the stability and promise of multifamily real estate.

Portfolio Benefits

-Efficient Frontier & Modern Portfolio Theory

Incorporating private equity multifamily real estate into a portfolio can enhance the efficient frontier, as evidenced by the Modern Portfolio Theory. This theory emphasizes the notion that an optimal portfolio doesn't only consist of the highest potential returns but also presents the least risk for a given level of expected return. A J.P. Morgan report suggests that portfolios diversified with alternative assets like real estate can enhance risk-return ratios by 20-40% compared to traditional asset-only portfolios.

-Major Endowment Case Studies

Endowment funds, recognized for their long-term investment horizons, often lead the way in prudent investment practices. David Swensen, the renowned Chief Investment Officer of Yale's endowment, vocally endorsed diversifying into alternative investments. "Real assets possess unique inflation-hedging capabilities, with the potential to provide important equity diversification," he noted. Under Swensen's guidance, Yale committed a substantial portion of its portfolio to alternative assets, witnessing consistent and commendable growth.

Psychological Benefits

The tangibility of real assets often acts as a psychological buffer against the inherent volatility of financial markets. As Warren Buffett insightfully observed, investments in real estate can bring a sense of financial assurance that stock-market traded assets may not provide. This psychological tranquility can significantly boost investor contentment and foster long-term commitment to a diversified investment approach.

Non-Correlation with Traditional Asset Classes

One of the most compelling aspects of private equity multifamily real estate is its historically low correlation with mainstream investments like stocks and bonds. The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF) highlighted periods when the correlation between private real estate investments and the S&P 500 was as minimal as 0.1. This non-correlation provides a substantial shield during market downturns, making real estate a potent portfolio stabilizer.

The Asset Class: Private Equity in Multifamily Real Estate

Private equity in multifamily real estate has demonstrated its ability to generate stable and attractive returns. Gratūs Funds, in particular, projects IRRs between 10-15%, with 4-6% resulting from consistent dividend cash flows. A 2020 Real Estate Research Institute (RERI) study endorsed the higher Sharpe ratio evident in private equity real estate investments over publicly traded real estate, underscoring their efficacy in providing risk-adjusted returns.

The Stability and Promise of Midwest Real Estate

Gratūs Funds focuses on the Midwest, a region known for its blend of stability and growth potential in the real estate sector. Zillow's analysis indicates that real estate markets in the Midwest demonstrated lesser volatility during economic shocks like the 2008 financial meltdown, maintaining a steady 3-4% annual growth rate. Factors such as a robust job market, restrained speculation, and persistent housing demand contribute to this stability. When investors partner with Gratūs Funds, they tap into these benefits, leveraging the promise of Midwest real estate.

Overcoming Historical Barriers

By registering with the SEC and harnessing an advanced tech stack, Gratūs Funds has adeptly addressed traditional challenges, from compliance to fee structures. Advisors can now seamlessly allocate client assets to real estate while retaining fee revenue. An independent due diligence report by FactRight adds another layer of confidence, enabling financial advisors to fulfill their fiduciary duties more effectively.


The dynamic nature of financial markets necessitates evolving strategies. By embracing multifamily real estate offerings, especially those available through Gratūs Funds, financial advisors can present clients with a compelling, stable, and promising asset class, underpinning a portfolio's resilience and growth potential.

Investing is simple. Here’s how.

Step 1:

Schedule a Meeting

To get started, simply book a 30-minute meeting with someone from our team. We’ll share a bit about the fund, answer any questions you have, and make sure your investing journey and our mission are in alignment.

Step 2:

Complete the Investor Info & Funding form

Once you have all your questions answered, fill out our online investment form. This  secure form gathers all the information needed for creating an account and funding your investment. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

Step 3:

Sit Back and Relax

Now that you’re in, you can sit by and watch your money work for you while we find, build, and manage properties for the fund. You’ll receive updates along the way as the fund continues to perform.