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Syndication Case Study #2 - Baxter at Westwood (Austin, TX)

Updated: May 14, 2022

If you’ve decided that incorporating real estate into your investment portfolio is a no-brainer and realize that you don’t have the time or desire to be an active investor (another great choice!), then investing in a no-hassle, hands-off, Real Estate Syndication is the best option. These investments enable multiple participants to pool capital together to purchase a real estate property that delivers passive income and appreciation to the investor.

Limitless Investing believes strongly in transparency, which is why we publish case studies for all of our investments once they have exited (sold or refinanced) and the investment outcomes have been finalized. The case study today will be focused on Baxter at Westwood in Austin, Texas which closed earlier this month.

Property Details:

  • Location: Austin, TX

  • Type: multi-family apartment complex with five floor plans consisting of one, two, and three bedrooms with 51% of units being 1st floor entry townhome style units

  • Class: B

  • Year Built: 1983

  • Rental Units: 350

  • Purchase Price: $46M

  • Renovation Budget: $2.55M

  • Investor Capital: $17.7M

  • Loan Amount: $32.3M

Investment Strategy:

  • Overall Business Plan: Increase rental income by $65-$115 per unit, per month through significant value-add improvements

  • Exterior Value-Add:

  • Rebrand from Lake Creek Apartments to Baxter at Westwood

  • Enhance 2nd pool to include a larger deck and grill station

  • Improve and expand existing dog park and playground

  • Update leasing center with new flooring and paint

  • Interior Value-Add:

  • Premium Units ($65 monthly rental increase):

  • Add vinyl flooring throughout units

  • Remove upper cabinets to open up floor plan

  • Signature Units ($115 monthly rental increase):

  • Vinyl flooring throughout living areas (1st floor only)

  • Stainless steel front fridge and microwave

  • White cabinetry with tile backsplash

  • 2” blinds and curved shower rods

  • Updated lighting and fixtures throughout

  • Operational Improvements:

  • Bring in a new, best-in-class Property Management team with over 11,000 units in the Austin area and are experts in managing value-add investments

  • Investment Funded: August, 2019

Why We Invested (based on 2019 data):

  • Market: Austin is one of our favorite areas to invest (as detailed in our recent blog) and has been for the last few years based on numerous key real estate drivers

  • Population Growth: Austin saw a 36% population growth over the preceding 10 years

  • Rental Price Increases: rental prices in Austin increased June 2018 to June 2019

  • Personal Income Growth: 12.6% projected income growth

  • Business Plan: solid and conservative projections given the proven business model and significant value-add opportunities to increase monthly, per unit rent

  • Sponsor Team: Experienced team with proven track record of executing on similar investments

Investment Results:











Hold Period

84 Months

29 Months

-55 Months




*this is a great example of why IRR is the most important metric as investors would much rather have a 1.98X return in 2.5 years than a 2.4X return in 7 years

Before Value-Add Improvements:

After Value-Add Improvements:

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