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Why You Should Scale from Single-Family Investments to Commercial Real Estate for True Passive Income

Alex Coffman


Jun 18, 2024 3 MIN READ

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In the dynamic world of real estate investment, transitioning from single-family properties to commercial real estate can be a game-changer for those seeking true passive income. This evolution often involves pivotal decisions and profound learning experiences that ultimately lead to greater financial rewards and operational efficiency.

The Journey Begins

My real estate investment journey started with the purchase of a modest single-family home in Austin, Texas, in 2017. Acquired for just over $100,000 with my partner Matt, this property was the foundation of our initial foray into real estate. Despite facing numerous challenges, this investment provided invaluable lessons that catalyzed our transition to more substantial and scalable ventures.

The Reality of Single-Family Investments

The early years of owning this single-family rental were a mix of optimism and reality checks. Although we managed to execute two cash-out refinances and maintain a favorable mortgage interest rate of 3.75%, the anticipated cash flow was elusive. The combined burden of property management fees, taxes, insurance, and maintenance left us with negligible cash flow. This experience underscored a critical insight:

Small-scale properties rarely yield significant cash flow, especially when financed through debt.

Operational Inefficiencies

Managing a single-family rental highlighted several operational inefficiencies:

  • Property Management Fees: At $91 per month, the fee was insufficient for diligent oversight and maintenance.
  • Contractor Reliability: Securing reliable contractors and managing repairs on a tight budget was challenging.

These factors highlighted the inefficiencies of scaling operations through multiple small properties rather than larger, consolidated assets.

Transitioning to Commercial Real Estate

The turning point came with the realization that larger commercial properties offered a more viable path to achieving substantial financial returns and operational efficiency. The economies of scale associated with commercial real estate—such as apartment complexes, shopping centers, or RV resorts—provided a compelling case for transitioning away from single-family homes.

Benefits of Commercial Real Estate

  • Professional Management: Larger properties can support professional management, ensuring better oversight and maintenance.
  • Favorable Debt Terms: Commercial properties often secure better debt terms, reducing financial risk.
  • Operational Efficiency: Streamlined operations across a large asset base enhance profitability.

Success Stories with TR3 Capital

In pursuit of this new direction, my team and I at TR3 Capital shifted our focus to larger deals. In the past year alone, we successfully acquired a shopping center in Florida and two RV resorts near Dallas. These ventures required less effort than managing numerous small properties and promised significantly higher returns. The strategic move to scale up our investments has proven to be less risky and more lucrative, reinforcing the rationale behind this shift.

Key Takeaways

Reflecting on this journey, the decision to transition from single-family homes to commercial properties stands out as the most impactful choice in my real estate career. The first house we bought, despite its challenges, served as an invaluable learning experience. It ignited my passion for real estate and laid the groundwork for future successes.

Advice for Aspiring Investors

For those embarking on a similar path, my advice is clear:

Think big from the outset.

The perceived barriers to entering the commercial real estate market—such as capital constraints and operational complexities—are surmountable with the right mindset and strategy. By prioritizing scale and efficiency, investors can unlock substantial value and achieve their financial goals more effectively.


At TR3 Capital, we remain committed to this philosophy, continually seeking opportunities that align with our vision of growth and excellence in real estate investment. If you’re ready to elevate your real estate investment strategy and achieve true passive income, consider the advantages of scaling from single-family investments to commercial real estate.

Learn more about how TR3 Capital can help you make this transition and achieve your financial goals.

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