Southwest Florida Private Equity Real Estate Investment Opportunity Launched

A Florida property development firm has launched a real estate private equity fund that lowers the cost of entry for small investors, so they can realize returns and tax benefits, while providing housing the community needs.

BRT Development, a residential and commercial property developer in Fort Myers, Florida, has launched a private real estate equity fund under its new subsidiary, Opus Development Group. The company already provide real estate related services in Southwest Florida including: sales, property management, and construction. More information is available at

With the launch of the fund, the company aims to lower the financial costs associated with real estate investing, so that investors of all levels can participate and start building wealth. The advent of crowd-funding and recent changes in SEC regulations has provided investors access to opportunities previously available only to large corporate investors or extremely high net worth individuals. The fund only asks for a minimum investment of $2,500 compared to traditional investment models that require $50,000 to $100,000.

Another factor that sets the fund apart is how it is organized. The company explained that a fund should not be confused with a REIT (real estate investment trust). Participants in the fund will have equity in the company, and the assets it acquires and develops. Real estate, as a tangible asset helps mitigate investment risks. Moreover, funds offer certain tax benefits to investors. An investor’s profits from a REIT are taxed as ordinary 1099 income. Investors in a private equity fund are members and therefore issued a K-1 allowing depreciation, tax credits and discounts to be passed through to the members.

An online brochure providing detailed information about the offering can be found at

What distinguishes Opus from other private equity funds is the types of properties it invests in and develops. The company focuses on value-add projects that are based on the immediate needs of the community where a project is located. Its main thrust is to help address the shortage of reasonably priced homes in Southwest Florida by focusing on attainable housing. This involves building single or multi-family residential developments that will have price points between $165,000 and $240,000.

According to the firm, these modest figures make homeownership achievable for first responders, factory workers, teachers, and other employees at or below middle-class income levels.

“We believe that it’s possible to have a private real estate equity fund that produces generous returns for its investors while delivering quality and affordable homes to the people who need them,” a company spokesperson said.

Additional details about this investment opportunity can be found at or at the URL above.

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