Sentinel’s wide range of in-house functions creates operating efficiencies, facilitates risk controls and enhances reporting transparency throughout the investment process:
Our acquisition teams maintain close relationships with brokers, merchant builders and lenders across all US target markets, providing Sentinel immediate access to investment opportunities as they arise.
Each of Sentinel’s investment entities is overseen by a two-person portfolio management team to provide seamless continuity of asset oversight and investor communication. This team is responsible for overall portfolio performance, ensuring that the investment objectives of the account are the primary consideration in the operation of the portfolio and that the investors are kept fully apprised of the status of the account through a timely reporting discipline.
Asset and Property Management
Sentinel’s fully integrated asset and property management functions hold each of its regional management teams accountable for the entire life cycle of each property within its assigned geographic or property type sector.
Sentinel’s extensive experience as a borrower in the debt capital markets allows the firm to access and structure debt quickly and efficiently on comparatively favorable terms.
Legal and Tax
While outside counsel and tax professionals are utilized when necessary, Sentinel maintains a four-person legal team to oversee the administration of legal matters involving both Sentinel and its portfolios. In addition, a three-person team of in-house tax professionals handles routine tax matters and reporting for Sentinel’s funds. Another two real estate professionals monitor real estate tax assessments and rigorously pursue appeals on an annual basis.
Sentinel places great emphasis on timely and transparent financial reporting, in compliance with both the Global Investment Performance Standards (“GIPS”) and the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (“NCREIF”) standards. Sentinel’s in-house document production team customizes financial and other reports to meet individual investor’s needs.
Sentinel has successfully managed numerous transferred asset assignments for which it has assumed full operational responsibility. In some instances assets were transferred as “work-out” assignments that involved re-positioning properties for potential sale, unwinding failed joint ventures and improving property management and operations. Transfer assignments have covered taking over direct equity ownership of apartment, office, retail and industrial properties, restructuring ownership of assets, as well as working through non-performing loans and loans in foreclosure.