#120 Value Of Due Diligence During A Recession, ft. Dr. Pranay Parikh - Passive Income MD

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Episode #120

#120 Value Of Due Diligence During A Recession, ft. Dr. Pranay Parikh

In this episode, Dr. Peter Kim interviews his good friend, Dr. Pranay Parikh. Pranay is a hospitalist and has experience with active and passive investing. Dr. Parikh is a partner in the Ascent Equity Group and is the co-founder of Passive Real Estate Academy that helps others begin their journey towards financial freedom through passive real estate.  

23 Min • August 15

Episode Highlights

Peter and Pranay dive into the importance of doing due-diligence, focusing on how to move through the current market challenges, and what to look for in a deal during a recession. 

To connect with Dr. Pranay Parikh or for more information, go to the Ascent Equity Group >>> https://ascentequitygroup.com/

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Now, let’s look at what we discussed in this episode:

  • Ascent Equity Group
  • The value of Due-Diligence
  • Questions for the sponsor
  • What to look for in a deal during a recession
  • How a deal ends

Episode Breakdown


Ascent Equity Group works towards finding the best deals for their clients by going to the table with sponsors who have 30plus years of experience. With investors ready, they can negotiate the best terms for their clients. 


In the current market, due-diligence is important for two primary reasons: 

  • Rising interest rates
  • Ever increasing Inflation

Peter asks “With rising interest rates, increasing inflation, and the stock market tanking… why is real estate a good investment as an asset class?”  It’s good to invest in a necessity, such as housing. Ascent Equity focusing on Class B rentals. After securing the property, renovations and a slight increase in rent… they feel like everyone wins.


During a bear market, if you are getting a 5% return in investments in Class B rentals… you’re winning! For example, compared to sub-prime mortgages in 2008, where new home owners became renters again in a few years… Class B multi-family units are recession proof.


The profit split is a primary indicator of how a sponsor values their investors. No two syndications are alike, so the profit split will vary per the type of investment, hold period, and the risks involved. There are two types of profit-sharing: Straight Split, Preferred Return or Waterfall Structure.


During a recession, the focus is not necessarily on making money… but not losing money. Warren Buffett once said, “not losing money is the first rule of investing.” It’s all about Risk Mitigation, how to get the highest return with the lowest amount of risk.

Begin with the sponsor… 

  • Who is the sponsor? What is their track record? 
  • Have they been through a recession? What was their experience?
  • What is their reputation with other investors? 
  • How do they communicate and stay in a relationship with the investor?

There are decent deals in the market right now, in spite of the rising interest rates, increased inflation, and possible recession. 

What to look for in a deal…

  • Has their business plan changed for their current market?  
  • How is the sponsor working with increased interest rates?  
  • How are they now covering their debt-service ratio? How are they mitigating this? Are they securing different types of loans from lending companies? 
  • Debt is not the enemy. Do they have good debt relationships? Do they use fixed debt?

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Dr. Parikh describes the process of deals ending after renovations and filling units to 95% occupancy. Then the multi-family unit would sell to a bigger investment firm. 


People are looking for a safe place to invest. Multi-family units are‌ a great place to invest in passive income.  


To connect with Dr. Pranay Parikh or for more information, go to the Ascent Equity Group >>> https://ascentequitygroup.com/

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