We specialize in real estate development and EB-5 investments

Company

  • BUSINESS STRATEGY
  • WHAT WE DO

BUSINESS STRATEGY

INTEGRATED EXPERTISE

American Life, Inc. believes that managing the real estate development lifecycle with a single team leads to better investment outcomes. As a result we have built a vertically-integrated organization with expertise in:

  • Land & Building Acquisition
  • Development
  • Construction
  • Financing
  • Property Management

American Life, Inc. manages all of its properties except for the hotels. In that case, given the infrastructure required to operate hotels, American Life partners with some of the world’s leading management companies including Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide. As real estate is still a local business in many ways, we may also work with local operators or consultants for projects outside of Seattle.

EB-5 REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Our EB-5 investors want more than attractive risk-adjusted returns; they seek the safety and opportunity afforded by a U.S. green card. American Life’s EB-5 investments provide:

Predictable Immigration Outcomes

Our EB-5 Investors rely on American Life to develop projects that satisfy the EB-5 requirements set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Ensuring a project’s compliance with all USCIS job creation requirements and other regulations is our top priority and begins at the earliest stages of our analysis.

Safety & Security

American Life seeks the highest quality development projects in irreplaceable locations in order to minimize the operational and market risk inherent of any real estate investment. While we cannot control the markets, we can mitigate the effects of an economic slowdown by building the most desirable projects in a city’s most sought after locations.

Direct Equity Investment

Unlike most EB-5 real estate investment providers, American Life structures its EB-5 investments as equity. Our EB-5 investors are limited partners with ownership in a real estate asset. While this means that we cannot guarantee the return of an EB-5 investment on a pre-specified date, our EB-5 investors benefit from participation in the project’s operating cash flows and profits at sale alongside us. For example, our hotel projects pay investors roughly 5% per annum or more.

American Life is not an intermediary looking to place our investors’ capital with a separate real estate developer for a fee. Our EB-5 investors invest directly in projects developed and managed by the American Life team. We know that our investors rely on us and we directly manage all aspects of the projects.

VALUE-ADDED REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

American Life acquires and repositions assets throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its value-added investments provide:

Joint Venture Equity Investment

American Life provides high net worth individuals, family offices, and institutional investors the opportunity to invest into one of the U.S.’s most desirable real estate markets.

Off Market Opportunities

Our active presence in the Pacific Northwest over the last 40 years as individuals, and over the last 20 years as a company, provides market knowledge and relationships that regularly generate access to opportunities.

Operational Efficiencies

Given the size of American Life’s existing portfolio, our team is able to manage its portfolio and opportunities in a cost effective and high performance manner.

The SODO Story

While we invest across the region, we continue to see strategic value in acquiring key assets (large and small) in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. Seattle’s robust growth provides for reasonable current cash flow while the long term upside continues to be compelling.

WHAT WE DO

THE COMPANY TODAY

American Life, Inc. develops, finances, and manages properties across major markets in the United States. We are a fully integrated company with 26 employees, overseeing the entire real estate development process from site acquisition through entitlement, construction, and operation.

The company began with one property and has grown into one of the largest land owners in the greater Seattle area, with 2.5 million square feet of land and 3.0 million square feet of buildings under management. The portfolio includes an array of mixed-use commercial spaces – including office buildings, hotels, warehouses, manufacturing and retail properties – collectively valued at cost in excess of $1 billion. In 2012, American Life expanded into Southern California where it developed three Marriott branded hotels and to Atlanta where it developed a Homewood Suites by Hilton. American Life continues to look for strong development and investment opportunities in Seattle and other major U.S. markets.

In addition to real estate development, American Life specializes in assisting international investors seeking lawful permanent U.S. residency through secure real estate investments. Utilizing the EB-5 visa program, our immigration-linked investment opportunities allow foreign nationals to invest in the U.S. and receive permanent U.S. residency green cards. American Life was one of the first real estate developers to implement the EB-5 program and continues to be among the most reputable and successful.

HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE

American Life’s roots trace back to the 1970's when our principals began investing in and developing real estate with their own capital and borrowed funds. Since establishing the firm in 1996, the principals have continued investing selectively in long-term growth opportunities, often deploying investors’ equity and debt alongside the company’s own funds. In addition to growing its investor base, American Life has also grown its team to include experienced professionals in all of the firm’s areas of operation.

Since 1996, more than 450 domestic investors and approximately 1,700 EB-5 green card investors have trusted American Life to manage their real estate investments. We have facilitated over 750 U.S. permanent green cards (via I-829 petition approval) and approximately 1,350 U.S. conditional green cards (via I-526 petition approval) for our EB-5 investors. As one of the first real estate developers to utilize the EB-5 program, we bring our experience working with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to each foreign investor in order to help navigate the sometimes complex immigration challenges and insure successful EB-5 outcomes.

THE LONGEST RUNNING EB-5 REGIONAL CENTER OPERATOR

American Life pioneered the EB-5 regional center model in Seattle, where it continues to focus much of its efforts. In 2006, American Life began to replicate the successful model in other cities. Currently, the company manages 8 federally approved EB-5 regional centers across the country, including in Southern California (3 locations), Atlanta, Miami, and western Washington regions—Seattle, Lakewood and Tacoma.