03 Oct Pros and Cons Of Using Fractional Share Who Use Their NetJets
Are You Using Your Fractional Share To Go International?
If you are, you should think again about using it for those types of missions. If you own a Fraction and use it go oversees or international, your wasting money and hours. There are quite a few owners who use their NetJets G-550, G-V, G-IVSP and Falcon 2000 to go over the pond from New York as well as from Los Angeles and I often wonder if they even think about the cost of their flight. NetJets is brilliant at hiding costs from their owners.
They don’t send you an all in bill monthly, they send you 3 different bills monthly. Some owners actually add it all up and when they analyze the hourly fees its usually double the cost of chartering the same jet.
For example I have a client who has a 1/16 fraction G-IVSP with NetJets and his typical trips are New York to Abu Dhabi and New York to Kazakhstan. He doesn’t go very long, usually a 1 day turn around, but with his NetJets G-IVSP he pays about $450k+ all in round trip.
He still makes a stop and pays the same price. He could go non stop on a Global Express XRS or Gulfstream G-550 that is newer, with WIFI between $270k-$300k round trip. NetJets G-IVSP and G-450 models average between $14k-16k an hour domestic.
Those costs are even higher when they go international. The other downside with using the fraction to go international is that if you only have a 1/16th share on a NetJets G-IVSP or higher, just that trip alone you would have burned 35 hours out of the 50 hours you bought.
Of course most owners who do those types of trips own a lot more hours and what usually ends up happening is they purchase an additional share, so now they own 2 shares in a G-IVSP or G-450. It ends up costing a lot of money to use the fraction for these types of trips.
If you were to Charter a Jet with the same safety ratings as NetJets from New York to Abu Dhabi, London, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan, your hourly all in prices would be between $9k-11k an hour on a Global Express, G-550, G-450 and Falcon 7X, which is a lot lower than the Fractional prices per hour.
Plus you would get on newer aircraft, with WIFI and that type of aircraft would have a lot less wear and tear. The reason why I say that is because fractional companies usually put 800-1000 hours a year on their planes. A Part 135 owner typically only allows up to 400 hours a year.
I tell my clients who own NetJets G-IVSP, G-450, G-V and G-550 to only use the Fractional Share for trips 1 hour or less. The reason for this is because charter operators charge a 2 hour minimum and if your typical trip is New York to Nantucket, the charter operator and NetJets break even.
For example a charter operator will charge 2 hour minimum on a G-450 and NetJets only charges 1 hour minimum, but NetJets charges $14,000 an hour and the charter operator charges $7,000 an hour x 2 hours. So on these trips there pretty neck and neck. The other plus with using the fraction on these short legs is that NetJets does not charge a short leg fee. A short leg fee is a cost that covers the engine start-up costs.
If you own a FlexJet Challenger 604 or 605 share the same type of thing applies. Yes, you may only be spending $12-15k an hour but it’s still double the cost on the international trips.
The Pros and Cons of Fractional Ownership
Fractional ownership, or sharing ownership of a property or item, started out with corporations and individuals coming together to buy private jets. It was an ingenious idea, because aircraft are notoriously expensive, yet are used very little.
Now this concept has moved into the residential real estate investment arena – usually in popular vacation destinations. However, there are several pros and cons to owning such a property. There are certain things to consider before purchasing or selling.
Fractional ownership is a simple concept that takes a property and splits the ownership up into portions. The owners then share the cost of maintenance, taxes, and other expenditures, and in return get the use of the property for a specified amount of time. Usually, these properties are in vacation destinations, and can be either a single unit or a multi-unit facility. These are sometimes referred to as asset-sharing or timeshares.
Fractional ownership has several pros going for it. First, it is seen by many as a residential real estate investment. Because the cost is shared, the investor can afford to purchase a more luxurious property than he could afford otherwise. In addition, it can be transferred or sold, and the hassle of management and upkeep is left to a management firm. This is a great option for someone who is only going to use a property for a limited time during the year.
On the other hand, there are several critics to fractional ownership. First, there are a number of scams, and anyone interested in a residential real estate investment needs to be wary of get-rich-quick schemes. Second, it is often very difficult to obtain financing, and resale can be difficult. Plus, there can be high management fees. A lack of control or input bothers some investors. Add to that, some owners are frustrated by their inability to use the property at their discretion.
Buying a Fractional Property
For anyone considering purchasing a fractional property, there are several things to consider. The primary step should be to hire a lawyer who has expertise in this area. Researching the management company and the developer are also a smart move.
Finally, a real estate investor should calculate the expenses. Add up all maintenance costs, management fees, and taxes, etc and then divide that number by the amount of time spent there. Is it truly a residential real estate investment, or should it be considered a luxury expense?
Selling a Fractional Property
Selling a fractional property or converting a home into a fractional ownership can also prove tricky. To ensure avoiding legal entanglements such as property restrictions, the counsel of a good lawyer would be wise here as well. Of course, if the property is in a popular vacation destination that draws visitors back every year, it can be a great way to raise capital while still retaining part ownership. Plus, it is also a way to raise the overall selling price of the property.
For those considering venturing into fractional ownership, there are several things to consider. If it is viewed as a residential real estate investment, and the owner is comfortable sharing the property, it can be a great way to enjoy a location that might otherwise be out of reach.
However, make sure to also consider the cons as well. Resale might be tricky and control is limited. Some investors find these restrictions difficult to live with. Just do the research before making the decision to enter into fractional ownership.