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Bringing commercial real estate to the crowd

Bringing commercial real estate to the crowd

  By Jilliene Helman   Mutual funds, commodities, individual stocks and bonds – all of these have for years been the object of investments by ordinary individuals. One asset class, though — commercial real estate — has continued to primarily use larger investors as a financing source. Sponsors of specific real estate projects usually seek money from groups or entities able to invest significant amounts — in part, so that those promoters don’t have spend time on numerous individual investor reports and inquiries. Until 50 years ago, most large properties continued to be owned by financial…

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Real estate’s new frontier: Crowdfunding

Real estate’s new frontier: Crowdfunding

It’s worked for films, political candidates and disaster relief, so why not real estate? Crowdfunding, the act of soliciting funds from the public, most recently via the Internet, is already a powerful tool, but, until today, was difficult to do in real estate. Developers were restricted from marketing projects to the public. Real estate finance was largely limited to high net worth investors and private equity firms. Today, that restriction disappears, thanks to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS, passed in April 2012. Now developers can advertise and market their projects to so-called, “accredited”…

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Prodigy Network hopes to raise $31M in equity to crowdfund a Manhattan Hotel

Prodigy Network hopes to raise $31M in equity to crowdfund a Manhattan Hotel

A New York real-estate company that has been a leader in crowdfunding in South America plans to replicate that strategy in the U.S. Prodigy Network—known for raising $171 million in $20,000 increments for a mixed-use skyscraper development under way in Bogotá, Colombia—hopes to raise $31 million in equity, $100,000 at a time, for a hotel project in downtown Manhattan, according to a person familiar with the plans. The developer plans to convert the apartment building at 17 John St. to an extended-stay hotel. Prodigy is trying to take advantage of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s move…

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Patch of Land Inc Raises $1.2 Million for Crowdfunding Real Estate

Patch of Land Inc Raises $1.2 Million for Crowdfunding Real Estate

Patch of Land, a national online portal for crowdfunding investment opportunities backed by real estate, announced they have successfully raised $1.2 million in funding through a private investment firm based out of Los Angeles. The capital infusion allows Patch of Land to refine their exclusive platform technology designed to provide a high level of visibility, security and communication with their investor base. Patch of Land has been hard at work developing their exclusive, in-house feature set and will formally launch later this month with an online portal. “The crowdfunding model is very different from traditional financial…

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Homeowners fight foreclosure through crowdfunding

Homeowners fight foreclosure through crowdfunding

(MoneyWatch) Can a crowd save a house? Homeowners facing foreclosure certainly hope so. Struggling borrowers are turning to new crowdfunding sites to raise money from friends, family and even strangers to keep up with their mortgage payments. Ruth Caspary, 45, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe after losing her job in 2009 as a visual effects artist. Finding a new job was tough, so instead she joined her husband’s dance instruction business, “Salsa with Juan,” as a marketing manager and dance instructor. Although her new career reduced her income, the two made ends meet for a while…

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PRIMARQ Home Equity Platform:What if Investors Could Help You Buy Your House?

PRIMARQ Home Equity Platform:What if Investors Could Help You Buy Your House?

“A nation of homeowners is unconquerable.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt NEW YORK (MainStreet)—Homeownership is a daunting, at times seemingly unattainable dream for many Americans—what with total student debt at $1 trillion, a national unemployment/underemployment rate at 14.3%and median household income dropping 7.8% since 2007. The average home price in the U.S. is a whopping $202,000, and the subprime mortgage crisis did nothing to quell anxiety. In fact, this year the American homeownership rate dropped to 65%, its lowest point since 1995. But what if instead of taking out a mortgage from a bank you were able to go in with a…

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Realty Mogul hits $3 million in funding just 4 months into crowdfunding

CrowdFundBeat News: Realty Mogul, a real estate crowdfunding site, has just announced that it crossed the $3 million mark yesterday, after surpassing the $2 million at the end of June. The site is a marketplace for accredited investors to pool money online and buy shares of pre-vetted real estate investments. For a company that is bracing a relatively new concept in the real estate investing industry, Realty Mogul is experiencing an outstanding year. The company has already grabbed first place in 2 highly recognized competitions for startup companies. Earlier this year in March, Realty Mogul beat…

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Crowdfunding real estate catching on: The concept allows small investors to invest in their neighbourhoods

[NEW YORK] THE practice of crowdfunding real estate is spreading from South America – where Prodigy Network recently raised around US$239 million from 3,100 Colombians to build a 66-story skyscraper in Bogota – to New York, where developer Urban Muse is hoping to offer a slice of a Brooklyn Bridge Park project to the public. Taking a page from websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, real estate upstarts like Fundrise, Property Peers, Realty Mogul and Prodigy Network, which is based in New York, are transforming the way real estate projects are built and who profits from them.…

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Crowdfunding’s Latest Invasion: Real Estate

Crowdfunding is rapidly changing the real-estate investment market, offering developers new ways to finance projects, small investors a way in, and the socially conscious an avenue to support their local communities—and their local farms. Here is a rundown of the real-estate crowdfunding firms I think will have the biggest impact. (Full disclosure: I have advised Primarq (number 7) on its secondary market strategy, where investors can sell their shares without having to liquidate the actual properties.) 1. Fundrise –The company lets people invest in their local communities, earning profits while becoming socially involved. Since its August…

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Startup Takes Crowdfunding to Real Estate

The crowdfunding space is heating up as the Securities and Exchange Commission inches closer to easing up on its stringent investment regulations. The latest L.A. company to try its hand at crowdfunding is Realty Mogul, which is taking the investment model to real estate. Realty Mogul announced Wednesday that is has launched out of private testing and raised $500,000 in seed funding. The company’s online platform is free for accredited investors – or people who make an annual salary of $200,000 or have a net worth of at least $1 million. Realty Mogul partners with real…

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