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Nav Athwal Stepping Down as CEO at Realty Shares

By Dr. Gower | November 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nav Athwal, one of the more prominent founders in the real estate crowdfunding space, has announced his decision to step down from the CEO role at RealtyShares, a platform he founded four years ago. RealtyShares has raised over $500 million for real estate projects making it one of the largest sites of its kind in the US. To date, RealtyShares has returned over $80 million to investors from more than 1000 projects. Registered users now number more than 120,000. Big name VCs backed the crowdfunding platform helping to fuel the company’s rapid growth in a sector of alternative finance that has become increasingly competitive.  Full article here.

PeerStreet Changing $700 Billion Industry

By Dr. Gower | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the biggest markets in the world, worth between one to two trillion dollars annually, has been virtually untouched by technology. Dominated by Wall Street and those perennial names, Fannie and Freddie, real estate investing has long been the domain of a few key players. Until now.  The PeerStreet platform lets accredited private investors access the huge market of real estate loans, backed by big data and advanced underwriting to identify loans that can give consistent returns. What was once only accessible to a select few is made accessible and lucrative to accredited investors, and, in the process, is changing the face of real estate investing.  Full article here.

Sharestates Launches Their One Click Closing Option

By Dr. Gower | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sharestates, an online real estate investment marketplace, announced today the launch of its new One Click Closing tool, a feature that will allow return borrowers to visit a page where they can upload all the details and documents required for a new loan, allowing for a seamless transfer of closing date information without further communications. The launch of this new tool coincides with the company’s overarching goal of providing borrowers with a streamlined funding process, while providing them the opportunity to solely focus on identifying viable real estate investment opportunities.  Full article here.

CrowdStreet Announces Leadership Team Expansion & Advisory Board Formation

By Dr. Gower | November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Real estate crowdfunding platform CrowdStreet announced on Tuesday it has enhanced its leadership team with the addition of two senior-level executive hires and has formed its new advisory board. Full article here.

The Rise of the Individual Investor Class

By Dr. Gower | November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Historically, individuals — more colloquially referred to as “friends and family” or the “country club” investor — have always been the on-ramp investor profile for many property developers-operators. These investors were generally relegated to the smaller investments presented to them by people they knew in the real estate business, or REITs available in the public markets. All the while, larger deals and fund vehicles remained the purview of the larger institutions. As the real estate investment class has grown in prominence over the last few years, so too has the prominence and power of the individual investor.  Full article here.

Tax Implications to Consider for Real Estate Investments

By Dr. Gower | November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Whether you’re investing in a REIT, a publicly-traded stock through a broker or online service, or investing in a private real estate offering like those found on contemporary real estate crowdfunding platforms, it is important to take into account net fees.  Full article here.

PeerStreet Continues to Expand Resources and Technology Services to Lenders

By Dr. Gower | November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

My guest Brew Johnson’s company, PeerStreet in the news.  Listen to his podcast here.

Private lenders who work with PeerStreet can access a platform to make their business more efficient

November 13, 2017 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PeerStreet, an award-winning platform for investing in real estate backed loans, is excited to announce that it is aggressively expanding available resources and tools for private real estate lenders on its platform.

 Read the full article here.

REIT Premiums to Asset Value

By Dr. Gower | November 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Great article on what kind of premiums REITs trade at relative to their Net Asset Value (NAV).  At the company level, Healthcare REIT Community Healthcare Trust Inc. traded at the greatest premium to NAV, at 38. percent.

As of September 29, publicly-traded U.S. Equity REITs traded at a median discount to consensus net asset value of 4.7 percent.

The Healthcare REIT sector traded at the largest median premium to NAV, at 5.7 percent. The Industrial REIT and the other Retail REIT sectors followed next trading at median premiums to NAV of 5 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.

NRE Forum Podcast #207:  Unraveling Crowd Fund Real Estate Regulations

Mark Roderick, Crowd Fund Attorney, is one of the best connected attorneys focusing on JOBS Act regulations to promote crowd sourced capital for real estate.  Consolidating the insights he has gleaned from his clients with his knowledge of the industry, Mark shares thoughts ranging from the impact of crowd sourcing capital on private equity funds, to the likely shakeout when the next recession hits the industry.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #206: Secondary Market for Lenders, First Position Loans for Investors

Brew Johnson, Founder and CEO of PeerStreet, emerged from the downturn of 2007/08 having predicted its arrival and having capitalized on the opportunities it presented.  With a firm awareness of how devastating a downturn can be, under his guidance, PeerStreet takes steps to ameliorate the risk that the loans in their portfolio are insulated and at the same time provides risk adjusted returns for investors wanting the security of first position debt. More...

NRE Forum Podcast #205:  Relationships Matter When Raising Capital Online

Raising capital online is not simply a matter of putting up a website and waiting.  You must first establish a relationship with investors through consistent marketing and communication.  Lisa Canning has stepped into real estate companies' online offerings that have not heeded this wisdom and shares her stories from the trenches in today's podcast.      More...

NRE Forum Podcast #204:  Ben Miller, CoFounder, CEO, Fundrise

Before the JOBS Act was even on the SEC's radar, Ben Miller was putting together a crowd funded real estate deal right on their doorstep in Washington D.C.  Now he runs one of the only marketplaces that provides open access to deal flow for all investors and in his conversation today, shares insights into real estate crowd funding that will frame your understanding of the space.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #203:  The Mini-IPO For Your Real Estate Deals

You can raise capital for your real estate company's expansion, providing funds for growth or even just as a liquidity event for shareholders.  Rod Turner, founder, Chairman and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital shares his encyclopedic knowledge about Regulations A+ (the mini-IPO) and CF (Crowd Fund) of the JOBS Act.      More...

NRE Forum Podcast #202:  Nav Athwal, Founder & CEO RealtyShares

To crowd fund a real estate deal requires a marketplace where sponsors seeking capital can meet investors looking for deals.  One of the largest and most successful yet of these online platforms is RealtyShares.  Nav Athwal, founder and CEO, discusses how his platform manages quality and options so that investors can reduce risk, and the principles he employs to build RealtyShares into a wealth management platform for private real estate deals.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #201:  Will the Crowd Fund the Next Generation of Retail

Professor Chad Syverson discusses that while e-commerce has been impactful on retail real estate, big box stores and super centers have had no less an influence on changing the landscape of the retail experience.  In time, he predicts, even the big box stores may end up being consumed by the online marketplace leaving only local, niche stores on the high street.  How then will the buildings in which these non-institutional local stores reside be financed?  Perhaps it is The Crowd that will replace the institutional investor on the high street to capitalize the local store, creating a vested interest in seeing their neighbor's stores succeed.  More...

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