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NRE Forum Podcast #235: ZeusCrowdfunding.com is the Only Real Estate Site in the Industry With a Guarantee

Steven Kaufman's title at ZeusCrowdfunding.com is CAO. Apparently, that stands for Chief Acceleration Officer but could well stand for Chief Audacity Officer because Steven Kaufman at ZeusCrowdfunding.com actually guarantees the investments on his site. If you only listen to one of my podcasts, listen to this one; Steven is unique and his story is fascinating.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #234: Available to Everyone with $10 Minimums, Groundfloor Stands Alone

Brian Dally, Co-Founder and CEO at Groundfloor.us has invented a way for investors to choose exactly which deals they want to invest that uniquely also includes non-accredited investors.  Using Regulation A+, Brian allows anyone to invest in hard money loans and provides a grading system so investors can self curate their own portfolios.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #233: Fund that Flip Improves Processes, Disrupts the Hard Money Industry

Matt Rodak is founder and CEO of Fund that Flip. Matt found an opportunity to disrupt the hard money lending space when he was borrowing money from lenders but found the process to be unwieldy and inefficient. Not only that, but he wanted to reconcile the contradiction he saw between the relatively low returns he was getting in his personal investments in unsecured consumer debt and the significantly higher rates he was paying for his real estate secured loans.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #232: Pre-Funding Deals, ArborCrowd Invests Before Taking to the Crowd

Adam Kaufman, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Arborcrowd explains that they prefund deals before offering them to investors. He describes how, as their business model is not driven by a need for volume, they are selective about what deals they put out to the crowd. Adam is aware that it is easy to be successful in real estate when things are constantly going up – as has been the case since the crowd funding real estate industry started – and so you won’t necessarily find that many deals on their platform, but the ones you do are probably worth a closer look. More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #231: Rich Uncles and the $5.00 Minimum Investment

Harold Hofer together with his Co-Founder Ray Wirta (also executive chairman at CBRE) envisioned a world where anyone could invest in real estate way before the JOBS Act was even a gleam in a politician's eye.  They launched in Texas with an intrastate offering and have since expanded to being one of the most prominent crowd funding websites in the industry.   More...

NRE Forum Podcast #230: Capitalizing on CFRE With a Conservative Approach to Investing

Jason Schwetz, President and Founder of Triple Net Zero Debt, realized early on that crowd funding was going to transform the way real estate is financed and set about building a model to capitalize on this paradigm.  He settled on a model that delivers long term, steady income and that minimizes chance of loss by investing in triple net lease properties with credit tenants while taking on zero debt.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #229: The Accredited Investor Standard

Anna Pinedo a partner at the law firm of Mayer Brown, helps unravel some of the background to the accredited investor standard and the case for and against how it might change going forward.  Though any change will not come about quickly, the opportunity to comment and contribute to the debate is upon us and before you know it, the SEC will be deciding how to proceed.   More...

NRE Forum Podcast #228: From Commodities to Real Estate with Institutional Standards 

Transitioning from a successful career in commodities trading to real estate, Michael Episcope brings the same standards of excellence to his second career as made him so successful in his first.  Maintaining the institutional  disciplines to underwriting and risk mitigation, Origin Investments is set to grow as it sets its sights on becoming a market leader in the CFRE industry.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #227: The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review

Today you will hear from a prolific and diligent crowd fund real estate investor, Ian Ippolito who, though he does not come from a real estate background, has become one of the most knowledgeable and respected players in the industry.  Ian's widely read Real Estate Crowdfunding Review covers tremendous detail and is a great resource for investors.  Link can be found on the shownotes page,  here...

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NRE Forum Podcast #226: Impact of CFRE on Private Equity, and of Tech on Both

Dror Poleg, fellow London School of Economics graduate, talks about the impact of crowd funding on the private equity space and how technology is changing real estate.  Dror has developed over 30 million square feet of commercial real estate and is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry today.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #225: From Zero to $500 million in Four Years

My guest today Jason Fritton, co-founder and CEO of the online CFRE marketplace Patch of Land was one of the earliest adopters of crowd fund techniques to bring liquidity to real estate markets. What makes Jason particularly notable in this respect is that he had no background in real estate when he decided that the JOBS Act was an ideal vehicle for financing real estate deals. And what makes him doubly remarkable is that the act was not written with real estate in mind.   More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #224: The Institutional Approach to a Strong Upside With Protected Downside

Charles Clinton, Co-Founder and CEO of CFRE platform EquityMultiple, comes from the sophisticated institutional world of real estate. Charles has an awareness of the upside that everyone wants from real estate investing that is combined with a desire to protect the downside.  The structure he offers investors reflects this balanced risk reward approach to CFRE investing.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #223: Experience and Track Record Key to Building Trust Online

Lew Feldman founded Goodwin Procter's California offices, served on the firm's Executive Committee, was a member of its Real Estate Capital Markets Group, led the firm’s Public Finance Practice, and founded its Crowdfunding Practice. He now serves as CEO of Heritage Capital Ventures, a private equity concern. Lew serves on the Board of Directors of Wikirealty.com and KBSDirect.com, and advises ArborCrowd.com, Crowdstreet.com, TV4ent.com, Realcrowd.com, and Wealthforge.com. He also chairs the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Business.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #222: The World's 11th Largest Office Building Owner Crowd Funding $1 billion

From a start investing in portfolios of distressed office buildings almost 30 years ago, KBS has grown to be one of the largest owners of office buildings in the world.  Understanding the needs of its tenants and the power of the crowd, KBS is making downtown office building investments accessible to every accredited investor.   More...

NRE Forum Podcast #221: Though they also offer diversification, REITs are subject to broader stock market volatility

Many people ask how investing in crowd fund real estate deals is different from investing in a REIT. So to answer this question in detail I spoke with Greg MacKinnon who covers research at the Pension Real Estate Association - PREA. Greg’s perspective comes from his position providing market intelligence to pension funds of course, family offices, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #220: Protecting Grandma (and you) from Fraudsters

Migrating from law, to a legislative position working for Senator Elizabeth Warren during the 2008/2009 downturn overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Sara Hanks was well positioned to appreciate the dramatic impact Crowd Funding was to have on capital formation.  Taking the pragmatic view that customers should be protected, she formed CrowdCheck to provide compliance services to investors and sponsors alike.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #219: It's Not Real Estate that Kills People; It's Debt that Does

Having seen the coming downturn in 2008/2009, Max Sharkansky sold his portfolio and adapted as the market took its dive.  Discovering Crowd Fund Real Estate as a viable new source for capital, Max has become a firm advocate of the space, has raised money for multiple deals using CFRE, and thinks of it as a 'win, win,win' for all concerned.    More...


NRE Forum Podcast #218: Online Marketplace & SaaS Provider 

Taking a different approach to other crowd fund real estate marketplace platforms, Tore Steen CEO and co-founder, explains how his company CrowdStreet offers sponsors not only access to in excess of 70,000 accredited investor but also to a white label software product they can use to go it alone if they wish.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #217: Equity for Senior Housing

From Idaho to Texas, from single family-for-sale product to senior housing, sponsor Nick Walsh and his company, Global Senior Housing, compressed their usual twelve months of fund raising into twelve weeks when they launched their first senior housing deal.  The process was challenging but worth the resulting control and larger profit share.More...


NRE Forum Podcast #216: Taking a Private Real Estate Development Company Public

From raising capital at Starbucks to flip homes during the 2008 recession, to having nearly $400 million of assets under management and a NASDAQ listing on the books for 2018.  Chris Loeffler, co-founder and CEO of the Caliber Companies, is using JOBS Act Regulation A+ to take his fully integrated real estate development company public to raise capital for future growth, and to give everyday investors the opportunity to have a part in their own community.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #215:  Bringing a Long Term Perspective to CFRE

How do you explain the idea of risk adjusted returns in a market where everything just seems to keep on going up.  Bringing the prudence of a long-term perspective to crowd fund real estate investment Adam Hooper, co-founder and CEO of the online marketplace, RealCrowd, talks about his philosophy to ensuring this platform endures inevitable market cycles. More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #214: CFRE An Industry Ripe for Personal and Professional Reinvention

AdaPia shares her thoughts about the impact that the #MeToo campaign has had on her and on her life path in the context of how she is re-inventing her career.  Hearing someone like AdaPia, a former C-level executive of two real estate crowdfunding companies, so willingly discuss the exciting opportunities she is exploring in this rapidly changing new industry is as reassuring as it is inspirational.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #213:  Aggregating Loans to Minimize Risk & Maximize Returns

AdaPia d'Errico talks about the strategy and investment philosophy of AlphaFlow, the company she now advises.  Combining rigorous loan selection, AlphaFlow acquires loans nationwide and splits client investments across dozens of loans.  Using a proprietary algorithm, this process is oriented to capital preservation, while striving to maximize returns at the same time.  More...

NRE Forum Podcast #212: Crowdfunding at the Intersection of Money Morality and Justice

In an industry that is creating opportunity for developers both small and large to raise capital for their deals from sources never before available i.e. the general public, it is reassuring that people like Amy Wan are out there doing what they can to make sure professional services follow suit.  Amy’s social conscience and her proactive approach to employing tech solutions for the benefit of us all is what puts her at the leading edge of her field and a great friend to have on your side.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #211:  Democratizing Real Estate

Jonathan Tate had no real need to finance his project through SmallChange as he already had an investor who was willing to write a check for the full amount that he needed.  His interest in crowd funding the deal, however, stems from his sense of community; and his desire to truly democratize real estate and put control of the development process back into the hands of the people who benefit the most.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #210: First Ever Regulation Crowd Fund Real Estate Investor*

Bill Bedell sees his $500 investment in someone else’s single-family home development as his down payment on a $2,500 home.  For Bill, he gets all the economic benefits – and risks mind – of real estate investment, without the need to have any more than $500 to put down.  And he gets to invest with a Harvard educated architect developer.  More...

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NRE Forum Podcast #209:  Bringing Real Estate to the 99%

Not everyone invests just for the money.  There are a lot of people out there who also want to feel good about their investments and want to make change in communities around the country that bring people together.  If you have a deal that might appeal to investors like that then Eve Picker, Founder and CEO of SmallChange can make that happen for you.  SmallChange is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and regulated by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA. More...

NRE Forum Podcast #208: Real Estate as Fintech - The Venture Capital Perspective

Alex Rampell, General Partner at the venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz, is hoping for and has a reasonably decent chance of getting a 1,000 times multiple on this real estate investment.  Whether he gets it or not, one thing is certain – when someone like Alex starts looking at what you are doing, you can be sure that your world is about to change. More...

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...

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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...

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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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