Category Archives: Crowdfunding Real Estate

Could Real Estate Crowdfunding Help Millennials Retire Sooner?

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Realty Biz News | Steven Kaufman | April 4, 2017

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Real estate has long been lauded as a sensible investment for retirement. After all, real estate assets provide a relatively safe way to hedge your portfolio against volatility in the stock market, and they can also provide passive retirement income.

Real estate crowdfunding sites know that retirement is on the minds of many real estate investors. Many work to attract potential investors with self-directed retirements, such as an IRA or 401k, by promising the preservation of capital at an above-market rate of return. Their online platforms allow people saving for retirement to invest in real estate right from the country club golf course. It was no surprise, then, when investors began pouring retirement savings into crowdfunding.

Except for who was doing the investing, that is. Real estate crowdfunding has proven a popular choice for one of the most fickle investing groups in the marketplace: Millennials.

On the surface, it seems improbable. Millennials investing in real estate? This is a group that has been loathe to purchase homes, with less than a third of Millennials becoming homeowners compared to 64 percent of the general population. After a little analysis, however, there are powerful reasons why real estate crowdfunding appeals to Millennials—enough that more are certain to join the crowd of investors in the coming years.

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The stereotype, of course, is that Millennials are all underpaid with limited skills and few opportunities. That’s not reality, but even if it were, real estate crowdfunding has very low barriers to entry. Some of the best and most successful crowdfunding portals allow for investment minimums as low as $5,000. That lets Millennials get into the real estate investment game much earlier than previous generations.

Second, real estate crowdfunding is an investment option that allows Millennials to bypass banks. Having come of age during the Great Recession, many Millennials don’t trust financial institutions or Wall Street firms. They do, however, see the need to protect their money from the kind of financial breakdowns that hurt their parents’ retirement plans nine years ago by investing in hard assets. Real estate crowdfunding offers the chance to do just that.

The importance of diversification is another lesson that Millennials learned through observation. Many aren’t willing to rely on the promise that property values will go up indefinitely. They’d rather spread their money across many assets, just to be safe. Real estate crowdfunding makes diversification easy.

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One of the Millennial attributes that confounds marketers the most is their disinterest in ownership. From albums to cars to homes, Millennials are buying less of everything than the generations preceding them, and it’s not just because they have less money to spend. Many young people prefer to connect than buy, and they want the way they spend their money to say something about how they see themselves. Ownership doesn’t always align with Millennials’ priorities, but investing does. Like every generation, they are determined not to make the same mistakes their parents did.

Real estate crowdfunding appeals to them because it offers the benefits of ownership without the drawbacks of commitment. It allows them to make passive, small investments in multiple properties without being tied down for years in a single home or location.

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The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. Learn more at www.ncfacanada.org.

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Amar Nijjar, CEO R2Crowd, Joins National Crowdfunding Association of Canada’s Advisory Board

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NCFA Canada | Craig Asano | Jan 9, 2017

Amar Nijjar, Advisor, Commercial Real Estate

TORONTO, JAN 9, 2017 – The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA) today announced that Amar Nijjar, Chief Executive Officer of R2Crowd, a leading real estate crowdfinance and investment platform, has joined the Association’s Advisory Board as Advisor, Commercial Real Estate.

Amar is the Founder of Real Crowd Capital. He is responsible for strategic direction, business development, operations, and sits on R2CROWD’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Amar has funded over $7 billion and underwritten over $20 billion of real estate during his career. Amar is also an Executive Vice President at JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle), where he leads the Debt Capital Markets group. Amar is licensed to trade in mortgages and real estate, and holds an MBA York University and an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.

“Amar is a highly capable professional and active in pursuing the vision of bringing fintech to Canadian commercial property markets.  He brings a vast network of experienced commercial real estate capital market stakeholders to the table and understands the value that financial innovation can generate when paired with vetted, high quality investment opportunities and the appropriate levels of technology and risk mitigation strategies”, said Craig Asano, Founder and Executive Director of NCFA Canada.

Private Capital Markets are hugely inefficient with intermediary cost of capital often times exceeding 10% of every dollar invested. This simply isn’t sustainable in the long run. While the role of an advisor can never be completely eliminated especially in a financial sale, it certainly is ripe for some disruption. However, as an industry all of the participants need to do a better job of building credibility. We need to fully engage in industry events, conferences and other ways of educating the retail investor. In this regard, NCFA is doing a great job and we all need to support them for our collective success in the industry.   Amar Nijjar, CEO, R2Crowd

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About National Crowdfunding Association of Canada

The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is a cross-Canada non-profit actively engaged with both social and investment crowdfunding stakeholders across the country. NCFA Canada provides education, research, leadership, support and networking opportunities to over 1500+ members and works closely with industry, government, academia, community and eco-system partners and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry in Canada. For more information please visit: www.ncfacanada.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Craig Asano
casano@ncfacanada.org
416 618 0254

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