Crowdfunding grows as real-estate investment option

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Calgary Herald | Brock Willis | August 21, 2014

Real Estate Crowdfunding for everyoneThe roller-coaster ride of residential real-estate markets in the last few years have a lot of investors thinking about the value of real estate, including commercial real estate. Not only does this sector have appealing growth potential, but the emergence of crowdfunding platforms in this space is making it possible for individual investors to start thinking about the possibility of adding commercial real estate to their investment portfolios.

Until recently, the only opportunity for smaller investors to get in on the action has been through Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS). But crowdfunding is inserting itself into this space as a potential game-changer, breaking down barriers in the commercial real estate sector by making large-scale, quality real estate opportunities available to investors for as little as $5,000.

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This is how it works. Developers will post their investment opportunities on a crowdfunding platform, providing detailed documentation for vetting before being made available to potential investors online. Investors then browse pre-curated investments, legally formalize their transactions online, and can check in whenever they want to see how their investments are performing.

Leveraging a crowdfunding platform increases efficiencies for investors as well as developers who now have a new way to finance projects. It’s a win-win for all parties.

And there are compelling reasons for non-accredited investors to be interested in this sector.

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