Apr
29

Institutional Investors are Driving Down Rates in the Real Estate Industry

Colony Capital, BlackRock, Fortress, Apollo are just a few of the many institutional investors that are capitalizing on today’s real estate investment opportunities. As a result, these large corporations have driven down industry rates. Thus, making the real estate space even more competitive. As Craig Cecilio, Founder of DiversyFund says, “It’s was inevitable that this was going to happen during a great market.” And, goes on to say, “I predicted this was going to happen back in 2011 as the market started to heat up again. In coming years, we will continue to see the cost of capital become more and more competitive.” The Institutional Investor Shift If we are comparing 2007-2008 to today, the market is quite different, in a good way. There’s not one singular way to structure a real estate debt and equity investment anymore. “We are continuing to create new equity products every day,” mentioned Craig Cecilio. “Creativity is […]

Apr
28

Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Seeking Venture Funding Continues

Crowdfunding for Real Estate is heating up and becoming one of the most popular products for venture funding. Just recently, RECF (Real Estate Crowdfunding) Platforms Patch of Land and Realty Shares, simultaneously announced a successful Series A funding on April 4th, 2015.  Other companies, like Fundrise, received Series A funding back in 2014. Realty Mogul is already on to their second round of funding as of March 2015. Institutional and individual investors are beginning to catch on to the potential the industry is projecting. Even more so, they are already actively capitalizing on it. Series A is the first seed funding round for privately held startups, in return for ownership in their company. Usually Series A allows for preferred ownership or anti-dilution provisions in the case of future financing. Why Venture Funding? RECF Platform’s main reasons for seeking additional funding are to scale operations, boost technology and increase overall market share. […]