CMBS, eREITs And Crowdfunding: The Future Of Real Estate Investments

CMBS, eREITs And Crowdfunding: The Future Of Real Estate Investments
With new innovations hitting the scene, it’s become easier—and more popular—than ever to get into prime commercial real estate. Last month, Fundrise’s “eREITs” sold out in just four hours, less than a year after offering crowdfunding stakes in the World Trade Center. CMBS might no longer be a rich man’s game, either—Morgan Stanley is already discovering crowdfunding in CMBS portfolios. Just this month analytics company CrediFi launched a new platform, branded as the “Zillow of CMBS,” to provide more info and transparency to the market. Meanwhile, Vlad Tenev’s Robinhood app (pictured) lets anyone invest in public REITs, without commission fees, from the palm of their hand. So what does the future of commercial investment look like? Let’s take a peek.

In one of the biggest rulings of the year, the SEC passed Title III of the 2012 JOBS Act, allowing non-accredited investors to get in on billion-dollar equity crowdfunding game with just $1k. The move was a critical step towards allowing more people access to prime investment assets. Real estate crowdfunding firm Fundrise (founders Ben and Dan Miller pictured) took advantage by launching the first-ever eREIT, and plans to take advantage of an addition to the JOBS Act that will allow retail-class investors to invest in private companies. In December, Realty Mogul, another leading crowdfunding platform, announced that its investors had made over $20M in principal and interest from its platform.

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