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Lessons from the Fall of RealtyShares

March 20, 2019

By Adam Gower Ph.D.When Realty Shares closed down, the real estate crowdfunding platform had lost sight of its core competency, but it also proved that there’s a demand for what it provides.Several lessons can be learned from the recent collapse of RealtyShares, but the most important might be the realization that the demands of investors…

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Podcasts

244 Jim Dowd, Founder & Managing Director, North Capital

NRE Forum Podcast #244: Marketplace functionality and compliance all start with North Capital Jim Dowd founded North Capital in 2008.  His company has become a critical component of many of the major real estate syndication and crowdfunding sites, like RealtyMogul, Crowdstreet and others.  North Capital now provides marketplace functionality and…

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243 Peter Linneman, Long Term Investing

NRE Forum Podcast #243: The ideal investment term for real estate and what can go wrong Learn from this episode what is the ideal investment period for real estate and how even the best laid plans can go wrong. Peter Linneman is one of the foremost experts in real estate…

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242 Ron Costa, Mapable USA

NRE Forum Podcast #242: Gower on the Mapable USA Podcast! Today’s episode at the National Real Estate Forum is extremely unusual in that it’s actually a podcast of a podcast. I was invited to be the guest on Mapable USA with Ron Costa and that is today’s podcast. So today’s…

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241 Scott Picken, Founder & CEO, WealthMigrate

NRE Forum Podcast #241: International Real Estate Syndication I’ve traveled a lot throughout my life and career, from London to San Diego to Tokyo in Japan to Beverly Hills California and of all the platforms currently active in the online real estate  syndication space – crowdfunding – my guest today…

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240 Michael Campbell, CEO, Carlton Crowdfunding

NRE Forum Podcast #240: No-one’s going to buy a $1bn on the Internet Following the passing of Howard Michaels in September, my guest today Michael Campbell recently promoted to the CEO position at the Carlton Group, has some big shoes to fill. As you’ll hear from today’s conversation, he is…

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239 Nav Athwal, Founder, RealtyShares – Reflections

NRE Forum Podcast #239: Nav Athwal, Founder of RealtyShares Reflects Upon Lessons Learned Nav Athwal founded RealtyShares in 2013; he left his operating position in late 2017 and exited the board late summer 2018.  Today he reflects upon the lessons learned from the rise and fall of one of the…

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238 Pete Asmus, CEO Greenzone 360

NRE Forum Podcast #238: The Only Cannabis Real Estate Crowdfunding Site Pete Asmus is a force of nature. He is an inspirational speaker and one of the only entrepreneurs using crowdfunding to bring cannabis investment through real estate on his platform Greenzone 360. He is also the owner of one…

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237 Lynn Smith, Founder & CEO, Buy the Block

NRE Forum Podcast #237: Buy the Block is One of the Only Funding Portals Under Reg CF Lynn Smith has taken on one of the noblest challenges in real estate finance today; she has founded and operates one of the very few funding portals that allows developers to raise money…

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236 Dan Drew, Founder & CEO, First Real Fund

NRE Forum Podcast #236: Investor Protections and Co-Investment Put First Real Fund Ahead of the Crowd   Though one of the newer entrants to the real estate crowdfunding arena, Dan Drew’s institutional background and his emphasis on investor protections and wealth preservation, make his platform First Real Fund stand out…

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235 Steven Kaufman, Founder & CAO, Zeus Crowdfunding

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

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234 Brian Dally, Co-Founder & CEO, GroundFloor

NRE Forum Podcast #234: Bringing non-accredited investors the opportunity to invest in specific transactions A New Approach The summary is that my co-founder Nick Bhargava and I were looking into a bunch of ideas that would allow us to test the theory we have about capital markets and in the…

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233 Matt Rodak, Founder & CEO Fund That Flip

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…

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232 Adam Kaufman, Co-Founder & Managing Director, ArborCrowd

NRE Forum Podcast #232: Pre-Funding Deals, ArborCrowd Invests Before Taking to the Crowd In today’s podcast, 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…

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231 Harold Hofer, Co-Founder & CEO, Rich Uncles

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…

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230 Jason Schwetz, Triple Net Zero Debt

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. …

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229 Anna Pinedo, Partner Mayer Brown. The Accredited Investor Standard

NRE Forum Podcast #229: The Accredited Investor Standard Podcast: 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…

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228 Michael Episcope, Principal & Co-Founder, Origin Investments

NRE Forum Podcast #228: Growing Wealth From Commodities to Real Estate Podcast:  Transitioning from a successful career in commodities trading to real estate, Michael Episcope, Principal and Co-founder of Origin Investments, brings the same standards of excellence to his second career as made him so successful in his first. Maintaining…

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227 Ian Ippolito, The Real Estate Crowd Funding Review

NRE Forum Podcast #227: The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review Podcast:  Listen to Dr. Adam Gower talk to 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…

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226 Dror Poleg, Rethinking Real Estate

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…

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225 Jason Fritton, Co-Founder & CEO, Patch of Land

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

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News Digest

RW Holdings NNN REIT, Inc. To Explore Potential Acquisition Of Rich Uncles Real Estate Investment Trust

Mar 20, 2019

RW Holdings NNN REIT, Inc. To Explore Potential Acquisition Of Rich Uncles Real Estate Investment Trust https://prn.to/2U4WGbb  In connection with the announcement on January 14, 2019 by Rich Uncles Real Estate Investment Trust I (“REIT I”) of REIT I’s decision to pursue strategic alternatives, including the potential sale of its real estate portfolio…

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Real Estate Opportunities from Cannabis to Car Washes (Podcast)

Mar 19, 2019

Real Estate Opportunities from Cannabis to Car Washes (Podcast), Producer Paul Brennan https://bloom.bg/2Of6aey  Charles Clinton, CEO at EquityMultiple, discusses online commercial real estate investing opening doors to four profitable emerging markets, including cannabis, data centers, self storage and car washes. Hosts: Carol Massar and Jason Kelly. Producer: Paul Brennan Read More.

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Multifamily and CRE loan debt sees largest rise since housing bubble

Mar 19, 2019

Multifamily and CRE loan debt sees largest rise since housing bubble by Paul Centopani http://bit.ly/2YalRIa  Commercial and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding grew 6.8% in 2018, benefiting from strong employment numbers and strained inventory, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Read More.

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Mar 19, 2019

Investors Eagerly Await Trump Rules on Opportunity Zones by Jim Tankersley https://nyti.ms/2TMFCXM  A hotel groundbreaking ceremony here in an old cotton field not far from Interstate 10 last month featured two United States senators, a hot catered lunch and a stream of speeches about driving economic investment to this corner of the…

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Mar 18, 2019

What are 1031 Exchange Real Estate Investments and Are They Right for You? by Rudy Boroomand, Corporate Controller, Trion Properties. Wealth Preservation The investment vehicle known as a 1031 exchange is a popular wealth preservation tool for real estate stakeholders. Used as a means of deferring capital gains taxes on…

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How to Avoid the Next Real Estate Downturn

Mar 18, 2019

How to Avoid the Next Real Estate Downturn by Paul Sullivan https://nyti.ms/2UGZ0SH  Frans and Caroline Swaalf, management consultants in the Netherlands, have been enamored of South Florida since they were graduate students at the University of Miami in the 1990s. Read More.

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Store Closings Show No Sign of Abating

Mar 18, 2019

Store Closings Show No Sign of Abating by Liz Wolf http://bit.ly/2TKRMAN  It’s only mid-March and already a slew of prominent retailers have announced thousands of store closures around the U.S. And the pace of closings isn’t expected to slow anytime soon. Read More.

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Council Post: FinTech Companies Offer The Option Of Property Ownership Without The Management Headaches

Mar 18, 2019

Council Post: FinTech Companies Offer The Option Of Property Ownership Without The Management Headaches by Henry Yoshida, CFP http://bit.ly/2O8mOwe  Some people might argue that owning real estate is no longer a key aspect of the American dream. And while it’s true that younger Americans like millennials often eschew home ownership, I believe…

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Some CRE Investors Change Strategies to Account for More Risk

Mar 14, 2019

Some CRE Investors Change Strategies to Account for More Risk http://bit.ly/2TBvyRx  This year, commercial real estate investor Muri Richardson will stay the course with investments into office buildings that need repositioning, while life company Northwestern Mutual is eying investments in retail and cross-border deals in Mexico. Read More.

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PeerStreet Expands Executive Leadership with Two Senior Hires in Finance Team

Mar 13, 2019

PeerStreet Expands Executive Leadership with Two Senior Hires in Finance Team http://bit.ly/2O24QLL  PeerStreet, an award-winning platform for investing in real estate backed loans, has announced the hiring of two executives with extensive experience in the financial services and real estate sectors: Ellen Coleman and Bob Brown. Ms. Coleman joins as Executive…

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Which Geographical Markets are Best for Real Estate Investment?

Mar 12, 2019

Which Geographical Markets are Best for Real Estate Investment? By Mitch Paskover, Managing Partner, Trion Properties.  Location Criteria We’ve all heard the saying “Location, Location, Location” when it comes to what matters in real estate. For some investors this can apply to areas as broad as a region of the…

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Zillow: West Coast buyers’ market heats up as housing market cools off

Mar 11, 2019

Zillow: West Coast buyers’ market heats up as housing market cools off by Alcynna Lloyd http://bit.ly/2NY4SnY   Less than stellar home price appreciation, declining home sales and dwindling construction spending all point to an oncoming market slowdown. And while it’s no surprise housing markets across the country are cooling off, transitioning West Coast…

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Company offers new way to buy into the real estate game

Mar 11, 2019

Company offers new way to buy into the real estate game by Lois Weiss https://nyp.st/2XNS7B3 An enterprising woman is investing in properties with the goal of creating a publicly traded REIT. Read More.

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Don’t Let ‘Opportunity Zones’ Be Just Another Tax Loophole

Mar 11, 2019

Don’t Let ‘Opportunity Zones’ Be Just Another Tax Loophole https://bloom.bg/2TBAMgg  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he expects investments in “Opportunity Zones” to top $100 billion eventually. He’s referring to an initiative — part of the 2017 tax law — that lets investors in qualifying funds defer and avoid tax on…

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U.S. household wealth posts record loss in fourth-quarter amid stock rout

Mar 11, 2019

U.S. household wealth posts record loss in fourth-quarter amid stock rout https://reut.rs/2XO9Po2  U.S. household wealth fell by a record $3.8 trillion, or 3.5 percent, at the end of 2018, and corporate bond issuance plummeted as a global market rout threatened to weaken a near-decade old recovery, the Federal Reserve reported…

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