Barron’s deep dive into farmland as an inflation hedge

Welcome to the mid-August edition of “The GowerCrowd Real Estate Crowdfunding Newsletter.” This week we’ll be highlighting some of the best deals currently available for investors, including a new Oregon farm opportunity on AcreTrader, and Finial’s Fund VI on CrowdStreet

We’ll also look at all of the latest news and developments in the world of real estate crowdfunding, including a look at farmland as a hedge against inflation, a new webinar from the fine folks over at RealCrowd, and a podcast from our very own Dr. Adam Gower.

So whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, be sure to check out this week’s newsletter for all the latest information on real estate crowdfunding. Let’s get into it.

New Crowdfunding Platform Deals

First up, we’ve got a new deal from AcreTrader, the Willamette River Farm, a 521-acre seed grass and vegetable farm that sits in stretches over two Oregon counties, Linn County and Benton County. The farm itself grows several different types of vegetables and other agricultural products, including broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, wheat, and grass seed. 

442 of the 521 acres are irrigated by center pivot systems, supplied by wells that draw from the Long Tom and Willamette Rivers. Funds from the capital raise are intended to be used for the purchase of water pumps and the enhancement of the current water infrastructure to get the most out of every acre. Check out this West Coast farm opportunity on AcreTrader, here.

Next up is Finial’s Fund VI on CrowdStreet. The Southeast Industrial Aggregation Fund VI Finial Group’s sixth fund seeks to apply a repeat strategy that locates and executes upon industrial projects in the Southeastern United States. Part of their process involves targeting varying risk profiles for optimal risk-adjusted returns and healthy cash flow. The project has a targeted investor IRR of 17.84%, a targeted equity multiple of 2.10x, and a targeted average cash yield of 10.80%. Learn more on CrowdStreet, here.

General Crowdfunding Industry News

Whether you’re feeling it when you fill up your pump at ARCO or on your grocery bill at Costco, you’ve almost certainly noticed the pervasive inflation wracking the economy, from gas to food to housing. If you’re a regular reader of this newsletter, or even a newbie or expert investor, you’re probably looking for some way to beat inflation and not lose 8-9% of your money’s value each year. 

The financial publication Barrons recently took a deep dive into farmland and how it may be an excellent hedge against inflation- they cover new developments in the space, including new investment opportunities and avenues, like real estate crowdfunding. Give it a read on Barrons here.

Crowdfunding Platform Updates

Up next, we’ve got a webinar brought to you by the team at RealCrowd. The webinar, which is set to stream live on Wednesday, August 10 at 11 am, is entitled “Taking The Mystery Out Of Real Estate Investing.” The webinar will cover all of the key fundamentals associated with real estate investing- giving new investors an opportunity to play catch up and veteran investors the ability to fill in any gaps they might have in their current approach to the game. 

The webinar, for accredited investors only, will take a look at a diverse array of RE CF-related topics, including crowdfunding platforms explained, analyzing a real estate market, and a segment on the 4 asset profiles in real estate. Click here to sign up for the webinar, or if it’s past the 10th, you should be able to find a viewable recording here.

Multimedia Links (Videos, Podcasts, etc.)

Finally, we’re going to look at a brand new real estate crowdfunding-related podcast, brought to the world by our very own Dr. Adam Gower. This week’s episode, Crowdfunding vs Syndications with Gene Trowbridge, features a discussion with Gene Trowbridge, who brings a wealth of experience to the table, including 20 years of experience in RE syndication and 25 years as a syndication lawyer. 

He’s also the founder of Trowbridge Law Group LLC, where his team focuses on the syndication of commercial and investment real estate through both equity and debt investments. In the episode, Gene discusses the legal side of syndication and regulation crowdfunding, as well as a general overview of the SEC in relation to deals structured in security. It’s a great listen, so check out the latest episode of The Real Estate Crowdfunding Show, here.

That’s all for this week, but we’ll be back with all new deals, real estate crowdfunding news stories, platform updates, and more. See you then!

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