Lew Feldman, Founder/CEO, Heritage Commercial Real Estate & Technology Investments

The coming banking crisis

Lew Feldman, Heritage Capital

Today’s guest, Lew Feldman, is a prominent figure in real estate crowdfunding and the founder of Heritage CRETech. Lew shares insights from his time in the world of real estate crowdfunding and his role on major advisory boards, discussing its current state, trends, and future prospects.

Lew begins by examining the challenges and adaptations within the real estate crowdfunding industry, especially under the pressure of rising interest rates. He discusses on the performance of leading platforms like Fundrise, RealtyMogul, and CrowdStreet, highlighting how their business models and investor bases have responded to the fluctuating market conditions. This discussion provides a view of the sector's resilience and adaptability in the face of economic shifts.

Our conversation then pivots to the broader real estate market, exploring the impact of increased interest rates and liquidity issues on financing options and Lew discusses the struggles facing sponsors and investors due to these challenging conditions.

A significant portion of our conversation covers governmental interventions in the real estate industry. Lew elaborates on historical and current government programs, emphasizing their role in supporting and stabilizing the market during downturns. Additionally, he touches on the transformation of crowdfunding entities into broker-dealers, bringing more fiduciary responsibility and transparency to the industry.

Venture capital's influence on real estate crowdfunding is another critical topic Lew addresses. He explores how this type of investment shapes the business strategies of crowdfunding platforms. Moreover, he provides predictions for the future of the sector, considering the ongoing economic and regulatory changes.

Lew also discusses sustainable development initiatives and contrasts publicly traded REITs with private real estate markets, highlighting their differences in liquidity, transparency, and market responses.

Concluding with his predictions for the commercial real estate market in 2024, Lew offers a unique and informed perspective on navigating the complexities of today’s market. This podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in real estate crowdfunding, market analysis, and strategic investment planning in the real estate space.

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