Dec 17, 2014 • 20M

#170: Equity Crowdfunding Site Embraces Real Estate

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December 4, 2014 - Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes by clicking here: or on Stitcher by clicking here: htt p:// Equity crowdfunding site EquityNet has fully embraced real estate finance on the platform, while continuing to provide services to entrepreneurs across a range of industries. Founder and CEO Judd Hollas explains the appeal of real estate, “Most real estate investments pay an ongoing yield that is backed by tangible assets. Real estate projects are hence typically perceived as lower risk investments with the combination of both near term yield and long term equity upside. After a 30 percent decline in recent years, the real estate market is also in a long term uptrend that is attracting a great amount of investor interest.” “Crowdfunding lets investors leverage the power of the internet to quickly find deals and efficiently conduct their due diligence. Real estate is an industry that is embracing crowdfunding as an alternative to traditional funding options,” Hollas continued. “Currently, only accredited investors can participate in business crowdfunding,” Hollas cautioned. “Title III of the JOBS Act will allow nearly anyone to participate in business crowdfunding; however, finalized rules are still pending. Once these rules are in place we can expect to see an influx of capital in the real estate market since the pool of potential investors will have grown exponentially from 10 million accredited investors to over 100 million accredited and non-accredited investors,” Hollas concluded.