Want to Invest in Real Estate but Don’t Want the Hassle or Don’t Have the Funds? Try Crowdfunding.

By Peter Rizzo

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In the past, if a developer or a loan consolidator wanted financial partners in an investment, they would gather a group of banks and see who wanted what percentage of the investment. These investments were often lucrative and extremely safe. This type of investment was also offered to wealthy investors, hedge funds, insurance companies and any other high-powered financial institution that wanted to get involved. With the dawn of the Internet, the idea came about to get a group of investors whose only commonality was a high net worth and that they execute their investment searches by electronic communication. This is how crowdfunding came about. You can crowdfund all sorts of things like paying for a wedding, a kidney transplant or any other idea you could entice people to spend money on. Investing in lucrative opportunities was still out of reach for most investors so they went to accredited investors (Who Is an Accredited Investor? Rule 501 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 (Reg. D) provides the definition for an accredited investor. Simply put, the SEC defines an accredited investor through the confines of income and net worth two ways:

  • “A natural person with income exceeding $200,000 in each of the two most recent years or joint income with a spouse exceeding $300,000 for those years and a reasonable expectation of the same income level in the current year …
  • “A natural person who has an individual net worth, or joint net worth with the person’s spouse, that exceeds $1 million at the time of the purchase, excluding the value of the primary residence of such person.”

But low and behold the state-by-state and federally non-accredited investors are being let into the fold. The site crowdfundinsider.com has the latest information on crowdfunding sites and opportunities. For you real estate junkies, the site biggerpockets.com is a hub for real estate investors and those trying to crowdfund their smaller real estate projects. You can dip your feet in for as little as $2500 on some investments.

Here are some crowdfunding platforms available:

Company Name URL City State
Avonto NA Cheyenne WY
Buy the Block NA Denver CO
Collective Sun, LLC www.collectivesun.com San Diego CA
Crowd Ignition www.crowdignitiion.com New York NY
Crowd Sourced Funded www.crowdsourcedfunded.com Chicago IL
Energy Funders Marketplace http://www.energyfunders.com/ Houston TX
Equifund Crowd Funding Portal Inc. www.equifundcfp.com Kanata ON
Equity Bender www.equitybender.com Coronoa Del Mar CA
First Democracy VC (Indiegogo) www.microventures.com Austin TX
Flashfunders Funding Portal www.flashfunders.com Sherman Oaks CA
Funding Wonder Crowd www.fundingwonder.com Miami FL
Fundme.com www.fundme.com Murray UT
Fundpass www.custvestor.com San Francisco CA
Good Capital Ventures NA Massillon OH
Gridshare www.gridshare.com Portland OR
Growth Fountain Capital www.growthfountain.com New York NY
Honeycomb Portal www.honeycombcredit.com Pittsburgh PA
Hycrowd NA Jersey City NJ
Indie Crowd Funder www.indiecrowdfunder.com Los Angeles CA
Jumpstart Micro www.jumpstartmicro.com Bedford MA
Ksdaq www.mrcrowd.com Los Angeles CA
Merging Traffic Portal LLC www.mergingtrafficportal.com Orlando FL
Minnow C Funding www.minnowcfunding.com Pasadena CA
Net Capital Funding Portal www.netcapital.com Lewes DE
Next Seed US www.nextseed.com Houston TX
NSSC Funding Portal (Small Change) www.smallchange.com Pittsburgh PA
Open Deal (Republic) www.republic.com New York NY
Razitall www.razitall.com Basking Ridge NJ
SI Portal (Seed Invest) www.seedinvest.com New York NY
Silicon Prairie Holdings, Inc. https://sppx.io/ St. Paul MN
Slice Capital www.slice.capital Exton PA
Sprowtt Crowd Funding www.sprowttcf.com Tampa FL
Stampede CFP LLC NA Honolulu HI
Start Engine Capital www.startengine.com Los Angeles LA
Start Wise NA San Carlos CA
STL Critical Technologies JV I, LLC (Invested) www.nvstedwithus.com St. Louis MO
Thrivera Ventures Fund www.wunderfund.co Cincinnati OH
Title3Funds.com www.title3funds.com Irvine CA
Trucrowd www.us.trucrowd.com www.fundanna.com Chicago IL
Venture Capital 500 www.venturecapital500.com Jacksonville FL
Wefunder Portal www.wefunder.com San Fran CA

So if you want to learn about an investment channel without going all in and looking for just a taste – give crowdfunding a try.

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