Crowdfunding Firms Growing In the Real Estate Sector

As the commercial real estate (CRE) sector grows, so does the avenue for investing and borrowing in CRE; this is where crowdfunding firms come in. Notably, there are four corporations that are making news for the amount of funds raised in a short amount of time, they are: Realty Mogul, Powderly, CrowdStreet and Fundrise. Some of these firms offer bridge loans for both commercial and residential properties as well as the ability to raise capital for cash-flowing commercial real estate. 

The question is whether or not these investments will pay out and so far the track record of these companies shows they are delivering returns. An example of a success includes Realty Mogul who has already returned $6.6 million to investors, including both principal and cash flow. “We, today, are returning as expected on all of our debt transactions,” says Jilliene Helman, CEO of Realty Mogul. 

It will be interesting to see not only if, but which current real estate firms decide to offer a crowdfunding sector with in their corporation. 

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Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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