Top 7 Real Estate Crowdfunding Sites for Investors

Joe Stampone Featured, Innovation/Technology, Invest Passively 22 Comments

A few months ago I provided an overview of the various opportunities for real estate crowdfunding investors, however I didn’t dig into the specific platforms. In my latest eBook, I break down what I view as the top 7 real estate crowdfunding sites for investors. While there are 100’s of sites out there, the 7 I chose are established players, well-funded, operated by experienced real estate professionals, and sites I’d trust with my own money. This is by no means exhaustive, but a good starting point for any potential real estate investor.

Direct investing in cash flowing real estate should be part of any investors’ portfolio. However, a millennial who is an unaccredited investor with a few thousand dollars to invest has a much different investment objective than a high-net-worth individual who recently retired and has $1mm to invest.

Why I wrote this guide:

  1. There are a lot of poorly run platforms funding risky deals and it’s impossible for the amateur real estate investor to identify the good ones.
  2. There are several investment models and it’s challenging to determine which is right for you based on your investment objectives.
  3. The space is evolving rapidly and there are new investment models that investors should be aware of.

In the guide, I break down each platform outlining what I like, my concerns, fees to investors, their underwriting process, and even fun facts.

There are 5 core investment models to choose from:

crowdfunding models chart

Here are some fun facts about each platform highlighted in the guide:

PeerStreet is co-founded by Brett Crosby, who previously was a Director of Marketing at Google for 10 years.

Acquire Real Estate: Even though Acquire was started in 2014, the majority of their team has worked together for years. Most of their team worked together in different areas of the commercial real estate world at CB Richard Ellis and Katz Properties.

RealtyShares has funded over 1,600 properties across the U.S. and they have an office dog named Prince.

Fundrise has at least 2 dogs in the office every day, sometimes more! Their CEO and COO both bring their dogs in every day. Their names are Zappa and Kona — both essential members of the Fundrise team.

RealCrowd is somewhat renowned around Palo Alto for its Friday afternoon BBQ’s where you will regularly find 20+lbs of meat on the smoker! Investors and sponsors are always welcome!

CrowdStreet is based in Portland, Oregon, a hipster city back dropped by the volcanic Cascade Mountains. The CrowdStreet team is a vibrant band of professionals with an eclectic taste for adventure, in business and life.

Alphaflow: Investors can connect their other accounts to AlphaFlow in order to manage their portfolios, and today almost $100M of real estate investments are being managed on the site only 7 months after launching. AlphaFlow also launched the industry’s first multi-platform fund, letting investors make one investment and passively get a portfolio of 75-100 deals across the industry.

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