A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

A Contrarian or Realistic View of Crowdfunding? What do You Think?

Joel, rather than jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon, gives, what I call a "contrarian" view of equity crowdfunding and what he refers to as a "realistic" view. Joel believes that crowdfunding is not an industry. He believes that it is a "subset, a little technique....... inside of the fundraising business, the money business. To Joel, it is............... Read more

Crowdfunding Platforms are for more than just raising Capital, they are end-to-end solutions

Crowdfunding Platforms are for more than just raising Capital, they are end-to-end solutions

Real estate crowdfunding, is really much more than just advertising and acquiring capital. Some of the platforms that are being developed are end-to-end solutions. They are being designed to solve many issues that developers and issuers face in dealing with the need to raise capital and deal with their investors. Adam reminds us that post-closing there is usually 3-5 years of working and reporting to investors. A crowdfunding platform should ....... Read more

What Keeps Your Real Estate CFO Awake at Night

What Keeps Your Real Estate CFO Awake at Night

The world of real estate investing is changing as rapidly as the changes in technology. Investors want more and more information and there is a heightened level of reporting required. This, I believe is partly as a result of the recession from 2008 through 2013 as well as the advancement and availability of big data. ID-100302395 Jennifer McLean, the Chief Financial Officer of GFI Capital Resources Group, Inc., a provider of a wide array of brokerage services including investment sales, commercial real estate financing and retail leasing, shares with me her concerns about the changing marketplace. Read more

What’s top of mind for Commercial Real Estate CFOs?

What’s top of mind for Commercial Real Estate CFOs?

I think it is fair to say that a CFO and other accountant types do not look at the real estate market the same way that brokers do. They have different concerns and focus on different issues. David Kessler, a partner in the firm of Cohn Reznick and their Commercial Real Estate Industry National Director... Read more

What’s in a Name or What Does Madonna have to Do with Energy?

What’s in a Name or What Does Madonna have to Do with Energy?

If you're looking for some earth shattering incredibly meaningful content in this video, forget it. But it is fun. Additionally, you will learn that there is something more to investing in real estate other than just what is above the ground. This video is not about advanced technology, or so much about real estate opportunities. It’s really about the type of people that you may want to do business with. It’s more about nice people who want their business model to reflect who they are. Open, imaginative and fun. Read more

Crowdfunding Platforms Are Not All Created Equal

Crowdfunding Platforms Are Not All Created Equal

Crowdfunding is a modern and potentially, highly efficient method of connecting investors with investment opportunities. Whether the opportunities reside on the surface or below the surface of the real estate, the need to connect the investor with the investment, remains the same. Read more

SEC Considers Changes to Accrediting Standards

SEC Considers Changes to Accrediting Standards

As crowdfunding for real estate starts picking up a considerable head of steam, the SEC begins to ponder changes to the accreditation standards. Will the SEC further restrict the standards, broaden them or keep them as they are? Do the standards allow the maximum pool of competent investors or are more safeguards necessary? Read more