Crowdfunding of US real estate deals gains momentum

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NEW YORK: A tipping point may be near for U.S. investors seeking to benefit from crowdfunding in real estate, an industry that is a clear winner in the early stages of raising capital for small businesses over the Internet. The amount of money raised, size of deals and the speed at which they occur – at times in a matter of hours – has steadily increased, suggesting crowdfunding for real estate is maturing. Lifting a regulatory ban that bars ordinary investors from crowdfunding could greatly boost the volume of deals and capital raised for companies, while allowing investors to directly access annual returns of 7 to 12 percent, industry executives say. Crowdfunding is the practice of financing a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from many people, typically through the Internet. Crowdfunding for real estate, despite rapid growth, is still a speck in the investing ecosystem, said Nav Athwal, founder and chief executive of San Francisco-based RealtyShares.

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