Commercial real estate is a logical next step for small investors who want to move up from single-family homes. Or for anyone who wants the potential for big gains. Why? Commercial properties can give you more bang for your buck due to economies of scale.
The 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act kicked off the current boom in real estate crowdfunding platforms. There are currently more than 100 of these services. Each has its own investing approach, fees, deals and reputation. And here at Investor Junkie, we review the cream of the crop.
RealtyShares has created a promotion that gives you a $100 bonus when you sign up and make your first investment. This offer is available only to new customers of RealtyShares. Payouts to new signups will occur within 30 days via your linked bank account.
I have invested in a total of 125 individual transactions through various real estate crowdfunding platforms, with an average of $10,000 per investment. Almost two-thirds of these transactions have been fully completed (principal and interest) with very good monetary gains. Of the 80 or so completed deals, the average return has been slightly over 10%.
Venture capital is that level of investment that typically takes place before a company goes public. It’s a high-stakes game, involving both risk of massive losses — including the entire investment — as well as generating incredible returns.
In recent years, two relatively new investment markets have sprung up. It’s now possible to invest in both student loans and small-business loans. Both investments present opportunities. But they also represent what are probably the two riskiest markets to invest in. Why are they so risky — and are these investments worth the gamble?
Investors looking to take advantage of the great returns offered by peer-to-peer (P2P) lending have two choices: Lending Club or Prosper. Both offer excellent potential returns for investors, but they do operate slightly differently.
Seven years into the current economic expansion, speculation is growing that a recession is close at hand. This suspicion is supported by signs of weakening in both retail and restaurants, two leading indicators of consumer demand. Given that peer-to-peer (P2P) investing is only a few years old, now is an outstanding time to contemplate how the sector might perform in a recession.
Despite the name, Openfolio is not a standard web-based investment platform or robo advisor. It’s something closer to Wall Street meets Twitter, and produces a compelling social media sharing site for the investment crowd. Will it help you to become a better investor? When you see some of the people participating on the site you just might become a believer.
There’s been a lot of coverage about crowdfunding and though it isn’t new, it got a nice shot in the arm in 2012 when Congress passed the JOBS Act. JOBS is actually an acronym for Jumpstart Our Business Startups. Among other things, it advanced the cause for crowdfunding for investment purposes, and that’s why it’s been generating so much excitement. Here’s how to think outside the traditional investing box with crowdfunding.