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RealtyShares In The Press

BISNOW
FORMER CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD CEO JOINS REALTYSHARES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A key focus for the crowdfunding real estate investment company is to broaden its reach into institutional capital markets. CEO Nav Athwal believes Forst will help make a contribution to that effort.
FORBES
MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE FORBES REAL ESTATE COUNCIL
From owners of high-level brokerages and agencies to senior-level executives of real estate technology companies, industry search databases, and unique concepts paving the way for the future of the real estate business, members of the Forbes Real Estate Council are filling in all the gaps.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
WHERE HOUSE FLIPPERS CAN GET FINANCING
Until recently, home flippers—investors who buy houses to improve and resell for a quick profit—had few options for financing. Now, traditional lenders and crowdfunding firms are increasingly willing to put up the money.
TIMES REALTY NEWS
REALTYSHARES TEXAS INVESTMENT HITS THE $28.1 MILLION MARK
The largest deal it made amounted to $3.25 million raised for The Watson Apartments (Class A multifamily property) located in Grand Prairie. The deal was sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Ventures Development Group. After closing this deal, Ventures Development Group praised RealtyShares’ creative, responsive and unique structuring of products and services to suit specific customer needs and raise credit debt finance.
THE SCOTSMAN GUIDE
HOME FLIPPING HAS THE BEST YEAR IN A DECADE
Tight inventories have made it more challenging in markets like Los Angeles and San Francisco, however. In high-cost cities on the West and East coasts, Athwal said, flippers have tended to purchase undervalued lots and have done total tear-downs. In places like Chicago and Tampa, Florida, however, there are still numerous properties that can be rehabbed and flipped for a profit.
FINOVATE
WHY PROPTECH AND MORTGAGE TECH ARE THE FUTURE OF FINTECH
If this is the first time you’ve heard the term proptech, it won’t be the last. Proptech (also known as real estate tech or REtech) and its subset mortgagetech have been around since 2014. Here’s why 2017 is poised to place proptech among the ranks of wealthtech, insurtech, regtech.
NASDAQ
INDUSTRIES WHERE FINTECH IS CHANGING THE GAME
Taking changes a step further, startups like RealtyShares are taking the marketplace lending model to real estate investors. Now real estate developers and project managers can look to the marketplace for lending instead of banks. For midsized projects and underserved portions of the real estate market, companies like RealtyShares are leading big change.
FOX BUSINESS
HOUSE FLIPPING MAKING A BIG COMEBACK
Home flipping is back in a big way. The number of investors flipping homes is back to pre-crisis levels. Even big banks are getting back into the game.
BISNOW
REALTYSHARES TO FUND OVER $300M IN COMMERCIAL DEBT NEXT YEAR
The company stepped into commercial debt financing earlier this year with the hiring of VP of commercial debt originations Bill Lanting and could fund over $300M in commercial debt next year. RealtyShares also secured $100M in funding to allow the company to enter the bridge lending space.
THE STREET
THE FED, TRUMP AND HOME PRICES IN 2017
We’ve seen mortgage rates tick up since the election, but don't expect this latest hike to be the last, said Arash Sotoodehnia, chief credit officer of RealtyShares.
INMAN
HOW TECHNOLOGY IS PUTTING A NEW SPIN ON FIX-AND-FLIP FINANCING
Residential real estate investment is going through a period of resurgence. Single family home and condo flips hit a six-year peak in the second quarter of 2016, with 51,434 projects completed. That represents a 14 percent increase...
HUFFINGTON POST
5 HOTTEST FINTECH STARTUPS TO KEEP YOUR EYE ON IN 2017
Raising money for real estate projects is equally challenging. You either need to pay the ridiculously high loan fees that hard money lenders often charge or have the time needed to qualify and get a loan from a bank; clearly it’s inefficient. Through the use of crowdfunding, RealtyShares has created a marketplace to help fund your next real estate project.
REAL ESTATE TECH NEWS
7 INNOVATIVE TECH BASED REAL ESTATE COMPANIES TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Uniting real estate investors and borrowers, RealtyShares enables operators, fix-and-flippers, and developers to seek project funding all over the country through its platform. The company boasts a network of over 25,000 investors, whom all have access to these deals.
GLOBE ST.
CROWDFUNDING SITE SURPASSES $200 MILLION MARK
With the largest second quarter in its history, funding $43.6 million in investments, RealtyShares has raised more than $200 million from its network of investors for real estate projects.
YAHOO FINANCE
34-YEAR-OLD FACEBOOK EMPLOYEE SEES BETTER INVESTING OPPORTUNITIES THAN STOCKS
And she’s not the only millennial who’s hesitating to go all into equities. The Harris Poll survey found 79% are not currently investing in the stock market, 41% said they feel they don’t know enough about money and 34% said they don’t know how to go about investing in the stock market...
TECHCRUNCH
REALTYSHARES RAISES $20M FOR ITS REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT MARKETPLACE
Two year old RealtyShares has raised a $20 million Series B, lead by Union Square Ventures. Union Square has lead fundraises for the likes of Kickstarter, CircleUp, LendingClub, Twitter and Zynga. The new round of financing will allow RealtyShares to expand operations...
VATORNEWS
DESPITE VC MARKET SLUMP, REALTYSHARES RAISES $20 MILLION
Despite the gloomy-sentiment cloud hanging over the stock market and signs pointing to a global recession this year, the real estate market is holding steady. One company benefiting from a stable real estate environment is RealtyShares, which just announced that it's raised $20 million in new venture financing...
CROWDFUND INSIDER
REALTYSHARES IS THE ONE-STOP SHOP FOR REAL ESTATE FINANCING
Nav Athwal, CEO of RealtyShares, said his company was well placed to be a "one-stop shop" regarding commercial real estate financing. RealtyShares achieved the "full cappital stack" in this Tiburon, CA deal...
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
REALTYSHARES CEO NAV ATHWAL ON CROWD-FUNDING
New investment models keep emerging. One is crowd-funding, where online investment platforms allow you to invest directly in real estate ventures. Founded two years ago by CEO Nav Athwal, RealtyShares is one of the more prominent crowd-funding platforms, pooling capital for over 250 investments across more than 1,500 properties in 60 cities ...
CROWDFUND INSIDER
REALTYSHARES DECLARES: PHOENIX’S 7TH GATE CENTER INVESTMENT TO BE PAID BACK IN FULL
RealtyShares announced on Thursday that an offering involving an office building in Phoenix has been successfully exited. This is considered one of the largest crowdfunded real estate investments in the city’s metropolitan area and has reportedly performed better than expected ...
CROWDFUND INSIDER
REAL ESTATE CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM REALTYSHARES HITS $100M MILESTONE
On Monday, accredited crowdfunding platform RealtyShares announced it has reached more than $100 million invested to date ...
CROWDFUND INSIDER
WILL RISING INTEREST RATES IMPACT REAL ESTATE CROWDFUNDING?
Crowdfund Insider heard from Nav Athwal, CEO of RealtyShares, about what impact his industry may feel and whether future rate increases may impede industry growth ...
CNBC
CROWDFUNDING HOUSE FLIPPERS: RISKS AND REWARDS
Home prices are rising at a fast clip again, which is bringing house flippers back to the market. Just like during the housing boom, they are buying distressed properties, doing quick rehabs and selling them for a fast profit...
TECHCRUNCH
REALTYSHARES NOW LETS INVESTORS PUT MONEY INTO INDIVIDUAL REAL ESTATE MARKETS
About a year ago, RealtyShares launched as a new way for investors to put small amounts of money into real estate projects, kind of like a “LendingClub for Real Estate.” Now the company is launching a way for them to focus on investing in specific markets...
CCTV AMERICA
PEER-TO-PEER LENDING OFFERS OPTIONS FOR BORROWERS SHUT OUT FROM BANKS
CCTV’s Owen Fairclough interviewed Nav Athwal, CEO of RealtyShares, an online platform that crowdfunds real estate investments...
YAHOO FINANCE
HOW TO BUY HIGH-END REAL ESTATE FOR $1000
The American Dream is to own a home. The next step up is to be a real estate mogul. However, many budding real estate investors don’t have the vast amounts of capital required to buy a stake in large-scale properties such as multi-family projects, retail c...
CROWDFUND INSIDER
REAL ESTATE CROWDFUNDING: DEBT VS. EQUITY (INFOGRAPHIC)
Real estate crowdfunding is booming. The synergies between matching investors with investment opportunities online are incredibly compelling. Real estate is a multi-trillion dollar industry on a global basis and the efficiencies delivered by crowdfunding...
TECHCRUNCH
MY FAVORITE COMPANIES FROM THE SEVENTH 500 STARTUPS ACCELERATOR CLASS
It’s demo day again for the 500 Startups crew, as the seed stage investment firm and accelerator is showing off the latest batch of companies that have survived its three-month accelerator program. Those companies are presenting their products and services...
WSJ
REAL-ESTATE STARTUP JUMPS ON BITCOIN TRAIN
When James Canning-Cooke sold his Volkswagen van to a Russian buyer in is home of Tallinn, Estonia, the deal came with an unexpected condition: The man wanted to pay for the vehicle with bitcoin...
GIGAOM
FINALLY, YOU CAN DO SOMETHING USEFUL WITH BITCOIN: INVEST IN REAL ESTATE
You can buy all sorts of things with bitcoins these days — but, most of the time, there’s no real point in doing so. One start-up, however, shows that bitcoins could have a practical role in reducing costs in the real estate industry...
FORBES
HOW CROWDFUNDING COULD RESHAPE REAL ESTATE INVESTING
To learn more about the possibilities of Crowdfunding for Real Estate, I did an interview with Nav Athwal, CEO of RealtyShares. His Silicon Valley Startup is thinking about the problem in the right way...
INVESTORS BEAT
ALL-IN-ONE INVESTING MADE EASY WITH REALTYSHARES
RealtyShares is disruptive to the real estate industry because it makes investing in real estate as easy as investing in publicly traded companies on E*TRADE...
CROWDFUND INSIDER
REAL ESTATE CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM REALTYSHARES EMERGES FROM BETA
RealtyShares has announced the public launch of their accredited-only real estate crowdfunding platform. The site joins a growing cadre of platforms active in the real estate niche...
INMAN NEWS
REALTYSHARES, REAL ESTATE CROWDFUNDER, LAUNCHES FIRST EQUITY DEAL
Real estate crowdfunding platform RealtyShares has introduced its first equity deal, initiating itself into a select group of startups that are treading carefully as they seek to capitalize on looming changes to financial regulations. The deal comes abo...
UPSTART BUSINESS JOURNAL
WHAT'S NORMAL IN THIS WORLD? NOT THESE 7 NEW 500 STARTUPS COMPANIES
Real estate technology has been huge lately, so I'm highlighting another company targeting the still very traditional space. RealtyShares of San Francisco is a crowdfunding site that helps accredited investors find real estate deals and invest as little as...
VENTUREBEAT
500 STARTUPS’ SEVENTH BATCH OF COMPANIES INCLUDES BIOTECH, ELECTRIC SKATEBOARDS, & MUCH MORE
Startup accelerator 500 Startups announced the list of companies that made the cut for its seventh batch today, which includes quite a few firsts for 500, such as its first biotech investment as well as an investment in an electric skateboard company...
TECHCRUNCH
500 STARTUPS ACCELERATOR BATCH 7 BEGINS, WITH EVERYTHING FROM ELECTRONIC SKATEBOARDS TO CROWDFUNDING FOR REAL ESTATE
All the companies selected will participate in the three-month program, which is designed to accelerate their development and growth. A lot of them are consumer-focused startups, although there are a few enterprise or SaaS companies. But in many cases, one...
THE NEXT WEB
500 STARTUPS REVEALS ITS 7TH BATCH OF ACCELERATOR STARTUPS
500 Startups is announcing its seventh class, bringing in a truly international group of startups together. Each class has unique features that separates them from the previous one — the seventh batch is no different. Among the 30 companies is 500 Startup...
INMAN NEWS
CROWDFUNDERS GET A BOOST AS JOBS ACT PROVISION KICKS IN
Starting today, many private companies that previously faced strict marketing restrictions may now seek to raise money by advertising to the public, likely portending increased interest in once-obscure investments. Title II of the Jumpstart Our Business...
SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
REBOOTING REAL ESTATE
Jonathan Aizen’s path to becoming a real estate technology entrepreneur started last year, when he and his wife were buying their first home. They did most of their research into houses and neighborhoods online, and went into contract on a home in San Fran...