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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Real Estate and Landlording => Topic started by: joshbrand111 on November 03, 2015, 08:16:46 AM

Title: RealtyShares
Post by: joshbrand111 on November 03, 2015, 08:16:46 AM
Currently looking in to investing some money in real estate but don't have enough for a down payment on an investment property. Anyone on this blog ever use as a way to invest?  I looks similar to Lending Club, but for real estate and was curious on everyone's thoughts on it.
Title: Re: RealtyShares
Post by: ShoulderThingThatGoesUp on November 03, 2015, 08:52:03 AM
Why not just put it in a REIT, or a REIT ETF like SCHH for tax purposes?
Title: Re: RealtyShares
Post by: joshbrand111 on November 03, 2015, 09:20:46 AM
That is def. worth looking in to.  REITS are a new area for me so excuse me if this is kind of a dumb question.  What tax benefits are there to REIT ETFs?
Title: Re: RealtyShares
Post by: ShoulderThingThatGoesUp on November 03, 2015, 09:31:22 AM
My understanding is that a REIT will cause you to have lots of taxable income if you keep it in a taxable account. A REIT ETF would ideally convert that income into higher value stock. I could be wrong as I have not done this type of investment myself.
Title: Re: RealtyShares
Post by: Mr. Green on November 03, 2015, 10:26:53 AM
RealtyShares can be an interesting platform, depending on what you're looking for. However, you have to be an accredited investor ( unless you want to lie on all the paperwork you have to sign each time you invest with them. I have several investments through RealtyShares. I like the platform and it appeals to me that I can get the details on a specific investment in a specific market and decide if that investment is right for me, without having to own 100% of the risk in that investment. There are both debt and equity deals, and some states limit what you can do. For instance, I can't invest in debt deals because or Maryland rules. You also have to understand 1st position vs. 2nd position debt/equity.

It can be a nice way to get some good returns if you're looking for alternative investments but are willing to risk your entire investment. My total investment with RealtyShares represents less than 5% of my whole portfolio and the investments I'm in are spread across geographic regions and the type of real state deal differs, further mitigating risk.
Title: Re: RealtyShares
Post by: Interest Compound on November 03, 2015, 12:18:22 PM
Too risky, looks like gambling to me. I define gambling as putting money into something with a negative expected return. Blackjack has a negative expected return, but people do it anyway because it's fun and they hope to win. If that's what you're looking for, then go ahead, but I doubt you'll find much support in this forum.
Title: Re: RealtyShares
Post by: mr_orange on November 12, 2015, 06:38:42 AM
I know Nav, the owner of this funding platform, pretty well.  I think this is one of the better run platforms out there.  Fundrise and Patch of Land are others to consider. 

The reason you won't find a lot of support for these types of investments on this forum is because people haven't researched them and are in love with indexing.  That doesn't make them poor investments; it makes them different.  The risk with investing via a funding platform is largely related to liquidity.  You also have to know how to underwrite private deals and account for risk relative to the return they're offering.