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Disclosure: Wealth Migrate is a client of Crowdsourcing.org / Massolution.
Crowd-powered businesses are revolutionizing many industries, from hotels and taxis, to software quality assurance and market testing. Now, there are signs that real estate may be the next big industry to feel the crowd’s effects.
Real estate crowdfunding is certainly en vogue. The number of platforms is growing, more investors are showing interest, and the industry is expected to raise over $2.5 billion this year, according to the latest figures from our sister firm Massolution.
One of the clearest signs that crowdfunding for real estate is beginning to enter the mainstream is that it was one of the biggest topics at the premiere real estate conference MIPIM, which took place last week in France.
The global real estate platform Wealth Migrate had a great presence at the conference, with the founder Scott Picken taking part in the panel ‘Crowdfunding: Industry game-changer?’ alongside other leaders in the field. You can watch the discussion, which discusses where crowdfunding for real estate can make a big impact and how to get around potential transparency issues, among many other topics, below.
As the founder of a potentially highly disruptive firm, Picken also pitched global real estate to a panel of distinguished judges at the panel ‘Digital economy challenges real estate sector: Disruptors at the door.’ You can watch his impassioned presentation below.
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