Tokenized Securities and Commercial Real Estate
46 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2019 Last revised: 1 Sep 2019
Date Written: May 14, 2019
The following research investigates the application of security tokenization to commercial real estate assets. Primary research through interviews was conducted to uncover some of the most salient use cases and blockchain benefits for the space. The report explores three domains of blockchain application to real estate: (1) the application of blockchain to securities issuance and trading, (2) the application of blockchain to the real estate investment value chain, and (3) the application of blockchain to the representation of the physical assets themselves. Overall, we find that the value creation provided by tokenization can come in several layers, with some standalone benefits emerging by applying tokenization to each of the three domains in isolation. However, significant synergies can arise from combining these layers. As integration increases, additional features become possible. Our conclusion offers a general framework that can be used to perform future research on the tokenization of other types of assets and their related securities.
Keywords: Blockchain, CRE, commercial real estate, distributed ledgers, fintech, proptech, securities, smart contracts, tokenization
JEL Classification: G10, G20, G30, R30
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