Blockchain Coming to a Block Near You: How Fintech Is Changing Real Estate Investing
Forthcoming in N.Y. REAL PROPERTY LAW JOURNAL
15 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2023
Date Written: January 26, 2023
Until recently, real estate with a small footprint – one-to-four-family homes as well as small retail, office, and industrial buildings – were generally within the purview of small investors who invested locally. Today, because of technological advances, these owner-occupants and investors face competition from an emerging class of decentralized finance (DeFi) investors. Fintech companies are presenting DeFi investors with new approaches to the challenges that real estate investing traditionally poses: illiquidity, high capital requirements, lack of diversification, and opaque markets. This article focuses on how fintech companies are meeting those challenges and suggests that while much of their vaunted innovation is simply old wine in new bottles, there is good reason to think that they will be driving a lot of investment in small real estate transactions in the future, in no small part because people like shiny new bottles.
Keywords: real estate, fintech, blockchain, real estate investing, real estate finance, accredited investors, NFTs, Non-Fungible Tokens
JEL Classification: K11, K22, R30
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