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Drawing a crowd: FinTech meets real estate investment

by Dr Brenna O'Roarty

Real estate crowdfunding has emerged as a fast-growing segment of the global crowdfunding market, accounting for $7.8 billion (€7.3 billion) or 5.4 percent of the
$145.29 billion (€135.47 billion) total volume of capital raised in 2015 (see the “Comparison of the proportional breakdown of crowdfunding by category” chart on page 31). China, the United States and the United Kingdom dominate, together accounting for 98.2 percent of global crowdfunding volume and 99 percent of all real estate crowdfunding. At $5.5 billion (€5.1 billion), China represented the largest market by volume in 2015, followed by the United States ($1.25 billion/€1.17 billion) and the United Kingdom ($1.06 billion/€0.99 billion).

Although still rather small in scale when compared to the $760 billion (€709 billion) invested in commercial real estate over the same period, real estate crowdfunding has the potential to transform how commercial real estate i

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