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There is one thing we look for above all else when sourcing a property: the highest potential to provide low risk returns for our Crowdfunders. The aim is to find real estate with both the potential for good income from rent and strong returns from the appreciation of the property, and therefore provide our Crowdfunders with the best possible investment over the long-term.
To do this we take in a number of factors. The first thing we think about is location, monitoring the real estate market to look for places where the economy is strong and the property sector is healthy and competitive. We also only choose locations where there is a big market for high-end property, locations with enough interest from high net worth individuals to help guarantee both regular tenants and appreciation.
After this it’s all down to the property itself. Our team of researchers tirelessly study the real estate landscape in these desirable locations, looking for properties at the right price that are deluxe, in a high-end district, and with the right amenities to ensure their appeal as a piece of desirable real estate. As part of this process we foster relationships with property developers and real estate agents in the area gaining preferential rates on the property and their local expertise.
Since our platform provides a way for Crowdfunders to collectively buy properties, the other factor that needs to be considered is the market as a whole; that is, when is the best time to buy, what type of properties are doing well, and what influences are affecting the market at the moment. The Bricksave team take all this and more into consideration when sourcing real estate, using our in-house experts to ensure the best decision is made and the benefit transferred to our Crowdfunders.
While other Real Estate Crowdfunding platforms look for quick gains from volatile and risky fix-and-flip properties, Bricksave is focused on long-term, low-risk returns. By the time we have chosen a property and bring it to the Crowdfunding market we have a fully completed, high-end property with a long-term tenancy agreement in place. Our Crowdfunders are not exposed to developmental or vacancy risks and as such start earning money from the moment the property is fully funded.
The Millecento apartment in Miami is a good example. Miami is a city on the rise that’s currently experiencing a development boom, with over 20,000 apartments being built in the last decade; and this boom is in turn attracting large amounts of visitors and investment from abroad, which helps provide funds for more expansion. Its economy is strong and Miami is emerging as one of America’s front-running cities – it was even ranked as the world’s fifth wealthiest city in 2009 by UBS bank. Home of everything from the Miami Dolphins to a brand new institute of modern art, Miami is becoming more and more desirable as both a place to live and a place to visit, meaning property is more than likely to be in demand. Combine this with a well-researched luxury apartment in a high-end district that enjoys year-round good weather and you’ll find you have a solid platform for investment. With Miami’s popularity still climbing, it is the perfect time to snap up a piece of some upscale property to receive secure capital gains whilst exposing yourself to little risk.
Find out more about Bricksave and how it can help you build an international property portfolio from as little as US$2,500 by browsing our website www.bricksave.com
Written by Bricksave CEO, Tom de Lucy
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