Top Crowdfunding Sites for Real Estate

Crowdfunding comes in many forms and colors. One of the most recent entries to crowdfunding is the real estate industry. Numerous platforms popped up over the past couple of years to enable investors from around the world to invest in real estate. To that end, we've compiled a list of the best real estate crowdfunding sites around.

While reward crowdfunding (made popular by sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo) see the majority of crowdfunding action, real estate has the potential to be a massive market. There are trillions of dollars of institutional capital that gets invested in real assets like apartment buildings and shopping malls. It's just a matter of time until a good chunk of this capital starts flowing online to the real estate crowdfunding sites mentioned below.

Keep in mind: not all real estate crowdfunding sites are created equal. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on each site to see exactly how a particular site works. Some crowdfunding sites for real estate make direct investments in real estate, others buy mortgages, and others make peer to peer loans. Caveat emptor.

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Realty Mogul

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Based in Los Angeles, Realty Mogul has focused on crowdfunding real estate. For more data on the company, see Realty Mogul's statistics dashboard. More

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Fundrise

With $100 minimum investments and short-term investment horizons (1-5 years), Fundrise and its crowd have invested tens of millions of dollars in real estate properties that include the iconic new World Trade Center. More

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Groundbreaker

Groundbreaker's brand of crowdfunding begins and ends with real estate companies, which it works closely with to help raise money from the crowd. Real estate firms interested in crowdfunding and syndicating their deals can work with Groundbreaker's technology to build and expand their investor bases. More

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CrowdStreet

Invest as little as $5,000 in CrowdStreet's professionally managed real estate deals. Founded by CEO, Tore Steen and VP of Business Development, Darren Powderly, who's negotiated over $200 million in commercial real estate transactions since 2003. More

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Groundfloor

Groundfloor uses state crowdfunding rules which means people in the states that Groundfloor does business don't need to be accredited investors to participate in the site's real estate deals. Investors can invest as little as $100 in properties and financings. More

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iFunding

iFunding is a real estate crowdfunding platform that invests in commercial real and single family residential projects. More

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RealCrowd

Built on its founders' collective $3 billion in institutional real estate investing experience, RealCrowd emerged from the prestigious Y Combinator incubator program. More

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Realty Shares

Invest as little as $5,000 in RealtyShares' offerings of direct equity and debt instruments. CEO Nav Athwal was quoted saying, "We make the process of investing in real estate as easy as purchasing shares in publicly traded companies on E-Trade." More

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Patch of Land

Patch of Land was founded by two brothers who wanted to help communities that suffered under the real estate crash of the late 2000s.  More

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BlackHawk Investments

BlackHawk wants investors to view its investments as a higher interest rate for their cash. Like peer to peer lenders, BlackHawk enables borrowers to submit real estate loan requests and investors to retain commercial notes. More

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American Homeowner Preservation

Unlike making direct investments in property, investors on AHP purchase pools of distressed mortgages (all backed by property) from across the U.S., frequently at deep discounts. More