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Introduction to Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding
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Introduction to Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

Introduction to Real Estate Equity Crowdfunding

54 min
Credit: AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit

In this course we will look into the new world of real estate equity crowdfunding and how it can be used for urban development. Real estate equity crowdfunding is a result of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startup (JOBS) Act, which focused on reforming securities laws to allow people to invest direct in small business and, in the case of real estate, buildings as well. The industry has grown from $0 in 2012 to an estimated $3.5 billion at the end of 2016. This course will focus on the basics of the law that allows for equity crowdfunding, give an overview of the different types of crowdfunding that are allowed, and look at how certain platforms are using crowdfunding to deliver urban product while allowing everyday people to invest. 

At the end of this course, you will feel conversant in the rules that govern and allow for real estate crowdfunding and be aware of how real estate crowdfunding can be deployed in your community for possible development.

In This Course

  1. Real estate crowdfunding provides a brand new way for developers to access capital while also allowing everyday people to invest in projects they want to see come to fruition. 
  2. What is Crowdfunding?
    For many people, crowdfunding means supporting your favorite new band to make a record or supporting a local arts project. But crowdfunding is a multifaceted industry with many different types. In this chapter, we will break down the different types of crowdfunding.
  3. Introducing the JOBS Act
    Now that we've been introduced to the concept of equity crowdfunding, we can start talking about the mechanics of how it works. In this chapter, we will talk about the basics of equity crowdfunding and the JOBS Act.
  4. The Different Flavors of Equity Crowdfunding
    In this chapter, we will look at the distinct regulations and components—the "flavors"—of equity crowdfunding that exist and allow capital raising to take place.
  5. What is Reg A and Who is Using It
    In this chapter, we will do a deep dive into what Reg A/A+ regulations mean and how they can be used to raise capital, including their capital and advertising constraints and who can participate in such offerings.
  6. What is Title II and Who is Using It
    In this chapter, we will do a deep dive into what Reg D regulations mean and how they can be used to raise capital, including their capital and advertising constraints and who can participate in such offerings.
  7. What is Title III and Who is Using It
    In this chapter, we will do a deep dive into what Reg CF regulations mean and how they can be used to raise capital, including their capital and advertising constraints and who can participate in such offerings.
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
    This chapter reviews common questions and concerns.

Published 2017