RealtyShares Launches Equity Fund Focused on Larger Investors

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Diversified Marketplace Fund Marks a Significant Business Expansion

RealtyShares is a leading online marketplace transforming the real estate investment landscape by connecting accredited investors to real estate investment opportunities nationwide.

“This fund represents our first significant outreach to larger investors, and will provide them with exposure to small-balance commercial real estate projects that may not previously have been a focus for those investors."

RealtyShares, the online marketplace for real estate crowdfunding and investing that connects accredited and institutional investors to real estate investment opportunities, announced today that it was launching a diversified marketplace equity fund aimed at institutions, single-family offices and high net worth individuals as a way for them to gain increased exposure to the potential alpha-generating strategies unique to small-balance commercial real estate projects.

“This fund represents our first significant outreach to larger investors, and will provide them with exposure to small-balance commercial real estate projects that may not previously have been a focus for those investors due to the smaller check sizes these projects typically require,” said Nav Athwal, CEO of RealtyShares. “There are attractively priced assets in many secondary markets with solid fundamentals or secular growth. The challenge is to find the right developers and operators to take advantage of the opportunities. We are aiming for a diversified pool of mainly commercial projects with a value-add approach, many of them already generating attractive cash flow. We believe that there is a significant market opportunity to provide access to investors who have not previously focused on this “sub-institutional” space, by leveraging the sourcing expertise and underwriting experience of RealtyShares.”

“The small-balance space has a number of interesting characteristics, namely that investors can take advantage of the lack of liquidity in this sub-institutional stratum to potentially realize outsized returns, which is further augmented by the high occurrence of asymmetrical information in this space,” said Javier Benson, VP of Business Development at RealtyShares. “It’s difficult and costly for investors to sift through that information, which is what creates the opportunity.

"The prices of larger properties have raced ahead, but we believe that significant value remains in smaller commercial assets located in attractive, but perhaps overlooked secondary markets (including 18-hour cities). Some regions, for example, are still ‘playing from behind,’ continuing to recover from the significant losses experienced during the recession. These markets may also attract less investor competition, since global and other larger investors typically find it less efficient to deploy capital into this space; RealtyShares has started to solve that problem with technology. In doing so, we will give investors access to new markets and assets that will allow them to diversify beyond their large-cap real estate investments, seeking alpha that is sometimes found in the small to mid-cap space.”

“Our Diversified Marketplace Equity Fund is meant to be a low-fee alternative to public and private REITs,” continued Mr. Athwal. “The Fund’s objective is to invest across a diverse set of properties, including multifamily apartment complexes, retail shopping centers, self-storage facilities, office buildings, single-family residences and other properties located predominantly in metropolitan areas with populations greater than 200,000. The fund must also adhere to certain concentration limits relating to property type, location and minimum number of investments.”

“This Fund represents yet another way that RealtyShares is connecting real estate sponsors to equity capital from accredited and institutional investors. Our goal is to provide investors with access to real estate opportunities that may not have been previously accessible to them, and to remove the capital-raising burden from the shoulders of real estate companies so that they can focus on their core competencies of sourcing and operating value-add real estate projects.”

About RealtyShares
RealtyShares is transforming the real estate investment landscape by connecting borrowers and sponsors to debt and equity capital from accredited and institutional investors, across an array of financing products. Through the RealtyShares website, these investors can browse investment opportunities, perform due diligence, invest online and have 24/7 access to an investor dashboard to watch how their investments are performing.

RealtyShares offers equity securities through North Capital Private Securities Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC. For more information on how to become a real estate investor or to seek capital through the RealtyShares marketplace, please visit http://www.realtyshares.com.

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