We have put together one of the most comprehensive lists of reviews for crowdfunding platforms (and we’re building this page up as quickly as possible to include them all).
Currently, we have about 80 crowdfunding platforms to update, so it may take some time to get them all on here.
All ‘approved’ crowdfunding sites reach a basic level of functionality. This includes having a functional site with no noticeably fake investments. Also, it should have at least one open investment and be focused exclusively on real estate. Finally, all the information we are looking for should be readily available on the website or be given to us relatively quickly upon request.
Sites that meet this basic level are then graded on 11 different criteria. Each site is graded on each of the criteria, then it’s added up and sorted in order. The best sites get 5-star reviews, the next ones are 4.5 stars, and so on. Read more about the meaning and purpose of each category as well as how we rank and grade each site.
Note: We’ve done our best to verify the accuracy of all information but we don’t guarantee everything is 100% accurate at all times. Sometimes information isn’t public, isn’t readily available, or changes. Also, we grade each company on an objective scale of criteria. We have affiliated with some of the top companies and may receive compensation (at no cost to you) if you sign up for their service. This compensates us for the extensive amount of time it takes to rank and review nearly 100 sites.
Our criteria are that the top 4 sites will receive 5-star reviews, but Fundrise has the highest score overall and is the #1 site we review.
Fundrise created a marketplace that is fairly transparent and their goal is to “make the process of investing in the highest quality commercial real estate from around the country simple, efficient, and transparent.” Essentially, they bridge the gap between the investor and the developer.
Fundrise currently has roughly 93,000 members and they have invested in nearly $3 billion worth of real estate. They let you invest as little as $500 at a time and you get to pick the projects or funds you want to invest in.
Fundrise pioneered the eREIT offering, which is similar to a REIT but offered under the new regulation A+. They currently have 5 eREITs to choose from and are expanding. They are a bit different than other platforms because it currently only offers its eREIT which is available to both accredited and non-accredited investors.
Fundrise does have higher fees than many other platforms, but it needs to be put into perspective. Fundrise is focused on their eREIT offerings, which are not typical crowdfunding deals. REITs typically have fees of 5-10% while a typical crowdfunding deal has fairly low fees of around 1-2%.
So, Fundrise’s fees are actually quite low when compared to the REIT industry average fees.
EquityMultiple is a bit younger and smaller than some of the other top-tier platforms, but they have several features that outshine some of the competition.
What stands out most compared to their competition is how they are compensated. They receive a flat .5% asset management fee (pretty standard) and they only receive 10% of profits. If there are no profits, then they don’t get compensated. So, if you receive all your capital back plus 10% profits, EquityMultiple receives 1%, if you get 20% they get 2% and so on.
Also, the principals of EquityMultiple have participated in each deal on the platform which is a form of co-investing.
The biggest drawback with EquityMultiple is their high minimum investment amounts. The minimums vary by project and can be as low as $5,000, but, when EquityMultiple was contacted they said the average minimum investment is around $25,000. We believe the alignment of profit incentives and the co-investing of the principals more than offset the high minimum investment.
RealtyShares is one of the premier crowdfunding platforms. They are only available to accredited investors, but they have a wide selection of equity and debt investments to choose from in a wide variety of property types.
RealtyShares is unique because it combines such a wide variety of investment types, strong bankruptcy protections, low fees, and a relatively low investment minimum of $5,000. Additionally, they are one of only a handful that pre-fund each deal.
RealtyMogul is an amazing crowdfunding platform to choose because it has such a wide variety of investment options for both accredited and non-accredited investors.
Its strengths include an extremely low investment minimum of $1,000, a variety of equity and debt investments in a wide array of property types, and low fees.
There are a few negatives that are holding it back from being the best. First, it does not prefund its deals which means that the platform isn’t accepting much risk (and aligning its interests with ours).
Also, it doesn’t have specified bankruptcy protections for the investors, which puts the investors at the mercy of whatever the courts may decide to do.
Although AcquireRealEstate checks the blocks that give it a good score, they probably should be ranked much lower due to their fees. Unfortunately, the reality of having standardized scoring criteria is sometimes the ranks don’t line up 100%. That’s why we’ve added this note.
The heart of crowdfunding is transparency and low fees. The fee structure is nowhere to be found on their site or in the individual investments, except in the PPMs (which are private and past PPMs cannot be access on their site).
AcquireRealEstate has some of the highest fees of all the sites we review. They will take anywhere from 5-7% of the total capital in fees.
Make sure you fully read the PPM and understand the fees before investing with AcquireRealEstate.
Review coming soon.
Patch of Land is a platform for investors to find potential investments in mortgage-backed real estate. The platform receives requests for funding, vets the deal, then puts it on their website if the deal meets their criteria.
The term ranges from 1 to 36-month loans and the investors start earning interest almost immediately. Patch of Land is a little different than most crowdfunding platforms – they prefund each deal. When you put your money into a deal, you start earning interest on that money as soon as it clears escrow and you don’t have to wait for the loan to be fully funded by other investors before you start earning interest.
Patch of Land also has very strong bankruptcy protection for the investors meaning if the platform goes bankrupt, you as the investor are still protected.
Patch of Land has a wide diversity of loans in 36 states – from 12-month fix/flip, rehab, refi, etc. to residential 24-month stabilized rentals, to multifamily (various refi, rehab) and also commercial (various refi/rehab).
The biggest drawbacks are its availability to only accredite investors and that it only allows you to invest in short-term debt.
Review coming soon