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Knowledge leads to informed decision making. Expand your understanding of commercial real estate with the articles, videos, whitepapers and curated links in the CrowdStreet Education Center. Learn more about the terms used in our glossary.

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Sponsor Testimonial - Urban Development + Partners

UD+P is a vertically-integrated sponsor specializing in renovation and new construction in urban settings with a goal of enhancing the unique characteristics of each neighborhood and community.  UD+P came to CrowdStreet looking to modernize their existing capital formation and investor management processes.  CrowdStreet Sponsor Direct provided UDP with a secure online portal featuring a transaction center, investor reporting and communication tools which signifcantly streamlined their investor management process.  UD+P's Investor Communications Manager, Tina McNearthney explains the positive impact this has had on their investor management and overall investor satisfaction.

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Sponsor Testimonial - Guerrilla Development

Guerrilla Development is a real estate company focused on creating inventive and experimental commercial real estate projects.  Guerrilla came to CrowdStreet in 2016 while planning the Regulation A+ capital raise for their Fair-Haired Dumbbell office development and they were in urgent need of a software solution that could handle online solicitation of the project as well as the expected heavy volume of investor transactions.   Guerrilla selected CrowdStreet Sponsor Direct to manage these backend tasks and was very pleased with the results, as Guerrilla Development's owner, Kevin Cavenaugh, explains.

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Sponsor Testimonial - Vesta Hospitality

Vesta Hospitality, established in 1996, is a respected hospitality industry leader offering a complete range of services including management, development and acquisitions.  They came to CrowdStreet in 2014, interested in experimenting with online capital formation.  CrowdStreet Sponsor Direct provided them with a powerful online funding portal which was directly integrated into their existing website.  The engagement was highly successful and had a sigificant impact on how Vesta approaches capital formation, both online and offline.

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Crowdfunding and IRM Software: The Real Estate Sponsor's Secret Weapon

Real estate crowdfunding excels at raising capital and securing new investors for sponsors.  Investor Relationship Management (IRM) software enables sponsors to streamline the management of large numbers of investors.  Combining the two solutions creates a competitive advantage for real estate sponsors; an integrated platform that they can use to rapidly grow their investor networks while also modernizing fundraising and investor management processes. In this article we give an overview of online capital formation and IRM solutions, highlight the synergistic benefits delivered by platforms that integrate the two solutions, and provide several examples of how real estate sponsors are using these platforms to significantly scale their investor networks while streamlining fundraising processes.

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CrowdStreet CRE Investment Marketplace Hits Record Highs

CrowdStreet reports two consecutive record months in June and July 2016 following a series of successful multi-million dollar capital raises for customers and is now established as a viable alternative funding source for commercial real estate developers and operators.

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What is Real Estate Syndication?

Crowdfunding is harnessing the power of technology to modernize the centuries-old practice of real estate syndication and, in the process, is putting institutional quality real estate deals at the fingertips of today’s investors. In this article we give a brief history of real estate syndication including an in-depth view on its most modern incarnation, real estate crowdfunding. We also give details on how both investors and qualified sponsors can learn more about this technology-enabled future of real estate investing.

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Blackstone to Enter Real Estate Crowdfunding?

Real estate industry heavyweights such as Blackstone are starting to recognize what online fundraising platforms have known for some time – that the power of the crowd is too big to ignore. Rather than leaving money on the table, enterprise real estate firms are looking at ways that they can directly tap into capital held by individual investors.

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Reg A+ Brings New Investors and New Management Challenges for Real Estate Sponsors

The Jumpstart our Business Startups, JOBS Act, catalyzed the launch of crowdfunding and the emergence of an entirely new market for online real estate fundraising and investing. The 2015 SEC approval of new Regulation A+ rules under Title IV of the JOBS Act further enhanced fundraising opportunities with the ability include non-accredited investors. Real estate developers, operators and capital providers (sponsors) have access to enormous new pools of direct real estate investors. This opportunity however, also creates tremendous challenges, as sponsors must now struggle to acquire, convert, and manage much larger numbers of investors than they have in the past. Fortunately, new technology platforms have emerged to address just this challenge, enabling existing sponsor staff to manage the acquisition and management of thousands of direct real estate investors.

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CrowdStreet Platform Demo

CrowdStreet's Co-founder and VP Business Development, Darren Powderly demonstrates the key benefits and features of the CrowdStreet Marketplace and Sponsor Direct.

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Online Real Estate Marketplaces: Direct vs. SPV platforms

Real estate crowdfunding has experienced explosive growth in the past three years with dozens of platforms emerging to offer investment opportunities to investors. In this article we breakdown the two leading business models, Direct-to-Investor marketplaces and Special-Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Marketplaces, and highlight how each impacts investor returns, risks, and relationships.

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New Technology Creating Boom in Real Estate Syndications

Real estate syndications have a long tenure in the industry as a financing source and an investment vehicle. Technology firms like CrowdStreet are now using technology to bring these processes online, streamline operations for both investors and sponsors, and make the existing opportunities accessible to larger numbers of accredited investors.

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