Update: We are keeping this review up for historical purposes, but Bolstr is no longer active or is otherwise no longer accepting investments.
Update: Bolstr was acquired by Key Bank in June 2018. While they don’t offer equity investments, Chicago-based Bolstr does offer something more interesting (and more flexible for the borrower) than just a vanilla loan, which is a revenue share agreement with the borrower, who agrees to share a percentage of revenues (from 1-6%) until a specified multiple of the original investment is reached. Loans are also secured with both a personal guarantee from the borrower, and a security interest in the business itself.
EquityMultiple stands out among real estate crowdfunding investment platforms because their main investors and senior leadership come from institutional real estate finance, rather than being VC-funded. Seed funding for the company was provided by Mission Capital (later acquired by Marcus & Millichap) and their co-founders and board of advisors come from the New York real estate finance and law community. They offer fewer investments than some other platforms, but that’s a deliberate choice to take a more curatorial approach to dealflow.
Overall, EquityMultiple is a solid choice for accredited investors looking for a hands-off way to invest in commercial real estate.
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First National Realty Partners (FNRP) is a commercial real estate private equity firm that focuses on grocery-anchored commercial shopping centers, offering both investments in individual properties and an Opportunity Fund across all of their offerings.
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