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Arbor Commercial Mortgage and its crowdfunding platform ArborCrowd have joined forces to finance Tzadik Management’s 707-unit multifamily portfolio in Sioux Falls, S.D., Commercial Observer has learned.

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ArborCrowd is part of a group of companies which includes Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE: ABR), a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). ArborCrowd prides itself on its selectivity claiming that out of 500+ deals screened in the past year only 7 were selected for their investment offerings. Quality over quantity.

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Crowdfunding platforms, like most real estate investors, are becoming more judicious in what they pursue, in light of the potential for higher rates. Take ArborCrowd for example, which was launched in 2017 by Arbor Commercial Mortgage, a Uniondale, New York apartment specialist. It’s raised roughly $20 million for seven transactions, but has passed on what co-founder Adam Kaufman said was hundreds of deals.

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ArborCrowd markets one deal at a time and writes a check upfront, which allows a property’s sponsor to close quickly on its acquisition. ArborCrowd then offers interests in the investment vehicle through its platform to accredited investors under Rule 506(c), with minimum individual investments of $25,000.

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The real estate crowdfunding industry is young, rife with opportunistic tech entrepreneurs and flush with venture capital. Combined with a strong U.S. economy and a growing desire among individuals for greater exposure to alternative investments, it’s easy to see why real estate crowdfunding has rapidly grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry since the passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012.

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Interestingly, the co-founder of ArborCrowd thinks that there will be more of this to come. At the moment there are a dizzying array of companies that will take your money to buy property. The market will eventually weed out the weak ones and give the victors the spoils of the deceased.

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Real Estate Crowdfunding Pros Respond to RealtyShares’ Troubles National Real Estate Investor November 20, 2018

The crumbling of commercial real estate crowdfunding platform RealtyShares undoubtedly rattled some of its investors. But executives with RealtyShares competitors say this setback doesn’t represent an industry earthquake and shouldn’t shake investors’ confidence in the sector.

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ArborCrowd, the only online platform that enables individuals to make equity investments in institutional-quality commercial real estate, announced today that its Co-Founder and Managing Director, Adam Kaufman, was named a HIVE 50 Innovator by Hanley Wood, the premier company serving the information, media, and marketing needs of the residential and commercial design and construction industries.

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Hive 50 HIVE November 7, 2018

Crowdfunding platform ArborCrowd connects individual investors with commercial real estate opportunities, opening up an investment channel that has traditionally been accessible only to institutions and elite investors with connections. The platform also makes the process of developing and investing in housing more efficient and cost-effective.

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Is Real Estate Crowdfunding Risky Business? Commercial Observer October 5, 2018

Born in the upswing of a market cycle, real estate crowdfunding has benefitted from largely positive early results. However, we are nearing the top of the market cycle and much of the current inventory of commercial real estate is overpriced.

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