FinTech Summit in Toronto @ MaRS a huge success!

April 13, 2017

The 3rd annual CrowdFunding Summit took place on Feb 28 - March 1, 2017 in Toronto, bringing together hundreds of companies, investors, service providers and portals / platforms. Summit has grown to become Canada's largest conference in the rapidly growing internet finance and fintech crowdfunding industry. This year's theme was Innovation Finance: Fintech + Funding and included 75+ speakers, 30+ sessions, 12 live pitching finalists, and keynotes ...

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Property investing 101: IRR and CAP rates

February 6, 2017

  What is the Difference Between Internal Rate of Return (IRR) & Return on Investment (ROI)? While most people will say that IRR is more complex and harder to calculate than ROI, the primary difference really has to do with the fact that IRR takes into account the time value of money (TVM) while ROI does not. Imagine a project with a total ROI of 17%. This could ...

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How is technology changing traditional way of doing things (for better)?

Running a leading FinTech company in commercial real estate space is exciting. However, "traditionalists" do not like change and often times fail to understand our business. The fact is that we as human beings do not like change. But just because we do not "get it" or "like it" and find reasons to justify our inertia, can we stop the change from happening? If technology ...

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Minister of Finance – Charles Sousa: Thoughts from the top!

January 19, 2017

On Jan 17, 2017 we had the pleasure of hosting Hon Minister of Finance Charles Sousa at CRELA luncheon (Commercial Real Estate Lenders Association). It was an interactive 2 hour session with the Minister where some of the key executives from various different lending institutions got to spend quality time with the Minister and ask questions in a professional setting. Despite bad weather, the event ...

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Feeling cold? Invest in Phoenix, AZ

December 7, 2016

Arizona is in the top 5 US States for economic and population growth and there is a lack of supply of new affordable housing in Arizona. Back in 2005 investing in AZ meant dubious retirement projects in the desert – a kind of Florida West with sand instead of the marsh. Not anymore. Phoenix has since evolved and offers investors a range of possibilities. According to a ...

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Help needed: Educate-kids Charity for Children with Disabilities in Developing Countries

November 7, 2016

Every year we personally reach out to our network and ask to consider donating to the EDUCATE (Education & Development of Underprivileged Children Across The Earth) cause; a charitable organization that I personally oversee. Our mission is to support orphanages in under developed countries that focus on kids with mental and physical disabilities. Often, these kids have no hope and they rely on external help ...

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Why are Medical Office Buildings excellent investments; especially for medical professionals?

November 4, 2016

  Through Online Market place portals such as R2Crowd, doctors and medical professionals now have the ability to invest in the properties that they typically work out of. First of all what does an investment like this comprise of?   Take for example, one of the deals (which is open for investment currently on R2crowd portal):   Two-state-of-the-art medical office properties. 304 Victoria Street North and 414 Victoria Street North (the ...

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VanFunding event: FinTech + CrowdFunding

October 29, 2016

Spending the full day at VanFunding event, it was clear that Fintech is absolutely exploding right now. New apps and back-office tools are being developed in finance, mobile payments, peer-to-peer lending and robo-advice at startups across the country. The level of activity According to EY’s Fintech Adoption Index, only 8.2 per cent of digitally active Canadians have used two or more fintech products in the past six ...

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Disintermediation & Disruption: The world of Robo-advisers & CRE Crowd-Funders!

October 11, 2016

We are not talking about robots taking over the world but friendly portals with beautiful UI (user interface) and solid algorithms that reduce the overall fee and put more money into the pockets of investors with ease and convenience. On the wealth management side of the business, we are seeing continued innovation over last 2 years with several robo-advisers becoming active in the marketplace such as WealthSimple, ...

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Why do Commercial Real Estate Investments through crowd funding continue to standout?

August 25, 2016

As can be seen in the above picture, in the past commercial real estate investments were done in a "clubby manner" and one had to know a "Rich Uncle" to bring an investor into the deal. But what happens if you do not have a rich uncle? Welcome to Crowdfunding for Real Estate.   Definition: kroudˌfəndiNG/nounnoun: crowdfunding; noun: crowd-funding the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts ...

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