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Episode 182: Crowd Funding Vs. Traditional Real Estate Investing

Craig Cecilio is the CEO and founder of DiversyFund a crowdfunding real estate platform that gives average investors access to institutional-quality investments through the power of crowdfunding.

Craig has worked in the real estate industry for nearly 20 years and has participated in the development of over 1,000 single family residences as a joint venture equity partner, lender or sponsor.

Over the course of his career he has financed nearly $1 billion of real estate assets and raised over $100 million in debt or equity for real estate transactions. Craig has been an entrepreneur for all his life, never even having a boss, he has worked tirelessly to turn opportunity into reality.

By focusing his passions for real estate and technology, Craig has developed an online alternative asset investment platform known as DiversyFund.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The ups and downs Craig Cecilio has experienced during his long career in real estate
  • How Craig recognized the value of combining technology and real estate early on, starting with using an old Palm Pilot to find old contacts who might be interested in investing
  • How regulators determine your value as an investor, and how it creates or limits opportunities
  • The differences in personalities between traditional and online investors
  • The opportunities for profit provided to investors in exchange for their stake in properties
  • The importance of having ownership of a platform and being able to exert control over all of its components
  • Craig’s determination to provide a high-level customer experience by making continuous improvements to the technology and transparency available on his platform
  • Craig’s hopes of expanding their platform within the next month or two to allow bids from non-accredited investors
  • What people should realistically expect from their crowdfunding investments on the platform
  • How Craig goes out of his way to find quality projects for his platform that will provide the best opportunity for investors
  • Filling a niche normally ignored by larger institutions to the benefit of smaller investors

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