Review and Ranking
What is Fund Rise?
Fundrise went from ranked number 1 in the 2015 review, to number 25 in the 2016 review. Since then, they have stopped producing all investments for accredited investors, so they are being removed from the rankings. However, they still are producing other investor options. Click here for an in-depth review of their nonaccredited investor options
For historical purposes, here is their previous review:
They were ranked #1 in the 2015 review for numerous innovative and industry-leading features (including rock-bottom fees). Unfortunately, they've fallen to #25, this year due to all the changes on the site that have happened since then.
The changes seem to have happened after the unexplained resignation of their CEO near the end of 2015 (and replacement by his brother), By the end of the year, Fundrise stopped offering individual accredited investments, and instead replaced them with what it calls eREIT investments. For numerous reasons (larger fees, inadequate skin in the game, etc.), we don't feel these are appropriate for accredited investors because they have much better alternatives. However, for nonaccredited investors, they may be suitable. Click here for more information comparing Fundrise with other options for non accredited investors.
In late 2015, Fundrise filed a report with the SEC, accusing their former CFO of attempting to extort $1 million from the company for poor due diligence. Fundrise claimed that the due diligence on their precipice investments was solid and that a 3rd party was reviewing it. However, it does not appear that the results of this third-party review was ever made public.
Disadvantages: Mammoth fees, substantial investor dilution, and in our opinion, dangerously misleading marketing.
Where can I discuss other Fund Rise deals?
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Who are Fund Rise Competitors?
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About Ian Ippolito
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Ian was impressed by the potential of real estate crowdfunding, but frustrated by the lack of quality site reviews and investment analysis. He created The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review to fill that gap.
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