It's gratifying to hear investors say that the site has been useful for them. And it's an honor to answer questions about real estate, investing and crowdfunding from the general, financial and real estate industry press.
"In the nascent field of real estate crowdfunding, Ian Ippolito is one of the most knowledgeable...
Real estate crowdfunding was still a new concept, but it exploded on the fintech scene as soon as the 2012 law change went into effect. ... So Ippolito started researching. He learned which crowdfunding sites focused on equity, where investors essentially become shareholders in a property, and which focused on debt, where investors are direct lenders to a property owner or mortgage holder. He compared the minimum investments that each site required and analyzed what kinds of returns they’d likely provide. He looked at what kinds of properties each site was offering, and how many projects they had to offer investors. After a few months, he felt confident enough to start investing.
He also saw another business opportunity and launched The Real-Estate Crowdfunding Review, a website that compiles all his research and features rankings, and reviews all of the roughly 150 real estate crowdfunding websites now operating."
"Crowdfunding the Skyscraper"
Curbed by Nate Berg
March 2, 2017
"As a serial entrepreneur looking for where to invest his money, Ian Ippolito has become an expert on crowdfunding, He's researched 150 crowd real estate investing opportunities to date, and writes The Real Estate Crowd Funding Review to share his knowledge.
“Obviously they can’t all be that awesome,” Ippolito said. “I went through their legal documents and asked people, ‘How did it go for you?’”
The Tampa-based investor found 25 that were solid, and “five or six that were really good, where they had a lot of volume, which they need to survive.”
USA Today network/ News Press
by Patricia Bourns on February 10, 2017
"Calling yourself a crowdfunding platform and actually functioning as a marketplace are separate things, according to Ian Ippolito, a real estate investor in Tampa who has been tracking the proliferation of real estate crowdfunding platforms.
Last summer, Ippolito evaluated more than 100 sites for transparency, low fees, active investment opportunities, and venture capital backing, among other criteria that make a crowdfunding site attractive to investors. Only one in five of the sites passed the sniff test.
"I call myself a passive investor. But there are investors who are even more passive –passive investors who help fund other passive investors’ like me – who do not deal with the day-today activities of managing the asset but who entrust the profitable management of that asset to someone else generate a nice return for their investment. And there are investors who may not know the asset manager but invest through crowdfunding. That type of investor is precisely who our guest is today.
Ian Ippolito is an investor and serial tech entrepreneur. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, TechCrunch, CBS News, FOX News and more. Ian was impressed by the potential of real estate crowdfunding, but frustrated by the lack of quality site reviews and investment analysis. That’s why he created The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review to fill that gap."
Old dawgs real estate network podcast episode 97
by Bill Manassero on May 1, 2017
"One site that has attempted to impose some order on the abundance of platforms is The Real-Estate Crowdfunding Review, which provides a free ranking of the top 100 sites. It was founded by Ian Ippolito, a self-described “serial tech entrepreneur.”
Tech-oriented and skeptical of traditional investment wisdom, he narrowly escaped disaster when advised to invest in stocks in 2008, just before the crash. More cautious after that experience, he looked for alternative investment opportunities."
Tierra Grande Magazine
Real estate center of Texas A&M University
by Charles E. Gilliland on Apr 4, 2017
Over time, accredited investors typically receive anywhere from 11% to 45% annual returns on their equity crowdfunding investments, says Ian Ippolito, a retired investor who founded the website The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review. Since these types of investments have only recently been opened up to the masses, the annual returns for regular investors are about 8.2%. That's expected to rise if all goes well when the property is sold five to seven years down the line. But if the development doesn't get fully built or doesn't make any money, then investors may get nothing—and even lose their investment.
What's the Best Path to Real Estate Riches?
By Clare Trapasso of Realtor.com
on Sep 25, 2017
Crowdsourcing to own real estate is a relatively new phenomenon, primarily used for large-scale or commercial investments. Only in the past few months has it become an available option in the U.S. for individual homebuyers. If you’re considering crowdfunding to help you become a homeowner, here’s what you need to know. “In the past, the only way to get to a mortgage was to go to the bank. The idea of crowdfunding is, take away the bank, and instead of having one bank give you money, there’s a whole bunch of investors giving you money,” says Ian Ippolito, editor and founder of The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review.
Should You Crowd Source to Buy a Home?
By Robin Frankel of BankRate.com
on Jan 30, 2018
Ian wanted to know more about the different crowdfunding websites. He put together something comparing them and eventually made his website because of all the demand he was getting from other people. Now you can visit his website and review multiple platforms to help make an informed decision.
Best Ever Tweet: “Do they actually have some skin in the game?”
Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever with Joe Fairless
By Joe Fairless of "Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever"
on March 22, 2018
Ian Ippolito came from the world of tech entrepreneurship. He had run a couple of companies and started some companies. In 2013 Ian sold a company called VWorker...enjoyed a nice exit and found it was time to move from being a tech entrepreneur to his new job, managing the finances of his family. He had to get up to speed quickly on real estate crowdfunding, due diligence, PPM's, etc...
Crowdfunding industry numbers are difficult to come by because most top players keep their financial cards close to their vests, said Ian Ippolito, editor of TheRealEstateCrowdfundingReview.com. However, he notes, there has been an increase in larger deals on the top platforms in the past couple of years.
"Whether the quality is increasing is debatable, since quality usually decreases as the cycle ages and currently there is generally much more cash than great deals," Ippolito said. "I’ve definitely seen plenty examples of late cycle dynamics like returns getting squeezed, and risk increasing vs previous years. But this is the situation across the entire market and not just crowdfunding."
Connecticut Apartment Sale Shows The Growing Use of Real Estate Crowdfunding
By Mark Heschmeyer of Costar News
on July 30, 2018
"In today’s episode, I’m discussing real estate crowdfunding with expert Ian Ippolito, founder of TheRealEstateCrowdfundingReview.com.
An investor and serial entrepreneur, Ian was impressed by the potential of real estate crowdfunding, but frustrated by the lack of quality site reviews and investment analysis. He created TheRealEstateCrowdfundingReview.com to fill that gap. Today the site is read avidly by over 12,000 users each month, and has a private investor club with 2,000+ accredited investors with over $2.1 billion in investable assets."
By Nichole Stohler of The Richer Geek
May 30, 2019
Platforms that allow retail investors to participate in the market are experiencing steady growth but have yet to weather a market slump.
For all their early success, however, it is worth remembering that crowdfunding platforms have prospered during an long real estate expansion. Crowdfunding observers acknowledge that the strategy must still prove that it can weather a slump.
“In a downturn we’re going to see deals that were underwritten too aggressively or that took on too much leverage—all kinds of variables that we just can’t see right now,” predicted Ian Ippolito, a tech entrepreneur turned real estate investor who founded Real Estate Crowdfunding Review, a Tampa, Fla.-based firm that tracks the industry. “There will be a round of consolidation, and the players that emerge will be the strongest.”
Crowdfunding Picks Up the Pace
By Joe Gose for Commerical Property Executive
February 27 2020