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The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review December 2019 Update

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

A deep-dive review on new commerical real-estate platform Tom Wilson Properties. A downgrade of Instalend as founder alleged by SEC to have committed fraud. And analysis on when the next recession will hit, why conventional stock market advice is wrong, and more.

(Usual disclaimer: I'm just an investor expressing my personal opinion and not a financial advisor, attorney or accountant. Consult your own financial professionals before making any financial decisions. Code of Ethics: We do not accept any money from any sponsor or platform for anything, including postings, reviews, referring investors, affiliate leads or advertising. Nor do we negotiate special terms for ourselves in the club above what we negotiate for the benefit of members.).

New platform deep-dive reviews:

  • Wilson Investment Properties Wilson Investment Properties (a.k.a. specializes in commercial real-estate (CRE) investments (spanning multifamily, retail, industrial, self storage and much more). If offers both single property investments and multi-property funds, as well as both equity and debt deals. They also offer thorough industry-leading bankruptcy protection. At the same time, they take extremely high sponsor compensation, compared to other options. Also volume is extremely low and minimums much higher than competitors. (More on these in the "pros and cons" section). (Read more...)

  • Instalend (downgrade and ranking stripped) Sohin Shah, one of the principals of Instalend was named as a co-defendant in a civil action by the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission). The SEC charged him, along with the CEO of iFunding (William Skelly) of misappropriating more than $1 million of investor money, misrepresenting the number of real estate projects that the company had financed, misrepresenting the amount of funds they had raised, and making fraudulent claims about the use of the money. As such, Instalend is being downgraded to "challenged" and 1 of 10 stars. It has also been stripped of its ranking until this issue is resolved. (Read more..)

News and Analysis

  • When Is The Next Recession Coming? Pundits and forecasters have an awful record of predicting exactly when and how bad recessions will be. But it is possible to know when the risk of recession is much higher than normal. Here's how to tell and what to do about it. (Read more..)

  • "Don't ride out the storm in your stock porfolio. Why you can and should time volatility" Conventional wisdom says the best way to make money in the stock market is to hold and ride out every storm…even through stomach churning volatility. However, a new study published in The Journal of Financial Economics took a look at the data and found that conventional wisdom is completely wrong. Investors who reduced their equity position when volatility was high, made more money than those that held.

Private Investor Club Updates: (Membership in the club is free, but requires verification that the investor has no ties to platforms or sponsors.)

Private Club Feeder Fund Updates

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About Ian Ippolito
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Ian Ippolito is an investor and serial entrepreneur. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, TIME, Fast Company, TechCrunch, CBS News, FOX News, USA Today, Bloomberg News,, CoStar News, Curbed and more.


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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