This course will teach how you can raise money and invest in crowd funded real estate deals. Crowd funding real estate deals is transformational for the industry and already hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, have been raised and invested in crowd funded deals. Throughout this course I share insights into what to watch for, why you should be cautious in your approach to raising capital and investing in real estate, and how you can be successful.
The course is split into various sections that cover:
* The origins of how money is raised and invested in real estate,
* How the JOBS Act changed that,
* The various components of the JOBS Act and what they mean to you,
* Q&A in front of a live audience.
Listen to free podcasts at the National Real Estate Forum podcasts at www.nreforum.org to enhance you learning further.
Hi, I’m Adam Gower.
I host a podcast at the National Real Estate Forum where I speak with Leaders of the Real Estate Crowd Fund industry. My main website covers Crowd Fund Real Estate Investing, providing training, industry updates, and, occasionally, deal flow.
I started my real estate career in 1982 in San Diego working for an electrician, crawling around in basements and attics, pulling wires. I got to know some of the guys who owned the deals we were wiring.
One guy showed me my first pro-forma spreadsheet. It showed how he was making millions by building, leasing-up, and selling apartment buildings.
Real estate investing just made sense to me and I wanted in.
As I worked to find investors I met with a group from Japan. They wanted to invest in US real estate and they financed a bunch of apartments I was working on. I raised over $30 million in equity and invested it all in developing hundreds of units here in California.
When the market tanked (early 1990's - Savings and Loan Crisis) I followed the money to Japan. I learned to speak Japanese and was recruited as President of a division of Universal Studios developing all their real estate throughout the Pacific rim.
I was 29 years old.
Keeping the story short, I returned to the US and by 2007 had built up a decent portfolio of development deals when my instincts started to tell me something was wrong. I sold everything I had right before the market collapse.
A major bank hired me as a real estate expert to clean their balance sheet of distressed real estate loans and in combination with that and a $30bn private equity fund I joined, I worked on over $1 billion in deals and that’s how I ended up seeing every possible way real estate investors can get it wrong!
Anyway – by sheer luck, I’d been looking to figure out a better way of cherry picking good real estate deals when the JOBS Act was passed.
This brought tech firmly into the real estate space and suddenly now everyone could invest online like only the wealthy had been able to before.
And by total serendipity, I had been embedded in a startup incubator surrounded by 20 something year old internet wizards, learning online marketing and tech from them by osmosis (and a couple seed round investments).
So I started talking to everyone in Crowd Fund Real Estate who would take my call to find out more and I recorded those calls in podcasts so you can listen in. (yes, they know the calls were recorded!)
And I started getting bombarded by people asking how to invest in these deals online and by developers wanting to raise money…
So I decided to condense everything I have learned over the last 35 years, and to record so others could learn from my experiences. And that’s what brings me to now.