Bitcoin 

UK Real Estate Firm Accepts Bitcoin for Sale of 150-Year-Old Church

A 150-year-old English church is being sold for $1.5 million with the vendor accepting payment in Bitcoin (BTC). Vendor is willing to receive payment in Bitcoin According to a listing on Rightmove, a major British online real estate portal and property website, a vendor put an 18th-century church converted into a seven-bedroom character property up for sale and is willing to accept Bitcoin as payment. While the property unit is priced at 1.2 million British pounds ($1.5 million), the final price in Bitcoin is to be agreed and confirmed with…

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Blockchain 

Real Estate, Blockchain and the Quantity Theory of Money

The concept of illiquidity discounts, how it relates to markets like commercial real estate, and the benefits that tokenization could bring to the industry are topics that I have already discussed in previous articles. In this article, I am taking a closer look at the relationship between liquidity preference and the future demand for tokenized real estate investments. Related: Tokenizing Commercial Real Estate and the Promise of Liquidity Illiquidity discounts reflect the reduction in price that gets applied to an asset due to a shallow market and are particularly pronounced…

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Blockchain 

AssetBlock Tokenizes $60M of Real Estate on Algorand’s Blockchain

Blockchain real estate investment firm AssetBlock launches its commercial real estate investment platform on Algorand’s (ALGO) blockchain. According to an AssetBlock press release published on Sept. 17, the firm partnered with luxury hotel asset manager Lodging Capital Partners (LCP) to tokenize $60 million of exclusive hotel properties on Algorand. Opening real estate investment to everyone As a result of the partnership, crypto-savvy investors will have access to properties that are unavailable to the public and will be able to exchange the blockchain’s native tokens for those assets.  CEO and founder…

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Blockchain 

Harbor Tokenizes $100 Million in Real Estate Funds on Ethereum Blockchain

The startup Harbor announced a partnership with Seattle-based real estate investment firm iCap Equity to tokenize $100 million in real estate funds. On Sept. 16, Harbor announced in a blog post that iCap Equity is using Harbor’s blockchain-enabled platform to improve its liquidity in four of its real estate funds which manages over $100 million in assets. Harbor created the tokens on the Ethereum blockchain, which represent portions of the funds. The partnership between the two companies will allow iCap Equity’s investors and placement agents to buy and sell iCap…

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Blockchain 

Queensland’s Real Estate Institute to Launch Blockchain Tenancy Platform

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) teamed up with local tech startup Igloo to launch a blockchain-based tenancy agreement platform by the end of 2019. As news outlet ZDNet reported on Sept. 15, REIQ general manager Josh Callaghan stated that the new platform will use smart contracts to create “a simple and secure transaction for each tenancy agreement to leverage the benefits of the technology as an irrefutable source of truth,” adding: “All parties will have visibility over the contract at any time from the palm of their hand.…

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Blockchain 

SK Group’s Securities Arm Teams Up With Blockchain Real Estate Firm

SK Securities, a branch of South Korea’s largest telecom SK Group, has partnered with a local blockchain firm for a digital real estate beneficiary platform. The securities operator has signed a business agreement with Kasa Korea, a Seoul-based startup developing a digital securities blockchain platform for thereal estate market, Korean news outlet Yonhap News reported on Sept. 4. SK Securities and Kasa Korea agreed to collaborate on a digital platform for distribution of real estate beneficiary securities. Based on real estate securitized beneficiaries issued by real estate trust companies, Kasa…

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Bitcoin 

Kleiman Estate Will Now Dump $2 Billion in Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC) price could face fresh volatility if Craig Wright’s giant $2 billion tax bill comes from dumping 200,000 coins on the market. Wright, who faced the law after allegations he stole $10 billion from former business partner Dave Kleiman, must now pay his widow Ira half of that sum, or 500,000 BTC. The payout, ordered by Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, will attract a tax rate of 40%, which Kleiman’s estate will have to pay.  Wright claims estate tax will force Kleiman to sell Bitcoin While the Australian claimed he would…

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Bitcoin 

Sumitomo and BitFlyer to Build Blockchain Real Estate Platform in Japan

Japanese commercial giant Sumitomo Corporation has partnered with a sister company of local cryptocurrency exchange bitFlyer to launch a blockchain real estate business. As Cointelegraph Japan reported on July 23, bitFlyer Blockchain will develop an umbrella platform for renting real estate, driven by smart contracts on its in-house Miyabi blockchain.  Speaking to local tech news outlet CNET Japan, Yuzo Kano, managing director of bitFlyer Blockchain, added that the aim of the project was to enable rental parties to complete the entire process from a smartphone. “It can greatly simplify the…

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Ethereum 

German Regulator Greenlights $280 Million Ethereum Real Estate Bond

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) approved an Ethereum-based real estate bond of security issuance firm Fundament Group. The company announced the news in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 23.  Regulated real estate bonds on the Ethereum blockchain The given bond backed by a portfolio of properties in major German cities with an issued volume of 250 million euros ($280 million). The firm’s solution reportedly leverages standardized and regulated financial instruments to build a real estate-backed asset that can be traded worldwide independently of banks. Providing…

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Ethereum 

Tokenizing Commercial Real Estate and the Promise of Liquidity

The commercial real estate sector is squarely in the sights of the blockchain industry. Advocates justifiably believe that the technology offers the ability to streamline everything from capital formation to transaction settlement at hitherto unseen levels of speed and efficiency. Additionally, through a process known as tokenization, blockchain platforms can create digital representations of shares as well as ownership rights in properties and investment vehicles, simplifying the process of reselling those assets by creating a robust and liquid dual-sided market for an otherwise illiquid asset. This is very exciting and…

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