The Caribbean continues to see more crypto development. This month, the real estate investment firm, La Estancia Holdings announced plans to be the first real estate backed STO in the region. The announcement showcases the growing tokenization of the real estate market, as well as, the rising number of blockchain specialist in the Caribbean.
One of the Largest STOs in the Region
La Estancia Holdings seeks to raise $75 million in funding to further the company’s holdings in the Dominican Republic. Currently, the firm manages a variety of villas, townhouses, and cottages via the La Estancia Golf Resort located in La Romana. The company also manages an additional 123 residential properties across the island.
Discussing the project, La Estancia Holdings EVP, Laurent F. Chemla explained how blockchain technology breaks down traditional investment barriers. Chemla took a moment to touch on some of the most worth-while advantages of blockchain tech.
Transparency was the first point mention. This is valid when you consider that property ownership disputes are now common in many places of the world. Tokenized real estate has an immutable record of transactions covering the course of the property’s life. In this manner, blockchain systems are a more secure alternative.
Multiple governments recently started blockchain-based land registry programs. For example, Titon County, Wyoming signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Overstock’s blockchain land governance subsidiary – Medici Land Governance (MLG). As part of the program, Medici will transfer all of the county’s property record to the blockchain dating back to 1996.
Chemla also spoke on fractional ownership. Fractional ownership allows you to better diversify your investment capital across multiple properties. Blockchain technology allows nearly anything to be tokenized and then sold in microtransactions. These transactions allow for larger investor participation.
Traditionally, major crowdfunding campaigns restricted participation to only accredited investors due to the cost of monitoring and managing these investments. Blockchain technology automates this workload and enables a worldwide audience to participate without adding additional costs to the campaign.
La Estancia Digital Security Token (LAEST)
La Estancia Holdings seeks to provide investors with fractional ownership of a basket of Caribbean real estate via its STO. Each LAEST equals a share in La Estancia Holdings, LTD according to the company’s homepage. As such, token holders are entitled to applicable commercial rental dividends. Additionally, investors receive a percentage of any properties sold from the firm’s portfolio.
DR Tourism Boom
Chemla also pointed to the tourism boom the Dominican Republic has experienced over the last five years as another strong consideration for investors. According to one report, the DR achieved record-breaking tourism numbers in 2018. Consequently, if this trend continues, DR real estate prices could continue to rise significantly.
La Estancia Holdings
La Estancia Holding definitely deserves the recent uptick in media coverage for its advantageous strategy. The Caribbean is home to many well-known crypto investors, and new projects are always entering the space. For now, La Estancia Holdings is a pioneer in the Caribbean real estate market.
RealT Announces Partnership with Uniswap Exchange
The real estate market continues to lead the way in blockchain adoption. This week, the US-based fractional ownership real estate platform, RealT announced a strategic partnership with the crypto exchange Uniswap. The news represents a further expansion of blockchain technology in the United States’ real estate sector. Also, it provides unprecedented levels of liquidity in the market.
RealT is a fully compliant web-based platform that provides global investors with the ability to purchase fractional ownership of US properties. Token holders receive property ownership interests in the form of tokens called RealTokens. Currently, the firm offers properties in Detroit, Michigan with plans to expand nationally in the coming weeks.
RealTokens operate within the Ethereum blockchain as security tokens. These tokens include all compliance and regulatory commitments directly into its programming. ERC-20 compatible security tokens are by far the most widely used in the cryptospace. As such, these tokens have some benefits.
Importantly, as an ERC-20 compatible token, RealTokens enjoy an unprecedented level of interoperability. This added interoperability allows the tokens to enjoy some unique capabilities. These capabilities include the ability to utilize a wide variety of wallet options.
As a RealToken holder, investors gain a host of rights and benefits. These benefits include a share in the property’s rental profits. Additionally, investors gain the opportunity to vote on property decisions such as maintenance, leasing, and liquidation. In the event the property is sold, token holders receive a share in the sale proceeds equal to their percentage of ownership rights in the property.
Importantly, RealTokens allow for trading on the Uniswap exchange. Basically, this popular exchange provides for a seamless trade of any digital asset on the Ethereum blockchain. Importantly, Uniswap retains all of the token’s compliance protocols throughout the life cycle of the token. This ensures that each RealToken follows the current SEC guidelines.
According to company documentation, RealT and Uniswap became the first firms to offer a digital asset representing traditional securities launched on an open finance exchange with this maneuver. This event occurred on Monday, November 4, 2019, when RealT’s flagship property, 9943 Marlowe Street in Detroit, Michigan officially went live on the exchange. Now, investors can instantly buy or sell Marlowe RealTokens using ETH.
Speaking on the decision, the Founders of RealT, the Jacobson Brothers, Remy, and Jean-Marc discussed the importance of the milestone. They noted how the tokenization created a seamless interface and unmatched efficiency in the sector.
Real Estate Goes Blockchain
This latest news is just another example of how blockchain technology revolutionizes the real estate sector. Now, investors can gain fractional ownership of real estate as easy as exchanging Ethereum. Every day more firms turn to tokenization as a valuable strategy to improve liquidity in the market.
RealT and the Future
You can expect to see these types of frictionless transactions continue to expand across the real estate market as blockchain technology continues to proliferate globally. RealT appears to have a game-winning strategy in place for the digitization of the economy.
Tokenized Real Estate on Ignis Blockchain
This week, Max Property Group B.V. made crypto history after the issuance of the first security tokens on the Ignis blockchain. As part of the arrangement, Max Property Group tokenized a part of its real estate holdings onto the Ignis platform as a controlled asset. The news showcases the further expansion of tokenized real estate in the EU market and increased development on Ardor’s commercial blockchain ecosystem.
This tokenized real estate became MPGS security tokens, also known as Asset I.D. 7646766282089936451. MPGS token holders gain rights such as profit-sharing in the property’s rental income. In fact, token holders gain most of the rights afforded to company shareholders with the exception of voting rights. Additionally, each share in the property falls under the monitoring and control of STAK, a Dutch Foundation.
Ignis is the public blockchain of the Ardor platform. This 4th generation blockchain features a robust design created specifically for Dapp development. Some of the most advanced features provided by Ignis include messaging, voting, and asset exchange protocols. Additionally, the blockchain can function as a data cloud.
Importantly, Ignis utilizes a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism. PoS consensus is far more efficient than Proof-of-Work systems because they don’t require nodes to compete over computationally heavy algorithms. While PoS systems aren’t perfect, many see this form of consensus as the natural evolution of cryptos. Notably, Ethereum plans to shift to a PoS consensus mechanism in the coming months.
Ardor developed Ignis with the goal to create a developer-friendly blockchain platform that could easily be built atop of. The platform is packed with tools to build blockchain applications that are cost-effective, secure, and scalable. Notably, Ardor is a BaaS platform developed by Jelurida.
Max Property Group,
For its part, the Max Property Group provided the real estate. This firm specializes in crowdfunding and the fractional ownership of real estate. Currently, the Dutch company possesses millions of Euros in assets under management in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
Notably, the Max Property Group entered the market in 2016. The firm specializes in property sales, management, and rental activities. On top of these offerings, the company operates a popular property investment and blockchain academy.
Max Crowdfund is a subsidiary of the Max Property Group. This company is the crowdfunding wing of the Max Property Group. Importantly, the platform is compliant with EU securities standards. Max Crowdfund brings together developers, investors, and regulators.
Speaking on the tokenization decision, Max Property Group’s Managing Director, Mark Lloyd took a moment to discuss the changing real estate landscape. He noted the care his firm takes to stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. He also discussed the overall trend to digitize the sector.
Max Crowdfund and Ignis
Max Property is at the forefront of EU real estate tokenization. The firm continues to demonstrate its pioneering strategies in the space. This latest strategic partnership gives the company access to a host of valuable EU real estate to tokenize. It also showcases Ignis’s true capabilities. You can expect to hear more about Max Property, Ardor, and its Ignis blockchain in the coming weeks.
MBK Announces Real Estate Tokenization Project
Blockchain continues to disrupt the EU real estate market. Just this week, the Tokyo-based investment bank, MBK announced plans to tokenize the sale of a property in Estonia. The news follows the greater trend of traditional financial institutions entering the blockchain space via a tokenized real estate STO.
According to company documentation, MBK created a strategic partnership with the Singapore-based real estate firm BitofProperty (BOP). BOP’s unique approach to the market made the firm well-known in the region. BOP specializes in fractional ownership of EU real estate.
The firm breaks down acquired property rights into smaller shares that are then offered to investors. Investors receive dividends equal to the number of shares they hold in a particular property. This strategy allows investors to diversify their holdings.
For its part, BOP will handle the acquisition of the properties. Then, the firm will fractionalize ownership rights and tokenize the shares. The company will work alongside MBK to ensure the tokenized shares are compliant with the current EU regulations.
Once the tokenization of the property is complete, MBK will offer the new financial instruments on its subsidiary – Angoo FinTech. Angoo Fintech is an Estonian company acquired by MBK a few months prior as part of the firm’s EU repositioning strategy.
MBK Strategic Partners
Notably, MBK signed a deal with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed firm, BS Securities to further develop the company’s Asian market positioning. MBK is already a business powerhouse in Japan and China, but company executives hope to utilize this new tokenization strategy to catapult the firm into the forefront of the EU market.
The Growth of MBK
MBK is a Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed merchant bank. In 1974, MBK entered service under the name West Japan Spinning & Weaving Co., Ltd. Since that time, the organization has grown to become a premier banking institution in Asia.
Estonia continues to show the world its pro-crypto aspirations. Back in 2018, the country was among the first jurisdictions in the European Union to legalize crypto-related activities. The Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the regulator issuing crypto-related licenses, approved almost 900 firms since that time.
Estonia received praise for its easy-to-navigate registration process. Some blockchain-based firms reported that they received their licensing in only one or two weeks. The only catch is that the licensed would revoke if the company did not start operations within six months of receiving approval.
Two Estonian Crypto Licenses
Estonia broke down their licenses into two main categories. The first was for firms which operated digital asset exchanges. Of these companies, 500 received licensing. Additionally, 400 wallet providers received approval to date.
Unfortunately, the Ministry of Finance introduced changes to the licensing process on May 3, 2019. The changes extended processing times from 30 to 90 days. Additionally, it established the requirement for all companies to operate a branch in Estonia. Additionally, the registered office address and the board of directors now need to be located in Estonia. Lastly, the state fee for the emission of the license increased from €345 ($386) to €3,330 ($3,729).
MBK – A Tokenization Strategy to Win
As it stands today, MBK has a strong position in the Asian market. The firm will soon extend that reach into the EU markets through this latest maneuver. You can expect to see more tokenization projects emerge from this innovative firm in the coming months.