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Security Tokens are Disrupting the Real Estate Market

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Security Tokens are Disrupting the Real Estate Market

Security token adoption continues to rise as the integration of regulations enables for more inclusion on the blockchain. While security tokens that function as rights to ownership in company profits, or the decision-making process are popular, there is another asset class that is quickly becoming digitized – real estate.

Utility Tokens Lacked the Legal Infrastructure

Transferring property rights is a complex process that requires both sellers and buyers to adhere to strict guidelines. Security tokens integrate these requirements directly into the coding of the token via smart contracts. Anti-money laundering (AML) and combating Terrorism funding (CTF) are two primary regulations that must be met.

It makes sense to digitize real estate for a number of reasons. In most regions of the world, property record keeping is a complex procedure which is often prone to failure and fraud. Blockchain technology eliminates many of these concerns by the manner in which the technology functions.

Security Token Real Estate Platforms

Platforms such as San Francisco-based Harbor enable crowdfunding of real estate properties. The company regularly hosts security token offerings (STO) for investors. Harbor specializes in private securities. Aside from real estate, this includes items such as company equity, investment funds, fine art.

Harbor received national media attention after the co-founder of PayPal, David Sacks, took the position as chairmen for the firm. In addition to Sacks, the company recruited Josh Stein

David Sacks co-Founder of PayPal

David Sacks co-Founder of PayPal

STOs are similar to ICOs in many aspects. However, they do require all participants to follow securities guidelines. These guidelines cover the issuance, management, and transference of security tokens. In the case of real estate security tokens, there are additional local and international regulations to be met.

Harbor isn’t alone in their desire to usher in the digital revolution. In September, BlockEstate partnered with Polymath and ComplyAPI to raise $50 million in funding for the development of a security token platform. The platform incorporates predictive analysis to manage and invest real estate capital more efficiently.

Advantages of Tokenized Real Estate

Tokenized properties can be transferred at a much cheaper rate when compared to traditional means of property transference. One of the main reasons for these cost savings is that tokenized real estate doesn’t require the use of third-party verification systems.  Additionally, the ownership rights are immutable once on the blockchain.

Crowdfunding

Another huge advantage gained by tokenizing real estate is the ability to micro-fund projects. Blockchain technology eliminates much of the overhead associated with traditional fundraising strategies. Blockchain tech allows more investors to participate with less capital.

Investors can now spread their capital across multiple platforms as opposed to purchasing a property personally or via a corporation. For example, an investor with $100,000 to invest may decide that their ROI will be better if they put $20,000 into five different properties versus one. All this and more is possible thanks to the tokenization of the real estate market.

The Future is Digital

The archaic methods used in the real estate market are coming to an end as the advantages of blockchain technology are too much to ignore. You can expect to see a flood of new tokenization platforms emerge over the coming year as security tokens continue to reshape the real estate market forever.

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David Hamilton is a full-time journalist and a long-time bitcoinist. He specializes in writing articles on the blockchain. His articles have been published in multiple bitcoin publications including bitcoinlightning.com

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Security Token Issuers to Benefit from alliance of ‘Issuance’ and ‘VStock Transfer’

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Issuance partners with VStock Transfer

Just announced today, deal marketing platform, Issuance, has partnered with stock transfer agent, VStock Transfer. This alliance was formed as Issuance saw a need on behalf of security token issuers.  This was the ease of token registration and transfer.

As a result, partnering with a transfer agent such as VStock Transfer, allows companies having completed a digital security offering the ability to utilize services and experience based upon decades of experience in securities law.

These teams should be able to hit the ground running, as Issuance CEO, Darren Marble, has had previous experience working with VStock Transfer. Through their ability to provide experience, along with cost saving measures, it’s no wonder why Issuance has partnered with VStock Transfer.

Commentary

The CEOs of each company discussed the partnership at hand.

Yoel Goldfeder, CEO of VStock Transfer, stated, “As an SEC-compliant transfer agent who has had the pleasure of working with a range of companies from private to pre-IPO issuers to NYSE American, NASDAQ and OTC listed companies, it was a seamless pivot into digital securities…We look forward to working with Issuance, an industry pioneer who will help to fuel the capital raising component for our clients.”

Darren Marble, CEO of Issuance, stated, “As digital securities continue to merge with the capital market infrastructure, support from companies such as VStock Transfer are critical to remain compliant throughout the lifespan of a DSO…We are thrilled to add VStock Transfer to our growing network of strategic partners and provide valuable registry and transfer services for our clients and their shareholders.”

VStock Transfer

VStock Transfer is based out of Woodmere, New York, where they provide services as an SEC registered ‘stock transfer agent’. The company is spearheaded by CEO, Yoel Goldfeder – a seasoned attorney specializing in corporate and securities law.

For a deeper look at what services VStock Transfer is able to provide, make sure to visit their website HERE.

Issuance

Issuance was founded in 2018, and is based out of Los Angeles, California.  Above all, the main purpose of the company is to act as a bridging platform. For example, this means working to connect investors with appropriate digital securities issuers.

Make sure to check securities.io again for future news on Issuance, as they have indicated future plans to tokenize themselves.

Recent News

Issuance is rapidly developing into a well-rounded company.  For instance, this marks just one of various strategic partnerships announced in recent weeks.

Here is a look at a few of our other articles detailing those endeavours.

Issuance and Tokeny – Partnering with a Goal of Interconnectivity

‘PCG Holdings’ Shows Belief in Security Tokens with Investment in Issuance

Exclusive Interview with Issuance CEO – Darren Marble

Issuance partners with Prime Trust

Vertalo and Issuance join Forces

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Digital Securities Platform DX.Exchange, Survives First Week Scare

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Dx.Exchange has had quite the tumultuous week. As the exchange closes its first week of operation, the team behind the project was able to dodge a potentially damaging situation.

From hordes of investors signing up pre-launch, to potentially disastrous glitches, here is a brief look at the problems that plagued week 1.

Details of the Problem

Upon launch of the platform, an anonymous user took it upon themselves to evaluate DX.Exchange. Shockingly, the user found information leaks that could potentially be harmful to a variety of parties.

Information being leaked ranged from password reset links, to names, email addresses, and more. With this, if someone were so inclined, they would be able to create backdoor entrances to user’s accounts.

It isn’t hard to imagine what kind of havoc a malicious individual could wreak.

Problem Solved

In an attempt to allay investor’s fears, Dx.Exchange has reached out the public with the following statement.

“We would like to thank the vigilant reporter, and our supportive community, who together with, brought his issue to our attention. We are happy to report that the vulnerability has been successfully patched, and no user funds were compromised. Our launch was met with a stellar response from our community eager to trade cryptocurrencies and digital stocks. Customer funds were always safe, our multi layer advanced monitoring and defense mechanism was able to avoid any further issue.”

This statement came after the company scheduled platform maintenance within hours of the news breaking.

Caught out Attention

DX.Exchange originally caught our attention due to the manner in which they offer their services. Rather than hosting digital securities of companies that have decided to tokenize, DX.Exchange has taken a different approach.

They are purchasing traditional shares of publically traded companies, and then issuing their own security tokens to investors, representing ownership of the shares. Due to the method in which this transaction takes place, the shares are held by DX.Exchange. However, investors holding the associated security token receive the full range of benefits associated with them (dividends, equity etc.).

Examples of these companies notably include Apple, Tesla, Amazon, and others.

Skeptics Abound

The CEO of DX.Exchange has stated that due to their licencing and region of operation, the SEC has no means in which to stop them from offering these services.

However, there are many skeptics of the exchange that believe it will eventually face due recourse. Through what means is unclear, but there are certainly going to be companies that do not want their shares tokenized in such a fashion.

Dx.Exchange

DX.Exchange is based out of Estonia, and was founded in 2018. Above all, the company acts as an online exchange, providing investors access to a variety of digital assets.

Prior to the events discussed here today, we recently spoke about DX.Exchange and the companies recent launch. To learn more about DX.Exchange, make sure to read the article below.

DX.Exchange to Tokenize Publically traded Securities

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tZERO Completes Distribution of Security Token

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Token Issuance

In a recent press release, tZERO has announced that it has finished distributing their native token. This token goes by ‘TZROP’, and is known as a digital security – representing ownership in tZERO itself.

While tZERO finished the token creation process months ago, per regulations, it was mandated that they remain in lock-up for a 90-day period. During this time, tokens were to be held by a third party custodial service.  Finally, this 90-day lockup came to an end on January 10th, resulting in the aforementioned distribution and press release.

Successful STO

This issuance process comes months after tZERO completed a wildly successful security token offering, or ‘STO’.  For example, taking place over a roughly 2 month span in mid-2018, tZERO was able to raise $134 million USD.  In addition, this raise was made possible through investments seen from over 1000 parties worldwide.

Commentary on the Issuance

Multiple representatives from tZERO spoke on the importance of this token issuance.

tZERO Executive Chairman, Patrick Byrne, stated, “The issuance of the world’s first public cryptosecurity, OSTKP, in 2016 was tZERO’s Chuck Yeager moment: we broke the speed of sound by introducing the concept of real-time trade settlement. Today marks our Yuri Gagarin moment, where we leave behind the confines of the known world of traditional capital markets and take the first steps towards a new market powered by blockchain.”

tZERO CEO, Saum Noursalehi, stated, “This is one of the first Security Token Offerings on a decentralized public network, and was conducted in full compliance with the U.S. securities laws…This is an exciting milestone for tZERO, and we are even more enthusiastic about the opportunities this will create for private and public companies wishing to raise capital through security token offerings, and for investors who wish to trade those securities.”

Next Up?

The next step to be taken by tZERO, and the most anticipated by investors, will be the launch of a trading platform. The company originally launched a prototype of this platform on April 9th of 2018.  However, it is anticipated that a full launch will occur midway through 2019.

The launch of this platform will facilitate trading via secondary markets.  Thereby, imbuing new levels of liquidity to previously illiquid assets.

Recent News

We have recently reported on progress being made by tZERO. For instance, here are a look at a few noteworthy events from recent days.

tZERO is rounding into Form, After Being Awarded a Recent Patent

GSR Capital turns to tZERO for the tokenization of ‘Cobalt’

tZERO

tZERO is based out of New York, and is a subsidiary of Overstock.com. Each are products of Patrick Byrne’s, who has recently noted that he will be increasing his focus on the development of tZERO.  Above all, this subsidiary acts as a platform to facilitate various services aimed towards security tokens.

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