This pairing appears to be a complimentary one, as each company brings different areas of expertise to the table. While DigiShares will leverage their presence and experience tokenizing assets within Europe, UPRETS will provide, not only the asset itself, but manage on-going investor relations.
U.S. Real Estate in Europe
This partnership was undertaken with the main goal of hosting a successful STO around New York based real estate.
Known as the Oosten property, this STO will see the asset tokenized, with access to the event open to European based investors. This property was chosen, as the mother company of UPRETS, Xinuan Real Estate, owns a variety of condos in the complex.
While full details of the STO have not been released, it is believed that the event will look to generate between $1-4M in funding.
Upon announcing this event, representatives from each, DigiShares and UPRETS, took the time to comment. The following is what each had to say on the matter.
Claus Skaaning, CEO of DigiShares, stated.
“We see real estate as one of the most promising markets for blockchain tokenization technology to be implemented. As the global infrastructure for banking, tech and capital markets rebuilds itself on blockchain over the next decade, the real estate industry will also be impacted. Real estate industry investors and developers are actively seeking ways to reduce delays, costs, and obscurity in transferring ownership of real estate-related securities. We hope that together with UPRETS we can help resolve some of those issues.”
Dan Chase, CEO of UPRETS, stated,
“Real estate remains to be the most valuable asset in class in the world. The barriers to entry such as liquidity and many intermediaries in this market can be solved through the blockchain. This partnership with DigiShares will bring sanity to the real estate market and make the digital security market more liquid. We intend to work as a team and become global leaders in real estate tokenization.”
Speaking with Claus
We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with DigiShares CEO, Claus Skaaning, for an exclusive interview. In this discussion, Claus Skaaning touches on, not only his own journey, but that of DigiShares.
DigiShares is a European company which was founded in 2018. Above all, the team behind DigiShares has focused on developing a suite of services aimed towards the tokenization of assets. These services include investor accreditation, payment gateways, and more.
CEO, Claus Skaaning, currently oversees company operations.
UPRETS is a New York based company, which was founded in 2018. This young company identifies as a ‘security tokenization platform for global real estate’.
CEO, Dan Chase, currently oversees company operations.
In Other News
Over the past year, DigiShares has shared various developments and strategic partnerships. The following articles discuss a couple of these events.
XIN Group Tokenizes NY Properties – UPRETS
This week, the Chinese-based tokenization platform, UPRETS announced plans to begin tokenization of several condominiums in New York owned by the XIN Group. The news showcases how blockchain technology continues to upend the real estate markets globally. Additionally, it represents a more international approach to real estate liquidity concerns.
In order to accomplish this monumental task, UPRETS formed a strategic partnership with the Xinyuan Real Estate blockchain platform. Together the firms intend to offer investors a stake in the XIN Group’s Oosten Property holdings.
XIN Group – New York Properties
These luxury condominiums are located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The units feature a modern floor plan with 2-3 bedrooms per unit. As you would imagine, NY property values are through the roof. Recognizing the growing demand for these properties, XIN Group intends to fractionalize the ownership of these highly sought after units.
Fractional Ownership – UPRETS
Tokenization removes most of the boundaries preventing people from investing in real estate. For one, there is far less paperwork to get approved. Additionally, investors can make micro-investments in order to diversify their holding accordingly.
In this instance, each token will represent a $1 share in the ownership of the properties. In this manner, anyone can begin their real estate investment career. Additionally, these low investment entry levels provide much-needed liquidity to the local real estate markets.
The properties tokenization will take place on the UPRETS permissioned blockchain. This unique and highly functional blockchain is based on X-BOLT consortium chain. Consequently, it provides users with added functionality when compared to other options.
Flexible Blockchain – UPRETS
For example, the UPRETS blockchain design is meant to be flexible. The blockchain can communicate with other blockchains to facilitate a more streamlined payment system. Currently, payment can be made via the Bitcoin blockchain. Notably, developers hope to expand these capabilities to include Ethereum investors in the coming weeks.
This added interoperability allows URT tokens to trade on a wide variety of secondary markets. Consequently, more liquidity is added to the entire investment process with this strategy.
Property Tokenization is on the Rise
The XIN Groups’ advantageous strategy is now the new normal. Every day new property tokenization firms emerge. The benefits provided by these companies are too much to ignore. Tokenization opens local real estate to international investors and streamlines the entire sale process in a way previously unimaginable.
Additionally, Tokenization allows the average person to invest in real estate without putting forth a huge amount of funding. Traditionally, real estate investment takes a considerable amount of cash. Plus there are tons of regulatory and financial hoops one must jump through in order to complete a traditional property sale. Tokenization eliminates a large portion of these requirements.
XIN Group – Moving Forward
The XIN Group is at the forefront of the tokenization revolution. When you consider how desirable a spacious condominium located in New York currently is, it’s easy to see the logic behind choosing these properties. As such, you can expect to see this trend continue until the majority of all real estate sales occur via the blockchain.
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.