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CRE investing after the JOBS Act

Since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was passed in 2012, it has been easier for commercial real estate developers in Maryland to solicit investors. Now, opportunities can be advertised to accredited investors through online channels, opening up the door to a lot more potential participants. The Securities and Exchange Commission has reported that there are now over 12 million households that could qualify as accredited investors in the United States.

Many people in the commercial real estate industry are noticing how much the JOBS Act and modern technology like online investment platforms have changed commercial real estate investing. In the past, obtaining financing was a business that required a lot of face-to-face meetings and years of cultivating a network of business relationships. Now, developers can reach potential investors in minutes, and business partnerships can be formed online.

Modern technology has also changed the way that commercial real estate investors research investment opportunities. A wealth of up-to-the-minute data that used to take weeks to compile is now readily available on the Internet. Real estate investment platforms are now offering data on properties and markets that is easy for new investors to understand. As a result, online real estate investing is becoming more and more popular.

Inexperienced real estate investors can now make relatively small investments by buying shares in real estate investment trusts. Though these kinds of investments are usually less risky than buying a property outright, every real estate investment has some risk. A real estate law attorney may be able to talk to a new investor about online investment opportunities and help the investor to make an informed purchasing decision.

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