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Translated from DeTelegraaf, the largest daily morning newspaper in the Netherlands. (Note: Some of the content has been changed in translation from the original Dutch)
Rotterdam — You can now invest in an apartment complex or a renovation project from just one hundred euros.
Previously excluded from these opportunities, because developers often imposed high entry levels, private individuals now have access to the real estate market through crowdfunding platforms- where their investment can be monitored continuously by way of a digital network.
Crowdfunding, the raising of money by groups of people (for an apartment, for example) is more than twenty years old. Platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Gofundme and Sellaband, became the best known global crowdfunding resources. In the Netherlands, Collin Crowdfund made a name for itself by collecting and providing loans to SMEs.
Rotterdam’s Max Crowdfund is now the first Dutch online platform that works via the blockchain and has received approval from the financial regulator AFM. It is authorised to offer loans from companies in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, secured by real estate assets.