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  • Writer's pictureAraa Market Team

Hey UAE and Saudi Habibis, Time For Brunch Style Real Estate Investment?

Updated: Feb 19, 2023

Hey there, fellow Dubaians, Abu Dhabians folks, Riyadhans and all Saudis! Are you tired of spending all your hard-earned dirhams and rials on fancy brunches and shopping sprees at the Dubai Mall or Al Nakheel Mall? Well, have no fear, because there's a cool new way to invest your money and build wealth that's taking the world by storm: real estate crowdfunding and tokenization!

Real estate crowdfunding and tokenization sound like the perfect way to get in on some high-end property action without having to sell a kidney on the black market. I bet even Mr. Beast and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would be all over this if they weren't already busy swimming in their money vaults.

Is Investing In Real Estate Crowdfunding Complicated and Tiring?

Now, I know what you're thinking - investing in real estate sounds like something only rich old dudes in suits do because they have admin assistants who do all their paper work and we all know you have a very busy life (playing Fortnite). But thanks to these property crowdfunding platforms, you can invest small amounts of money and become a part-owner of properties all over the world in no time, literally in few clicks. That means you can diversify your portfolio and potentially earn passive income without having to break the bank neither miss any live events or your friends in the Metaverse. . But don't just take my word for it - even celebrities are getting in on the action. As the one and only Paris Hilton once said, "Real estate is always a great investment." And if Paris Hilton approves, you know it's gotta be cool. And smart people like Jeff Bezos are investing in Crowdfunding platforms, Habibi Jeff is behind a platform called Arrived, a successful up and coming real estate investing platform in the USA.

How, what, who, where, etc…Ok now don’t stress, don’t go on Talabat or Noon Groceries neither call the shop downstairs to order a Shisha or a kitkat just yet –

it is simple, you are not going to travel to do some hard work inspecting real estate, talking to lawyers and lenders etc… you are just clicking a button to buy a piece of the real estate (or an economic interest in it), not all of it. I mean, who needs to own an entire mansion when you can own a fraction of one?(Especially that if you did own an entire mansion, you rarely see or use all the rooms lol).

Here is a nice way to explain it: Think of it like going in on a pizza with your squad. You don't have to eat a whole pizza by yourself, but you still get to enjoy a slice (or two, or three...) and you're not stuck with a ton of leftovers. Plus, you can try different toppings and find your fave! For a list of benefits of real estate crowdfunding, check our other post (Benefits of Real Estate Crowdfunding)

We love seeing all the nice looking and flashy cars on Sheikh Zayed Road and designers clothes in City Walk, you are pretty financially savvy smart business people! Investing in real estate crowdfunding and tokenization is a smart move that can help you build wealth and secure your financial future. And hey, who says you can't be both financially savvy and fashion-forward?

So, what do you say? Time to become a real estate guru and build wealth??? With real estate crowdfunding and tokenization, the possibilities are endless. Who knows - you might just become the next big real estate mogul, all thanks to a few small investments from the comfort of your pool in Dubai Marina or literally while enjoying your burger at Salt in Kite Beach. Talking about food (again, I think I am hungry), crowdfunding real estate is like going to a Dubai brunch in Burj Khalifa or somewhere in DIFC or Business Bay overlooking the entire city; just like you can simply choose your food from the buffet, real estate crowdfunding enables you to choose your favorite real estate investments from a variety of platforms from all around the world. So you can mix Hummus with Caviar, Tabbouli and Foie Gras – (but I wouldn't do that mix, it sounds awful, but you can be a bad chef and a great real estate investor). You are starting to visualize it don’t you??? I know you are used to comfort and don’t have time to waste (again because you are very busy on TikTok). At home, if anything goes wrong and needs attention, you just need to make a quick call and the maintenance people will show up in 60 seconds, faster than Dom Diesel and Memphis Cage, but instead of driving a Shelby or a Dodge Charger 500, they come with a Toyota Minibus, often carrying a silicon gun to seal everything because every time it rains, you got leaks all over the place. So forget about those pesky tenants and maintenance issues that come with traditional real estate investing. With real estate crowdfunding and tokenization, you can just sit back and watch the passive income roll in like a wave of cash crashing on the shores of Bluewaters Island next to Caesars Palace and the Ain Dubai (Dubai's Ferris wheel)

Don't put all of your dates in one basket: Diversify!

Ok so let’s get serious, if its about Hummus and Caviar, how can you mix your real estate buffet? With Real Estate tokenization, fractionalization and crowdfunding, it's a great way to flex your inner jet-setter and own a piece of some of the coolest destinations around the globe, like New York, London, and Europe (in addition to land in Roblox or Sandbox). Just imagine being able to say, "Oh yeah, I own a fraction of a chic Parisian apartment." It's like being a fancy-schmancy international real estate tycoon, without all the stress and headaches of traditional real estate investing.

Types of Real Estate

Real estate is more than just residential and commercial buildings, my peeps! There are so many different types of real estate that you can invest in, including farms, forests, hotels, and even industrial properties. And, bonus points, investing in real estate can also make a positive impact on the world. For those who love nature, investing in farms and forests can be a great way to make a difference. I am thinking of starting a vertical farming fund to invest in farms in Abu Dhabi, what do you think we crowdfund it together? Anyway, a bit off topic, but with crowdfunding you can help support sustainable agriculture and reforestation efforts while also earning a return on your investment. It's like being a superhero for the planet! Investing in hotels can be super fun and glamorous, especially if you're into travel. Imagine owning a piece of a fancy hotel in your fave city, or investing in a boutique hotel in a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood. It's like owning a hotel chain like One & Onlys, Trump Hotels or Four Seasons, minus the long hours and cranky guests! There is also industrial properties! These properties could be warehouses and are often used for manufacturing and distribution, and can be a key part of the supply chain for all sorts of products, like Amazon warehousing or some legal crypto mining or AI computation centers… And, of course, there's always residential and commercial real estate. Whether you want to invest in a rental property or own a piece of a shopping mall, there are plenty of opportunities to make money in these areas. It's like being a landlord or a retail mogul like Emaar or Dubai Properties, without having to deal with the day-to-day headaches! But, let's not forget the impact investing part. Investing in real estate can also be a way to make a positive impact on the world. You can invest in properties that prioritize sustainability, energy efficiency, and social responsibility, and know that your money is going towards something good. How about solar plants? Imagine you can invest in Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park!! That would you be cool! I mean you could invest in Salik so why not Solar Park?

There is also one more cool aspect that makes you feel good about crowdfunding real estate: you help people who might not be able to access traditional financing options, like small business owners (Farmers) or first-time homebuyers. You can make a difference in someone's life and be a part of their success story. It's like being a financial fairy godparent! Also, you can become a lender and help people access the money they need to make their dreams a reality? That's right, you can be like the big bankers and financial institutions, but without all the stuffy ties and 9 to 5...

So, there you have it, my friends. Real estate investing doesn't have to be boring or intimidating. With so many different types of properties to choose from, there's something for everyone. And, if you're looking to make a positive impact on the world, real estate can be a great way to do it. Just remember, like any investment, there are risks involved, so do your research and invest wisely. Now, go forth and be a real estate boss!

Risks and things to Watch out for

Real estate investing can be super exciting, but it's not without its risks. When it comes to crowdfunding and tokenization platforms, there are a few things you should watch out for to make sure you're making a smart investment.

First and foremost, you want to make sure the platform you're investing with is legit. Do your research and make sure the platform is registered with the appropriate regulatory bodies and has a good reputation, like here in the UAE, Stake and SmartCrowd have earned good reputation. You don't want to fall victim to a scam or invest with a platform that's not trustworthy. You also want to make sure you understand the risks involved with the specific asset you're investing in. Just like with any investment, some assets are riskier than others. For example, investing in a development project might be riskier than investing in an established rental property. Another thing to consider is the liquidity of your investment. Some tokenized assets might be more liquid than others, meaning it's easier to sell your investment if you need to. Make sure you understand the terms of the investment and the platform before you invest. Finally, you want to make sure you're diversifying your investments. Don't put all your eggs in one basket, my friends! Spread your investments across different platforms and asset classes to reduce your risk. Remember, if you go for a brunch, don’t just eat Hummus. Come back to our site to read about everything you need to watch out for before you invest in property crowdfunding in our other post. Also, familiarize yourself with all the Jargon and terms they use in this space, so you can ask your questions and sound like a pro! Click here for Glossary Terms in Real Estate Crowdfunding and Tokenization

So, there you have it. Real estate crowdfunding and tokenization can be a great way to make money and be a part of positive change, but you need to be smart about it. Do your research, understand the risks, and diversify your investments. With a little bit of effort, you can be a real estate investing pro in no time!


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