The Crowd Fund Real Estate Investor

Jason Schwetz, Triple Net Zero Debt

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #230: Capitalizing on CFRE With a Conservative Approach to Investing

Jason Schwetz, President and Founder of Triple Net Zero Debt, realized early on that crowd funding was going to transform the way real estate is financed and set about building a model to capitalize on this paradigm.  He settled on a model that delivers long term, steady income and that minimizes chance of loss by investing in triple net lease properties with credit tenants while taking on zero debt.  More…

Anna Pinedo, Partner Mayer Brown. The Accredited Investor Standard

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #229: The Accredited Investor Standard

Podcast: Anna Pinedo a partner at the law firm of Mayer Brown, helps unravel some of the background to the accredited investor standard and the case for and against how it might change going forward.  Though any change will not come about quickly, the opportunity to comment and contribute to the debate is upon us and before you know it, the SEC will be deciding how to proceed. Listen to the podcast and read the shownotes here…

Michael Episcope, Principal & Co-Founder, Origin Investments

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #228: Growing Wealth From Commodities to Real Estate

Podcast:  Transitioning from a successful career in commodities trading to real estate, Michael Episcope, Principal and Co-founder of Origin Investments, brings the same standards of excellence to his second career as made him so successful in his first. Maintaining the institutional disciplines to underwriting and risk mitigation, Origin Investments is set to grow as it sets its sights on becoming a market leader in the crowd fund real estate industry.  Listen to the podcast and read the shownotes here…

Ian Ippolito, The Real Estate Crowd Funding Review

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #227: The Real Estate Crowdfunding Review

Podcast:  Listen to Dr. Adam Gower talk to a prolific and diligent crowd fund real estate investor, Ian Ippolito who, though he does not come from a real estate background, has become one of the most knowledgeable and respected players in the industry.  Ian’s widely read Real Estate Crowdfunding Review covers tremendous detail and is a great resource for investors.  Podcast and shownotes can be found here…

Dror Poleg, Rethinking Real Estate

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #226: Impact of CFRE on Private Equity, and of Tech on Both

Dror Poleg, fellow London School of Economics graduate, talks about the impact of crowd funding on the private equity space and how technology is changing real estate.  Dror has developed over 30 million square feet of commercial real estate and is one of the foremost thought leaders in the industry today.  More…

Jason Fritton, Co-Founder & CEO, Patch of Land

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #225: From Zero to $500 million in Four Years

My podcast guest today Jason Fritton, co-founder and CEO of the online CFRE marketplace Patch of Land was one of the earliest adopters of crowd fund techniques to bring liquidity to real estate markets. What makes Jason particularly notable in this respect is that he had no background in real estate when he decided that the JOBS Act was an ideal vehicle for financing real estate deals. And what makes him doubly remarkable is that the act was not written with real estate in mind.  More…

Charles Clinton, Co-Founder & CEO, EquityMultiple

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #224: The Institutional Approach to a Strong Upside With Protected Downside

Charles Clinton, Co-Founder and CEO of CFRE platform EquityMultiple, comes from the sophisticated institutional world of real estate. Charles has an awareness of the upside that everyone wants from real estate investing that is combined with a desire to protect the downside.  The structure he offers investors reflects this balanced risk reward approach to CFRE investing.   More…

Lew Feldman, CEO Heritage Capital Ventures

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #223: Experience and Track Record Key to Building Trust Online

Institutional Quality Crowd Funding*

Lew Feldman founded Goodwin Procter’s California offices, served on the firm’s Executive Committee, was a member of its Real Estate Capital Markets Group, led the firm’s Public Finance Practice, and founded its Crowdfunding Practice. He now serves as CEO of Heritage Capital Ventures LLC, a private equity concern that invests in online financial technologies for traditionally offline processes that result in greater efficiency, greater capital access, and lower costs. Lew serves on the Board of Directors of and, and advises,,, and He also chairs the Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Business, the nation’s premier real estate graduate program.  


Chuck Schreiber, CEO, Co-Founder KBS

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #222: The World’s 11th Largest Office Building Owner Crowd Funding $1 billion

From a start investing in portfolios of distressed office buildings almost 30 years ago, KBS has grown to be one of the largest owners of office buildings in the world.  Understanding the needs of its tenants and the power of the crowd, KBS is making downtown office building investments accessible to every accredited investor.

Chuck Schreiber is a fifth generation Californian who grew up in Southern California. Loving mathematics he went to college to study finance and gravitated towards real estate and real estate investments because it was an investment opportunity where he saw opportunity to actively improve the performance of assets through their management rather than the passive activity of selecting stocks or other securities. He started his career in a brokerage company before forming a partnership with Don Koll, of Koll development, and Peter Bren in 1991 that was to be called KBS.


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Greg MacKinnon, Pension Real Estate Association, PREA

By Dr. Adam Gower

NRE Forum Podcast #221: Though they also offer diversification, REITs are subject to broader stock market volatility

Many people ask how investing in crowd fund real estate deals is different from investing in a REIT. So to answer this question in detail I spoke with Greg MacKinnon who covers research at the Pension Real Estate Association – PREA. Greg’s perspective comes from his position providing market intelligence to pension funds of course, family offices, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors.  More…

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