Podcast #59 – Interview – Amy Wan – Advises on syndication/crowdfunding law & fights for the bootstrap entrepreneur

 

-family has RE background

-did private money loans, fundrise e-reit
-was GC of a private money online lender
-now, does the equity piece as well with Trowbridge sidoti
-turnkeys, but just started a company that’ll help RE syndicators, so the money is going towards that.
-Recently invested in a business coach that is providing great accountability mechanisms. I just started using productivity planner + 5 minute journal.
-Follow the money (instead of wasting time on little things), my life mission is to democratize law for the people, but it has to be substantial improvement. I’m not happy with the way law is practice today and how attorneys and clients are supposed to interact.

Here is my best attempt at explaining this… An accredited investor is a defined by the United States Securities & Exchange Commission as someone who makes a minimum of $200,000 ($300,000 if filing jointly) or has a net worth of 1 million dollars excluding personal residence. The significance of being an accredited investor is that you can invest in things that those with less money, cannot. You can also be something called “a sophisticated investor” which has a much more nebulous definition but essentially says you know what you are doing even if you don’t have that much money.

These laws were put in place long ago to “protect” the average person from predatory activity. The irony of this all is that there is no protection for the average Joe, or pension funds for that matter, against investing in a wildly bloated stock market at record valuations. Every major trader out there knows we are in a bubble but there is no protection for individuals dumping money into their retirement accounts to buy mutual funds.

It’s an archaic system which makes little sense. Certainly, there has been some recognition of this fact. The 2012 JOBS act made it easier for Main Street America to participate in “alternative” investments via crowdfunding and made it easier for sponsors to advertise previously unknown opportunities. However, we have a long way to go.

I would advise you that you need to know the lead syndicator personally. None of this “we met at a local REIA and he pitched me his deal”. If a guy does not have a list of solid investors they must lack the track record.

Contact info:
Crowdfundinglawyers.net
Amywanlaw.com
@amyywan

“In the end, you want to buy direct as possible. Buying REITS is the same thing as buying mutual funds with a bunch of middlemen. Crowdfunding sites remove a few layers but as a syndication working with a Crowdfunding site is very expensive way of acquiring capital. Sometimes I wonder who are the people using this high cost of private equity… Perhaps they are “desperate syndicators?”

 

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