Can't afford an entire house? Now you can invest in gentrifying neighborhoods like you would the stock market
By Virginia K. Smith |July 2, 2014 - 12:59PM
While owning a home in New York increasingly looks like a pipe dream for all but the ultra-wealthy, that doesn't mean you can't make some money off of gentrification and skyrocketing housing prices.
At least, so goes the thinking behind CityShares, a new investment platform that founder Seth Weissman says "allows investors to participate in NYC real estate at a fraction of the cost of purchasing" a brownstone, according to a press release. Members can get in on the profits from multi-family properties in "appreciating New York City neighborhoods" for a minimum investment of $100,000. Not exactly cheap, but significantly less than the price of an apartment.
The catch, as the Observer points out, is that you'd need to make more than $200,000 per year (or have $1 million stashed away) to participate, so the bar isn't necessarily that much lower than the one for buying a house to begin with.
In the release, Weissman explains that at the outset, CityShares hopes to get returns of 12 percent or more, with 60 to 80 percent coming from rental income and the rest from the properties appreciating in value.
Provided home prices remain high (or get even higher), the plan makes a whole lot of sense. But looks like we may need to hold out for the option to invest in, say, an East New York studio, instead.
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