The real estate industry is one of the oldest and most economically significant industries in the United States. Real estate companies have contributed to the building and maintenance of a robust residential and commercial physical infrastructure in the country. The industry also plays a major role in the global economy even though it faces the challenges of slow transaction times and bureaucracy.
Fortunately, things are beginning to change in real estate because of blockchain technology. Here are six ways in which the real estate industry contours are getting transformed due to blockchain technology:
- New Ways to Trade
Traditionally, real estate technology has been majorly concerned with connecting buyers with sellers through listings. Blockchain has revolutionized the industry by introducing new ways to trade. Online marketplaces and trading platforms are now enabled for supporting real estate transactions in a more comprehensive fashion.
Blockchain technology has been developed by ATLANT which allows sellers to tokenize assets. It facilitates rental and real estate property transactions. Real property is tokenized as assets that are then traded in a manner similar to exchange stocks. Transactions can be easily completed online.
ATLANT handles the sale and purchase of real property as a stock sale. Assets can be liquidated using the platform through a token sale. Tokens that are collected can then be exchanged for fiat currency with buyers owning a percentage stake in the property.
- Intermediaries are Not Required Anymore
Banks, lawyers, and brokers have been part of the real estate industry for a long time. Blockchain may soon be able to usher in a period that doesn’t require any intermediaries. The role and participation of intermediaries are soon to change with the advent of blockchain technology as per a report by Deloitte.
New platforms will eventually be able to assume functions, such as legal documentation, payments, and listings. Buyers and sellers will be able to get more out of their money by cutting out the intermediaries. They will save on the fees and commissions charged by the intermediaries. This will also help in making the process much quicker as there will be no more back and forth between middlemen.
- No Longer an Illiquid Asset
For the longest time, real estate has been considered an illiquid asset. This is because it takes time for concluding a sale. This is not a limiting factor where crypto tokens and currencies are concerned. In theory, cryptocurrencies can be readily traded through exchanges for fiat currencies.
Real estate can be readily traded when in the form of tokens. Sellers don’t need to wait for buyers that will purchase the entire property to get some value. They can divide the property into tokens and assign a value to each of them.
- Allows Fractional Ownership
Blockchain can lower the barriers to real estate investing by allowing fractional ownership. Investments generally require significant upfront money for acquiring property. Investors earlier had to pool their money for purchasing bigger ticket properties.
Blockchain technology lends access to a trading app for purchasing and selling fractions of tokens as the seller sees fit. In relation to this, fractional ownership avoids the hassles of managing, leasing, and maintaining the property. Upkeep on its own can be expensive. It may be a troublesome effort to deal with tenants. Related activities, such as lending are also affected.
- Decentralization in Real Estate
Blockchain is a decentralized technology that commands security and trust. Information on blockchain is accessible by all peers on a particular network. This makes data immutable and transparent. Lack of transparency and greed can quickly create catastrophic consequences as was seen in the great housing bubble crash of 2008.
The decentralized exchange has increased trust built into the system. Buyers and sellers can have more confidence in carrying out transactions since information is verifiable by peers. Blockchain technology reduces fraud attempts. Smart contracts can provide enforceability beyond technology.
- Lowered Costs
Decentralized networks afford special transparency that can trim down costs associated with property transactions. In addition to savings made by cutting out middlemen commissions and professional fees, blockchain technology mitigates costs related to inspection, loan, registration, and taxes.
These costs differ depending on the jurisdiction of a particular territory. They can be eliminated and reduced from the overall equation in the same manner as intermediaries. Blockchain platforms can help in automating the processes and making them an integral part of the system. Global real estate is currently dominated by large and wealthy corporations even though it is worth hundreds of trillions of dollars.
Blockchain technology is expected to make the industry more secure, transparent, and equitable. Lowered costs by getting rid of middlemen and tokenization have made it possible for small investors to enter the industry. It’s expected that real estate transactions may truly become peer-to-peer eventually. Blockchain-powered platforms will do most of the work.
Hire a Competent Real Estate Attorney for Best Advice
The technological advancements in the real estate industry can make things tricky for an individual investor. The capable and diligent attorneys at the BHM Law Group can help you understand your legal position in all matters related to real estate. Schedule a free and confidential consultation with us today. Call (205) 994-0902 or write to us online.