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Making Home Ownership More Accessible, and More on Partial Home Ownership

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am February 24, 2017

You may know I’m fascinated by the topic of partial equity home ownership. I got to thinking about the topic again the other day after listening to the Real Estate — Ownership, Asset, Economy a16z podcast. (via Greg Fischer). A few random, unorganized thoughts… Where’s the fascination come from? Partial home ownership has the possibility of placing more people into homes — at (relatively) affordable prices. Monthly payments are of course not the barrier to home ownership; it’s the down payment. Splitting up equity and making small percentages both … Read More »

A 2nd Viewpoint on Real Estate Innovation in 2017

by Drew Meyers on 12:55 pm December 22, 2016

What am I thinking about as we go into 2017? What innovation are we going to see in the new year? I figured I’d write my own predications to follow Walter’s. Here we go… AI — I agree with Walter that AI is going to continue to be a point of innovation in 2017 (and beyond). I believe there is an opportunity to use AI to “predict” homes buyers would be interested in — without them even asking. That said, I hesitate to include AI … Read More »

The Broader Opportunity Related to Co-Buying

by Drew Meyers on 8:00 am December 7, 2016

Some of you may have seen our feature on CoBuy. I had the chance to meet Matt and Pam the other day at Impact Hub, discuss their progress and business, as well as think further about the broader implications and trends of co-buying properties. I don’t think there is any question co-buying is going to increase. The economic reality of skyrocketing home prices (both sales and rentals) make that a certainty in expensive coastal markets such as Seattle (assuming, of course, home ownership remains part of the american … Read More »

The Risks of Partial Equity Home Ownership

by Drew Meyers on 11:41 am November 28, 2016

It’s no secret I’m bullish on Point; it’s one of the few startups I’ve genuinely excited about. Partial equity home ownership will fundamentally change the way real estate has been done for decades by the majority of buyers/sellers. That said, there are certainly risks — both to consumers and the industry — as Jon Sterling has outlined: Risk to real estate agents If homeowners can get some liquidity without refinancing or selling their home, they may not need to sell as often (or ever). That would affect real estate … Read More »

Partial Home Ownership, Equity, Down Payments — Thoughts on Point

by Drew Meyers on 3:32 pm September 14, 2016

Real breakthrough innovations don’t come along very often, in any industry. Real estate is no exception. What gets me excited is when products / businesses enabling consumers to do something they can’t do today (rather than just recreate the same wheel that’s been created 10 or 20 times before). Point is certainly one such product / business that fits the bill for me. What exactly is it? Point is an alternative to traditional home equity loans and HELOCs. Point buys into a fraction of your property. There are … Read More »

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