Best Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms for 2024

Real estate crowdfunding is reshaping the investment world, making what was once the domain of the wealthy accessible to more investors. These platforms have dramatically reduced the entry threshold, democratizing access to this alternative investment avenue. Below are our top picks.
Updated: May 29, 2024
Edited by Nina Dale
Reviewed by Christian Allred
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Investing with real estate crowdfunding platforms can be an attractive alternative to buying property the traditional way. It lets you pool your money with other investors to go in on deals you couldn’t access otherwise—sometimes for as little as $10. It also makes diversifying your real estate portfolio across multiple properties easy.

However, real estate crowdfunding sites vary in their minimum investment requirements, fees, investment structures, and more. For example, some let you buy shares of individual properties, while others let you invest in funds that hold multiple properties (aka real estate investment trusts or REITs). 

We researched and ranked the top sites to help you choose which real estate crowdfunding platform(s) to try. Below you’ll find a review of each, its pros and cons, unique features, and more. 

Compare Our Top Picks

Arrived

CrowdStreet

Fundrise

Top Pick

RealtyMogul

DiversyFund

FNRP

EquityMultiple

Yieldstreet

Open to non-accredited investors?

Yes

No

Yes

Only for REITS

Yes

No

No

Only for REITs

Minimum investment

$100

$25K

$10

$35K 
($5K for REITs)

$500

$50K

$5K

$10k-$25k

Fees

*3.5% one-time sourcing fee
*0.15% quarterly AUM fee
(*Different fee structure for STRs)

Varies by offering

*0.15% advisory fee
*0.85% AUM fee

Varies by offering

*2% management fee
*Other fees may apply

*0.5-1.5% AUM fee
*Other fees may apply

Varies by offering

Varies by offering

Property type

Single-family rentals

Multifamily, Office
Retail,
Industrial,
Mixed-use,
Ground-up development,
Self-storage, Student Housing, Hospitality

Residential and commercial real estate

Multifamily, Office
Retail,
Industrial,
Mixed-use,
Ground-up development,
Self-storage, Single-Family

Multifamily

Grocery-anchored shopping centers, Multifamily communities, and Industrial

Equity, preferred equity, and senior debt investments among multifamily, office, hospitality, mixed-use, and student housing, plus cash management funds

Alternative investments, including real estate, CLOs, Short term notes, Art

Built-in IRA option?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile app?

Android only

None

Android and Apple

None

Android and Apple

Android and Apple

None

Android and Apple

BBB rating

A+

Not BBB accredited

A+

Not BBB accredited

No rating

A+

Not BBB accredited

Not BBB accredited

Best for single-family rentals

Founded in 2019, Arrived lets you buy fractional ownership in single-family rental (SFR) properties. Investors benefit from property appreciation, realized at the end of the holding period, and regular rental income, distributed quarterly.

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Pros
  • Open to non-accredited investors
  • Low $100 minimum investment
  • Backed by Jeff Bezos & Spencer Rascoff
Cons
  • Short track record
  • Up to 15-year holding periods 
  • No commercial real estate options

As with most real estate, Arrived considers its properties long-term investments. So holding periods are generally 5-7 years for long-term rentals and 5-15 for vacation rentals. The platform doesn’t allow users to exit their investments before the holding period is over. 

Arrived handles selecting, purchasing, renovating, marketing, and managing the rental properties. Accredited and non-accredited investors can then buy shares of properties for as little as $100.

The company aims for 12- to 24-month long-term leases and uses major booking sites like Airbnb and VRBO for short-term rentals.

To make money, Arrived includes a one-time sourcing fee in the share price (3.5% of the property purchase price for long-term rentals and 5% for vacation rentals). It also takes out a quarterly asset management fee from each property’s rental income (0.15% of the property purchase price quarterly for long-term rentals and 5% of gross revenue for vacation rentals). 

In addition, some properties are leveraged with a mortgage (usually 60-70%), while others are bought with cash. However, all mortgages are non-recourse, meaning investors aren’t responsible for the debt and don’t need to qualify for credit.

Furthermore, each property is housed in a Series LLC to protect investors against personal liability and the off chance that Arrived ever goes out of business. 

In 2023, the company added a private real estate investment fund (REIT) that holds 8 single-family properties. It lets investors diversify across multiple properties and redeem all or part of their shares every quarter after six months (for a 2% fee between 6 months and 1 year, a 1% fee between 1 and 5 years, and for free after 5 years). 

Investors can also invest via Checkbook IRA or Solo 401(k) for added tax benefits. 

Regardless of the investment, Arrived lets you track its performance on an online dashboard, which shows estimated rental earnings, appreciation, and processed cash flow distributions. You can also access your account via an Apple app (currently, there’s no Android app, but the company plans to release one in 2024). 

The company website has a chatbot for asking FAQs and sending messages, which it typically replies to within a day. The site also lists a support email address but no phone number. 

On its website, the company boasts having paid over 3.5 million in dividends across 518K registered investors, who collectively own $125 million in property. The company is also backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff.

Overall, Arrived is a great option if you want to get exposure to single-family rentals across the U.S. Hand-pick properties that match your investment criteria or invest in the SFR fund to diversify across 8 properties at once.

Best for diversity among CRE property types 

CrowdStreet is an online marketplace for commercial real estate investments. Except for a private REIT, the company does not sponsor its own deals. Instead, it lets real estate sponsors apply to have their deals vetted and listed on the platform. Once funded, investments are then managed by the original sponsor.

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Pros
  • Large selection of deals
  • Institutional-quality offerings
  • Long track record
Cons
  • Only available to accredited investors
  • High $25,000 minimum investment
  • No mobile app

CrowdStreet offers all types of commercial real estate investments: multifamily, retail, office, medical building, self-storage, industrial, and land opportunities. In addition, the marketplace offers equity, debt, and hybrid investments. 

According to the company, equity investors typically earn quarterly dividends as a share of profits, while debt investors earn quarterly dividends at an agreed-upon interest. However, distributions aren’t guaranteed, and sometimes returns aren’t realized until the property sells. 

Furthermore, there is almost no option to redeem your capital or exit your investment before the hold period ends. Hold periods vary by investment but often last “multiple years” and are “not guaranteed,” the company website says.

Crowdstreet charges real estate sponsors fees for using the platform. Those fees reduce investor distributions. Additionally, sponsors also take fees as part of the deal, which can vary by deal, but typically include an acquisition fee and management fee, among others. Each investment’s fee structure is disclosed on the website, and users can log in to track their investment’s performance. CrowdStreet does not have a mobile app. 

Compared to other platforms, CrowdStreet has a high barrier to entry. It’s only available to accredited investors, and the minimum investment for most deals (including the private REIT) is $25,000.

Users can make offers, track their investment performance, and communicate directly with sponsors through an online portal, but no mobile app. Depending on the sponsor, investors may also be able to invest through a self-directed IRA. 

The company website has a chatbot for asking FAQs or sending messages as well as a contact email address. It also has a contact form that allows you to rank the urgency of your inquiry. However, there is no phone number.

CrowdStreet was founded in 2013. According to the company website, as of 20 October 2023, CrowdStreet inventors have invested $4.2 billion across over 798 deals, of which 168 have been realized. 

Ultimately, CrowdStreet has a long track record of successful commercial property deals. Between the marketplace offerings and the in-house “C-REIT,” there’s something for every commercial real estate investor.

Best for residential and commercial REITs

Fundrise was the first real estate crowdfunding platform available for non-accredited investors. It listed its first fractionalized property deal online in 2012. 

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Pros
  • Available to non-accredited investors
  • Ultra-low $10 minimum investment
  • Offers auto-investing
Cons
  • No single-property investments
  • Fundrise can suspend or delay investor share redemptions
  • Five-year holding period for most funds

Since then, the company has moved to a private REIT model. Users can choose between investment plans that favor long-term appreciation, supplemental income, or a mix of both. Each plan has a stake in multiple private REITs involving equity and debt investments in residential and commercial properties. 

For $10/month or $99/year, Fundrise Pro members can also customize their investment plan by choosing REITs directly for a more hands-on approach. That’s on top of a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee charged to all users. 

Investors can earn returns through quarterly dividends, which can be received as cash or reinvested, and the appreciation of shares, which can be liquidated quarterly (but may be subject to a 1% withdrawal fee if held for less than 5 years). 

Fundrise also reserves the right to suspend or delay redemptions during periods of extreme economic uncertainty, as it did at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That said, you can invest on Fundrise with as little as $10, the smallest minimum investment of any crowdfunding platform, and you don’t need to be an accredited investor. The platform also lets you automate recurring investments and save for retirement through its built-in Roth and Traditional IRA offerings. 

Fundrise has an attractive and user-friendly interface with an online dashboard that lets you quickly see your account value, net contribution, net return, and portfolio breakdown. If you like to invest on the go, Fundrise also offers Apple and Android mobile apps. 

The Fundrise website has a contact form and chatbot for asking FAQs or sending messages. The company can also be contacted via email. On the downside, Fundrise only responds Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET, excluding holidays, and doesn’t have a phone support line.

According to its website, Fundrise has a $7+ billion real estate investment portfolio with 8,962 multifamily residential units, over 2.3 million square feet of industrial property for lease, and 3,471 single-family homes across 30 U.S. markets.

We recommend Fundrise if you want a truly passive investing experience. Choose an investment plan that fits your goals, set up auto-investing, and you’re all set.

Best for diversity among CRE property types and REITs

RealtyMogul is an online marketplace for commercial real estate deals. However, it also offers two private REITs: one that focuses on generating monthly dividends for investors and another that targets long-term capital appreciation. Both are open to non-accredited investors starting at $5,000 (or $1,000 if investing through an IRA). 

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Pros
  • Has built-in IRA options
  • Offers auto-investing
  • REITs open to non-accredited investors
Cons
  • High $35K minimum investment
  • No mobile app
  • Individual properties only open to accredited investors

Otherwise, deals on RealtyMogul’s marketplace are sponsored by outside real estate companies. Investments must pass a thorough vetting process, which includes (among other things) a RealtyMogul representative visiting the relevant investment properties.

From there, accredited investors can help fund deals with minimum contributions typically ranging from $25,000 to $35,000. So far, RealtyMogul has facilitated 362 deals across multifamily, office, retail, industrial, and other commercial property types and funds, including equity and debt investments. Currently, there are 11 open opportunities. 

Depending on the deal, investors can generally expect holding periods of 3 to 7 years. Exiting your investment before the end of the hold period or reselling it isn’t possible. For cash-flowing properties, quarterly distributions are common but not guaranteed.

RealtyMogul charges real estate sponsors fees for using the platform. Those fees reduce investor distributions. Additionally, sponsors also take fees as part of the deal, which can vary by deal, but typically include an acquisition fee and management fee, among others. Each investment’s fee structure is disclosed on the website, and users can log in to track their investment’s performance. RealtyMogul does not have a mobile app. 

In addition, RealtyMogul lets users invest in its REITs with a self-directed IRA, and some sponsors allow investing with a Checkbook IRA.

The company website has a contact form as well as a dedicated phone number and email address for general inquiries and investor relations, respectively. 

According to its website, RealtyMogul has offered $7 billion of property value on its platform since its inception in 2012. It’s also realized over $216 million in investments across 228 deals for an overall realized IRR of 20.7%. 

RealtyMogul is best for those who want the option of investing in diversified commercial REITs as well as individual commercial properties. 

Best for long-term multifamily REITs

DiversyFund is a newer real estate crowdfunding platform that launched in 2016. It owns and manages REITs that contain one or more multifamily properties. Some are available to non-accredited investors for a $500 minimum investment, while others are only open to accredited investors and have minimum investments of up to $50,000.

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Pros
  • Low $500 minimum investment
  • Open to non-accredited investors
  • 7% preferred return
Cons
  • No dividend distributions until after property is sold
  • Investor funds can be tied up indefinitely
  • Short track record

Because DiversyFund focuses exclusively on long-term growth, holding periods are usually 5-7 years and can be extended for another 2-3 years if the company chooses (as was done with its REIT I). In other words, investors tie up their money indefinitely and aren’t guaranteed an exit timeline.

In addition, DiversyFund typically reinvests dividends into the property, which means you won’t realize any returns until after the property sells. 

That said, investors get a 7% preferred return, which means they’re paid out a 7% return, and their principal before other distributions are made. 

DiversyFund also takes a share of the net profit on property sales and a 2% management fee (other fees may also apply).

Users can track their investment performance with an online dashboard, monthly email updates, quarterly conference calls, and forum announcements. The company also offers a mobile app on Apple and Android. 

Investors (and prospective users) can contact DiversyFund via the contact form on its website. The company claims to get back to you within 2 business days typically. 

According to its website, the platform has over 28,000 investors and 12 multifamily assets valued at $175 million. You can also schedule a 30-minute phone call with a customer support representative on Tuesdays through Thursdays via Calendly. 

DiversyFund is best for long-term investors who don’t mind tying up their money for 5-10 years. It’s also great if you want a preferred return on your investment.

Best for grocery and retail properties

First National Realty Partners (FNRP) is a crowdfunding platform that specializes in grocery and retail property investments. The company sources its own deals and offers them to accredited investors for a minimum investment of $50,000. 

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Pros
  • Built-in IRA options
  • Access to grocery-anchored retail
  • Allows 1031 exchanges
Cons
  • High $50,000 minimum investment
  • No REIT option
  • Only available to accredited investors

Unlike other platforms, FNRP doesn’t offer any REITs. Instead, it lets users buy shares of individual properties. Investors can benefit from their investments’ capital appreciation and quarterly cash dividends (though dividends aren’t guaranteed). Holding periods vary by deal but are typically 2-5 years, before which investors can’t exit the investment. 

Fees vary by deal but generally include a 0.5-1.5% asset management fee (other fees may also apply).

Like many other crowdfunding sites, FNRP hosts a live webinar before each deal launch. In them, a company committee walks through the deal details and answers any questions to help investors better understand the investment. 

From there, investors get access to asset performance reports, lease updates, and other asset-specific information, including on mobile apps for Android and Apple. 

A self-directed IRA option is available for those who want to invest for retirement. The company also helps investors perform 1031 exchanges to defer paying capital gains taxes.

Users can contact FNRP via an online contact form or a website-listed phone number.

On its website, FNRP says it’s distributed $100 million to investors since 2015, earning a net IRR of 15%. It also states that it has over $2 billion in assets under management. As of 19 December 2023, the platform has over 60 open projects. 

FNRP considers grocery and retail chains “necessity-based” commercial properties because people rely on them to live, shop, and work. If you want to increase your exposure to an essential commercial property type, FNRP may be a good option. 

Best for income options and cash management

EquityMultiple, founded in 2015, is an online platform that allows accredited investors access to professionally managed commercial real estate, including equity, preferred equity, and senior debt, across different markets and property types. 

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Pros
  • Strong sponsor and deal vetting process
  • Cash management options
  • Lower minimums relative to other platforms
Cons
  • Only for accredited investors
  • Low volume of deals

They bucket their investments into three pillars: Earn (focusing on near-term income), Grow (focused on long-term growth and upside potential), and Keep (flexible cash management tool with compelling rates). 

Investments listed on the platform are typically focused on strong cash flow, and all asset management is centrally managed and administered by the EquityMultiple team.

Investment minimums start as low as $5,000 but typically range between $10,000 – $30,000. Target hold periods vary by deal, with the Alpine Notes (cash management funds) advertising the shortest hold periods (3-9 months).

Each investment on the EquityMultiple platform has its own fee structure. Like other crowdfunding sites, the sponsor fees are ultimately passed onto the investor through reduced distributions.EquityMultiple’s Alpine Notes (short-term cash management) are fee-free for investors.

EquityMultiple boasts a strong deal and sponsor diligence process where they vet lenders and sponsors and perform deal-specific diligence on each investment. They also provide vigilant asset management services throughout the lifetime of each investment to protect an investor’s interest.

The company website has a chatbot for asking FAQs or sending messages and a contact email address and phone number. Customer service is available from 9 am – 6 pm ET.

EquityMultiple boasts a breadth of offerings among 167 distinct markets and 123 sponsor/operator partners. The company has deployed over $570M in investor capital and $379M in total distributions.

EquityMultiple is a great option for investors seeking access to equity, preferred equity, and senior debt across many CRE property types. With its strong due diligence process and vigilant asset management services, EquityMultiple is a solid option for investors looking to add commercial real estate to their portfolios.

Best for alternative investments

Yieldstreet is a platform that offers individual investors access to alternative investments such as private credit, legal finance, art, structured notes, and more. While certain crowdfunding platforms facilitate the investment of a piece of a property, Yieldstreet takes a different approach by crowdfunding the debt used to fund these investments.

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Pros
  • Investor cash earns interest through Yieldstreet Wallet
  • Investments are backed by assets, which may provide some protection in the event of default.
  • Access to alternative investments at a much lower minimum
Cons
  • Alternative investments can have higher risk
  • Alternative investments are highly illiquid

Yieldstreet launched its first offering in 2015 centered on litigation finance, connecting investors with plaintiffs seeking funds to cover expenses ahead of anticipated lawsuit settlements. Expanding its scope, Yieldstreet has diversified into multiple investment avenues, encompassing financing for industrial and residential property transactions, commercial loans like merchant cash advances, procurement of oil tankers, and investment in fine art. Investors receive interest payments and the return of their principal investment throughout the loan duration.

Many opportunities have investment minimums between $10,000 and $20,000, with target hold periods varying by offering. Like many other crowdfunding platforms, fees vary by deal and can be viewed in full on each offering page. 

While most investments are available only to accredited investors, the Growth & Income REIT and the Yieldstreet Alternative Income Fund are also available to non-accredited investors, with both having an investment minimum of $10,000.

The Yieldstreet Alternative Income Fund invests in numerous alternative asset classes with a single investment, while the REIT provides access to a diversified mix of real estate investments.

While Yieldstreet offers IRA investing options, they are limited to Yieldstreet branded funds.

One unique feature of Yieldstreet is its Wallet product, an FDIC-insured checking account that earns 3.25% annual interest on funds held. Investors can pre-fund their account before investing, and the funds will be held within this interest-bearing checking account.

The company website has a chatbot for asking FAQs or sending messages, a contact email address, and a Help Center. However, there is no phone number.

Today, Yieldstreet has over 420,000 members. These investors have contributed more than $3.9 billion to Yieldstreet offerings. Yieldstreet has a track record of over $2.4 billion of total dollars returned to investors, with 85% of offerings having achieved within 0.5% of their target. Yieldstreet claims to be the largest platform for private market investing.

Yieldstreet is an excellent option for investors looking to diversify their portfolios with alternative investments beyond the traditional private placement real estate offerings listed on other crowdfunding platforms.

There’s no one-size-fits-all real estate crowdfunding platform. The right choice will depend on the types of assets, investments, returns, and income frequency you want. Fortunately, there’s something for everyone in the top six platforms listed above.

Furthermore, real estate crowdfunding is here to say. According to Vantage Market Research, the global real estate crowdfunding market was valued at $11.5 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach a value of $161 billion by 2030, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.9% between 2023 and 2030.

To choose the best real estate crowdfunding platforms, we evaluated companies based on the following criteria: 

  • Availability. We considered whether the platform’s investments are open to non-accredited investors. 
  • Investment type. We evaluated the type of investment, including property type, holding periods, and withdrawal terms.
  • Minimum investment amount. We verified the minimum amount required to invest on the platform. 
  • Fees. We weighed what fees are associated with investing on the platform, including sourcing, management, and other fees.
  • Investment tracking. We investigated how easy it is to track an investment’s performance on the platform.
  • App availability. We checked to see if the platform was available to use on a mobile app. 
  • Arrived: Best for single-family rentals
  • CrowdStreet: Best for diversity among CRE property types
  • Fundrise: Best for residential and commercial REITs
  • RealtyMogul: Best for diversity among CRE property types and REITs
  • DiversyFund: Best for long-term multifamily REITs
  • FNRP: Best for grocery-anchored and retail properties
  • EquityMultiple: Best for income options and cash management
  • YieldStreet: Best for alternative investments

Compare Our Top Picks

Arrived

CrowdStreet

Fundrise

Top Pick

RealtyMogul

DiversyFund

FNRP

EquityMultiple

Yieldstreet

Open to non-accredited investors?

Yes

No

Yes

Only for REITS

Yes

No

No

Only for REITs

Minimum investment

$100

$25K

$10

$35K 
($5K for REITs)

$500

$50K

$5K

$10k-$25k

Fees

*3.5% one-time sourcing fee
*0.15% quarterly AUM fee
(*Different fee structure for STRs)

Varies by offering

*0.15% advisory fee
*0.85% AUM fee

Varies by offering

*2% management fee
*Other fees may apply

*0.5-1.5% AUM fee
*Other fees may apply

Varies by offering

Varies by offering

Property type

Single-family rentals

Multifamily, Office
Retail,
Industrial,
Mixed-use,
Ground-up development,
Self-storage, Student Housing, Hospitality

Residential and commercial real estate

Multifamily, Office
Retail,
Industrial,
Mixed-use,
Ground-up development,
Self-storage, Single-Family

Multifamily

Grocery-anchored shopping centers, Multifamily communities, and Industrial

Equity, preferred equity, and senior debt investments among multifamily, office, hospitality, mixed-use, and student housing, plus cash management funds

Alternative investments, including real estate, CLOs, Short term notes, Art

Built-in IRA option?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile app?

Android only

None

Android and Apple

None

Android and Apple

Android and Apple

None

Android and Apple

BBB rating

A+

Not BBB accredited

A+

Not BBB accredited

No rating

A+

Not BBB accredited

Not BBB accredited

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