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How e-States is Bringing Innovation that Democratizes Real Estate Investing

Matthew Schneider and the e-States team are working to build the next generation of commercial real estate. 

“The idea for e-States began with my co-founder, who has invested in commercial real estate for nearly a decade,” Matthew said. “He noticed a recurring problem—he was required to invest at least $35,000 for each real estate deal he was involved in.”

That figure is commonplace for most real estate deals. But that figure also excludes many investors from compelling investment opportunities. That led to the launch of e-States and a technological movement to unlock commercial real estate for the masses. 

“Commercial real estate, as an investment strategy, has been utilized by the wealthy for almost a hundred years because it is rich with benefits—asset appreciation, passive income, tax benefits, and stability,” Matthew said. “Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could invest in CRE?” 

The e-States startup uses blockchain technology and AI to tokenize assets and streamline administrative responsibilities, easing the managerial workload and encouraging property owners to bring on additional investors.  

e-States’ smart-tech solutions are simple but effective, encouraging 

property owners and developers to onboard their assets to Web3 and remain ahead of the curve. Following the legal process, tokens are available to investors through the e-States marketplace and the capital is transferred to the real estate project. Each token is a digital certificate of ownership and offers newfound liquidity, efficiency, automation, transparency and security.

“We are pioneering an emerging industry, transforming commercial real estate, and democratizing the greatest capital market in the world,” Matthew said, “by bringing cutting-edge technology solutions to property owners.”

The e-States strategy is garnering national attention. 

The Wisconsin division of NAIOP, a commercial real estate association, recently invited the e-States team to speak at an event they held on the use of blockchain in real estate.

Not long after, e-States unveiled a very basic form of its platform and was named a finalist in an elevator pitch competition hosted by HKSTP, a business incubator for technology and innovation. Next up for e-States is graduation from the Newchip accelerator.

The financial entry barrier that the e-States team considers to be the biggest problem in commercial real estate is driven by a deeper problem.

“Property owners and developers are overburdened with responsibilities,” Matthew said. “It’s not possible to bring on a lot of investors, so deals are restricted to a few, wealthy investors.”

e-States recognizes that empowering property sponsors is the most efficient way to eliminate entry barriers to the real estate market. That empowerment revolves around giving property sponsors the tools to

better fundraise and manage their projects. 

“We streamline administrative duties, transform overhead

management, fractionalize institutional-grade assets, and save time and money for everyone,” Matthew said. 

e-States is shaking up what he called “an antiquated industry,” by providing long overdue innovation. 

“We’re presenting a strong case for the use of blockchain technology in the commercial real estate industry,” he said. “We want e-States to be an all-inclusive real estate platform, offering technology solutions to anyone and everyone in the industry.”

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