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reAlpha

reAlpha is the Robinhood of Airbnb investments, representing the intersection of modern technology and lasting assets. A new wave of investment opportunities in real estate has emerged, and Airbnb short-term rentals are changing hospitality and travel on a global scale. Previously, only accredited investors have had access to the best real estate deals, but reAlpha is democratizing this lucrative new model, empowering anyone to generate wealth as a reAlpha member. reAlpha uses its proprietary, disruptive technologies to level the playing field, unraveling the industry’s high barriers to entry and bringing the power of real estate investing to the “99 percent.”

The company’s unique model allows investors to benefit from both the superior returns of short-term rental income and increases in property value through renovation and appreciating markets. reAlpha likens this double investment return to seeing two desserts on a dinner menu and ordering both.

The company seeks to open up access to real estate investing by letting regular people buy fractional ownership of short-term rentals using reAlpha’s smartphone app. The reAlpha app simplifies the real estate investing process. In the app, investors can check out the company’s most current properties offered for investment. If they choose to invest, they become members of a syndicate invested in a specific short-term rental property. Syndicate members receive quarterly dividend payments from rental revenue generated by the property in which they invested. The reAlpha model merges the most historically stable asset – real estate – with technology and the sharing-economy business model of the future – Airbnb.

The company handles all property management functions and believes short-term rentals are no longer purely transactional and occupancy-driven. reAlpha reimagines the entire guest experience end-to-end to make sure the reAlphaHouse is the ultimate on-demand rental property. The company plans to implement various technologies, including smart locks, voice-activated electronics, home automation systems, and innovative furnishings, to create an unparalleled guest experience. When guests have exceptional stays, investors enjoy maximized profits.

How it Works

reAlpha has identified specific markets in which to purchase short-term rentals across the globe. The company prefers to buy 100 to 500 properties in each market. reAlpha uses artificial intelligence technology, dubbed reAlphaBRAIN, to select “unicorn properties,” the best available opportunities in the market for investment. The AI software can quickly evaluate thousands of property listings based on 25+ factors and assign each a reAlphaScore, projecting how Airbnb Viable the property is, as well as its projected value in the housing market.

For a minimum investment of $2,500, an investor can purchase equity in a specific reAlpha property, similar to how they would buy stock or shares in a company. reAlpha matches the investor with other like-minded backers to form a syndicate, so together they can cover a down payment on the selected property. Investment properties usually require a down payment of 25 percent of the purchase price, but, with reAlpha properties, the down payment is only 10 percent because of the company’s relationships with lenders, making the initial investment more affordable.

reAlpha maintains a majority stake in each investment syndicate, retaining 51 percent ownership in each purchased property and ensuring their interests are always aligned with investing members. Properties are typically refinanced after 12 to 16 months, freeing equity for reinvestment in additional properties. The company uses its AI software to predict optimum timing to sell properties in order to extract maximum value for investors. Gains are reinvested in additional properties. However, reAlpha also believes that real estate investing is more than financial returns. It includes the pride of ownership and the freedom of financial security. reAlpha members have access to their property when it is not rented out on Airbnb. The company is driven every day to create not only lucrative returns for its members but also to deliver exceptional experiences and positive impact in the communities in which reAlpha lives and operates.

 

Market Outlook

There are an estimated 7.4 million short-term rental properties worldwide. The total asset value of this global market is projected at $1.2 trillion. In the U.S. there are about 1.8 million short-term rental properties. These have an estimated asset value of $933 billion. Brain Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, recently stated that there is a shortage of properties to meet demand and that the company will need “millions of more hosts.” reAlpha is projecting that the company and its investors will own 5,000 short-term rental investment properties by 2025. reAlpha forecasts annual revenue of $434 million by 2025.

Management Team

Giri Devanur is the CEO and co-founder of reAlpha. Prior to founding reAlpha, he served as president and CEO of enterprise software company Ameri100 Inc. from its founding in 2013. He scaled Ameri100 from zero to $50 million in revenue and took the company public in 2017. That same year, he was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. He immigrated to the U.S. with virtually no possessions and $65 in the bank. He earned a Master’s in Technology Management from Columbia University, where he continues to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs.

Monaz Karkaria is the COO and co-founder of reAlpha. Prior to reAlpha, she founded real estate management firm Ben Zen Properties LLC. She has also worked in branch operations for Citibank. Before her involvement in Citibank, she worked at Berlitz in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as an ESL business coach and consultant for various international business clients like GE, Google, PepsiCo and others. She began her career in sales and marketing at Smith & Nephew Dubai. She is also a popular real estate coach and speaker.

Mike Logozzo is the CFO of reAlpha. Prior to joining the company, he served as Managing Director, Americas for innovation advisory firm L Marks. Before that, he was General Manager, Financial Services Operations, Americas Region for BMW Group Financial Services, where he also held Special Projects Manager and CIC Strategy Manager positions.

Christie Currie is the CMO of reAlpha. Previously, Christie launched her own business in the MedTech space, Zandaland, where she worked closely with large enterprises and health care systems. Currie’s work in the startup community led her to London-based corporate innovation firm L Marks, where she led world-leading corporations in retail, supply chain and logistics, and health care to identify strategic areas of need and successfully engage industry-disrupting startups. Currie has mentored hundreds of these startups, helping them to align their technology solutions with market needs.

Investment Considerations
  • The company has the ability to rent out properties on Airbnb at scale.
  • reAlpha has raised more than $6 million in two funding rounds led by $1.3 billion real estate group Crawford Hoying.
  • As of July 2021, reAlpha is testing the waters on a Reg A public offering to raise $75 million.
  • The company plans to spend $1.5 billion to acquire short-term rental properties.
  • reAlpha’s use of technology and relationships with lending institutions allow it to analyze thousands of properties per minute and purchase hundreds of properties at a time.
  • reAlpha forecasts annual revenue of $434 million by 2025.
  • The total asset value of the global short-term rental property market is estimated at $1.2 trillion.
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