The collaborative investment platform Urbanitae and the retail consultancy Rubica Real Estate have joined forces to boost the participation of small and medium-sized investors in the financing of commercial assets for rent. The agreement between the two companies will focus on properties that, due to their market value, are outside the spectrum of investment funds, and seeks to facilitate access to these products for small and medium-sized investors.
“Prime assets are highly sought after by large investors, while smaller properties or those located in secondary commercial areas can be very interesting for retail investors’ portfolios, as they offer stability and very attractive returns,” said Diego Bestard, CEO of Urbanitae.
The retail sector has managed to recover from the pandemic and is in very good health in Spain. In 2022, investment in the sector grew by 86% over the previous year, according to CBRE, and retail sales are expected to increase by 4.5%. However, the extension of the crowdfunding model within the commercial segment may speed up the implementation of operations that are currently stalled due to delays in financing.
Urbanitae and Rubica Real Estate are continuously analyzing investment opportunities outside the prime market which, due to the type of product, leasing situation, location, and the possibility of development, adapt to the expectations of investors, with very interesting returns, above 5% net, and with moderate risk.
According to an analysis conducted by Urbanitae and Rubica Real Estate, a large number of retail assets are currently eligible for equity financing. Small retail stores, medium-sized food stores, or premises dedicated to restaurants and sports centers are the types of properties that, due to their characteristics and development possibilities, are most interesting for this new investment formula.
For Jaime San Segundo, founding partner of Rubica Real Estate, “Crowdfunding allows small investors to participate in the purchase of real estate assets, which otherwise would not be accessible due to the volume of investment, as well as to plan a diversification strategy for their portfolio, always accompanied by experts”.
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First transactions financed by Urbanitae and Rubica
The agreement between Urbanitae and Rubica Real Estate has already been successfully materialized. The crowdfunding platform’s community of investors has recently financed two rental projects marketed by the real estate company.
The first of these consisted of the acquisition of commercial premises rented from the Dia supermarket chain in Getafe (Madrid), with a surface area of 407 m² at street level. The transaction was very well received and in a matter of minutes raised 630,000 euros through 294 shares.
The second project carried out within the same framework was equally well received. A total of 457 investors financed with 1,210,000 euros the purchase of a 721 m² commercial space rented to Casa del Libro.
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