SmartRE is a blockchain platform that allows homeowners to sell a fraction of their home equity without incurring debt and allows buyers to purchase those fractions at any amount, down to $1. All of which is transacted and recorded on the blockchain as a neutral third party without outside influence.
Homeowners decide on how much equity they would like to liquidate from the amount they currently own. The homeowner then submits the necessary paperwork and decides on the requested value of his/her home before SmartRE lists it on the platform. Buyers can browse and decide whether or not to buy..
Currently, we are working with properties in our own backyard, the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. We anticipate expanding to New York, New York, and Austin, Texas, later in the year.
Currently, only those homeowners who have positive equity in their homes can use SmartRE. That is, the homeowners must have at least 51% equity in their property. In addition, only homes that are owned by individuals, not business entities or trusts can participate at this time.
Unfortunately, not at this time.
All other ways homeowners can extract money from their home involve debt, repayment, and interest rate sensitivity. With SmartRE, a homeowner does not have to worry about debt and repayment. There is no forced timed buyback.
The homeowner can sell up to 49% of his or her equity in the home. For example, if the home equity is 75%, then the homeowner can liquidate up to 75% x 49% = 36.75%.
The minimum liquidated amount is $100,000.
In order to complete a transaction on SmartRE, a homeowner is required to submit a current appraisal, clean property title information, mortgage repayment schedule (if any), proof of income (if there is a mortgage), proof of homeowner’s insurance, and some personal information.
As SmartRE is a marketplace platform, there is no guarantee that a house listed will be sold up to the percentage requested by the homeowner. Many factors can affect this, including the desired property valuation that may not be at the fair market value.
The advertising fee for the homeowner is tiered, depending on the equity released. It is around 6.5%. For the first fifty homes, we are discounting them to 5.5%.
The maximum fraction in a particular property a buyer may purchase is only limited by the amount the homeowner is willing to liquidate. The minimum fraction amount is $1.
The fee on the buy side is 0.5% of the value of the transaction, with a $0.25 minimum fee. For example, if you buy $500, then the fee is $500 x 0.5% = $2.50. If you have a SRE token, then you will get a 75% discount. From the example, your fee would be reduced to $0.625.
SmartRE requires that buyers submit the usual personal information plus one picture of a government-issued photo ID, a picture of them holding the photo ID near their face, and a proof of address (examples include an utility bill, a credit card bill, mobile phone bill, etc.).
When a buyer sees a property in which the buyer is interested, he or she then pays for the amount of the fraction he or she would like to purchase. It may take up to a month to achieve the requested percentage that the homeowner wants to liquidate. If after the listing period the requested percentage is not achieved, the homeowner can call off the sale and the amount paid by the buyer is returned.
The buyer can advertise and sell the amount of the percentage he or she has purchased to other buyers on the platform. It is similar to selling digital goods on any regular auction site.
The properties listed on the SmartRE platform will have a customized insurance policy from one of the world’s highly-rated and largest insurance providers. Should anything happen to the property due to the usual insurance-covered situations, the policy will cover the value of the fraction purchased by the buyer.