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Almost exactly one year ago, I put together a blog post and video review on a real estate crowdfunding website called Fundrise.

As part of my review, I gave a quick tour of the site and actually invested $1,000 of my own money – just to help explain what the process looked like.

You can see the original video here.

Some of the more common questions I heard from people after posting this video were,

What have your earnings been to date?

How has your account performed?

How much money have you made since investing?

It’s a valid thing to wonder about – and I probably should’ve anticipated the interest in this.

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Of course, the performance of my investment doesn’t necessarily dictate what YOUR returns may look like (because every eREIT performs differently) – but it does offer some insights on how Fundrise performs as a company – specifically in comparison with other investment options, like the stock market, mutual funds, or some of the other real estate crowdfunding websites out there.

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So – for what it’s worth, I just put together a follow-up video to show what my returns have been over the past 12 months. If you want to check it out, you can see it here…

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Note: As an affiliate with Fundrise, you should know that I will get a small commission if you decide to sign up for an account through my affiliate link (but seriously, don’t do this just because I’m doing it – only invest your money here if you feel it will help you achieve your financial goals).

As you can see – my original $1,000 investment (with all dividends automatically reinvested) have earned a pretty steady 8% over the past year.

This screen shot above was taken one day after I recorded the video update (i.e. – yes, the fund earned an additional $0.18 cents in one day).

Now, I know what you’re thinking – 8% isn’t a staggeringly high return. You could do MUCH better with this money by going through all the work of finding, analyzing, buying, improving and selling your own property… but on the same coin, doing everything yourself takes a lot of work and know-how.

An 8% return with Fundrise required virtually nothing from me, aside from the 5 minutes I spent deciding which eREIT to invest in, and the inherent risk that the returns might not pan out according to plan.

It’s also worth noting – with Fundrise, my $1,000 principal is basically tied up for 5 years (give or take), and I can’t get that money back in the meantime.

I also don’t have any control over which properties are included in the eREIT fund, what is done with them, or when they’re sold off… so I really am putting a lot of trust in the folks at Fundrise to manage my money with prudence.

I have to say though – in this case, things seem to have gone smoothly. 8% certainly isn’t the highest return one can get through real estate crowdfunding, but considering how easy it was to make this money, I’m not at all dissatisfied with the result.

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Have you ever invested your money with a real estate crowdfunding company before? How did your investment dollars perform?

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Seth Williams is a land investor with hundreds of closed transactions and nearly a decade of experience in the commercial real estate banking industry. He is also the Founder of - a real estate investing blog that offers real-world guidance for part-time real estate investors.

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  1. Derek says:

    I wish I saw your affiliate link before I signed up! Thank you for the info and the recommendation. Which of the funds did you choose: long term, income, starter, etc.?

    1. No prob Derek! The one I signed up for was the East Coast eREIT (I just picked one at random, there wasn’t much rhyme or reason behind my choice).

  2. gary wilson says:

    Glad to see things are going well for you Seth. Here’s a pretty interesting article on the risks that has made me a little cautious.

    1. Thanks for sharing Gary – I’ll check it out.

  3. Matthias says:

    Can a person invest in more than one REIT at a time? For example you picked the East Coast REIT, what if I had $5k and I want to initially put $1k into each investment option, can I do that?

    1. To the best of my knowledge, yes. I’m not sure why this wouldn’t be possible (but you could always check with Fundrise to verify).

  4. Abby says:

    I need more info b4 taking a plunge!

    1. I’ll be putting together a 2-year update in the next couple of months… maybe that will help you decide one way or the other. Stay tuned!

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