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Communities Replacing ‘Bank of Mom and Dad’: Scaling equity financing for homebuyers

Alex Lofton, Landed

In the hunt for returns, equity in owner-occupied homes is an attractive frontier for institutional capital. In the hunt to own a home, financing that doesn’t require more debt is attractive for homebuyers, especially in expensive housing markets. For the majority of people without rich parents able to ‘gift’ a down payment, an equity investment is a viable substitute for the ‘bank of mom and dad.' Shared home-equity investment models aren’t new, but none have proven scalable. What might change this reality, and how could communities investing in themselves be a way forward?
social innovation entrepreneurship scaling investment impact investing finance community
Carol Galante, Director of UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation and former Commissioner of the Federal Housing Authority; Alex Lofton, Co-founder of Landed
Kim-Mai Cutler, Writer at TechCrunch; Stockton Williams, Executive Director of Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing; Amir Sufi, Professor of Economics and Finance at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Co-author of ‘House of Debt: How they (and you) caused the great recession, and how we can prevent it from happening again’

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  • June 15 - 29, 2017
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  • June 30 - July 13, 2017
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  • July 14, 2017
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