Point reached several key milestones including building a proprietary pricing engine that unifies property risk and homeowner risk, investing in over 50 properties across California, and bringing investor capital to its platform. For the first time, investors can now buy fractional interests in owner-occupied residential real estate through a digital platform, giving them access to a new asset class. Platform investors include Tosi, the former CFO of Blackstone. Said Tosi, "Point provides homeowners with a solution to create liquidity through an aligned investment that will provide more options for safely managing their wealth and investing in their future. For investors, Point offers above market, risk adjusted returns from a diverse and stable set of assets. In short, the platform is a unique win-win for both homeowners and investors."
Point's customers sell a fraction of their home to investors in exchange for a lump sum of capital (between $40K – $250K) without interest rates or monthly payments. They pay the lump sum back within 10 years after selling or refinancing their home. Most homeowners use the capital to diversify their wealth, invest in their businesses, renovate their homes, or pay off debts. When a home appreciates in value, both the homeowner and investor do well.
"Point has built a great team going after a huge market with an innovative solution that solves a real need for their customers. That checks all the important boxes for us. The progress since the company's founding has been exceptional and has surpassed our expectations," said Rampell from Andreessen Horowitz.
The funding will enable the company to expand its geographical footprint, continue technology innovation and bolster marketing efforts. Point currently serves homeowners in California and Washington, with plans to expand to at least three additional states by end of the year.
For more information, please visit point.com.
Point is the first financial technology platform that allows homeowners to unlock their home equity wealth without taking on new debt and gives investors access to a new asset class -- owner-occupied residential real estate. Launched in 2015, Point was founded by Eddie Lim, Eoin Matthews and Alex Rampell following their own frustrations with home financing. The Palo Alto-based company is backed by some of the nation's leading venture capital firms and individual investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Vikram Pandit and Laurence Tosi. For more information, please visit point.com.
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