Real estate crowdfunding platform CrowdStreet announced on Monday the launch of its new Diversified Opportunity Zone Fund. According to CrowdStreet, the fund will focus on new development and redevelopment in small and mid-market U.S. Opportunity Zone communities with high growth potential.
“A Qualified Opportunity Fund is an investment vehicle created to invest into a qualifying property or properties as defined by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to incentivize investment in targeted communities called Opportunity Zones. By investing in the new CrowdStreet fund, investors can participate in multiple projects that are intended to increase access to high-quality jobs, healthcare, education and housing opportunities in distressed communities.”
While sharing more details about the Fund, Ian Formigle, Vice President of Investments for CrowdStreet, stated:
“Opportunity Zone investments align nicely with our general focus on 18-hour cities. These markets are up-and-coming metro areas with population and job growth rates that, in many cases, are outpacing larger 24-hour cities such as New York and San Francisco. Investors can feel good about boosting the economy of underserved communities while experiencing the most significant tax break in decades. With one of the most active marketplaces in the industry and our strong deal flow this year, we anticipate high-quality investment opportunities.”
CrowdStreet went on to add that the Opportunity Zone investors may be able to defer capital gains through 2026 and receive up to a 15% tax reduction on current gains, with the most powerful benefit comes through the elimination of capital gains taxes on any returns generated by the Opportunity Zone investment, provided it is held for at least 10 years.