Investors bet on rising virtual real estate prices - The Average Joe

    Investors bet on rising virtual real estate prices

    Victor Lei β€” Head of Research

    December 1, 2021

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    December 1, 2021

    Virtual real estate investor, Republic Realm, purchased a virtual plot of land on Sandbox ($SAND) for $4.3M β€” breaking a record 2.5M purchase just last week.

    Virtual floodgate: Virtual worlds exploded in popularity after Facebook’s rebrand to Meta (NASDAQ:META) β€” sending just about everything virtual reality-related (VR) soaring. Everyone except Meta β€” which is only up 2% since its announcement.

    Who let the bulls out: Virtual real estate investors are buying homes in prime virtual locations, developing retail spaces for rental and even designing and building houses with architects and programmers.

    • β€œThis is like buying land in Manhattan 250 years ago as the city is being built,” β€” Andrew Kiguel, CEO of Tokens.com.
    • β€œIt’s inevitable that the metaverse will be the No. 1 social network in the world.” β€” Michael Gord, co-founder of Metaverse Group.

    Back to reality: Investors are betting on rising virtual real estate prices β€” with various virtual worlds to choose from investors, including Decentraland ($MANA) and Sandbox. But unlike investing in real-real estate:

    • Investors need to figure out which virtual world will stick around β€” whereas there’s only one real world to bet on.
    • Property prices are closely tied to volatile crypto prices, as per Zach Aarons of MetaProp (via WSJ).

    Sam Bankman-Fried β€” co-founder of FTX, the largest crypto exchange β€” cautions investors to focus on the cryptocurrencies with important use cases (via Insider).

    • “I think the ones that seem more hype-driven often crash the hardest”.
    • Focus on projects that have potential for real adoption β€” a.k.a. the ones loyalists back even during a bear market.

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