Speeding Up Mortgage Application Times: 'Future of Real Estate' Gets Regulatory Approval
Nov 13, 2018 — Connor Blenkinsop
A blockchain-based startup which bills itself as "the future of real estate"
has announced that its project has been legalized by Japanese regulatory
bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission.
Ruden Holdings says inaccurate information, poor record management and
inefficient processes are currently blighting the property sector - costing
businesses time, money and even credibility. Data cannot be shared easily
between organizations - and some cases have seen property owners struggle to
prove their ownership of a building.
The company has a goal of creating digital identities for real estate
properties, helping to enhance the quality and consistency of information
given to buyers and sellers. It also plans to reduce the costs associated
with completing transactions through smart contracts and cryptocurrency
payments - and believes this could offer big advantages to overseas
investors who are making a purchase on the other side of the world.
According to Ruden's white paper, one of the main advantages to digitizing
certificates for properties - offering a thorough history of every building
- is that it helps stop fraud. Blockchain's encrypted and tamperproof nature
lends itself to transparency, thwarting those who want to hide illicit funds
through properties. Illustrating its potential, its team wrote: "Governments
are now trying to use blockchain technology to register real estates and
improve the transparency of lands and real estate ownership."
In time, the company also hopes its technology could speed up the time it
takes to get a mortgage - a prospect that would be welcome news for buyers.
Research on the US market by Fannie Mae suggests that the closing time for a
new purchase is 46 days - with the process creating endless amounts of
stress and anxiety for parties involved.
Fresh from being recognized by Japanese regulators, Ruden Holdings has
raised $10 million from private equity firms across Asia.
The startup is now planning to strike new relationships in jurisdictions
beyond Japan and Singapore. Executives from Ruden recently attended the
controversial Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where
their project attracted the attention of the Lebanese ambassador. The
company is also gearing up for "high-level" talks with the finance minister
of Lithuania in the not-too-distant future.
In addition, Ruden believes that there are some exciting prospects for
growth to be found in the United Arab Emirates, which plans to ramp up its
adoption of blockchain. As reported by Cointelegraph, the state wants to
become a world leader in using the technology by 2021 - and one of its
objectives involves a commitment to making 50 percent of transactions via
blockchain over the next three years.
Jacky Hai, the company's chief technology officer, told Cointelegraph:
"Blockchain is a powerful tool for us which will enable us to define the
future of real estate.
"It will speed up the process of buying property and open up the Japanese
real estate market to foreign investment. The Ruden token allows us to
incentivise the uploading of current real estate data which will unlock the
value of large-scale data analysis."
Building a home for real estate documents
In the fourth quarter of 2018, the startup has been embarking on fundraising
with the goal of driving interest in its native Ruden coin. From here, it is
expected to be listed on overseas cryptocurrency exchanges by Dec 1 2018.
Next year, the emphasis will shift onto building a platform where real
estate can be securely purchased using cryptocurrency - and designing an
"information registration and query system" to benefit its user base.
The CEO of Ruden Holdings is Susumu Nishioka, who has been in position since
2009. He worked at a law firm before starting his own business - and
according to the company, he is now known as a "pioneer of one-room
condominiums for investment purposes."
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