Many people are interested in the potential impact of blockchain technology within the real estate industry. The idea of streamlining transactions, sharing information more readily, and standardizing procedures has caught the attention of real estate service providers as well as potential homebuyers and renters. The International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA) has gathered innovators, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the globe to share resources, host events, and provide innovative leadership.
Many IBREA members host meetups around the world, from Milan to Las Vegas, from Zagreb to Berlin. Meetups provide opportunities for networking and collaboration. This includes sharing interests, pain points, and ideas, focused on how blockchain technology can solve specific problems within the real estate industry.
The organization also sponsors conferences, such as the inaugural European Summit in Amsterdam on May 29, 2018. At the Summit, Blockchain technology innovators will gather with real estate and construction industry professionals. They will participate hands-on in working groups and master classes, along with panel discussions. The Summit will also showcase several blockchain projects that impact the real estate industry.
The IBREA welcomes individual and institutional members and also offers event sponsorship opportunities. Current members represent all aspects of blockchain in the real estate industry: developers, marketers, investors, legal professionals, technology innovators, government professionals, and academics. This diverse international community creates the perfect space for learning about current opportunities and working toward future changes in the real estate industry.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about blockchain technology in the real estate industry will find the IBREA’s public resource archive helpful. They offer videos of panel discussions from their 2017 IBREA conference. The videos cover a range of topics, including blockchain real estate startups, using cryptocurrency for real estate purchases, using blockchain for title and conveyance, ICOs, as well as the president’s and founder’s addresses. The videos create an opportunity to learn more about how blockchain is impacting the real estate industry worldwide, as well as a chance to see and hear from some of the key players at the intersection of real estate and blockchain technology.
The IBREA’s archives also contain links to a wide range of articles that have appeared in major publications. Topics range from potential applications and best practices, as well as “Blockchain for Real Estate 101” and current news concerning the use of cryptocurrencies in real estate transactions.
The founder of the IBREA is Ragnar Lifthrasir, whose professional goal is to “reboot the real estate industry with Bitcoin / Blockchain.”
IBREA hosts working groups for industry members. Their working groups include Tokenization of Assets, Universal Property Identifier, Accepting Cryptocurrencies for Payments, Blockchain for Title and Conveyance, as well as Blockchain Property and Data.
To enhance learning and collaboration, the organization also facilitates webinars that help people better understand blockchain technology. Industry professionals can suggest webinar topics, offer webinars, or sponsor a webinar. Recent sold-out webinars included “Purchasing RE with Bitcoin” and “Blockchain Technology 101.”
For anyone who is curious about the future impact of blockchain in the real estate industry, and for those who desire to network and innovate to bring that future about, the IBREA provides a global opportunity for discussion and hands-on collaboration.
By Janet Eriksson, BIG Writer