Frequently asked questions

General questions

What is RealVantage and how does it work?

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RealVantage is an online co-investment platform that allows investors to invest in offshore properties at smaller investment quantum. Opportunities are carefully reviewed and underwritten and our online platform provides full offering materials. Investors decide on the particular asset to invest and the investment amount. Investors will then be asked to complete several digital legal agreements. Upon confirmation, you will fund your investment via wire transfer to a digital account maintained by an escrow bank. Investor will be notified once the property acquisition is completed. Investors receive quarterly updates on the performance of the assets through a personalised portfolio page. Any distributions will be transferred back to your e-account.

Who founded RealVantage?

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RealVantage is a team of professionals, with experience in real estate, technology and finance. RealVantage is founded by Keith Ong and Mao Ching Foo, two very experienced professionals in the real estate and technology industry respectively. Keith Ong has over 19 years of experience in the real estate fund management industry and has transacted over USD 3 billion real estate deals in Asia pacific. Mao Ching was the previous CTO and Chief Data Scientist of Funding Societies and a former quant equities portfolio manager at Barclays Global Investors.

Is RealVantage platform secure?

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Yes, it definitely is! RealVantage is committed to maintaining a safe, secure platform for investors' transactions. As such, the technology team keeps abreast with industry's best practices on security aspects. Further, the team employs firewalls, encryption on SSL, and ensures that the servers have latest security updates applied. The team also monitors systems infrastructure on a regular basis to detect weaknesses.

What are the benefits of RealVantage?

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As opposed to a blind pool fund, RealVantage allows investors to decide which properties they wish to invest in and at a low minimum investment sum, thus providing diversification with less capital. The platform will also act as a real estate manager to actively manage the assets to optimise returns, ensure all taxes and expenses are duly met and provide timely distributions of rental proceeds to investors.

Who invests through RealVantage?

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RealVantage currently serves accredited individual investors. For instance, bankers, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, directors, and many other high net worth individuals find the platform a great way to gain access into global real estate and achieve diversification in their real estate portfolio. Investors that are interested in hassle free, global real estate investments also find the offering from RealVantage particularly attractive.

What are the differentiating factors for RealVantage?

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RealVantage employs a different approach to real estate investment, we see the transaction right through from acquisition, asset management to divestment. As such our focus at RealVantage is to put every deal to the test against our rigorous deal evaluation criteria which centres on the macro economic variables, real estate market dynamics, property attributes, sale and rental transaction analysis and asset management challenges. And we limit what we invest in. We only look at markets where we have deep market knowledge and strong operatives on the ground. This is different from other platforms who may be more transaction focused and tends to list many deals on the site. At RealVantage, we co-invest alongside our investors ensuring alignment of interests.

Does RealVantage charge a fee?

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RealVantage charges investors an acquisition fee, asset management fees and divestment fees. These fees are a percentage of the asset value and it varies from deal to deal. Details of the chargeable fees are provided in the Deal Terms for each opportunity and in the Investment Participation Agreement.

I am not a Singapore Citizen, can I invest?

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Yes, RealVantage welcomes investors from across the world. As with all other RealVantage investors, offshore investors would need to meet our on-boarding criteria and eligibility due to Singapore's Monetary Authority of Singapore requirements.

Investor questions

How are the investments structured?

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Investors that invest in a particular asset will be shareholders of a newly established Special Purpose Vehicle ("SPV") that has 100% ownership of the title of the property. The SPV and the assets will be managed by the RealVantage through a management agreement. Thus, investors will have clear legal ownership to the asset. No other assets within the platform will be co-mingled nor will the asset within the SPV used to pledge as collateral for other assets.

How liquid is my investment?

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The investments made on RealVantage are done amongst investors who are agreeable to be governed by the investment period specified for each investment. Investment period is typically for a 3 to 5-year period. As these are private investments, they are not traded on public stock exchanges and cannot be easily sold or traded. You should not invest with the intention of selling out your position. You may be able to resell your share in the SPV in a private transaction, RealVantage would be able to facilitate the process if a seller is procured by the investor. Given that there would be legal and transfer fees involved, one should invest with the investment period kept in mind.

How will investors be updated on their investments?

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Investors will be able to view real time updates of their investments when they login to the site at the personalised investor dashboard. The dashboard is the hub of information, aiming to provide comprehensive metrics about their distributions to date, upcoming milestones, and overall return on investment. Investors are notified by email when distributions are sent to their accounts.

Are deposits for investments made in home or foreign currencies?

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RealVantage invests in properties across multiple jurisdictions and across multiple currencies. A multi-currency account will be created for each investor who signs up on the platform. Investors have the choice of making their investments in the Property's Local Currency (“PLC”).

Will I be exposed to foreign exchange currency fluctuations?

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At this point in time, RealVantage accepts funds in the Property's Local Currency (“PLC”) and does not get involved in foreign exchange currency conversions. Investors on the platform will not be exposed to any fluctuations since the entry and exit currencies are the same.

Will distributions be made in local or foreign currencies?

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All distributions will be made in the Property's Local Currency (“PLC”) to the investor's account. Withdrawal from the accounts will also be in the PLC.

Can Investors make new investments using various currencies in their Digital Account?

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Investors can utilise their account to make follow on investments in the PLC if they have funds in that currency. If funds are insufficient in their account, investors would need to deposit funds in the PLC.

When will I get my investment back?

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RealVantage will inform all investors when the investment enters the divestment phase, this is 6 months before the end of the hold period for the respective investment. RealVantage will market the property and seek to achieve the best prevailing market price before the end of the investment period.