Deedcoin, a digital currency startup that wants to disrupt real estate commissions by paying agents partly in digital currency tokens, last night began a private pre-sale of its tokens priced between $1.50 to $3.00.
The company says these tokens, based on the Ethereum cryptocurrency standard–a popular alternative to Bitcoin with some extra features–can be used by prospective property buyers and sellers to hire real estate agents across the country.
Deedcoin says in a document on its website that the private sale will “conclude on either June 30, 2018 or when 40 million tokens have been sold, whichever comes first.” The company claims that it has partnered with registered real estate agents in 28 states who have agreed to accept Deedcoin tokens as part of their payment, in addition to drastically reduced commissions paid in U.S. dollars—as low as 1 percent, according to the company’s launch website.
Inman has asked Deedcoin for names of specific participated agents and will update when we receive a response.
According to Deedcoin, buyers and sellers will be able to log into its website and list or find properties for sale where agents would accept Deedcoin.
Participants in the private sale were instructed to visit the portal site, agree to the terms, enter the amount of Deedcoin they want to order, and click “pay now” to pay with a credit card or digital currencies ether, bitcoin or litecoin.
Buyers could expect their purchased Deedcoin to arrive in one business day to their Ether Wallet address, the message said.
The company plans to hold an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on January 25, when it will open its tokens for sale to all members of the public.
Deedcoin specifically says it’s complaint with U.S. securities law, noting in its email announcing the private sale: In compliance with SEC regulation, U.S. Deedcoin purchasers are limited to 1,500 Deedcoin ($2,250) plus bonuses, UNLESS you are an accredited investor.
Deedcoin is just one of a growing number of real-estate themed ICOs planned for the month and year ahead.