Do you want to take out the equity in your home? If this was last year, the only way to do so would be to take out a home equity loan, working with a bank in the process. However, thanks to the metaverse, another option is making waves. That option is fractionalized NFT shares. 

Homeowners Can Sell Equity as NFTs

Real estate startup, Vesta Equity, has a new idea about how to access your home equity. The company built a marketplace on the Algorand blockchain for non-fungible tokens, NFTs, creating the first peer-to-peer exchange that allows homeowners to leverage and sell a slice of equity with digital collectibles. 

If you decide to sell a fraction of equity, don’t worry, these fractionalized NFTs don’t come with residential rights. They’re packed and registered with the United States SEC, giving holders the ability to build a portfolio of real estate assets that compliment more traditional stock and bond investments. 

The ability to qualify as a security and meet the SEC’s regulatory requirements is a big win for the company as doing so has been a point of contention in the crypto world. In fact, just last year, Dapper Labs was sued under allegations that its digital collectibles were being sold as unregistered securities. 

A Big Step In the Right Direction for NFT Enthusiasts

This news marks a big step in the right direction for NFT enthusiasts. After all, without utility, NFTs are simply unique digital images and files than can be owned by an investor. However, as utility builds, NFTs and the Web3.0 world will have much more to offer. 

With increasing utility will come increasing adoption, leading the industry down the path enthusiasts hope for; and this isn’t the only use case in real estate. In fact, just last month, a Florida home was sold as an NFT, fetching more than $650,000 by the platform Propy.  

Management Commentary

In a statement, Michael Carpentier, CEO at Vesta Equity, had the following to offer:

“Imagine a world where, with a few clicks of your mouse, you can access the entire accumulated value of the equity in your home without incurring debt or selling and moving. 

“The SEC’s position on fractionalized real estate assets is very clearly articulated. They consider them securities, and their sale needs to be made under an SEC offering type.”

The Bottom Line

The bottom line here is simple. NFT use cases continue to grow, and as this happens, so too will the validity of the industry as a whole. At the end of the day, utility is what will draw the line between enthusiast hype and real-world opportunity. With the ability to sell a slice of your home’s equity, the utility of NFTs is only growing. 

As this trend continues, enthusiasts, collectors, and companies in the NFT industry will have quite a bit more to look forward to. At the end of the day, NFTs don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.