TechCrunch Founder’s Apartment to Be Sold as NFT

25 May 2021

TechCrunch founder and crypto investor Michael Arrington is selling an apartment in Kiev via non-fungible token (NFT).

Arrington purchased the Ukraine apartment in 2017 through the real estate platform Propy, using Ethereum and smart contracts to settle the deal. In a sign of how the industry has evolved in the intervening four years, Propy will be auctioning the same property but this time as a real estate-backed NFT. The starting price is $20,000. 

The auction process will involve the seller signing proprietary legal papers for the NFT to transfer ownership to any future buyers. After the auction is complete the seller will receive payment in cryptocurrency, Propy said. 

“The Kiev property is owned by an USA-based entity,” Propy explained in a press release. “The new owner of the NFT will become the owner of the entity and thus the property itself. This process is repeated every time the NFT is resold.”

The real estate-backed NFT also includes digital art by Kiev graffiti artist Chizz.

Propy is backed by blockchain investor Tim Draper, and claims to have completed over $1 billion worth of transactions through its online platform.

Further updates on the real estate NFT can be found here.

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