• The NFT sale could “turn into a standard in the [real estate] industry,” according to a blockchain startup executive
  • The NFT can now be used as collateral for crypto borrowers and lenders

A Florida home was auctioned off as an NFT (non-fungible token) — a potential first for both real estate and cryptocurrency.

The Gulfport four-bedroom house sold for $653,163 of ether, and the winning bidder now holds the NFT, signifying ownership on-chain.

Propy, a blockchain real estate startup, hosted and facilitated the sale.

“This is just the first seller in our pipeline and we’re seeing a lot of demand,” Natalia Karayaneva, chief executive of Propy, said in a statement.

The home’s property rights were minted as an NFT, Karayaneva said, which cuts down on closing time. The NFT holder will own the property via a limited liability company (LLC) that houses the crypto asset.

The real estate-backed token can be used as collateral for crypto borrowers and lenders.

Roughly 50 people signed up to bid in the auction — verifying their identities per the platform’s requirements. However, only two people actively bid in the sale.

Propy previously sold TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington’s studio apartment in Ukraine for roughly $113,176 of ether last year.

The NFT sale could “turn into a standard in the [real estate] industry,” Karayaneva said. “NFT sales reached $4 billion in December 2021, and real-world assets will soon represent a significant portion of that market.”

Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) enforcement attorney Braden Perry told Blockworks that real estate has a “huge upside potential” when it comes to NFTs and blockchain technology at-large.

But the US regulatory environment, Perry said, “lags innovation” to adapt to it. 

“The [real estate] title process is ideally suited for streamlined and protected recordings on a blockchain,” he said. “But the regulatory system is still new, and there are a lot of questions regarding the government’s role in crypto.”


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  • Morgan Chittum is a New York-based reporter covering NFTs, the metaverse, play-to-earn gaming and other emerging Web3 tech for Blockworks. Previously she was a street reporter, covering crime at New York Daily News, and a media and journalism fellow at the Poynter Institute. Contact Morgan via email at [email protected]