Where top VCs are investing in real estate and proptech (Part 2 of 2)

Techcrunch | November 15, 2019

In part two of our survey that asked top VCs about the most exciting investment areas in real estate, we dig into responses from 10 leading real estate-focused investors at firms that span early to growth stages across real estate specific firms, corporate venture arms, and prominent generalist firms to share where they see opportunity in this sector

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The Developer is the developer of Meera, Shams, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi (referred to in this Agreement as the "Building" and further defined in clause 1.1), which is a residential Building that comprises an Apartments and Apartment Common Areas. It is intended that the Building be strata subdivided into Apartments and Apartment Common Areas and that an Apartment Strata Management Statement be registered with the Land Department that shall also govern the rights and obligations of the Apartment Owners.

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