Providing Utilities & Real World Solutions

3 min readMar 16, 2018

Instant Assets Tokens (IAT)

Despite the potential of the real estate market, investors continue to face numerous problems and limitations when investing in the overseas market. IAT aims to utilize the blockchain technology to provide solutions to these issues.

High Charges and Fees

The initial purchase of a property entails costs such as documentary stamp tax, transfer tax and the title registration fee, which ranges between 2.25 % — 3%. Coupled with administrative and miscellaneous charges, the total would usually amount to 5% — 6%. Developers may also pass certain fees and taxes onto you and will increase the total sum of fees payable to as high as 12%. One has to also note that property of a certain value will also have a 12% value-added tax (VAT) included into the property price.

Selling a property presents a different set of charges and fees which includes capital gains tax of 6% (charged based on the resale value, bank valuation or government zonal value whichever is higher) that is essentially a sales tax as it is being charged on the entire resale value. Lastly, agent commission will be between 5% to 6% of resale value.

As such, all-around transactional costs for a property owner in the Philippines will range between 17% to 24% which is extremely high. However, we are able to reduce the total costs drastically by at least 50% with the IAT ecosystem. By setting up legal holding companies, we are able to achieve the major reduction of the above charges and fees.

Transparency of Process and Documentations

The degree of documentation transparency has always come into question for the retail buyers. One has to often put trust in the developer, broker or whoever has been engaged to handle the entire process. At times, it is made even worse when the sales contract is not written in a common language like English.

IAT aims to resolve this by utilizing the blockchain technology to obtain a high level of transparency and immutability. For example, the terms and conditions between a tenant, landlord, and their brokers will be immutable once it has been agreed and executed on the blockchain and with the utility of the IA Tokens as the currency of transfer.

High Annual Fees for Property Owners

Besides the high costs when acquiring a property, the costs of maintaining one is relatively high as well. Taxes are as high as 30% and even if an owner were to operate their property with Airbnb, the company takes 15–20% margin from the rent.

By utilizing the IAT platform, transactions can happen by utilizing IA tokens which would reduce the costs above. Even if the property owner were to utilize the platform to secure a short-term lease, the company will only charge a nominal fee of 5% which would give the owner a cost savings of 15% over using the Airbnb platform.

Restrictions to Foreign Investors

Countries have been known to implement regulations to curb a growing real estate market by imposing restrictions on foreign purchases in an attempt to slow or stop that market from ballooning or forming a bubble. Utilizing the blockchain technology and IAT platform, we are able to break through these traditional barriers.

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The IA Tokens concept aims to revolutionize the real estate industry using Blockchain technology through the development of the IAT Platform.