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What Is Virtual Real Estate?

What Is Virtual Real Estate?

Metaverse platforms intentionally limit the size of their digital worlds, so they can parcel out pieces of land to be bought and sold on virtual real estate marketplaces.

Across the top 4 metaverse platforms — Sandbox, Decentraland, Cryptovoxels, and Somnium — there were over $500 million worth of virtual real estate sales just last year. Virtual real estate got a boost during the pandemic, when people started spending more time online, and then another one when Facebook changed its name to Meta.


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How Much Is Virtual Real Estate Worth?

Virtual real estate is a highly speculative investment.

Still, there are some basic principles to evaluating virtual real estate.

  • Building something interactive on the land can raise a property’s value because it allows you to charge for admission or lease out space.
  • Heavily-trafficked areas are also going to be worth more. The more avatars that visit a property, the more you can make from foot traffic or selling ad space.
  • Being close to other valuable properties can make yours more valuable.
  • The value of virtual real estate depends entirely on how much other people value it — just like money.


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The Risks of Investing in Virtual Real Estate

  • The future of the metaverse is still uncertain.
  • There’s no way to know which metaverse platforms will stand the test of time. 
  • Digital land can be infinitely replicated. And yet scarcity of land is what gives it value. So virtual land is vulnerable to a high level of volatility.
  • When you buy virtual real estate, you’re also buying something that’s not tied to reality. People just don’t need virtual property the same way they need physical property. 
  • Metaverse platforms rely heavily on blockchain technology. Most use cryptocurrencies for processing real estate transactions, which are highly volatile in and of themselves.


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