Written by: Amrita Ramsaransing (Co-Founder BRXS) & Julia Valentinyi (Product Manager BRXS)
Our Brxs journey officially started in 2021 but was in the back of our minds years before then. Our “why” is simple: to make real estate investing accessible for everyone, not just a lucky few. This is also what drives us everyday; to ensure that everyone has access. We don’t take for granted that there is still a long way to go before we achieve this dream.
For Amrita, as a female co-founder of colour, supporting women in gaining access and leveraging it to achieve their financial independence is a very important part of this dream and close to her heart.
Women supporting each other
Julia, Brxs’ all round product manager and Amrita, co-founder of BRXS, are very proud to launch the very first cohort of 👉 BRXS Women Invest Together.
With this cohort we want to foster a community where everyone can share their financial goals, learn about investing from experienced guests and each other. By participating in the program you get a chance to start and grow your financial independence, and save up for your goals.
The women behind the program
While we hopefully get to know each other better in the next few months we do want to kick off by introducing ourselves.
I am an older millennial, who only learned about investing and how to negotiate and advocate for myself and my finances much later in my career.
In a career spanning nearly 15 years it took almost until year 8 to dare fight for my worth and start my investing journey. I have never minded fighting for others or speaking up in the job itself, however, for the longest time there had been an invisible hurdle when it came to advocating for the financial part. This invisible hurdle also translated into investing in general (eg. stocks, ETFs, etc.), where fear, "not sure where to start" and "who to ask" overpowered any concrete action.
The turning point came when I openly spoke with other women who went through the same, shared their knowledge with me, listened and answered my questions patiently. This gave me the confidence to start and keep learning. 🧠
While other means of investing always seemed ‘scary’, somehow real-estate was the opposite. I learned from a young age from my family and overall environment that to have real-estate, especially investment real-estate, is the ultimate form of stability.
Throughout the years I had a dream real estate investment portfolio in mind. Maybe if I worked hard enough I could at least get one (or who knows, even two) of these properties and I too could have a reliable stream of passive income. In reality, when I finally worked long enough I was priced out of the real-estate investment market. It also did not help that I started to work on other means of investing too late in general.
Still, I could not shake the feeling of wanting to get those investment properties and that surely I could not be the only one thinking about this and not being able to afford it. It turned out luckily my co-founder (Filip) was thinking the same. 🏡📲
It did not take us long to agree that this is something that must be developed, after all we should all be able to build our real estate investment portfolio even if we only have a smaller budget. Once we knew we wanted to do more with this idea we started to work on how it would look and what we would offer - this part took a bit longer. And in January 2022, after months of working on everything behind the scenes, we finally launched BRXS to the public with the mission to make real estate investing accessible for everyone!