This project is trying to perfect the stablecoin by backing it with mortgages

Episode 105 of Season 4 of The Scoop was recorded at SALT NY 2022 with The Block's Frank Chaparro and HomeCoin Co-Founder Karl Jacob.

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A project called HomeCoin is tapping into the trillion-dollar real estate industry with a mortgage-backed stablecoin called HOME.

In this episode of The Scoop, HomeCoin Founder Karl Jacob unpacks the mechanics behind HomeCoin’s mortgage-backed stablecoin and shares why he believes the best way to move the real estate industry on-chain is incrementally over time.

According to Jacob, HOME is over-collateralized by mortgages, and yield is paid to holders of HOME from payments made on those mortgages:

”Unlike other stablecoins, where the return is fueled by marketing dollars and a whole bunch of other things and things going to the moon, these are actually real payments from real people on houses that exist in the real world.”


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While Jacob sees room for HomeCoin to expand to other types of loans, such as car loans or loans against commercial equipment, he doesn’t think tokenizing actual real estate is an effective strategy: 

“The reality is we've got a $13 trillion industry that isn't on-chain, and how can we move to a world where part of it is on-chain and slowly eat that world, versus trying to swallow it whole — which is basically what those guys are trying to do.”

During this episode, Chaparro and Jacob also discuss:

  • How HomeCoin utilizes real-world decentralization
  • Why all the loans backing HomeCoin are over-collateralized
  • How HomeCoin users are able to choose different risk profiles

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About Authors

Davis Quinton is the Director of Podcasts at The Block and runs our flagship podcast called The Scoop, hosted by Frank Chaparro. Since joining The Block as an 'intern' in early 2022, he has worked closely with leaders across departments to translate The Block's written content into engaging multimedia formats. He holds a degree in Social Research & Public Policy from New York University in Abu Dhabi and is based in Sydney, Australia.
Frank Chaparro is Host of The Scoop podcast and Director of Special Projects. He also writes a biweekly newsletter. Chaparro started his career at Business Insider, where he specialized in the intersection of digital assets and Wall Street, market structure, and financial technology. Soon after joining Business Insider out of Fordham University, Chaparro was interviewing top finance and tech executives, including billionaire Mark Cuban, “Flash Boys” star Brad Katsuyama, Cboe Global Markets CEO Ed Tilly, and New York Stock Exchange President Tom Farley. In 2018, he become a sought after reporter in the crypto world, interviewing luminaries such as Tyler Winklevoss, the cofounder of Gemini, Jeremy Allaire, the CEO of Circle, and Fundstrat head Tom Lee. For inquiries or tips, email [email protected].


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