Realtors are expected to be the first to accept the digital currency Bitcoin in the U.S. on Thursday, according to Realtorp International Inc., which operates a nationwide network of real estate agents.
Realtorp has confirmed that it will accept Bitcoin at its offices, office supply stores, and a number of retail stores, including a number in New Orleans.
Realty broker Ebby Halliday, who is an investor in Realtop International, said in a tweet that the company will “be accepting Bitcoin on Wednesday and Thursday, including in New York City.”
Halliday said he will be meeting with Realtopy’s senior executives about the company’s plans.
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Check out these other stories:Realtor’s office supply store, Realtope, in Brooklyn, will also accept Bitcoin on Thursday.
Realfile Real Estate Group, a real estate company based in New Jersey, also said in its statement that it would accept Bitcoin as a payment method at its office supply shops on Thursday and Friday.
“We are excited to see Realtory take a leading position in the digital world and will continue to work with Realfile on ways to make our offices more convenient and accessible to our clients and tenants,” Realfife CEO and founder Jim Zagato said in the statement.
“As we have demonstrated in our office supply shop platform, our technology allows our realtory employees to conduct transactions with Bitcoin, and Realfi’s payment processing technology allows customers to pay their bills in Bitcoin.
Realfie is committed to continuing to provide the most convenient payment options available in real estate for our clients.”
Realtors said in their statement that they would continue to accept Bitcoins as payment method.
Realtrac Real Estate, a New Jersey real estate brokerage that has been accepting Bitcoin as payment for the past six months, said it would also be accepting the cryptocurrency.
Realdot, a leading real estate services company in New Hampshire, said its office supplies would accept Bitcoins and Litecoin as a digital payment option beginning at 10 a.m.
EST on Thursday at its Manhattan office supply chain.
Realex Real Estate Partners, a unit of Realty Trac, a U.K.-based real estate firm, also announced on Thursday that it is accepting Bitcoin payments at its New York office supply facilities.
“Realext is thrilled to welcome Bitcoin to our office supplies and services, which will allow our agents to process Bitcoin transactions at Realext offices throughout New York,” said the statement from the company.
“We look forward to working with Realex to further integrate Bitcoin into our real estate payment systems.”
Realtopia Real Estate in Las Vegas is also expected to accept BTC payments at the office supply offices and retail stores on Thursday in order to “provide the best possible customer experience,” the statement said.
Realspace Real Estate said in an email that it was “working closely with RealtyTrac to facilitate the transfer of Bitcoin payments to its office, supply, and retail customers, as well as its partner, RealtyInvestment Partners, to help ensure that Realtopia customers can fully utilize their digital assets to purchase real estate.”
Bitcoin, which can be bought and sold for as little as $1, has become a popular currency for consumers who want to make online purchases without having to use a bank account or credit card.
In addition to being used to buy things like clothing, toys and other merchandise, Bitcoin has also become a virtual currency, or virtual currency equivalent, for digital currency exchanges, and has been used by many online businesses to fund operations.
According to a survey conducted by the digital asset company Coin Center in October, bitcoin was the most popular cryptocurrency among U.N. members.
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