What Makes The House Crowd Different?

What Makes The House Crowd Different?

Property crowdfunding is a fast growing industry within the investment and savings sector. Inspired by our model and our success as the first property crowdfunding platform in the world, many imitators have emerged to challenge the crown.

Yet, despite the increasingly competitive industry, we continue to be the best crowdfunding platform of all (officially!) So what’s the secret to our success?

Most people will tell you that the way to differentiate yourself within your market is simply to be different. But any old idiot can be different – you’ve got to back up your uniqueness with solid foundations.

We stand out from the crowd because we are expert at what we do and we do it with complete transparency. Investors appreciate the low minimum invest level, investment security is high, and the opportunities for diversification within the asset class are excellent.

Besides all that, we still have to provide a compelling reason for people to get behind us. And that is precisely what The House Crowd has done.

The First And Still The Best

We have always defined ourselves as original thought-leaders. Because we were the first property crowdfunding platform, it goes without saying that we know a good deal of everything there is to know about the industry – after all, we invented it. But, moreover, we are at the forefront when it comes to anticipating, identifying, and reacting to changing circumstances to ensure we meet investors’ needs.

Frazer: The Face of The House Crowd

Besides our obvious expertise, there is also a recognisable face at the forefront of The House Crowd as a brand. That face, of course, is Frazer. It is Frazer’s vision that gave birth to the property crowdfunding model, and his story is one that is as human as it is inspirational.

From his Manchester rave culture adolescence, to his career as a music lawyer, through to a range of entrepreneurial projects, and the eventual dawning of property crowdfunding, Frazer has lived a varied and vibrant life.

The hard work, skills, and knowledge it took him to get The House Crowd off the ground, legally permissible, and into the public eye are a testament to the power of labour and perseverance. To know that there is a man who has a lifelong passion for entrepreneurial spirit is an appealing and assuring concept for people searching for the right hands into which to trust their investment.

Hard work and skills may have been what got The House Crowd off the ground, but part of Frazer’s continued popularity is his honest and sometimes forthright way of communicating. He is a character who has always questioned the status quo, famously leaving his glamorous career in law after being told that ‘love is not a word lawyers use’ by his boss. Never afraid to swim against the tide, it’s both Frazer’s boldness and his intuition for what works that breed confidence from others.

By equal measure, he owns up to his investment mistakes; he shares and clearly articulates how he endeavours not to make the same mistake again. These are rare qualities in most leaders.

Swimming Against The Tide

It is Frazer’s questioning of the status quo that has fed the originality of The House Crowd’s manifesto.

The company has always been about democratising property investment, opening the doors to people from all walks of life. Regardless of how much or how little somebody has to invest, our policy has always been the same: we treat everyone with the same openness, attention, and we care for their money as if it were our own.

Our honesty and transparency differentiate us from the faceless competition, who despite adopting our innovative model, still slump through the dark ages when it comes to their attitude to investors. To us, our investors are all equal, and are welcomed in as though we were a family (if that’s not too trite an analogy).

These are the reasons we are different, and the reasons why we continue to lead the way in the property crowdfunding space. As we continue to grow and evolve our model with the changing shape of property in this era of uncertainty, we are adamant that we will never let go of these factors which make us so unique and special. We hope you will join us on the journey.

The House Crowd Wins Property Wire Awards 2017 Crowdfunding Platform of the Year

The House Crowd Wins Property Wire Awards 2017 Crowdfunding Platform of the Year

Following last week’s news that we had been nominated for the Crowdfunding Platform of the Year in the first annual Property Wire Awards 2017, we are delighted to announce that we won!

Our Property Wire Awards 2017 Win!

As the first property crowdfunding platform in the world, offering diverse property investment products and increasing accessibility to the property investment space, the Global Property News service selected The House Crowd as the leading company in the property crowdfunding space.

We were presented with the award at the ceremony on Old Street, London, on Friday night, alongside many other industry leaders. We met a really interesting mix of people from the industry at large – some we knew already, and some new faces. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to find ourselves amongst such similarly forward-thinking property pioneers.

The awards were extremely competitive within each of the categories, which ranged from Best Buy to Let Mortgage Provider to Best Trade Association and many more in between. There was a real dominance of London-based companies up for nomination, so it was a real joy for us to promote the potential of the Northern Powerhouse.

Recognition For Our Work

This announcement comes just as we reach our fifth anniversary, and we are proud to be recognised as trailblazers in property crowdfunding at this point.

The award is also a great opportunity for us to share The House Crowd’s story to becoming the first in an industry now worth £700 million a year in the UK alone.

We have worked hard to provide an alternative means of investment for those who are increasingly finding themselves pushed out of the property market by legislative changes.

Over the last five years, we have evolved from buying £50,000 terraced houses to offering the large range of investment products we do now, from peer to peer-secured lending to property crowdfunding itself.

We are also introducing a specialist bridging finance service, along with the planned launch of HC Finance and HC Investments websites.

Frazer Fearnhead, our founder and CEO, said:

“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved over the past five years, and Property Wire recognising us as the best is testament to the team’s hard work.

“Despite having to fight through reams of red tape to make it happen, property crowdfunding is already worth £700 million a year in the UK with numerous other platforms having followed in our footsteps.”

Our Investment Director, David Roberts, has also added:

“We are a follower of Property Wire as a great source of property news. It is a pleasure to be recognised by these industry leaders for the work we are doing in the property crowdfunding space”.

Choosing The Right UK Property Crowdfunding Platform

Choosing the Right UK Property Crowdfunding Platform 

UK property crowdfunding is an excellent form of investment. Whilst, as with any investment, capital is at risk, the potential gains from UK property investment have long seen positive outcomes for investors. If you are considering property crowdfunding or secured peer to peer lending as a possible investment option, then there are a few things to check out before you pick the platform to invest with.

Here are our top 5 questions to ask yourself before you choose your UK Property Crowdfunding Platform:

1. Who Are They?

Firstly, find out as much as you can about the people behind the platform. Are they experienced and successful investors themselves? Do they have a proven track record with long term investment portfolios of their own?

2. SPV Relations

Check to make sure that the SPV you’ll be investing with is associated with the platform itself. This is likely to mean that that the platform takes responsibility for the investments, and for delivering your returns. Without this relationship,it could be argued that there is a greater risk to your capital, as a one-off property investor raising money through a platform will have less to lose if he defaults on paying investors.

3. Track Record

Check the track record of the platform itself. A well-established platform that’s been operating for over a year should have some good success stories and investor testimonials. Can the platform show a history of successful investments? Do they have a good track record when it comes to paying out dividends on time? If there’s no accomplishments to be found, you should think about why that is!

4. Customer Service

Customer service is another big factor to take in mind before deciding to invest with a platform. You would definitely prefer to work with a company who looks after you throughout your investment with them. So, before anything, it’s a good idea to give them a call and have a chat. How easy are they to contact, and how helpful and informative are they on the phone? If they seem like pushy salespeople, or don’t meet your standards in general, then you probably won’t trust them with your money.

5. Complaints

Find out from other investors how well they deal with any complaints that come through. You could also ask them this yourself during your phone call to them.

UK Property Crowdfunding with The House Crowd

Here at The House Crowd, we are proud of the way we help investors of all types to get into UK property investment. We are, of course, fully regulated by the FCA, and tick all the boxes for the above. You can check out our property investments or find out more by registering, just by clicking the buttons below. Alternatively, give us a call or chat to our real human advisor right here on the website (you’ll find him in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the homepage). Happy investing!

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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 17/2/16

Crowdfunding News – All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to our fortnightly crowdfunding news edition, as usual we will be covering an array of interesting crowdfunding topics from around the world in five minutes. If you missed our last edition, you can catch up here. Today, we once again clock up the air miles and start our crowdfunding journey in New Zealand and finish in Greece for some baseball action!

New Zealand Beach Hits Crowdfunding Target

New Zealand Crowdfunding

A crowdfunding campaign in New Zealand to raise funds to buy a beach for public use has successfully hit its target.

Campaigners had until Tuesday to raise NZ$2m (£914,000, $1.3m) and place a bid on the currently private beach according to the BBC.

More than 36,000 people have now supported the beach campaign and donations continue to flow in from all over the country.

People were quick to get involved and the money was raised in less than a month after a group of friends plotted the purchase.

The beach in Awaroa, South Island, has been owned by a Wellington-based businessman since 2008. A real estate company has advertised the stunning area as a remarkable seven-hectare utopia” with “three modest buildings dotted amidst the mature native bush”. (RealEstate.co.nz)

The crowdfunding campaign’s Give A Little page has stopped showing the running tally once it hit NZ$2m, so the total amount of money has been raised is unknown.

About a fortnight ago, New Zealand’s prime minister mentioned that he wouldn’t rule out a government contribution if needed.

Crowdfunding Saves SMEs

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, SMEs have looked at alternative ways of gaining funding and crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Seeders have helped fuel the way that SMEs think about business and finance.

They beauty of crowdfunding for start-up companies is that the concept bypass traditional funding streams such as grant applications or bank loans as innovation charity Nesta mentions in The FT.

Figures indicate that the value of crowdfunding expanded globally by 167 per cent to $16.2bn in 2014, up from $6.1bn raised in 2013. (The FT, February, 2016) The crowdfunding industry doubled in 2015, according to stats from a City A.M. article, crowdfunding on a global level expanded to $34.4bn.

The UK seems to be championing crowdfunding compared with other countries such as Canada due to slower adoption rates and regulatory constraints.

UK start-ups such as Brewdog are a great example, the Aberdeenshire company broke equity crowdfunding records by raising £5m in the first three weeks of its fundraising round, using its own platform — Equity for Punks. You can read more about their story here.

A Brief Insight Into French Crowdfunding (In Numbers)

French Crowdfunding

The French Crowdfunding Association (Financement Participatif France) has recently compiled some data based on crowdfunding activity during the 2014-2015 period.

In France, the slowest area of growth was in donations / rewards. The lending or debt sector experienced the most dramatic growth according to Crowdfund Insider.

The French Crowdfunding Association mention that funds collected jumped from €152 million in 2014 to €296.8 million for 2015.

Let’s take a look at French crowdfunding in numbers

  • Rewards / Donations – €50.2 million
  • Loan Based/P2P – €196.3 million
  • Equity/Royalties – €50.3 million
  • The most active age in all crowdfunding categories is 35-49
  • Average investment for an equity was €4,342
  • Hottest sector for equity crowdfunding is property

In 2014 France updated regulations on alternative forms of finance, while the rules are not perfect as Crowdfund Insider’s JD Alois puts it, on the flipside, there is a healthy eco-system in place for crowdfunding. It seems that regulations need to be addressed further as one source has mentioned that crowdfunding in France is not as clearly defined as, for example, banking. We will keep you updated about more crowdfunding news in France in future crowdfunding news blogs.

Seedrs Hits £100 Million Invested In Early-Stage And Growth

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Seedrs, the UK’s No. 1 equity crowdfunding platform, recently announced that it has had more than £100 million invested on its platform in early-stage and growth focused businesses since it launched back in July 2012.

2015 was a great year for the company, not only had over a £100 million invested on the platform, it also had over 38,000 investments made on the site.

Standout funding rounds on Seedrs in 2015 included, healthy eating high street brand, Tossed, which raised £1.34 million from 661 investors, and award-winning cloud accounting software, FreeAgent, which raised £1.21 million from over 700 investors. (Mondo Visione, February, 2016)

Seedrs now has significantly more people using its site than any other UK equity crowdfunding platform.

Last month the equity crowdfunding platform was named a Bloomberg Business Innovator 2016, an award that recognises “the people changing how the UK lives, works and thinks,” as well as joining Tech City UK’s Upscale Programme of 30 of the fastest-growing UK tech companies.

Greece Baseball Team Crowdfunding To Reach European Championship

greece baseball crowdfunding

One for all you sports fans out there! Greece’s men’s national baseball team has set up a crowdfunding page in order to raise funds so they can participate in the European Baseball Championship in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.

The Hellenic side had qualified for the tournament having finished in tenth place at the 2014 edition of the event, which was won by the Dutch team and claimed the last remaining automatic spot.

Due to the country’s economic situation, the Hellenic Amateur Baseball Federation (HABF) has been shut down by the Government, putting their hopes of competing at the tournament in jeopardy.

Without a National Federation recognised by the Confederation of European Baseball, the team would be unable to participate in the event which takes place in mid September.

Tom Mazarakis, the team manager and former HABF President Panagiotis Mitsiopoulos are due to meet with the Government soon in an attempt to have a new Federation put in place.

If a new federation is granted, the team are hoping to raise $35,000 (£25,000/€32,000) through crowdfunding to ensure that it will be able to support the team on a long-term basis.

Love baseball and interested in helping the Greek team out? Click here.

Unfortunately at The House Crowd we can’t help you crowdfund your favourite baseball team, however, we can offer you at our very own Manchester guides (North and Central) and an ideal place to watch and play baseball!

 

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