Donating a fair share back into Manchester’s communities

At The House Crowd, we take great pleasure in breathing new life into empty unloved homes and communities, in order to provide good value, quality housing for those who need it most. Couple this with our love for Manchester and its surrounding areas, and it’s clear to see why we recently chose to donate a £1000 share in our next buy-to-let project to Forever Manchester, the community charity for Greater Manchester.

Our donation to Forever Manchester will guarantee at least a £60 return in the first year alone, in addition to a significant amount of money upon sale of the property.  We are excited in the knowledge that through Forever Manchester we will be helping to provide support for neighbourhoods and communities across Greater Manchester, with better places to live and valuable activities to get involved in.

Nick Massey, Chief Executive at Forever Manchester, said: “The generous project share provided by The House Crowd is fantastic and will help to support the work we carry out across the region for people of all ages, from all backgrounds. The House Crowd takes a place amongst our exclusive Manchester Million Club of generous organisations keen to support our work. This is a fantastic example of charity, the Mancunian way.”

We know we’ve donated to a great cause and cannot wait to watch our donation to Forever Manchester grow with a minimum return of 6% a year, plus a share of profits upon sale.

The House Crowd is a brand new concept in property investment which allows people to invest small amounts via crowdfunding (for more information on the process, visit www.http://thehousecrowd.com/thehousecrowd//how-it-works/). We are committed to breathing life into empty, rundown properties whilst giving investors great returns on their investments (for more information about us, visit www.http://thehousecrowd.com/thehousecrowd//about/our-manifesto/). If you’ve read enough and want to invest now, visit www.http://thehousecrowd.com/thehousecrowd//invest-in-property/).

Social housing tenants – left out in the cold?

For a variety of reasons, those claiming housing benefits have received a large amount of bad press over the last couple of years and continue to be the subject of contentious public opinion.

For landlords, the argument in favour of social housing tenanting has not been helped at all by those who flagrantly cheated the UK’s welfare system and left substantially tainted opinion in their wake.

However, it’s the common-sense responsibility of landlords to rise above stereotyping the majority of social housing tenants because of well-publicised and likely over-hyped, misdemeanours of a minority. Research has shown the bulk of people on housing benefit are decent people who regard the place they live as a permanent let, rather than a short-term solution.

Additionally, for those quick to judge housing support, it’s worth remembering that a high proportion of people receiving housing benefit are aged over 55 and have contributed much to society and tax pots throughout their working lives, and are only now in need of support as they head into retirement.

Our perspective at The House Crowd is that short-sighted landlords, who form part of the growing number of landlords leaving the LHA market, should ask themselves whether they can actually afford to abandon such a substantial part of the private rented sector when our industry is still recovering from such challenging economic circumstances.

The House Crowd provides an ethical investment opportunity in which profits are shared – what we like to term “Caring Capitalism”. We seek out repossessions through liquidators and asset management companies, allowing us to offer our investors excellent returns, as well as breathing new life into empty homes and providing quality housing for those who need it most.

The House Crowd is a brand new concept in property investment which allows people to invest small amounts via crowdfunding (for more information on the process, visit www.http://thehousecrowd.com/thehousecrowd//how-it-works/). We are committed to breathing life into empty, rundown properties whilst giving investors great returns on their investments (for more information about us, visit www.http://thehousecrowd.com/thehousecrowd//about/our-manifesto/). If you’ve read enough and want to invest now, visit www.http://thehousecrowd.com/thehousecrowd//invest-in-property/).