Peer To Peer and Development Performance Stats

December 2016 Summary P2P & Development Stats

December 2016 Summary Monthly Statistics can be seen below.

Bridging Loans   31/12/2016
  Gross Net
Total Amount Lent £10,773,024 £9,624,670
Total Returns Paid £292,637 £292,637
No of Loans 28
No of Loans Repaid 14
Average Loan Period 10
Investors Capital Lost £0
Average Loan Size £384,751 £343,738
Average Loan to Value 70%
Average Interest Rate Paid 9.00%
Average Interest Rate Offered 9.08%

 

Development Loans   31/12/2016
  Gross Net
Total Amount Lent £8,865,861 £8,019,571
Total Returns Paid £46,862 £46,862
No of Loans 12
No of Loans Repaid 2
Average Loan Period 9
Investors Capital Lost £0
Average Loan Size £738,822 £668,298
Average Loan to Value N/A
Average Interest Rate Paid 14.00%
Average Interest Rate Offered 11.92%

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Manchester Property Market Growth at 12 Year High

Manchester Property Market Growth at 12 Year High

Latest figures released by the Hometrack Index show Manchester property market growth to have hit a 12 year high in 2016. This gives the city the second highest rate of price growth in the UK, next to Bristol.

A rise of 8.9% year-on-year for Manchester was reported, with experts predicting that the city will overtake Bristol for pole position by the end of the first quarter of 2017. The figures for Manchester exceed the average year-on-year increase across the UK, which came in at 7.7%.

Strong market fundamentals, particularly a significant supply/demand imbalance in Manchester, keep pressure on prices high. Despite the same supply/demand imbalance in the capital however, London dropped to seventh place for price growth in 2016.

Strong Market Fundamentals Keep Manchester Property Market Growth Thriving

Manchester’s vibrant rental market is also thriving, with demand continuing to grow. This, of course, makes it a dream opportunity for buy-to-let investors. Indeed, the city was recently named the UK’s buy-to-let hotspot by HSBC. This is all despite the massive challenges faced by buy-to-let investors following the government’s attacks on landlords.

The growing popularity of property crowdfunding is helping prospective buy-to-let investors push back against these attacks, providing a welcome haven for those keen to benefit from a steady stream of secured rental income.

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Rental growth here is 13 times that of London, driven by the growing population of young renters, flocking to the city for studying and career opportunities. Manchester boasts 60% more 25-29 year olds than the UK average, placing it within the country’s fastest growing demand for short term lets.

Massive Investment In Manchester Fuelling Property Market Growth

Success is also compounded by the government’s whopping £7 billion investment in Manchester. Determination to develop a world-class infrastructure in the city will attract further billions of worldwide investment over the coming years, which is already evident as overseas investors hone in on the investment opportunities offered here.  

Over 100,000 students across Manchester’s four main higher education institutions give it the highest student population in Europe.

70,000 of these are not in student halls of residences, meaning they are renting privately within the city. This makes it prime territory for PBSA (Purpose Built Student Accommodation) investment.

Across the board, from the UK-leading purchase market, to the thriving private rental and student markets, right through to commercial investments, Manchester is winning. As growth in the city’s property market continues at an unprecedented pace, with huge investment fuelling projected growth for years to come, we remain confident in the continued promise that our city offers investors.

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Our 2016 Summary

Our 2016 Summary

December saw another successful month for The House Crowd, which rounded the year off nicely for us and allowed us to start 2017 on the right foot. It was a very busy month, with 4 bridging loans being repaid, 1 property sold and seed capital repaid for one of our development projects. We paid out over £2.2 million in capital returned to 693 investors. You’ll find the stats, for December, as well as for our 2016 summary, below:

December 2016

Projects paid out against – 24

Total Value of dividends and interest paid – £195,747.96

Total Value of Capital Repaid – £2,057,295

Total paid out to investors for December – £2,253,042

Total number of investors paid – 693

2016 Final

Project paid out against – 240

Total value of dividends and interest paid – £794,126.60

Total Value of Capital Repaid – £4,554,720

Total number of investors paid – 5,506

Cumulative

Project paid out against – 434

Total value of dividends and interest paid – £1,135,625.00

Total Value of Capital Repaid – £5,005,720.00

Total number of investors paid – 8,498

We’re excited to see where 2017 takes us, and hope that you will join us for the ride. With many upcoming developments and exciting projects to invest in, we’re sure that 2017 is going to be a year to remember.

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An Introduction to Investing Through Property Crowdfunding

An Introduction to Investing Through Property Crowdfunding

Traditionally, only those with access to large amounts of capital have been able to invest in the lucrative world of property. Managing a portfolio is normally time-consuming, business, which becomes increasingly more burdensome as the investor’s portfolio becomes larger.

However, in the last few years, a new method of property investment has emerged which has effectively democratised the entire investment process, allowing more people than ever to benefit from the financial gains that property investment can offer.

Property crowdfunding started to take off in 2012, and is now worth billions of dollars a year worldwide. The value of the industry currently doubles every two months, and is set to be worth $250bn by 2020.

The growth of the property crowdfunding industry has been catalysed, in part, by the relaxation of regulations over the last few years. The Government has identified the industry as being hugely beneficial to the economy, and has also begun investing in crowdfunding itself. Institutional investment is also coming into play at an increasing rate, and high net worth investors, attracted by the simplicity of the process, and the returns available, are also investing through property crowdfunding.

But why is investing in property crowdfunding proving so popular?

Offering the chance to build a diverse portfolio without all the legwork involved in traditional property investment models, and with the opportunity for significant gains, it’s no surprise that investing in property crowdfunding has grown exponentially in the last few years.

What’s more, as interest rates on savings continue to crawl along the seabed, and returns from both rental and sales continue to rise, more and more people are waking up to crowdfunding as a simple way to grow their money.

How Does It Work?

Property crowdfunding encompasses both equity investments and debt based investment (also known as peer to peer secured lending).

The concept itself is relatively simple.

Equity investments involve a group of people pooling their cash to buy a property as shareholders through a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV). The SPV is a limited company, set up solely for the purchase of that property. The SPV handles all the work, fees and maintenance of the property, whilst the shareholders receive their proportion of the rental yields, and/or share of capital gains when the property is sold.

People can invest even very small sums in buying shares in the property. On some platforms, this is as low as £50, but the typical minimum is between £500 and £1000. One of the advantages of property crowdfunding is that you can spread your available capital over a number of different properties across the crowdfunding platform, to mitigate risk.

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Getting started is a very quick and easy process. You simply register on your chosen website – it is an FCA requirement that only registered and accredited investors may participate, and, once registered, you simply select the properties you wish to invest in.

Debt based investments again involve pooling resources, in this instance, to make micro loans through the platform to a third party borrower. The loan as a whole is secured against the borrower’s property and the platform appoints an agent to act on behalf of lenders and take any necessary enforcement action. These types of investment are usually short term (up to 12 months, and pay a fixed rate of interest with no capital growth).

Where Did It Start?

The House Crowd is the longest-established property crowdfunding platform. It began trading in 2012 and offers both debt and equity investments. Since then, other companies have followed in their footsteps, such as Property Moose in 2013, and Property Partner and Crowdlords in 2014. The industry continues to expand, with several new platforms emerging each year.

Is It Regulated?

Property crowdfunding firms are all regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which ensures that platforms are managed properly, and that risks are made completely clear to investors. As with any investment, there is risk to capital – but it’s worth comparing this risk against other investment classes, and seeing how property crowdfunding stacks up.

Before investing through property crowdfunding platforms, it is very important to do your research. Every regulated platform should have the FCA authorisation number clearly visible on their website. If you can’t find these details, you should steer clear as they are not operating legally.

Is It The Right Choice For Me?

As with any investment, you need to take into account your personal circumstances to establish whether it is the right one for you.

You can find out more about establishing whether property crowdfunding is the right investment for you here.

Ask yourself what you wish to achieve. Investors with a lot of professional experience and access to bank funding, may find the model less appealing than novices.

If, on the other hand, you don’t have a deposit available, or aren’t able to get a mortgage, then investing through property crowdfunding could be an ideal way for you to access this asset class. And, given the government’s recent attacks on landlords, which has severely undermined the profitability and viability of buy-to-let investing for individual investors, it may well be that crowdfunding remains the only sensible option available for most.

Risk

The same principles that apply to other forms of property investment also apply to crowdfunding. You should be aware that capital growth profits are speculative, and investing in properties that produce a healthy cash flow is the more sensible approach.

One of the major risks associated with cash flow positive properties is that of damage or non-payment of rent. As such, you should always factor this in as an eventuality that may affect your yields. As mentioned above, however, if you have a well-diversified portfolio, with your capital spread over several properties, any losses due to one bad tenant will be more bearable than if you had all your eggs in one basket.

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At the end of the day, it all comes down to your risk tolerance. You do lose a large amount of leverage by investing through property crowdfunding, and you will only benefit proportionately from the property’s capital growth but, at the same time, having no borrowing means significantly less risk as there are no mortgage payments and no danger of the property being repossessed (as shareholders own it outright).

If making crowdfunded debt-based investment, (aka peer to peer lending) you need to know what would happen if the borrower defaults and does not repay the loan. You should ask questions about how your investment would be protected, what happens in the event of a default – how easy is it to take control of the secured property? – and how much equity is available to enable you to recover your money should the worst happen. Unless there is sufficient equity in the property, you could risk losing some or all of your money.

If you opt for debt-based investments, your investment will be secured by a legal charge. A critical matter to consider is at what LTV the loan is made. If, for example, a loan is made at ‘75% LTV’, it means that you will be at risk of losing some of your capital if the borrower defaults, the property has to be seized, and is sold for less than 75% of its current valuation.

Debt investments are generally considered to be lower risk than equity investments, as lenders are always paid out before shareholders, however, you do not get the potential upside of capital growth.

What About If I Want Out of My Investment?

If you need a liquid asset, then property is not the best choice.

Investing through property crowdfunding facilitates liquidity to some degree as it may be easier to sell shares in a property than the whole property. However, there is never any guarantee that you will be able to find a buyer, and, if you cannot do so, you will have to wait until the property is sold.

Some platforms will help you to find a buyer after the expiry of a minimum term, but you should check the small print before you invest. If you’re looking for a short term investment, P2P secured lending may be the better option.

To Conclude

We hope that this has offered you some valuable insight into getting started investing through property crowdfunding. Of course, you should know everything about the ins and outs of any investment before you part with your money, and we are fully committed to helping you know all you need to.

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Traditional Property Investment versus Property Crowdfunding

Traditional Property Investment Versus Property Crowdfunding

Property crowdfunding and traditional property investment have some significant differences. The main difference is to be found in the nature of managing the investment.

Whilst those who favour traditional property investment value the sense of control associated with full ownership of a property, there are significant costs and time commitments involved in maintaining their investment, Property crowdfunding on the other hand is to a very large extent a passive investment with thord parties managing everything on your behalf. So if you do not have the time, nor the resources, to keep up with the demands of building a property portfolio it can be a very attractive option.

There are also additional financial implications to consider, and we will go into these in this article.

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Responsibility

Property crowdfunding eliminates many of the responsibilities involved with traditional property investment. An investor wishing to create a properly diversified portfolio of properties will invest large sums on a smaller range of properties, and will be responsible for everything from biological disruptions (by infestation of plant or animal life), to managing tenants and weathering void periods on a rental property. With a crowdfunded property investment, none of these aspects apply, as they are taken care of by a third party.

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Furthermore, the due diligence, prequalification and vetting of an investment property are all handled by the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle), the company behind the purchased property.

If, on the other hand, you have the skills and experience necessary to avoid mistakes and handle the investment on your own, then traditional property investment will probably be a lucrative way to grow your money. That being said, you will need substantially more money in the first place in order to make your first investment purchase.

Fees and Costs

There’s also the matter of fees. A traditional property investor will have to contend with solicitors’ fees, mortgage broker fees, loan arrangement fees, and surveyor charges, for example. With property crowdfunding, these fees are included within the overall cost required to sell the property, as listed on the crowdfunding platform’s website.

It’s also worth learning from the mistakes many property investors made ahead of the 2008 property crash. Many found that their mortgage lenders had allowed them to leverage at a rate that exceeded their affordability. The banks then revalued people’s assets, leading to a swathe of repossessions, subsequent catastrophic loss, and bankruptcies.

Checking the small print and getting legal advice when investing with the traditional property investment model is wise. Then again, none of this applies to property crowdfunding.

This is, of course, a worst-case scenario for traditional property investors. It is, nonetheless, one that still bears some weight. If mortgage rates rise, those who have invested with a mortgage may find themselves out of pocket. Buy-to-let investors should take the obvious step of making sure that their monthly rental income covers, at the very least, their mortgage repayments by at least 130% and should factor in potential mortgage rate rises.

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Buy-to-let landlords have also been hit by changes in Government legislation that have removed the ability for these landlords to deduct interest from profits from their tax liability, which can prove a further obstacle to ensuring the profitability of their investment. Again, there are no such risks with property crowdfunding, which usually buys properties for cash with no or minimal borrowing.

Challenges and Rewards

Whilst there are challenges involved with investing in property in the traditional manner, there are also a great many rewards. First of all, rather than earning a percentage of returns based on your initial investment sum (as with crowdfunding), once all outgoings (such as loans and legal fees, for example) have been taken into account, an outright property investor could earn a potentially much higher return.

There is, however, a downside to this. Where a traditional investor leverages a lot of cash, the risks to the investment are increased dramatically. Should the investment value fall, they could stand to lose a very significant amount. Whilst risk is, of course, not negated with property crowdfunding, no mortgage is necessary.

Selling Your Investment

Another benefit of traditional property investment is the control over when to sell the investment. If you are able to sell at a profit, and as quickly as you require, then the power is in your hands. Property crowdfunding, on the other hand, usually requires a majority vote from all shareholders if you wish to sell before the end of the investment term.

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To Conclude

Property investment, whether traditional or crowdfunded, has long been a profitable investment choice. Whilst both forms of investment carry risk, there are significant pros and cons on both sides, which potential investors need to factor into their investment decision.

Weighing up which type of property investment is right for your particular needs is key to ensuring that you are confident in where to place your money. At the end of the day, however, whichever path to property investment you choose, there is potential for great returns.

Property Crowdfunding: Is It The Right Investment For Me?

Property Crowdfunding: Is It The Right Investment For Me?

Property crowdfunding is becoming an ever-more popular way for people to invest in property, often with significantly less money than investing the traditional way. However, before you jump in, it’s a good idea to assess whether this is the right investment choice for you and your circumstances.

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What Do You Want To Achieve?

The first question to ask yourself when considering property crowdfunding is what you wish to achieve from your investment.

If you are looking for an investment that requires less ongoing attention than owning a property for either development or rental, or you personally have more faith in the property market than the stock market, then it could be right for you. Nonetheless, plenty of investors in property welcome the sense of control that owning a property outright brings.

Though there is more additional financial outlay involved in the purchase and maintenance of a property owned this way, some people would rather be involved in all aspects of their investment than leave it to another party.

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What Experience in Property Investment Do You Have?

This follows on to the second question you need to ask. How experienced are you as a property investor?

If you’ve been a full-time, outright property investor for some time, and have access to the bank funding required to own and develop a property yourself, then property crowdfunding may be less appealing.

For those who know how the market works, and perhaps already have all the necessary contacts they need for the properties they invest in, benefitting from more of the profits (after paying off loans), as opposed to their share percentage, may be a more attractive investment option.

If none of this applies to you, then you could be the sort of person who would benefit from property crowdfunding, depending your circumstances.

What Are Your Circumstances?

For novice or less experienced investors, or those who have less access to bank funding, then property crowdfunding can offer an opportunity to invest in property that is unavailable through other means. For those who are interested in the prospect of weathering the risks of property investment, rather than earning scarcely any interest on their savings accounts, again, property crowdfunding may offer an alternative path.

Whenever you consider an investment, whichever form this may take, you need to ensure that you are covered in the event that the investment takes a turn for the worst. You should only ever invest what you can afford, so make sure your calculations are correct, and you won’t cause yourself financial harm if, for any reason, the value of your investment falls.

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To Conclude

As a final note, if you decide to invest in property crowdfunding, there is further investigation to be undertaken. You will need to choose the right crowdfunding platform. It is very important to do your research, and to only settle on the platform that meets all your needs and requirements. Make sure they are regulated by the FCA, that they have a good reputation, and that their customer service and complaints procedures meet your standards.

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Entrusting your money with any investment vehicle is a decision that should never be made lightly. Ensuring that you are confident with all aspects of the investment is crucial, including the issue of risk. Property crowdfunding is no different to most other investment types, in that there is always a risk of loss. Knowing everything you can, and choosing the right investment for you, is the key to investing happily, smartly, and – hopefully – profitably.

 

Newton Heath and Marple Development Updates

Newton Heath and Marple Development Updates

Newton Heath Manchester
It has been a few weeks since our last update for the new build development of townhouses in Newton Heath Manchester.
In fact in the last blog it really did look like a building site.
A few months later and the interior designers have worked their magic and the contemporary living spaces are starting to look like homes.

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As you can see from the photographs, the light open kitchen dining areas should prove very popular for those modern families who enjoying entertaining.

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The spacious lounge area and bedrooms certainly make these properties stand out from other townhouses in the area.
The bedrooms have been decorated and dressed in soft neutrals to ensure the light airy feel continues throughout.

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The team have worked hard to ensure that the finish and specification in the bathrooms have certainly kept our promise of contemporary high specification housing.

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Station Road Marple.

Just a few miles away in the leafy village of Marple our project at Station Road is now looking absolutely stunning.

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This extensive renovation has ensured that we have kept the character of the property along with the stylish contemporary extension to the rear (photographs to follow of the internal living space).
The property looks incredible and the external landscaping to the rear certainly looks a bit different in these two before and after snaps!

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The photograph above shows the new decked area and extensive living room extension. The removal of the tarmac driveway and old fencing has enabled us to extend the lawn and garden.

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‘Before’ photograph of the garden requiring a bit of TLC and some turf.

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Bank Chambers, Stockport, Sales Update

Bank Chambers Stockport.

We have just sold another apartment off-plan (the third of nine) at our Bank Chambers, Stockport development. Work starts on the conversion next week (3rd October 2016) so please keep an eye on these blog pages and our social media for project updates.

The CGI images below show the kitchen, living space and contemporary bathrooms.

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Stockport Market has become the latest place to be with its historic market hall and popular teenage market and is also becoming a foodie hotspot with new eateries popping up along the cobbled streets.

We are looking for a good quality restaurant operator to take the ground floor. It’s in a great location directly opposite the market hall, so if you know of a restaurant owner looking to expand ask them to get in contact.

 

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July Update-a Month in Numbers

 

As many of you know we started offering peer to peer secured loans in 2015 in addition to our equity investments.

Here’s a few stats to show how we are doing (correct as of 31st July 2016)

 

  • Total sum loaned                             £8,339,734
  • No. of loans made                           22
  • No of loan repaid                             5
  • Returns Paid to date                       £ 95,028
  • Av. loan period                                  10 months
  • Av. loan size                                       £379,079
  • Default rate                                        0%
  • Av. Loan To Value                            68%
  • Av. interest rate                               8.95%

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What is FCA Regulation and Why is it Important in Alternative Finance?

A question put to us most days is whether The House Crowd is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority?

The short answer is yes…

…but it is important to understand why this matters so much.

If you want to learn more you can refer to the exact wording dealing with our permissions in the footer of our website or the emails you receive from us. Or, you know, just read them below:

In respect of Equity Investments, The House Crowd Limited (FRN 711355) is an appointed representative of Prosper Capital LLP (FRN 453007) (“Prosper”). Prosper is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  Neither the House Crowd Limited, Prosper nor any of their affiliates or group companies provides any advice or recommendations in relation to this document.  If you have any doubt about the suitability of any investment marketed by The House Crowd Limited, or you require financial advice, you should seek a personal recommendation from an appropriately qualified financial advisor that does give advice.

In respect of Peer to Peer investments, The House Crowd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under interim permission number 665205 to conduct peer to peer lending activity in the UK.

Investments are only available to certain specified persons who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand the risks. Investments in property and unlisted shares carry risk and you may not receive the anticipated returns and your capital may be at risk.

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So Who Is the FCA?

The FCA has an important role to play in helping to safeguard people when dealing with financial matters, and how the FCA treats crowdfunding plays a crucial role in our business and the way we can operate.

Crowdfunding, as an industry, is still in its infancy. Since The House Crowd first began, the FCA regulation surrounding crowdfunding has evolved to create a regulatory framework in which the industry can flourish whilst protecting investors from being misled.

FCA Regulation

 

The FCA operates with three statutory objectives:

 

  • To protect customers
  • To enhance the integrity of the UK financial system
  • To help maintain competitive markets and promote effective competition in the interests of consumers

The FCA provides firms with a number of key principles that they must adhere to and we at The House Crowd always conduct business with these at the forefront of our minds.

The Financial Conduct Authority is responsible for regulating:

 

  • Loan-based peer-to-peer platforms on which people lend money to individuals or businesses in the hope of financial return in the form of interest payments and a repayment of capital over time
  • Investment-based crowdfunding platforms

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How Does FCA Regulation Impact The House Crowd?

In line with FCA regulation, we always ensure that all of our investments are presented in a way which is fair, clear and not misleading. We always endeavour to provide you with any relevant risks that may impact on the estimated returns.

FCA Regulation

Here at the House Crowd, we are building a team with a varied set of skills and qualifications, which ensures we can competently provide a full investment and financial pack for each of our listed investments. However, it’s really important to acknowledge that we are not investment advisors, and so it is essential that if you do not fully understand any information we present that you seek your own independent financial advice.

Why Must I Register With You In Order to Invest?

Anyone who wishes to access specific investment information on our website must first register with us and certify themselves as one of three acceptable types of investor. These are:

 

  • “Crowdfunding” (Elective Professional Investor)
  • “Sophisticated” Investor
  • “High Net Worth” Investor

There are more details about these given during your registration process.

The reason for this is that the FCA restrict the promotion of certain investment products to people who fall within those categories, to ensure that anyone investing with us fully understands the investment and associated risks, and therefore have full knowledge of what they are getting into.

That’s why, when you register on our website, we ask that you select the category of investor you fall within, and we ask you to confirm your understanding of the risks involved in crowdfunding.

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Once you have fully registered on our website, we can send you more information about the investments we list on our platform, and you are then free to invest, if you choose to do so.

I Want To Invest From Overseas. Can I?

If you are an overseas investor, you must check the regulations in your own jurisdiction to establish whether your government allows you to invest in UK based crowdfunded opportunities.  This is your responsibility.

Once you’ve established that you can invest with us from your country, you’ll need to provide two separate proofs of address, which can be a utility bill (not a mobile phone bill), or bank account statement, before you can invest for the first time. This is in order to comply with anti-money laundering (AML) legislation.

Conclusion

It’s important to note that this does not mean that there are no risks involved with crowdfunded property investment. As we reiterate wherever we can, there are risks involved with any kind of investment, and The House Crowd is no different. Whilst you can make a good return on your investment, there is always the possibility of loss. It is this that you must fully understand and be mindful of whenever you’re choosing how to invest your money.

We hope that this handy guide has helped to clear a few things up for you, but if you have any further questions, we are always happy to help. For any questions specifically related to compliance, you can get in touch directly with Charlotte, our Legal expert, by emailing her at: [email protected].

Where Can I Find Out More About FCA Regulations?

Well, funny you should say that! We have some useful links for you right here:

FCA Crowdfunding Review

FCA Policy Statement

FCA Discussion Papers

Alternative Lending: A Regulatory Approach to P2P Lending

Happy reading!

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