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.



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


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.


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.


Station Road Marple.

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

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!


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.


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

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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 6/10/16

The Latest Crowdfunding News


Hi guys and welcome to another crowdfunding news edition, as usual, we will be travelling around the UK and around the globe in order to give you a snapshot of the latest goings-on in the crowdfunding world. Today we start our round-up and focus on The FCA and Cambridge University partnership, both have teamed up to review the current state of alternative finance, to ending our round-up in China. Missed our previous blog round-ups? If so, catch up here.


FCA & Cambridge University Team Up to Review UK Alternative Finance


The Financial Conduct Authority (The FCA) and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) have teamed up to assist in the review of the UK alternative finance industry. The joint project will inform the FCA’s ongoing post-implementation review of crowdfunding regulation which is currently in process.

There’s a consensus that the UK is a global leader when it comes to alternative finance regulation.

Moreover, The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is a global leader in research on disruptive finance. The pair will be working on a program of research that will identify any changes in the nature of the industry,clients’ expectations, plus its overall place in the financial services landscape.

The unique partnership will be primarily looking at what the crowdfunding investor population really looks like and how it is evolving, another research area that they will be investigating is how investors on the platforms understand the risks involved, as well as how they use the information provided to them by fundraisers. In addition, their research will look at the types of investments crowdfunding platforms are competing with for investors’ money, plus how these platforms and investors share the burden of due diligence and whether an expectation gap exists between the two.


Santander UK Strikes a Partnership With an Alternative Finance Company


Santander UK has struck a partnership with an alternative finance company to fund social enterprises in a deal that marks the first tie-up between a large British high-street bank and a crowdfunding site. (,October 2016)

The banking giant is joining forces with Crowdfunder to provide £200,000 to community projects, charities and enterprises that are focused on social change across the country.

The bank will donate half the funding target of a project once it raises 50 per cent from the public online.

This headline has gained attention because the partnership further closes the gap between mainstream and alternative finance, it also paves the way for closer collaboration between a well known high-street lender and the crowdfunding sector.

Back 2014, Santander UK paired up with Funding Circle referred small business customers looking for loans to the P2P lender when the bank was unable to serve them.

However, the deal with Crowdfunder is different because equity crowdfunding involves raising money from the public who each gain a share in the company.

Managing director of Santander Business Banking, Sue Douthwaite, told the FT : “Our purpose is to help people and businesses prosper and we recognise the important role social enterprises and charities play in helping communities to thrive.

“With the power of the crowd, our £200,000 Changemaker Fund will help bring great ideas to life and enable social enterprises and community ventures to grow.”

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Africa : Has Crowdfunding Potential but Regulatory Laws need to Catch Up

Africa Crowdfunding

Last year crowdfunding platforms in Africa raised $32.3 million for various projects, data from the Afrikstart Crowdfunding in Africa report reveals. However, that figure could be much higher over the coming years if governments across the continent developed crowdfunding regulations.

As Nigerian journalist Yomi Kazeem mentions in his article for, despite its rising popularity, the most common limitation of crowdfunding across most African countries, is a lack of legal and regulatory framework.

The Afrikstart Crowdfunding in Africa report states : “The absence of regulation limits the expansion of equity-based or debt-based crowdfunding platforms in Africa.”

Therefore, having a lack of regulation in place is likely to deter investors from using online platforms as there is no investor protection in place.

However, despite having regulation limitations, with cost of access to internet dropping in parts of Africa and smartphone penetration deepening, on the plus side, more Africans are taking advantage of crowdfunding platforms to finance projects ranging from start-ups to social causes.

South Africa comes out on top when it comes to crowdfunding, The Rainbow Nation’s platforms have raised $30.8 million, it’s worth noting that $32.3 million was raised by crowdfunding platforms from all over Africa, so it just goes to show how well South Africa is championing the concept.

The country’s dominance in crowdfunding on the continent is not accidental. According to a report, the popularity of crowdfunding in South Africa is down to the country’s “sophisticated business market, a robust and reliable regulatory credit system and supervision.”

Although not 100% perfect, other African countries can learn a lot from South Africa and adopt a more robust crowdfunding strategy.


Restaurant Chain “M” Secures £1.2M Just Hours After Seedrs Campaign Debut

M Crowdfunding

Just hours after restaurant chain M launched its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs, the London-based company has successfully secured £1.2 million out of its £1.3 million funding goal. (Crowdfund Insider, October 2016)

Since its launch back in 2014, the chain has received numerous awards such as : Best Use of Technology The Cateys 2016, Best Young Chef UK & Ireland 2016, San Pellegrino Awards, Best for Steak and Seafood, and many more.

For those that invested in the campaign, starting with the investors that put £10k into the campaign, they will receive 25% discount at M until January 2019, a copy of Executive Chef Michael Reid’s M: a 24- Hour Cookbook, free membership of M DEN, our luxury private members lounge plus, 15% off online wine purchases.

The investors that put in between £1,000 – £9,999 will receive a 15% discount at M until January 2019, a copy of Executive Chef Michael Reid’s M: a 24- Hour Cookbook and free membership of M DEN,  their luxury private members lounge.

Lastly, those who invested between £200- £999 get 0% discount at M until January 2019 and a copy of Executive Chef Michael Reid’s M: a 24- Hour Cookbook.

You can read more about the crowdfunding campaign here.

Image source : Crowdfund Insider

Crowdfunding The Great Wall of China

great wall of china crowdfunding

Heritage officials have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for restoration work on the Great Wall of China.

China Radio International has reported that more than 16,000 people have donated online since the campaign started at the end of August, raising almost 300,000 yuan ($45,000; £34,000) so far (stats taken from last month).

Dong Yaohui, who’s in charge of the fundraising effort, mentioned on the BBC website : “By pooling the contribution of every single individual, however small it is, we will be able to form a great wall to protect the Great Wall.”

The funds made will go towards restoring the Xifengkou section, which runs through a reservoir, and all of the project spending will be made public.


What Are Your Thoughts?


Which of our chosen crowdfunding stories has interested you the most? We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave us a comment on our Facebook and Google Plus pages. If you prefer to tweet us, tweet @TheHouseCrowd.

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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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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 12/9/16

The Latest Crowdfunding News

Hi guys and welcome to our first September crowdfunding news edition. As usual we will be taking a look at the latest goings-on in the world of crowdfunding and today we start our round-up by focusing on Kickstarter who have headed east and launched in Asia to looking at how European alternative finance performed in 2015. Missed our recent round-ups? If so, catch up here.

Kickstarter Launches in Asia

Kickstarter Asia

Kickstarter, one of the most well known crowdfunding sites has launched in both Hong Kong and Singapore respectively, and are their first ever sites in the continent.

Prior to launching in Asia, Kickstarter only operated in Europe, North America, and Australia.

In the past, entrepreneurs from Singapore and Hong Kong had to co-operate with overseas partners if they wanted their ideas published on the site.

With the crowdfunding giant now launching in Hong Kong and Singapore, people can present their projects from a local network as well have their fundraising goals set in Hong Kong/Singapore dollars.

Kickstarter will now compete with local sites such as FringeBacker from Hong Kong as well as the likes of OurCrowd and MoolahSense from Singapore.

Just like other crowdfunding sites, Kickstarter gains a cut from each project that has been pledged by its backers.

Well known Kickstarter projects include the Oculus Rift, which received its first funding via Kickstarter back in 2012 to the Pebble smartwatch.

Image Source : BBC News

Finnish Crowdfunding Act Updated

Finland Crowdfunding

From Asia to now travelling to Scandinavia! A few days ago in Finland, the government updated its crowdfunding act, the new legislation makes it easier to register, for example, until now, equity crowdfunding in the Scandinavian country has required an investment firm license from the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA). However, the license slowed the market entry for new players.

Registration is a considerably more affordable alternative to the investment firm license, and this therefore allows new players into the market.

Investor protection is still at a good level under the new act, despite the fact that the registration process is a lighter form of regulation than a license.

In addition, the new Finnish crowdfunding act does not cover rewards or donations based crowdfunding models. For example, rewards-based models that are used by the likes of Kickstarter fall under consumer protection acts. In contrast, donation based crowdfunding in Finland is legal, anyone who wishes to create a donation based campaign must obtain a special fundraising permit from the police.

To sum it up briefly, Whilst the overall market size of alternative finance in Finland is relatively small, the government and industry bodies are hopeful that a balanced regulatory approach will help boost the up and coming sector.

Native equity crowdfunding company Invesdor’s CEO Lasse Mäkelä recently told Crowdfund Insider that the new Act should increase growth of the Finnish crowdfunding market. He stated :
“On a European level, crowdfunding volume is expected to double this year. We believe that with the new legislation Finland will be able to reach similar numbers.”

Crowdfunding in a tub! A brief insight into Oppo Ice Cream

Oppo Crowdfunding

At The House Crowd we love a good crowdfunding story and thought this was worth a mention (especially if you love ice cream!).
Back in 2015 Oppo Ice Cream at the time, was the most the “most overfunded” offer ever on Seedrs.

The London based company had originally set out to gain £150,000, however, they received triple the specified amount. Earlier this year they was again returned for further funding via Seedrs and smashed their £150,000 in just six hours!

Just like us, they too went on Dragon’s Den, they might not of had much of a slaying as what Frazer experienced, but again just like us being on the show helped propel their product.

Although they came out of the den empty handed, they revealed that they had no intention of taking The Dragon’s money as they had already funded the business by offering shares to their fans which they felt was a much better way of growing their brand. Going on the show for them was about spreading their message to the British public that you can indeed indulge in luxury ice cream… without looking like you have.

As we know, gaining business success is not a walk in the park, and it is something that takes hard work to cultivate. Oppo is also a great example of a small company that leveraged investment crowdfunding to take their business and product to the next level and a tasty investment it turned out to be!

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FCA Calls for Input on Equity Crowdfunding Regulation

Crowdfunding FCA

Upon releasing the new rules in 2014, the FCA promised a post-implementation review of the crowdfunding market and regulatory framework in 2016 (the “Review”). (Lexology, August 2016)

The financial body has released a ‘Call for input’ which describes the results of their initial market research and sets out a number of questions. The questions are linked to a range of areas and the document contains some hints on the future direction of investment based crowdfunding regulation.

Firstly, one key area that they will be taken into consideration is due diligence. Current regulations do not set a minimum standard of due diligence, the regulations cite concerns relating to financial crime and stresses the importance of protecting the interests of investors. They therefore suggest that minimum standards may be introduced.

Secondly, they’ll take client assessment into consideration. The regulator wants to review the extent to which firms are meeting these requirements and whether clients are sufficiently informed to understand the risks that are involved. In addition, they may consider publishing further advice on how to ensure retail investors meet certain criteria as well as introduce sanctions for companies who do not abide by the rules.

Lastly, the FCA will be looking at disclosure. As Lexology mention in a recent blog article, equity crowdfunding platforms are required to provide potential investors with sufficient information so that they are reasonably able to understand the nature of the product and its risks.The Review will look at whether this high-level rule is sufficient to protect investors.

So what happens now? There are currently no proposals to change the regulatory framework for crowdfunding platforms. However, anyone with an interest in equity (or loan-based) crowdfunding has to submit their response to the FCA before 8 September 2016. The feedback will then be used to inform the FCA’s continuing review of the current market. After the Reviewing process, the financial regulator will consider publishing a new consultation document which will include any proposed rule changes.


European Alternative Finance Jumps to €5.4 billion in 2015

Europe Alternative Finance

One news story in particular that we stumbled across this week and everyone in the alternative finance community was talking about was Europe.

A report published by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) entitled “Sustaining Momentum“, looks at the rapid growth of alternative finance across Europe.

In a nutshell, the CCAF reports on the ongoing growth of alternative finance including peer to peer lending, crowdfunding and more. Their findings show that alternative finance jumped 92% year over year to €5.4 billion in 2015.

In addition their research revealed that the UK continues to dominate the continent at €4.4 billion in aggregate funding. France and Germany are second and third with €319 million and €249 million respectively. The Dutch also performed well with €111 million. If you remove the UK out of the picture, European alternative finance increased by 72% year over year going from €594 million in 2014 to €1.019 billion in 2015. While the overall rate of growth slowed, the industry is gaining momentum as new regulations from across the continent take place as well as an array of platforms start to mature.

Interested in the CCAF’s research? If so, read their research embedded below.

CCAF Europe 2016 Sustaining Momentum – Final by CrowdfundInsider on Scribd


What Are Your Thoughts?


Which of our chosen crowdfunding stories has interested you the most? We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave us a comment on our Facebook and Google Plus pages. If you prefer to tweet us, tweet @TheHouseCrowd.

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All About MangoPay: What You Need to Know About Our New Secure Payment System

You may have noticed, along with the launch of our shiny new website, that we have integrated a new payment system named MangoPay. So what is this new, fruity-flavoured payment system? We’ve been getting a few enquiries since the system launch, so I thought it would be a good idea to give you some background.

What is MangoPay?

MangoPay is a well-respected, pan-European company, which was set up directly by The Leetchi Group in 2012. At that time, Leetchi was a crowdfunding platform, and developed MangoPay to meet the payment service needs of their own platform. So successful was their development, that they turned this internal system into a standalone product: MangoPay. Leetchi now provides financial service solutions across Europe.

MangoPay currently has over 1000 business platform customers, and is available in 22 countries across Europe, offering multiple currencies, as well as domestic and international payment methods. It was acquired by the leading French banking group, Crédit Mutueal Arkéa, last year, and have also recently partnered with London-based GoCardless. It’s also partnered with large banks, including Barclays, Commerzbank and Sabadell.

What does MangoPay do?

MangoPay itself is a secure payment flow system that allows both bank transfers and debit card transactions to be tracked automatically within the system. Deposited investment sums are held in escrow until the property has become fully-funded, at which point your balance is moved to the relevant SPV account and sent to our legal team in order to complete the property acquisition.

Where you earn rental income, interest, and so on from your investments, credit is paid into your personal MangoPay account, directly on The House Crowd platform, in your e-wallet. From there, you can automatically collect your money by withdrawal, and also add to it at any time.

What about security?

All client funds are segregated and administered by MangoPay within The House Crowd’s system and Mangopay itself is regulated separately by the EC (European Commission). As such, the FCA compliance within which we work at The House Crowd, combined with the regulations under which MangoPay is regulated, equates to a double dose of regulatory rigour!

In the event that the target sum for a property is not raised, all deposited sums are returned directly to the investor.

In terms of fraud prevention, MangoPay has a few set rules:

Firstly, no more than 10 transactions are permitted to be performed with the same card within a 24 hour period. After this number, no further transactions will be accepted.

Secondly, MangoPay refuses payments from blacklisted countries. These blacklisted countries are ones which are considered to have insufficient measures in place to combat both money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Thirdly, MangoPay refuses all transactions that do not benefit from liability shift (applies only to payments in Euros). Transactions must pass MangoPay’s 3D Secure Authentication procedure.

FCA Compliance

MangoPay do have a reciprocal relationship with the FCA, with every financial regulator within the EEA, and have passported their licence. All data is held in a secure data centre called EBRC in Luxembourg, in accordance with very stringent data protection laws. Funds are acquired in the UK, via Barclays and each day said funds are settled in a segregated client account, held in trust at ING Luxembourg, which means the funds are 100% guaranteed, unlike the FSCS which only guarantees £75k.

There are no more risks holding the data at a Luxembourg based data centre than a UK data centre.

We have taken a lot of time to decide on the right payment system for The House Crowd. We were adamant that the system we used was fully secured, both in terms of financial data, and personal information. So, if you had any concerns about the new MangoPay system, please rest assured that we have ensured it’s as watertight as it gets.

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always here to answer your queries, and to help in any way we can.

Happy investing!

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.


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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Why We Believe Investing For Income Is The Best Choice

Why We Believe Investing For Income Is The Best Choice


With UK interest rates stuck at historic lows and showing no signs of increasing any time soon, many investors have come to realise that there’s little difference between a savings account and leaving their money underneath the mattress.

Leaving money in the bank might be the safest option, but it is also one which will see the value of those savings gradually whittled away.

Income investing is becoming increasingly popular – here are seven reasons why we believe it is the best way to secure your financial future.

1. A little risk goes a long way

To enjoy any sort of income from investing it is necessary to accept some risk, however the key is to find that sweet spot where the risk is acceptable given the potential and predicted returns.

Income investing can allow that balance to be found. Whether it is in property or established companies with a history of solid dividends, money can be put into areas which show historic stability.

Areas, sectors and businesses which survive recessions, fashion and the volatility of other markets.

2. There are safe options – major companies with a track record

Income investing does not have to be in risky start-ups or areas tipped for massive growth but with high risk.

In fact, while such options might work out in the short term, in the longer run the established areas tend to be the ones which not only offer stability, but also provide the better returns. You can have your cake and eat it (speaking of which, huge bakers aren’t a bad investment – people always want cake…)

Larger established companies have exited periods of rapid growth and expansion, so rather than reinvesting any capital tend to offer attractive dividends.

3. Potentially have two means of making money, yields and capital growth

When income investing it’s possible for two ways to enjoy a return.

Take property for example – admittedly our area of expertise. Invest in a rental property and there are the yields from rent, but also potential capital growth too.

Two ways to enjoy a healthy return – that beats savings and its big fat zero ways to make a decent return.

4. Helping to grow the economy 

This might not be your key concern, but income investment does help perform an important job. It helps keep the economy moving, it provides funds where they are needed, importantly to well-run businesses.

If investing in the UK, it helps keep our economy healthy and competitive, if investing in property it helps improve the housing stock and provide affordable housing.

Invest wisely and you can go to sleep with a healthy self-satisfied glow to accompany that healthy bank balance.

5. You can have range of different investments, some low risk, others with the potential to offer great returns

When investing, it is paramount to build a portfolio to help spread risk and with it maximise returns.

You can invest for income and do this by investing in a range of businesses, in a range of property or even a mix of the two.

Some industries offer healthy dividends no matter the economic circumstances of the day – pharmaceuticals for example and others providing products and services which are always in demand. Others such as car manufacturers and those producing luxury products are more likely to be affected by the prevailing economic mood.

Property, being in obvious demand, is firmly in the safer camp. That said, a little risk as part of a portfolio can go a long way – would Apple or Microsoft have seemed safe investments a few decades ago?

6. Healthy growth of dividends

The days of living three score year and 10 are long past – with a fair wind there’s a fair chance any of us could now live to our late 80s and beyond.

Great news on one hand, but it does mean those investments made in advance need to keep paying out for longer than you might imagine – especially as who knows what pensions will look like by then…

The percentage  increase in dividend pay-outs could be absolutely crucial – a difference of a few percent could more than double the annual dividend a few years later.

To reiterate a point made higher up, income investment in solid options enables you to tap into dividends which pay out, and pay out, and keep paying out – hopefully for many, many years to come.

7. Bricks and mortar

We’ve hinted at it above, but property can be an ideal investment for those seeking an income.

Traditionally, buy to let investing has been appealing but only available to those with sizeable savings pots – especially given the need to invest in multiple properties to spread risk.

However, the emergence of crowdfunded property investment means that smaller sums can go a long way – for example a £20,000 savings pot could be used for 10 stakes of £2,000 each in different properties.

With crowdfunded property investment also a passive investment, there is none of the red tape of going it alone as a landlord, or the worry around ever changing legislation on Stamp Duty and mortgage relief…or the coming difficulties of getting a buy-to-let mortgage.

With property investing, there is always a tangible asset behind the investment.

As you might have guessed, the House Crowd is a property crowdfunding investment platform.

If you do want any more information on property crowdfunding, please have a look round the site and register for more information.

And however you choose to invest, we wish you the best of luck.

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5 Reasons Why Manchester Is The Top Place To Invest In Property

mcr salfordIt was great to read this week on the BBC website that the Chinese are investing heavily in the Manchester property market – many of them now preferring it to London. It is bound to help boost the economy and inevitably push house prices higher – which may be good or bad depending on your viewpoint. You can read the article here:

I also read this week the Jones Lang La Salle’s report on The Northern Renaissance and their belief that Manchester is the best place in the UK to invest in property as it provides both healthy yields and excellent prospects for capital growth.

You can access the full report below, but here are just a few key points from their research:

  • Manchester sits at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, a brand that is gathering real momentum.
  • The residential market is the strongest outside of London and has more growth opportunities over the coming years than any other city in the UK.
  • The ongoing infrastructure investment via the Metrolink extension, the airport and HS2 give the city added momentum going forward.
  • 2016-2020: predicted house price growth of 24.6%
  • 2016-2020: predicted rise in rental income of 22.8%

What this could mean for an investor who currently generates a gross yield of 9% on a property worth £100,000, is that over the next 5 years his/ her rental income will increase from £9000 a year to £11,052 per year and his/ her property will increase in value to £124,600. That makes a forecast gross annualised return of 15.9% (before deduction of the usual costs).


Access the full report here

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Unfamiliar With Bridging Loans?

Here are our two most frequently asked questions about these types of loans:

Why do borrowers choose bridging finance?

Borrowers choose bridging finance for a variety of reasons. We have listed some below:

  1. Speed of funds – bridging loans can be up to 12 weeks quicker to complete than a conventional mortgage. This can assist the borrower in a number of ways such as:
    a) 28 day exchange/completion for an auction purchase.
    b) Maximising a business opportunity
    c) Repayment of a tax bill
    d) The renovation and sale of an investment property
  1. Mortgage criteria – most mortgages are based on income multiples, however as all of the costs of a standard bridging loan are deducted from the gross advance there is much less emphasis on how much the borrower earns.
  1. Credit profile – if a borrower has a poor credit history they are unlikely to obtain a standard mortgage. Where a borrower is looking to repay a bridging loan via the sale of the security the credit profile of a client has less impact.
  1. Where funds are only required for a short period of time, typically 6 to 12 months.

What happens if the borrower defaults?

If the borrower fails to repay we would enforce the legal charge and take possession of the security. We would look to sell the property to recover any monies owed plus interest and default sums. To ensure the security is adequate the Loan to Value is always 75% or below calculated on the loan plus interest to reduce the risk of capital losses.

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10% p.a. Tax Free With An Innovative Finance ISA


10% p.a. Tax Free With An Innovative Finance ISA

You may well have read about the introduction of the new Innovative Finance ISA that is being launched in April.

This means that you will be able to invest in peer to peer lending products tax free. And, if you choose to do so via The House Crowd, you will be able to earn 9% tax free on our standard peer to peer loans or 10% tax free on our peer to peer new build development loans.

The fixed interest rates compare favourably with investments offered on other peer to peer platforms.

As with all loans, your capital is at risk, however, we mitigate the risks, as our loans are all secured against property*, whilst many other platforms make unsecured loans to businesses with no security.

At present, we operate under an FCA interim permission. Our application for full permission, which we submitted in October, is still being processed by the FCA and we will not be able to offer the ISA until the FCA have finished doing that.

Once we are fully authorised, you will be able to invest up to the ISA limit each year (currently £15,240) and you will be able to maximise your returns by transferring any ISA balances you hold with other providers to a House Crowd ISA if you choose to do so.

We expect to be in a position to launch the ISA within the next few months and will let you know as soon as we have news.

If you would like further information about how the Innovative Finance ISA works visit:

*Risk warning: Interest payments are not guaranteed if the borrower defaults. The value of property can go down as well as up and your capital is at risk. If the secured property cannot be sold for more than the amount of the loan you may lose some or all of your capital.

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.