May 2017 – Monthly Property Development Update

May 2017

Here is a round-up of our latest developments and how they are progressing with accompanying and sometimes interesting photos.

HCD2 – No. 10 Alderley Edge

We are very pleased to announce that we have, this week, won the planning appeals for Alderley Edge (and were awarded full costs). We also already have two parties keen to reserve two of the apartments.

HCD1 – Regent Street

We have received reservation deposits on another three properties at Regent Street.  Assuming all of them go through we will have just two plots remaining – and we have some serious interest in at least one of those. It’s taken quite a bit longer to sell these properties than expected, but we have learned some valuable lessons along the way and they are now selling well.

HCP156 – Station Road Marple

All the issues with the flooding to the cellar have been dealt with and it is now a fully habitable space with flooring.  Our very own Diane (what would we do without her!) has been busy maintaining the lawn and mountaineering up step ladders to trim the hedges in order to keep the property looking attractive to viewers. We recently appointed a new sales agent who is generating a fair amount of interest in the property.  The new photos look great on Rightmove and we had several viewings last week. We await further developments – fingers crossed this property will sell soon as it deserves to be lived in and loved.

HCD5 – Bank Chambers

Our Bank Chambers development of nine apartments is in the heart of thriving up-and-coming Stockport. The roof has now been removed and thankfully no unforeseen horrors were exposed (which is always a danger when converting an old building).  New windows have been fitted and other work is progressing smoothly.

There are still some issues to try and sort out with the conservation officer regarding our plans for the additional apartments on the ground floor, and we are hoping to have some positive news on this shortly (though there are never any guarantees when dealing with council officials who can rather suddenly move the goal posts!)

HCD10 – Bollin Heights

Full planning has been granted for stage two of this development and we are now in the process of applying for stage 3 of the planning permission which involves adding an extension to the rear of the building. We have also have found a personal training company who are keen to set up and operate the fitness studio, and we expect the apartments to be ready for purchasers to move into by October 2017. The sales agents continue to receive strong interest in the remaining apartments.

HCD4 – Gratrix Park

We had a slight issue recently with the drainage on part of the site which has caused minor delays, and we had to create a ‘soak-away’ under the road after negotiation with the council who decided they weren’t going to pay for it – joy. This has created additional and unexpected costs, but everything else is progressing well. We anticipate the show house and the first few units will be complete by early July 2017.

HCD3 – The Woodlands

We had a few problems with the council towards the start of the year, but everything is now resolved. The foundations for the first tranche of houses have been laid and work is progressing at a decent pace. Interest from local Yorkshire home buyers (who have to date been somewhat sceptical about the idea of buying off-plan) has started growing as potential buyers can now see the site developing and taking shape. Our priority is to get the show home ready as quickly as possible to aid off-plan sales.

 HCD13 – Coppenhall Way

We have exchanged contracts and the pre-completion conditions should be finished this week so that we can start clearing the site and ‘breaking ground’ before the end of the month.

HCD7 – Brundred Farm Prestbury:

No change – we are still waiting on the outcome of the planning appeal.

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Performance Statistics: April 2017

Performance Statistics: April 2017

The figures are now in for our performance statistics from last month. You will see below our summary figures from the dividend, interest and capital payments made in April 2017. You can also see our total cumulative returns from 2013, which you may also find helpful to know.

April 2017

  • Projects paid out against = 22
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £166,123.59
  • Total value of capital repaid = £589,400 (1 x development capital, 1 x bridging loan & 2 x HCP projects)
  • Total number of investors paid = 769

Total for 2017 So Far

  • Projects paid out against = 86
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £540,219.42
  • Total value of capital repaid = £3,471,307.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 2,483

Cumulative (from January 2013)

  • Project paid out against = 520
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £1,675,844.42
  • Total value of capital repaid = £8,477,027.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 10,981

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April – Monthly Property Development Update

April 2017

Here is a round-up of our latest developments and how they are progressing, with pictures available on the links below the descriptions.

HCD10 – Bollin Heights

Work is progressing on schedule and the show apartment is now complete and looks great.

We have applied for planning permission for phase 2, and expect a positive decision on 8th May as it is not contentious.

Sales proceeds are now £300,000 over what was anticipated.

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HCD5 – Bank Chambers

Work is now well underway and proceeding apace. The conservation officer has signed off on all works for the top two floors. Discussions regarding the extra apartments on the ground floor are ongoing.

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HCD4 – Gratrix Park

This development is progressing well with no issues. Sales are strong with 12 units reserved, and we have increased prices slightly.

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HCD3 – The Woodlands

Work has now started after all the council’s issues have been resolved. We are working to get the show home and on-site sales office built ASAP to aid sales. Although the start of works has been significantly delayed, the contractors should be able to make up most of the time lost and will do so once enough confirmed sales have been made.

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HCD2 – 10 Congleton Road, Alderley Edge

Work is proceeding apace with no problems. We will be raising money for the final stage next month (May 2017).

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HCD1 – Regent St

Unfortunately, the expected bulk sale fell through. We have changed agents and improved marketing and have decided to drop the price in the hopes of attracting interest. There are no confirmed sales on the remaining 5 as yet, although there are various interested parties.

HCP156 – 103 Station Road, Marple

The cellar and all other remedial works have now been completed and the property will be going back on the market ASAP.  The cellar is now a habitable space.

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HCD7 – Brundred Farm

Following the rejection of our planning application despite the planners recommending it, our purchase option has been extended for 8 months. The planning appeal is being prepared and will be submitted imminently.

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Performance Statistics: March 2017

Performance Statistics: March 2017

The figures are now in for our performance statistics from last month. You will see below our summary figures from the dividend, interest and capital payments made in March 2017. You can also see our total cumulative returns from 2013, which you may also find helpful to know.

March 2017

  • Projects paid out against = 20
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £217,583.03
  • Total value of capital repaid = £2,015,907.39 (1 x development capital, 1 x bridging loan)
  • Total number of investors paid = 694

Total for 2017 So Far

  • Projects paid out against = 64
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £374,095.83
  • Total value of capital repaid = £2,881,907.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 1,714

Cumulative (from January 2013)

  • Project paid out against = 498
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £1,509,720.83
  • Total value of capital repaid = £7,887,627.39
  • Total number of investors paid = 10,212

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Should You Judge A Book By Its Cover?

Do you think you should judge a book by its cover? Whether it’s fair to do so or not, it’s a fact that people do – literally and metaphorically speaking.

Whether it’s fair to do so or not, it’s a fact that people do – literally and metaphorically speaking.

Designing the right cover for a book is therefore important, and we would love to get your feedback, before making a final decision on which cover to choose for Frazer’s book.

We have narrowed it down to two choices and would be very grateful for your input.

Chose your favourite cover here


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The Dire Housing Crisis Needs The Help of Property Crowdfunding

The Dire Housing Crisis Needs The Help of Property Crowdfunding

The housing crisis in the UK doesn’t just restrict our ability to provide the much-needed homes the country’s population needs. It’s also, according to Katja Hall, the Deputy Director-General of CBI, costing UK households £4bn a year.

Of this figure, £3.2bn is down to increased housing costs, and the remaining £770m is due to higher transport costs, as inability to live near work drives more people to commute expensive distances from work. This is, of course, exacerbated by soaring fuel prices and train fares.

Housing shortages are also pushing up market rent at a time when, for the majority of households, disposable income remains weak.  The high cost of moving home and lack of decent and affordable housing also deprives businesses of the flexible and mobile workforce necessary for them to grow and thrive. In short, people and businesses are paying the price for our lack of new homes.

We know that we need to double the number of new homes we provide every year to meet demand, and have been falling shockingly short for years.

House Builders’ Hands Are Tied

Combined with difficulty accessing available land for building on, despite only 10% of the UK’s land being developed, access to finance continues to pose a major barrier for small and medium sized house builders, further exacerbating the housing crisis. The government needs to focus its spending on capital investment in housing stock, but house builders also need access to alternative forms of finance in order to make a dent in the provision of new housing.

Secured peer-to-peer lending to house builders offers a marked solution to the problem. Provided house builders can secure planning permission, access to finance through the property crowdfunding industry has the potential to keep house builders afloat, whilst simultaneously assisting with the provision of these desperately needed new homes.

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Property Developers Need Finance

Along with the problem of providing new builds, there are also an estimated 650,000 empty properties in the UK, over 200,000 of which have been left empty for over six months. Whilst house builders take care of the situation of building new accommodation altogether, there is also much scope for developers.

Many of the empty homes in the UK require significant renovation, and one of the barriers for developers who would do so is the un-mortgageability of these properties. Properties come up for sale by auction all the time, but without ready access to funding, there is no way for most people to take up the investment.

Bridging finance, again offered within the property crowdfunding model, can tide investors over so that they may make those time-sensitive investments. Peer-to-peer funding for renovation work also opens the doors to small and medium-sized property developers to work their magic and provide modern, high-quality homes.

Equally, straight-up crowdfunded investment projects do the same job of bringing high-quality housing to market.

The Government’s See-Saw Success

Government investment in build-to-rent is promising, with a £45m cash injection for 2,000 new homes in the North being announced late in 2016. However, optimistic news back in October of government promises for 225,000 new homes by 2020 was shadowed by the mention that only 15,000 of these would be ready for habitation by then.

Realising their inability to cope with the housing crisis themselves, the government has recognised the solution that the property crowdfunding industry is offering to the crisis, and has provided significant investment in the model.

We are confident that the property crowdfunding industry will be instrumental in helping to alleviate at least some of the problems with UK housing stock, whilst also offering an alternative investment option for those seeking to invest in the property market themselves.

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Name That Book!

Frazer, our CEO, has written another book – his first one was a novel called The Cheshire Sect which is available to buy on Amazon.

This second book is all about how you can build your wealth using property crowdfunding.

It’s due for publication in April but, before it’s published, he would like your advice on what to call it.

We’ve narrowed it down to two potential titles. Just click here to tell us which you think is best.


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Performance Statistics: February 2017

Performance Statistics: February 2017

The figures are now in for our performance statistics from last month. You will see below our summary figures from the dividend, interest and capital payments made in February 2017. You can also see our total cumulative returns from 2013, which you may also find helpful to know.

February 2017

  • Projects paid out against = 22
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £73,730.53
  • Total value of capital repaid = £493,000 (1 x development capital, 1 x bridging loan)
  • Total number of investors paid = 478

Total for 2017 So Far

  • Projects paid out against = 44
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £156,425.94
  • Total value of capital repaid = £866,000 (1 x development capital)
  • Total number of investors paid = 1,020

Cumulative (from January 2013)

  • Project paid out against = 478
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £1,292,050.94
  • Total value of capital repaid = £5,871,720.00
  • Total number of investors paid = 9,518

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Performance Statistics: January 2017

Performance Statistics: January 2017

The figures are now in for our performance statistics from last month. You will see below our summary figures from the dividend, interest and capital payments made in January 2017. You can also see our total cumulative returns from 2013, which you may also find helpful to know.

January 2017

  • Projects paid out against = 22
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £82,695.41
  • Total value of capital repaid = £373,000 (1 x development capital)
  • Total number of investors paid = 542

Total for 2017 So Far

  • Projects paid out against = 22
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £82,695.41
  • Total value of capital repaid = £373,000 (1 x development capital)
  • Total number of investors paid = 542

Cumulative (from January 2013)

  • Project paid out against = 456
  • Total value of dividends and interest paid = £1,218,320.41
  • Total value of capital repaid = £5,378,720.00
  • Total number of investors paid = 9,040

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Our Track Record For Rental Properties

Our Assured Rental Portfolio: Statistics For The Last 12 Months

The House Crowd started off in March 2012 buying small terraced houses for around £50,000. As our database grew, it became easier to raise funds and the company has evolved to financing multi-million-pound developments; however, the familiarity of the original buy to let concept, is still popular with many of our developers.

We found during our first four years that renting at the low end of the market is met with some difficulties. Despite our best intentions to provide good quality homes for people, with the expectation they would respect and look after the property, in too many cases (around 20%) non-payment of rent and damage to the property, were undermining the returns we could pay. Our plan was to find a way to satisfy the demand for this type of property, whilst delivering predictable and consistent returns for our investors.

And, I am pleased to say that we found a solution that has proven to work very well in delivering both exceptionally high gross yields and net returns.

That solution is our Assured Rental Product.

We launched our first one in January 2016 and over the course of 2016 purchased 16 more. They have all performed exactly as detailed in our financial forecasts for each project and delivered an average of 9.2% gross yield and 5.6% net return to investors after all costs, fees and corporation tax. This should make it ideal for those who want a long-term, income-producing investment backed by bricks and mortar.

The only real disadvantage to these investments is that the criteria of the corporate tenant we work can be very precise. It is time-consuming to find and convert properties according to their specifications and therefore we pay a premium for that.

The properties are treated and valued by surveyors as commercial properties. This means to achieve an uplift on a sale in the future, it will probably be necessary to sell the property to an investor, which undoubtedly limits the exit market; however, we believe high yielding properties with assured rental agreements in place will be attractive to many prospective investor purchasers.

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For those not familiar with the assured rental product, here are the important facts:

  • The properties are let as HMOs to a large corporation on a five-year assured rental agreement
  • The corporate tenant is responsible for all maintenance costs up to £5000 per year
  • There are no void periods
  • Rent is paid two months in arrears but to date has been paid on time every time
  • The properties produce a gross yield of 9-10%
  • The average net yield is 8.5%
  • The average net return to investors after all costs is 5.6%
  • Dividends are paid quarterly
  • All properties purchased to date have delivered returns as forecast