The Latest P2P News – 18/5/16

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Hi guys and welcome to our very first P2P news blog, just like our property and crowdfunding news blogs we will be giving you a quick snapshot featuring five top stories. Today we look at an array of interesting topics from UK lenders say P2P is safe to looking at some key takeaways from the industry so far.


P2P is ‘Safe’, Say UK Lenders

P2P News P2P Lending


UK P2P lenders have reassured investors that they are safe despite the calls for tighter regulations.

The P2P industry — in a nutshell involves matching borrowers directly with lenders online — was thrown into the spotlight last week when a high-profile US lender’s chief executive resigned.

Lending Club’s founder Renaud Laplanche, stepped down from his position following an internal probe over allegedly mis-sold loans according to the FT.

As a result UK lenders were keen to distance themselves from the P2P company and also pointed out that regulations involving lenders in the UK differs from the regulations for their U.S. counterparts.

The big difference between the UK and The U.S. is that the UK regulations were written specifically for P2P lenders. In contrast, U.S. lenders follow rules devised before peer-to-peer lending existed as FT’s Aime Williams points out in her article (link below).

P2P in the UK is also known for being very transparent, the industry body for UK p2p lenders, the P2PFA, noted that its members publish their loan books.

In addition P2PFA members follow a number of agreements to enhance transparency levels, including publishing bad debt rates and five years of credit performance, as well as a returns performance and submitting full loan books.

However, some have mentioned that things should go further. For example, Chief executive of AltFi Data, Rupert Taylor told the FT : “People recognise the benefits of transparency, but there’s more that can be done.”

You can read more on this topic here.


China : The Red Dragon Reins in P2P Lending

P2P News China

China is tightening its grip on a surge of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending amid a string of mismanagement and fraud in the lightly regulated sector. (The Straits Times, May, 2016)

The point of doing this is to limit the potential instability these lenders might pose to the country’s wider economy and society.

In recent years there has been a surge in P2P lenders in China, mainly from websites that connect borrowers to lenders and according to Chinese data company Wind Information, there were 2,600 platforms at the end of last year.

Lending hit over 980 billion yuan last year, soaring from 253 billion yuan in 2014, making China’s P2P market the largest in the world.


Lendix Raises $13.5 million To Become Leading European P2P Platform

P2P News Lendix

The French startup has raised $13.5 million (€12 million) and now wants to become one of the leading European P2P lending platforms.

Lendix was launched last year and in it’s first year has managed €20 million worth of medium-term business loans. According to Tech Crunch, Lendix manages loans for small and medium companies for 3 to 6 years with annual returns between 4 and 9 percent for the lenders.

Lendix is going to expand to other European countries now they have taken the French market by storm, they plan to get involved with the Spanish and Italian markets respectively in the coming months. For each European expansion, the French startup has to work on getting a license to operate on these new markets. In addition, Rules can be slightly different as well. It’s a long and bureaucratic process, however, it is a good barrier to entry for foreign competitors.

You can read more about Lendix here.

Image source : Lendix


Why Banks Should Be Offering More P2P & Bitcoin Services For SMEs

P2P News Banks

Banks are facing “stiff competition” from fintechs, and should be offering more “value-added products”, such as peer-to-peer lending, bitcoin and cloud services according to Accenture’s SME Banking 2020 report.

They found there is a clear appetite among many SMEs for these value-added services and this currently represents a missed opportunity. Their data indicated that banks could be generating £1.6bn a year more in revenue from these services, representing potentially £8.5bn by 2020.

Gareth Wilson, Accenture banking practice lead for the UK and Ireland told City A.M. : “SMEs want banks to be more relevant and provide a wider range of business services”.

Moreover, he stressed that banks need to recognise and seize this opportunity. Unless they do, SMEs may take their business elsewhere and look for alternatives.


P2P Takeaways

P2P News

Lastly, here are some key P2P takeaways :

  • The P2P lending industry is seeing significant growth, especially in developed countries with strong financial markets. P2P lenders in the US generated $6.6 billion in loans last year, up 128%.
  • Europe is the next big market for P2P lending: The alternative finance market in Europe reached nearly €3 billion ($3.9 billion) in 2014, a 144% jump, and small-business P2P loan volume in France grew almost 4,000% last year, to reach €8.2 million ($10.6 million).
  • The US has one of the largest P2P lending markets in the world by loan volume, but the UK’s is 72% larger on a per capita basis. Low consumer confidence in banks (even before the financial crisis), a high degree of comfort with online platforms, and a positive regulatory environment have all helped nurture the UK’s P2P lending market.

Stats taken from Tech Insider.

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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 27/4/16

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Hi guys and welcome to another fortnightly edition of the latest crowdfunding news from the UK and around the world. Today we start our crowdfunding journey from looking at a government backed crowdfunding scheme for cultural organisations to ending our trip on a golf course in Scotland! If you missed our last crowdfunding news round-up, catch up here.


Government To Pilot Crowdfunding Scheme For Cultural Organisations

The Culture White Paper

The Government has announced that it is to pilot a crowdfunding scheme to promote use of the model by cultural organisations. (UK Fundraising, April 2016)

The pilot scheme was mentioned in the government’s white paper for culture which was launched by Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey last month. The white paper for culture focuses on two specific areas, 1) to focus on increasing participation in culture and 2) helping cultural organisations secure funding from sources other than public funding.

The white paper mentions that the Government will launch a new pilot scheme in partnership with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and will use crowdfunding as a tool for funding cultural projects.

According to the paper, donation-based crowdfunding grew the fastest among all alternative finance models in 2015, with a 507 per cent year-on-year growth rate and £12 million distributed. (UK Fundraising, April 2016)

Image source : UK Fundraising


Australian Crowdfunding Bill Fails

Australia Crowdfunding

We’ve previously mentioned about Australian crowdfunding on past crowdfunding news blog posts (in one of our posts from March we looked at crowdfunding legislation for start-ups).

In addtion, in our March blog post we looked at new legislation that allows unlisted public companies to raise money through crowdfunding from mum and dad investors which was approved by the lower house.

However, the Crowd-Sourced Funding bill, Australia’s push for a legislative update for investment crowdfunding regulations, has silently died in the Aussie Senate as mentioned in a recent Crowdfund Insider article.

Tom Nockolds from the Community Power Agency who was part of approving the legislation process mentioned in Crowdfund Insider : “If the legislation had passed in its proposed form, there would have been a lot of backslapping within government saying, isn’t it wonderful we’ve solved the crowd-sourced equity funding problem and we don’t have to address that anymore, when actually it would have only been half the job done at most.”

It seems for now that regulations will take a back seat as the Australian government focuses on policy initiatives based on the country’s fintech scene.


World’s Most Crowdfunded Restaurant Opens In Manchester

Chilango Manchester

From leaving the southern hemisphere to now travelling back to sunny Manchester for some Mexican food!

The London-born Mexican eatery Chilango has opened its 11th UK restaurant in Manchester’s Oxford Street after raising £3.4m from crowdfunding.

The Mexican eatery was created by Chicago-born Eric Partaker, and travel enthusiast Dan Houghton; a pair of passionate entrepreneurs who had an idea and watched their business grow rapidly.

Partaker told Business Quarter : “We’ve been desperate to expand our brand across the UK for some time now, and Manchester was the natural move up into the north for us.”

He also mentioned that Manchester was a perfect place for the brand as it has a fantastic buzz just like their Mexican restaurant.

At The House Crowd, unfortunately we can’t help you crowdfund your very own restaurant, however, we can offer you some handy Manchester guides (North and Central).

Image source : Business Quarter


More People Turning To Crowdfunding To Cover Trips Abroad In U.S.

Crowdfunding Travel

A recent survey from GoFundMe showed that there has been an increase in people using their site to help them raise money to go on trips. Six years ago, there were 135 campaigns with the goal of going abroad. Last year, there were more than 130,000.

Laniya Hooks, a senior in high school, is one of the people turning to crowdfunding to raise money for a trip to Europe. She is going to Spain, France and Italy. It’s a 19 day adventure with People to People where she will meet others abroad, help them and learn about their cultures. (WIVB, April 2016)

She decided to go on her trip a few months back, however, her father and grandmother passed away suddenly, which left the family with a lot of financial difficulties.

The 17 year old student from Buffalo decided to use crowdfunding to help her fund her trip.

Hooks told WIVB : “It’s kind of intriguing to me to see how people will help somebody they don’t even know achieve their dream, “I think it’s cool that people are helping. I chose GoFundMe because — I’ve never used it before — but I saw it work for somebody else so I thought well maybe I will give it a try and see what it’s like.”

The Buffalo student has so far raised $300, her goal is to reach $2900. If you want to help Laniya fund her trip, get involved here.


The UK’s Most Western Golf Club Turns To Crowdfunding

Golf Scotland Crowdfunding

One for all you golf lovers out there! The UK’s most westerly golf course, Barra Golf Club, on the west coast of the Isle of Barra, in the western isles of Scotland, has turned to the internet in an attempt to raise about £30,000 for a much-needed clubhouse. (Golf Club Management, April, 2016)

The club was formed in the early 90’s and is run with little financial support, other than membership fees and an honesty box. A few months back, the second green collapsed due to erosion. In addition, the nine-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean provides no shelter for players.

Club volunteers need help to fund a small clubhouse which will provide warmth and shelter, a kitchen, WC facilities and storage. Funding for the clubhouse will also help youngsters who are keen golfers on the island. Club captain Murdoch MacKinnon mentioned in Golf Club Management : “These youngsters are the future of the club. If we don’t get some kind of clubhouse built, I fear it will close and that would be a huge shame and a big loss to the island.”

Last year in Germany, a golf club raised €500,000 from crowdfunding which helped expand its facilities.

Have an interest in golf and crowdfunding want to help the Barra Golf Club? If so, get involved here.

Image source : Crowdfunder



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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 17/3/16

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Hi guys and welcome to another fortnightly edition of the latest crowdfunding news. As usual we bring you an array of interesting updates from the crowdfunding world, today we kick things off by looking at Andy Murray backing five UK start-ups to investigating why crowdfunding has become a female founder’s best friend. If you missed our last crowdfunding blog post, feel free to catch up here. We hope you enjoy! ?


Murray Backs Five UK Crowdfunding Start-Ups

Andy Murray Investment

Andy Murray has been quite busy this year both on and off the tennis court. The Glasgow born tennis player has invested in start-ups via crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

His investments are with firms Oppo Ice Cream, Commuter Club, Landbay, We Are Colony, and Readbug.

The two-time Grand Slam champion who teamed up with Seedrs last June, invested undisclosed amounts into each start-up company.

London based Oppo Ice cream makes low-calorie ice cream, while Commuter Club offers commuters season tickets as a subscription service.

Fintech company Landbay offers P2P lending on UK buy-to-let mortgages, We Are Colony are a film streaming platform, and Readbug is an app that offers a curated selection of independent magazines.

Seedrs revealed that it has had more than £100m invested on its platform and has funded more than 320 deals to date, and on average raises up to £7m per month. (BBC, February 2016)

Unfortunately at The House Crowd we can’t offer you investments in really cool start-ups but we can offer you the latest property investments – interested? Take a look here.


Can Crowdfunding Bring Solar Energy To Small Businesses In The USA?

Solar USA Crowdfunding

Solar energy is one of the fastest growing new industries in the United States, earning a shout out from President Obama at his State of the Union speech. The president noted that it is now a bigger business than coal, and typically pays its workers a higher wage. (The Verge, March 2016)

Wunder Capital, a start-up from Colorado is trying to make it easier than ever before for anyone to invest in the solar-backed-boom.

The start-up company is aiming to fund small, commercial projects which have struggled to grow at the same rate as residential solar and big industrial deployments as The Verge point out in their recent article.

Last week Wunder announced that it will be raising its own funding, three million dollar round of venture capital that will help its team grow and expand into new market areas.

Nicole Litvak, a senior analyst at Greentech Media, thinks the new funding round is a positive sign for Wunder as it continues “working to bridge the disconnect” between early stage commercial projects in need of backing and small-scale investors who are interested in solar power.

Interested in Wunder’s solar concept? Learn more here.


Equity Crowdfunding Now Most Active Investor Type in UK

Equity Crowdfunding UK


Beauhurst – a data provider on high-growth UK companies released a report titled “The Deal” looks at equity crowdfunding from 2015/2016.

The data provider’s research tracks every fundraising transaction involving high-growth UK companies at seed, venture and growth stage, including many that were not announced by a press release or mentioned in the press according to Crowdfund Insider.

It was revealed that Crowdfunding, led by equity crowdfunding platforms such as Seedrs, Crowdcube, Angels Den, Seedcamp and Collider, have become the dominant investor type in seed-investing.

Moreover, Equity crowdfunding platforms also lead as single investors in venture stage, with Crowdcube (they had the single most prolific equity investor in 2015 with 136 transactions) ahead of Andy Murray’s favourite platform Seedrs.

For those of you who love visual data, we have enclosed Beahurst’s research below.


(Image Source : Crowdfund Insider)

Therese Torris, business strategist, eCommerce and eFinance writer mentions in Crowdfund Insider that across the three stages of investing, equity crowdfunding is now the second most active funder type after private equity firms, far ahead of angel networks and private investment vehicles.


Crowdfunding Is No Longer Only An Option For Start-Ups

Crowdfunding News

Crowdfunding is commonly associated with start-ups, however, big businesses are now learning how to deal with outside investors.

For example, the same week the CES 2016 (Consumer Electronics Show) took place (if you don’t know the place that shows off the next best things in tech) Indiegogo launched a new platform called Enterprise Crowdfunding, which in a nutshell provides support to established businesses looking to test the waters with a new product.

Indiegogo provides strategy, support, promotions and analytics for enterprise users, as well as their users who have a track record of taking a gamble on new ideas. (World Finance, March 2016)

However, the main risk (as World Finance’s Callum Glennen quite rightly mentions) for big companies would be a loss of good faith from the crowdfunding community, who may see projects from big companies as a misuse of the system.

We actually have covered this topic in a previous crowdfunding blog post (view here) but seems to be a common topic the crowdfunding world and the main argument here is that high-profile celebrities and companies can fund their own ventures, plus afford to take the hit if their project goes south.

The concern is that it could drive out the real entrepreneurs who will be the real future engines of the economy. On the flipside it can viewed with a well made, open and clear campaign, larger businesses can engage and expand their customer base by operating in a more public and transparent approach.

Which side do you take on this crowdfunding issue?


Crowdfunding Is A Female Founder’s Best Friend

Crowdfunding Women


At the end of the day no matter who you are, raising funds isn’t easy. As Forbes’ Geri Stengel points out – it’s no secret that women entrepreneurs have an even harder time raising capital from angels, venture capitalists and bankers than their male counterparts. (Forbes, March 2016)

But did you know….? Women outperform men when raising funds for their companies through rewards-based crowdfunding.

With rewards based crowdfunding the backer receives a tangible item rather than shares in a company. In most cases the item that you are given is the product you are trying to raise money to produce.

So how are women championing crowdfunding? Berkeley-Haas School of Business and the Kellogg School of Management found women have the ability to tell compelling stories and connect at an emotional level.  Their research also found that their use of vivid and inclusive language made them also outperform male entrepreneurs.

Want to know more about the research on women and crowdfunding? If so, click here.


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The Latest Crowdfunding News – 9/12/15

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Hi guys welcome to our fortnightly edition of our hand-picked crowdfunding news stories from around the globe. It has once again been another busy couple of weeks with quite a few projects from around the world taking place, so many that we can’t fit them into a blog post! If you missed our last crowdfunding news edition you can catch up here. Today we travel to the land of Alf Stewart (If you never watched Home and Away we are talking about Australia!) and looking at property crowdfunding and return back to sunny Manchester to look at a crowdfunded cat cafe! There’s never a dull moment in the crowdfunding world!


Struth Mate Property Crowdfunding Comes To Australia!

Australia Property Crowdfunding

Property crowdfunding has finally came to Australia and the concept has opened up the market to young investors and those with less cash to invest according to ABC News.

Singaporean-based crowdfunding platform CoAssets (who we mentioned in one of our crowdfunding blog posts from last month) see property crowdfunding as the next big thing in the Asia-Pacific region.

Young investors in Australia want to cut out ‘middleman’ banks, accounting firm BDO chairman Sherif Andrawes mentions that “Crowdfunding provides access to a whole new group of investors, this is not the mum and dad investors that the Government likes to talk about, but rather the under 30s.” (ABC News, November 2015).

He makes a valid point that millennials have already been disrupted, as they organise their day to day life via their smart phone or tablet devices. In addition, Andrawes goes on to say that Generation Y shouldn’t experience a jarring change with regards to the way they interact with the world when it comes to investing as a majority have never been to a bank. In essence they are used to taking full control and cutting out a middleman.

Malcolm Turnball and his government are currently working on legislation to allow businesses to crowdsource debt and equity funding.

By introducing both tight and transparent regulations in place, the smaller investor may be able to get a bigger bang for their buck than they do at the moment with the banks. Moreover, the ramifications can lead to stimulating more transactions and help sustain the economy further.

Property crowdfunding investment steers away from the banks, Andrawes predicts that it will be long before they climb onboard. He thinks that in the next five years that Australian banks will own a lot of crowdfunding ventures.


How Crowdfunding Has Changed Property Investing in the U.S.

Real Estate Crowdfunding America

Although crowdfunding is still in its infancy, property crowdfunding in America has rapidly changed the way people in invest in property.

This shift has brought benefits not only for investors but also for real estate companies and for the real estate market as a whole. (Forbes, December 2015).

Property crowdfunding on the other side of the pond has become easier for investors due to legislation such as Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act in 2012, some of the previous barriers were removed and smaller businesses and start-ups were now eligible to raise capital and advertise their offerings in more of an open way than ever before.

As Nav Athwal points out in his recent article on property crowdfunding for Forbes, the beauty of crowdfunding is that instead of having to rely on connections to pinpoint property deals and having to put $100,000 or more into a single deal, investors can access these deals from the convenience of their mobile devices. He goes onto say that as CEO and founder of RealtyShares he has experienced first hand how easily first time and veteran property investors have found this new approach. As well as having better access, property crowdfunding appeals to many as investors can start investing with as little as $1,000.

If you would like to know more about the property crowdfunding process we recommend visiting our Crowdfunding Process page.

In addition, if you would like to know about real estate crowdfunding in the U.S. this Google Plus Hangout with the CEO of RealityMogul is worth watching to gain a further insight.

Image Source : Wharton University of Pennsylvania


Crowdfunding App Tilt Sets its Eyes on the UK

Tilt App

Mobile crowdfunding app Tilt is looking to bring crowdfunding to the mobile masses in the UK after a successful launch in the US. (Harder Blogger Faster, December 2015).

The crowdfunding app which is available on both iOS and Android is currently outpacing both GoFundMe and Kickstarter.

The function of the app is for groups of friends to pool money together for a group goals such as fundraising or funding a trip for example.

Legendary U.S. rapper Nas used the app to crowdfund money for Stanley Young, an unemployed construction worker and single father whose house was destroyed by fire in 2013. The Brooklyn born rapper raised $64,000 from using Tilt for the father of eight.

Talking of apps keep your eyes peeled for our very own House Crowd app!


Image Source : Harder Blogger Faster


Crowdfunding Predictions for 2016

Crowdfunding 2016

This year has definitely been an exciting year in the world of crowdfunding and also for ourselves from featuring on Dragon’s Den to celebrating our 150th funded project.

But what’s in store for crowdfunding in 2016?

Smarter Crowdfunding – A lot of people are taking a closer interest in what is happening in crowdfunding and how the industry works, and this will continue into 2016. Research from one crowdfunding company showed that crowdfunding investors are highly educated and make rational decisions. They also mention that in 2016 a lot more investors will be investing in larger sums.

More Partnering – It is rumoured that there will be more partnering between so-called alternative investment, traditional investment and major brands. (Bdaily, December 2015). We have already seen this year with Crowdcube and Amazon Launchpad, so watch this space for larger and exciting partnerships next year!

Bigger companies will take interest – Attitudes from bigger companies will change and the will see the light. A few analysts reckon that crowdfunding will become more mainstream rather than a form of alternative investment. This year we have seen companies such as Brewdog raise 10 million pounds with their crowdfunding campaign and can definitely see in 2016 that bigger brands will crowdfund from looking at these standout campaigns.

Investments will be bigger – As previously mentioned, 2016 is predicted to see larger investments. In Bdaily, it was mentioned that over 20 campaigns had raised over a million pounds, firmly placing crowdfunding as a way to secure Series A funding. This trend looks like it will continue next year and we may see crowdfunding become part of more Series B and Series C fundraising.

If you are a fan of watching TED Talks we highly recommend watching Anna Guenther’s talk on how crowdfunding is going to change the world.


Crowdfunded Kitty Cat Cafe In Manchester

crowdfunding cat cafe manchester

Sisters Ellie and Sarah Close have set up a crowdfunding campaign in order to open their very own cat cafe in the city centre.

Ellie and Sarah hope their unusual venture will draw in hundreds of cat fans, the idea of the cat cafe is that it will act as a sanctuary offering customers some much needed relaxation and stress relief.

Customers will be able to learn about the breeds and about the individual cats. They’ll even have their own Twitter profiles!

Cat Cafe visitors will be invited to grab a coffee and snuggle up with a cat on comfy sofas and beanbags.

In addition, for a small fee, customers will be able to spend time in the café whilst enjoying snacks and unlimited drinks, free Wi-fi, computers, television and video games (we like the sound of this!).

The sisters are currently seeking £15,000 funding to kit out the cat café with climbing frames, bedding and water fountains, if you are a huge cat fan and are interested, you can view their campaign here.

Unfortunately, at The House Crowd we can’t offer you the chance of having a coffee with your very own Mr Snuggles BUT we can offer you some guides on Manchester (North and Central) and also our South Yorkshire guide. For our southern friends what do you think about our project in Wembley?


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Real Estate Crowdfunding News

Real Estate Crowdfunding

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Well it’s been a busy week for Real Estate Crowdfunding News articles and just as we are getting ready for Halloween! Frazer has even begun to get all dressed up as you will see later in this article!

Today we look at an array of stories from an American case study of how real estate crowdfunding deals are gaining momentum to looking at a crowdfunding reality tv show.

Real Estate Crowdfunding Deals Are Gaining Momentum

Real Estate Crowdfunding USA

When it comes to crowdfunding investments, real estate in particular is really starting to gain momentum with the amount of money raised, size of deals and the speed at which they occur — at times in a matter of hours — has steadily increased, which is suggesting that real estate crowdfunding in the U.S. is maturing according to one industry executive.

More people have been drawn into this increasingly crowded space which offers an array of platforms that are leading the crowdfunding real estate sector which has raised over a billion dollars last year. According to CNBC, by the end of this year, that figure is expected to almost triple, up $2.57 billion worldwide.

It seems that the main appeal in the U.S. for investing in real estate crowdfunding is that many are very conscious on how they spend their money and crowdfunding can give them opportunities even during recession periods. One mentioned that investors need a place to live in both good and bad times. Read more from this article by clicking here.


South Africa – property crowdfunding comes to the Rainbow Nation


Influenced by North America and Europe where property crowdfunding is in full swing; The Rainbow Nation has started to taken an interest in the concept as before South African investors could only invest in offshore investments.

CEO of Wealth Migrate Scott Picken mentioned that crowdfunding is still relatively unknown in South Africa might be a hard job to entice new investors, however, he admits like every disruptor in the technology space, build trust and then the credibility will soon follow. Crowdfunding not just for South Africa but for the continent as a whole is becoming a necessity.

Do you have an interest in both Africa and crowdfunding? We recommend reading this BBC article.


Hip hotel boosted from crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Hotels

Crowdfunding is being used to help raise funds in order to transform a historic building which is located in San Francisco’s mid-market neighbourhood into a hip Yotel chain hotel.

The project is a joint venture with Kuwaiti company AQARAT and New York based real estate company Synapse Development Group. If the project goes according to plan, the current office building that will become a 203 room hotel will be San Francisco’s first ever crowdfunded hotel – which is located close to Uber and Twitter. Watch more here.


Crowdfunding Reality Game Show Airs on Dave

Money Pit

MoneyPit which starts tomorrow at 19:30 on Dave and is hosted by comedian Jason Manford, sees amateur investors and total strangers to put their hard earned cash on the line in the quest to back businesses that they strongly believe in.

Each contestant can invest between £100-£20,000 and in return they can receive a share of the business they are interested in. The reality game show also features entrepreneurs in a real pit as they battle it out to grab potential investors’ cash.

Gameshow host Jason Manford has described the show as a mix of Dragons’ Den, Deal or No Deal, and Gogglebox. Will you be watching tonight?


Just because it is Halloween… Britain’s spookiest street names revealed and how much it costs to live in them

Halloween Crowdfunding

The spookiest street names in Britain have been revealed! If you are not a fan of creepy crawlies you might want to avoid Spiders Lane in Exmouth, Goblins Green in Welwyn Garden City and Bat Alley in Sturminster Newton.

Top of the scariest names in Britain were Spook Hill in Dorking, Crackle Street in Rye, and Cauldron Crescent in Swanage.

So how much does it cost to live down a scary street? Click here if you dare 😉

Happy Halloween everyone. ?



What Are Your Thoughts?

Which crowdfunding story has interested you the most? We would love to hear from you, feel free to leave us a comment via our Facebook and Google Plus pages. If you prefer to tweet us, you can follow us @TheHouseCrowd. If you have a real interest in property crowdfunding and would like to know how we select our properties check out Suhail’s post here (for part two click here).