Streets paved with Gold

As Britain goes Olympic crazy, and the torch continues its route through many a village, town, river and city, we thought it an appropriate time to share with you some quirky statistics we read recently in the news, in light of the looming Olympics.

Research from property website Zoopla.co.uk, found that when it comes to property prices, they really are ranked in the same order as they would appear on the Olympic medal podium – Gold, Silver and Bronze. The survey revealed that having Gold, Silver or Bronze in your property’s address, truly does affect the property’s value.

Those with a street name containing the word ‘Gold’ currently stands at £280,114, compared to £224,786 for streets with ‘Silver’ in the name and £198,537 for those with ‘Bronze’ in the title. You could say some of Britain’s most expensive houses, truly are pebbledashed with gold!! Furthermore, the gold names are not only more expensive but they are also much rarer, as there are only 61 streets with ‘Gold’ in the address, compared to a staggering 559 streets lined with ‘Silver’ across the UK.

In this current climate, stepping on the property ladder takes as much determination and effort as winning an Olympic medal. However, fear not, at The House Crowd you can get a foot on the property ladder from as little as £1,000 and see an excellent return on your property investment.

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

Regulations and red tape – all in a day’s work for landlords!

Almost daily, there are doom and gloom reports about the UK’s property market; on Friday it was all about ‘regulatory overload’ for letting agents and landlords which has led to a driving up of rents for tenants. Indeed, as I was typing this, another headline pops up in my inbox, suggesting the number of renters in severe arrears tops 100,000, which supports the theory I’ve just mentioned.

According to the Residential Landlords Association, there are over 100 individual pieces of legislation and regulations containing around 400 individual measures affecting the private rental sector. Some of these rules date back to the 1700s which begs the question, are they even still relevant?

At a time when the economy is in meltdown, the cost of living has risen and unemployment has reached epidemic proportions, surely these examples of red tape should be brought into the 21st century, reflecting the reality of the market today, rather than how it was in 1730? Perhaps then, tenants and landlords would be better off all around.  Surely it’s time for a change if nothing else.

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

Crowdfunding Here To Stay

As we’ve previously stated, the term, ‘crowdfunding’ is currently all over the media, and as the Telegraph’s own Monty Munford, rightly observed in his article this week, ‘Crowdfunding really is hot’ and he couldn’t be closer to the truth!

According to www.crowdfunding.org there will be more than 530 crowdfunding services by the end of 2012, up 60 per cent on 2011 with 44 in the UK alone. Founded in the States, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has quickly been heralded the bees knees of crowdfunding, and has been a huge success. Simply put, if a company needs to raise money for a project then investors can use this service to back them by pledging money, from small to large amounts.

As a property investment group based on the crowdfunding model, we are great supporters of the crowdfunding movement and we hope more and more companies take advantage of the growing number of crowdfunding services available today – cutting out the traditional money men and instead raising money via peer-to-peer lending, what could be better! In an environment where it is becoming harder and harder to borrow money from the banks, which are nowadays not particularly serving the people they were created to assist, crowdfunding can only grow from strength to strength.

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

 

Who To Believe In The Current Political Landscape

Who To Believe In The Current Political Landscape

Political parties are renowned for being worlds apart, and this week was no different. Grant Shapps, the housing minister and his Labour counterpart Jack Dromey, have both announced differing views, poles apart, on the housing sector. So who can we believe in the current political landscape? Hmmm….

As is expected, our current government claims to be seeing a rapid and dramatic increase in the number of affordable homes being built, whilst the party out of power highlights a mounting crisis and a collapse in affordable homes being built. Who do you believe?

At The House Crowd, we don’t rely on manipulated housing statistics, attention-grabbing headlines or whether the market is ‘doom or boom’. As a property investment group, we are focusing on refurbishing empty BMV properties, breathing new life into them and then selling them on, hopefully helping to get some of the currently un-lived in BMV properties back into use again in areas where they are desperately needed.

So why not leave the housing debate to the ministers and put us to the test by getting involved with The House Crowd! After all, the current political landscape is a minefield!

Politics-Proof Property Crowdfunding (whatever the current political landscape!!)

Property crowdfunding is now taking the investment world by storm, following our brave debut onto the scene in 2012. We were the first (and continue to be the best) platform for property crowdfunding.

We are proud to offer better returns on investment than many other investment models, and allow people previously locked out of the property market to benefit from the lucrative world of property investment. What’s more, we’re helping bring much-needed new homes across the Greater Manchester area.

For more information on the process of getting involved with property crowdfunding, visit our Crowdfunding Process page.

We are committed to breathing life into empty, rundown properties whilst giving investors great returns on their investments.

To find out more about getting great returns on investment with The House Crowd, start by getting to know us here.

 

Empty properties are surely the answer to housing shortage?

Last week there were reports that, not only did the housing market need more homes to be built in order to meet demand, it was also heading for a generation of renters; young people for whom home ownership would almost certainly never become reality.

And another report warns of an impending influx of young people chasing private rented accommodation which could force young families out of the sector and at worst, into homelessness.  The Joseph Rowntree Foundation forecasts that approximately 310,000 more young families will be seeking private rented accommodation in 2020 compared with today.

Which once again begs the question, why not bring the 900,000+ empty properties across the UK back into action and give our youngsters a fighting chance?! If we were to reactivate even a small fraction of these homes, then surely this would begin to address the apparent shortage of properties?

 

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

 

The changing face of property

You don’t need to be a property expert to spot the differences between new build properties and those which have stood firm for decades. With modernity comes change however, but what continues to monopolise the changing face of property is the level of home ownership.

According to research compiled by Lloyds TSB, since reaching a peak of 71% in 2003, owner occupation has been on the decline, while the private rented sector is on the rise.  Worryingly, the proportion of social or council housing stands at just 18%, falling from a peak of 32% in 1981. This may explain why the waiting list for council properties continues to grow throughout the UK.

We think these figures are a travesty! While we know there is high demand for rental properties (just remember those council house waiting lists!), we also know there is demand for quality, affordable housing to purchase. Which is where we come in! As a property investment group which aims, not only to create strong returns for our investors, but to make positive contributions to the communities within which we operate, we are on a campaign to breathe life back into old properties, and by default, the communities which they often blight.

Breathing New Life Into Below Market Value (BMV) Properties

We purchase BMV properties which are often uninhabitable at the point of purchase, and regenerate them into attractive homes before either selling them on, often to those seeking that illusive step onto the property ladder, or rent them out providing affordable housing in areas that are often desperately short of housing.  And all of which still provides an excellent return on investment for our investors – what could be better!

 

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

The House Crowd featured in Greater Manchester Business Week

The House Crowd is just all over the media lately!  Since we launched in March, we have had lots of new members join us, almost 700 now and we received some great very positive press coverage, which is fantastic! Crowdfunding is definitely taking off in this country.

This month saw us grace the pages of Greater Manchester Business Week, in an article about the crowdfunding phenomena that is sweeping the nation. The article goes in to detail about the concept, how it works, how to make the most of it and introduces Anne Strachan from CrowdfundUK, the only crowdfunding trainer in the North West.

As The House Crowd is an online crowdfunding property investment company which enables people to invest in property, we fitted in very nicely with the piece. If you didn’t get the opportunity to read the article, then fear not, here is the link – http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/business/sme/s/1580978_crowdfunding—how-to-stand-out-with-a-little-help-form-the-crowd

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

Crowdfunding is sweeping the nation!

It appears The House Crowd has started a trend (well we like to think we have!) as there isn’t a week that goes by without the term ‘crowdfunding’ appearing in the media.

This week, it was great to read that Stainless Games, an Isle of Wight-based video games developer, had successfully secured cash on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, to finance a new edition of Carmageddon.

Fans of the controversial game have pledged more than £255,000 to the company, however, unlike at The House Crowd supporters do not receive a share of any profits, but instead are offered a range of scaled incentives to commit more money – including a free copy of the game. We think this method of pooling money together is a great alternative to the traditional model of funding which usually comes via large investors or publishers, as it helps gamers feel involved in the process.

As a property investment group based on the crowdfunding model, we are great supporters of the crowdfunding movement and we hope more and more companies take advantage of the crowdfunding phenomena that is sweeping the nation.  With the banks loathe to lend to businesses and individuals, not to mention the poor returns on savings from them, crowdfunding is going to be seen as the way forward for a number of businesses. So why not hop on the bandwagon and get involved too by joining us!

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

UK House Prices Flatline – But The House Crowd Stays Strong

UK House Prices Flatline – But The House Crowd Stays Strong

A recent poll by the Halifax has suggested that UK house prices will flatline this year and that the market is relatively stagnant. This is not surprising with so much doom and gloom in the financial markets and the eurozone. The threat of more quantitative easing looms and generally, everyone is pessimistic, as June rolls in with heavy clouds and rain throughout. The only good news is the hosepipe ban may well be lifted hooray!

Fear not though as our mood remains resolutely positive, and we’re sure the weather will soon be fabulous.  We at The House Crowd refuse to accept that the world is going to hell in a handcart, and we are focussing on bright horizons and clear blue skies. Stagnant UK house prices do not affect our model of achieving substantial returns on our investment in property. We have an optimistic view on life whilst achieving realistic returns for our investors.

Put us to the test, and you will discover you can benefit too.

Add an ethical purpose, regular updates and the ability to spread your risk to the excellent financial incentives, and we think you’ll see why so many people have already joined The House Crowd.

Property crowdfunding is now taking the investment world by storm, following our brave debut onto the scene in 2012. We offer better returns on investment than many other investment models, and allow people previously locked out of the property market to benefit from the lucrative world of property investment. What’s more, we’re helping bring much-needed new homes across the Greater Manchester area.

For more information on the process of getting involved with property crowdfunding, visit our Crowdfunding Process page.

We are committed to breathing life into empty, rundown properties whilst giving investors great returns on their investments.

To find out more about getting great returns on investment with The House Crowd, start by getting to know us here.

Update: This was the state of UK house prices at time of writing. And our returns on investment are even better now than they were when this article was originally written in 2012. The world may feel more doom and gloom than ever – but we keep marching on!

Did You Hear The House Crowd on Radio 4?

Did you hear us on Radio 4?

This week saw our very own managing director, Frazer Fearnhead take to the microphone and appear live on Monday You and Yours show on BBC Radio 4, discussing the numerous benefits of being a member of The House Crowd.

The interview was a great success and resulted in a great many new sign-ups by new investors, who recognised the great many benefits of the property crowdfunding model after listening to Frazer’s enlightening explanation.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to listen to the interview, then don’t panic, you can check out the link below to listen along at your leisure. Scroll forward 17 minutes, 20 seconds to get to Frazer’s bit:

Listen to Frazer on Radio 4!

We hope you enjoy listening, and if you haven’t already jumped on board The House Crowd bandwagon,  why not join us now?

How To Find Out More

Register with us to find out more about getting involved with property crowdfunding, as a way to generate potentially excellent returns on investment through very little financial outlay:

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Find out more about How It Works

We are committed to breathing life into empty, rundown properties whilst giving investors great returns on their investments.

Update: Since this Radio 4 interview first aired in 2012, The House Crowd has gone from strength to strength. We continue to be the leaders in the property crowdfunding space in the UK, and our presence and great reputation is continuing to grow all the time.

Many more platforms emerged after us, and some have gone on to do very well. In fact, the entire property crowdfunding industry has exploded since we took those tentative first steps. It is now an industry worth billions worldwide.

No matter how big the industry grows, however, we are confident that, as well as being the first, we will always be the best.