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.

 

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.

Let Down By Buy-To-Let Lenders

Once again, British banks are being criticised; this time for letting down property investors who have successfully bid at residential property auctions. It has been reported that these investors, many of whom are buy-to-let, are left scrambling to source other forms of finance as their auction deal often leaves them legally bound to complete within strict timeframes, usually just 28 days.

So where does this leave these property investors? With very little choice and often relying on short-term finance.

This is a property investment strategy we would certainly not recommend! Which is probably why we’ve had so much interest since our launch, from those wanting to invest in property while avoiding issues such as these.

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 property 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/).

Are London Property Prices Falling?

As is often the case, our capital is the matriarchal figure around which the rest of us follow. It is deemed by many to be the best tourist destination, the best place to find top notch restaurants, and generally the best place to live.

However, while for years it has defied the house price falls seen throughout the rest of the UK, recent reports from the ONS suggest London is now leading the way when it comes to plummeting house prices. Visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/may/23/london-house-prices-catch-cold for the full article.

Whether or not this news means we should all be wary and expect the same elsewhere in Britain, for investors with The House Crowd it is irrelevant as their investments are not reliant on property prices increasing – our property investment strategies are much more effective than that!

 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 our how it works page). We are committed to breathing life into empty, rundown properties whilst giving investors great returns on their investments (for more information about us, please look at our manifesto page). If you’ve read enough and want to invest now, go to our invest with The House Crowd page).

Do You Need To Be An Olympic Hurdler?

Eying up the hurdles that now face buy to let investments in this current climate  – daunting. You may need to be an Olympic  hurdler to overcome them and invest in property successfully.  The main top five which stop many are as follows:

  1. Deposits are now as much as 25% to – larger cash injection.
  2. Valuations are not meeting sell price – more cash to find.
  3. There are now large fees on arranging a mortgage – more cash.
  4. Standard Variable rates are not in line with the base rate – who is winning here!!
  5. Legal fees and all associated fees – more cash.

Let us take an £85K house that is on the market – and you get it for £80K (well done you may think). Based on a 20% deposit that is £16K to find for the deposit. Now along comes the valuer and he or she reckons that the property is only worth £75k and the mortgage company will only lend you £60K to buy the house – leaving you out of pocket another £5K! The mortgage company says that they have a great rate at 4.99% (4.49 points above the current base rate) and they want to charge £2K for the honour of giving you such a high rate. (who is benefiting there then!) The associated legal fees are a variable but  on these type of buy to let investments you should set aside another £1K. When you get your tenant in, you have the usual expenses of which are obviously a variable – but are time consuming and are by no means hassle free.

You will still need to shell out £24K.

£16K deposit

£5K shortfall due to valuation

£2K for a mortgage arrangement fee

£1K legal fees

Not particularly attractive – a fundamental reason for an alternative option!!!!!

Check our FAQs at The House Crowd http://thehousecrowd.com/thehousecrowd/faqs/

 

This Is Money Crowdfunding Article

We were very pleased this week to get an article about us and crowdfunding property investment published on the Daily Mail’s This Is Money website. We were less pleased with the trolls who decided to completely trash what we are trying to do without even bothering to try and understand it. Seems to me these people must have had some pretty bad experiences to end up with such a bitter cynical view of life. Still, on the plus side, we also had a number of very positive emails as a result of the article and several new investor applications. We are now well on our way to making our first crowdfunded property investment and are going to view some potential investment properties this afternoon.