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2.1 Properties

2.1.1 What can property offer investors?

There are two main potential ways to make return on property:

Rent - you can earn an income by letting out property to tenants

Selling for a profit - if you buy property and sell it at the higher price

2.1.2 Risks of property investing

Property prices and demand for rentals can go up and down. That's why direct and indirect property investments are for the long term. If you overinvested in property you may end up in trouble when housing market slow.

2.1.3 Why not buying property direct?

1. You can't get your money out quickly - it takes long time to sell property

2. It's a big commitment - when you buy a property, you are putting a lot of eggs in a single basket

3. There are buying and selling costs - estate agent, surveyor, stamp duty, land tax, solicitors and other.

4. It is demanding - doing maintenance work and managing property takes time and money.

5. It is business to run - UK regulations regime year by year getting more complicated for landlords.

6. No tax effective - from April 2017 as per current goverment tax regulation there will be no option to offset interes rate againts income from property as private landlord.

7. Psychical present - most times to run property as investment you need to be in place where you property is which for many inverstors could be issue. 

If you use mortgage there is extra risk that rental income will not cover mortgage payments, the cost of mortgage can rise or even lender can take back the property if you don't keep up with repayments.

2.1.4 Indirect property investing through a fund

With a pooled property fund, a professional manager collects money from many investors, then invests the money directly in property. Fund managers charge a fee for thier service, which will affect your earnings.You dont have any control about property investments options and you not own property. 

Funds DO NOT underwritten rental income and you cant plan what profit or loss your investment could produced. 

2.1.5 Before investing in property

Before you make any decision about investing in property you should find out as much as you can. You can research the potential pros and cons on your own, or take advice. You will also want to look at whether a different type of investment might better suit your goals.

As Crowdfudning Place we providing as much is possible investment information in our offering. We DO NOT advice about investment options it is your choice and decision based on personal knowdledge and preferencies.

Who pays the various fees on a project?

As the real estate developer, You are responsible to use the funds received to pay any costs related to a project

How often are payments made to members?

Usually profit distributions are made to members, monthly, quarterly or end of term, depending on the duration and cash flow of the project, as well as at final sale of the property.

How long does it take to qualify and list a project on the Katipult platform?

You will receive an initial indication of interest often within 24 hours. Pending review, deals may be listed within 48 hours.

2.2 Why Property Crowdfunding

2.2.1 Searching for the property

Hands free property investing.

Property Crowdfunding is like investing with property experts. You benefit from their expertise and contacts.

2.2.2 Risk

By spreading risk your available capital over the number of properties you can mitigate the risks associated with property investment. On top of this majority of properties are purchased below market value to eliminate risk to absolute minimum. 

2.2.3 Leverage

You can leverage more safely using power of the crowd, but the profits from capital growth will be shared. On top of this we could you gearing ( special mortgage ) to increase options of profit for our investors

Gearing ( special mortgage for SPV Company ) is not based on investors credit score and DO NOT required personal guarentees from investors. There is 100% security that investor NEVER HAVE TO put any more money into investments and DO NOT need any additional security in way of extra property or share legal charges

2.2.4 Liquidity

You can sell your shares to a third party at any time (subject to finding a willing buyer) using Crowdfunding Place portal, promoting on your portal web page or by any other mean which suit you.

If you dont want to sale your share you need to wait until agreed time period stated in offering when property will be sale on buy back option or on open market. 

2.2.5 Control

You can select which properties you invest and 24/7 have online access to your investment.

2.2.6 Fees

There no fees to pay individually but there will be added to the amount needed to buy the property and the crowdfunding platform will also make charges for raising the money and managing the assett.

2.2.7 Due Diligence

Property professionals vet all investments. This pre-qualification and due diligence reduces the possibility of bad investment. Expierenced team of people who knows property market well plus secured managable approach to each investment provide peace of mind for our investors. 

2.2.8 Finding and managing builders and tradespeople

Crowdfunding is hands free investing

2.2.9 Finding and managing tenants

Hands free investing. Crowdfunding Place offerings also include underwritten rent.

2.2.10 LANDLORD - INVESTOR difference ?

Investors assume an investment role only and receive an equity stake in the propertyhold by SPV company in return for their investments. 

LandLords manage the property as well as receiving a stake in relation to their property investment. We could say Landlord is kind of business to run and to manage.

As Investor you don't need to worry about landlord regulations. As well as as property is always hold under SPV company as per current tax regime in UK there is option to offset interest from mortgage ( gearing ) again rental profit where as individual landlord there is not this important option avaiable. As well as individual landlord HAVE TO deal with BTL Mortgage, Landlord Insurance provider and many other aspects of property business. 

2.3 Due Diligence Process

2.3.1 Valuing the property

Before we put any property on the portal most times we will speak with independent RICS valuer and local estate agents to assest property valuation in purchasing condition. 

2.3.2 Structural survey

In cases where we have any initial indications in regards to structural defect, we always do full structural survey. 

2.3.3 Legal Pack

An experienced solicitor provides a whole conveyancing process and check legally that property is sound.

2.3.4 Rental Assessment

Before we offer property on our portal experience management company providing to us full informations in regards to rental assessment of property and area. 

2.3.5 In House Assessment

Each property deal on Crowdfudning Place is like our own one. We do full deal assessment taking into consideration all potential scenarios and issues which may arise. 

2.4 Property Investments Criteria

2.4.1 What criteria does property has to meet to be funded?

Property has to be accepted as the sound investment by our Investment Team.

We look at following criteria:

- Location of the property

- Price of the property

- Rent demand in the area

- Potential of capital growth

- Property condition

2.4.2 Location Location Location

Location is the probably the most important factor in investing in properties in UK.

We aim to invest in prime location where there is a great potential for capital growth. Traditionally there is a greater capital growth in prime locations in opposite to poorer ones.

2.4.3 Price - Below Market Value

The price has to be right. Generally we aim to buy 10%-15% below market value which gives extra profit from the day one. The higher discount the better. Our great position is that we are cash buyer with good reputation and can buy property quickly. It gives ability to secure even further discount.

We always buy property below market value. However it can make sense to invest in prime locations with small discount on sale if there is a great capital growth potential.

2.4.4 Rental demand

As we will keep properties before selling in future we need to make sure that there is a steady rental demand from tenants. Before investing we do local market research to make sure we will find tenent and how much rent will be.

2.4.5 Capital Growth

It is big one. Capital growth provides a very nice profit on investment. Therefore we may go for a potentially higher capital growth even at the expense of lower rental yield. As on many deal which have we use gearing ( mortgage for SPV company ) this feature even more increase pottential of extra profit from capital growth.

2.4.6 Exit Plan

Each property has a defined exit plan when is funded on Crowdfunidng Place.

It might be resale on open market or buy back option by a third party. Exit plan has to clear and realistic.

2.4.7 Property Condition

Every single property we offer on Crowdfunding Place have to have satisfactory condition as per list of requrements checked by our investment team. 

2.5 Property Valuation

2.5.1 Valuation at the time of purchase

All valuations are carried out by local RICS valuers. There are carried out before funding starts.

2.5.2 Exit Valuation

In three months before sale of the property or SPV the property is valued by RICS valuer.

Then before sale proceedings starts all shareholders are asked if they wish to sell property or to keep it longer.

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2.6 Range of Property Investments

2.6.1 Land

Land is property or real estate, not including buildings or equipment, that does not occur naturally. Depending on the title, land ownership may also give the holder the rights to all natural resources on the land. 

Selling land results in a capital gain or loss. Land ownership does not contain or include any permissions to develop the property, as opposed to a 'plot', which is a real property that is slated for development.

2.6.2 House

house is a building that functions as a home. Modern houses in Western cultures will contain a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or cooking area, and a living room.

Traditionally house provides with the best capital gain over the long term however their rental yield is lower in compare to other Property Investments.

2.6.3 House in Multiple Occupation

An HMO is a term that applies to any living accommodation occupied by 3 or more unrelated persons as their only or main residence, and who share kitchen and/or bathroom facilities.

HMO provides a greater rental yield then a standard single let property. However there are number of council requirements which each HMO Property needs to met before being let out.

2.6.4 Flat

Flat (or apartment) is a self-contained housing unit that occupies only part of a building.

Typically flat is rented out to professionals or to young people. Typically rental yield is slightly higher then for a Residential house as the flats prices tends to be lower then for houses. Each flat owner needs to pay service charge and ground rent.

2.6.5 Serviced apartment

A Serviced Apartment is a fully furnished apartment available for both short-term as well as long-term stays, providing all the hotel-like amenities. Serviced apartments typically include soft-furnishings and cooking utensils so that long-term tenants need not to bring their own, and have services such as housekeeping, front office and parking included in the rent.

A serviced apartment provided higher rental yield in compare to standard flats if let all the time.

2.6.7 Hotel room

A hotel is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room.

Hotel room can provide high rental yields if manage properly and fully let.

2.6.8 Commercial property

The term Commercial Property refers to buildings or land intended to generate a profit, either from capital gain or rental income.

Commercial property can include office buildings, industrial, retail, restaurants and others.

2.7 Property Management & Maintenance

2.7.1 Letting Agency and Management Company

We only choose well established experienced and local letting agencies or management companies to manage our properties.

2.7.2 Property management and rent collection

We use the same letting agencies or management companies to let and also to manage the properties.

2.7.3 Home Insurance

We use whole of market FCA regulated expierence insurance broker in order to get possibly the best deal for landlord insurance, commercial insurance and other if need it. We make sure to have in place policies to provides protection against most risks to property, such as fire, theft and some weather damage as well as loss of rental income.

2.7.4 Underwritten rent and minor repairs

Depends on underwritten rent agreement some third parties cover small repairs up to £500 annually. It gives extra savings to investors on possible expenses. We are collecting fund which is 5% of guaranteed rental income. Reason to do so is to cover yearly expences such as accountancy fees, building insurance and extra property maintance costs. After investment is sold any surplus of funds from property fund is returned to investors together with initial investment and potential capiatal gain profit. 

2.7.5 Rent guarantee Insurance

It is a form of insurance where for a relatively small annual fee investor can protect against loss of rent. Normally Landlord Rent Gurantee is combined with Legal Assistance Insurance whereby a landlord's legal costs of recovering rent and/or eviction a non-paying tenent are covered.

Typically rent payment is covered for period for up to 6 months and payment starts after 1 month of lack of payment by lender.

2.8 Underwritten Rent

2.8.1 What is underwritten rent?

A third party is contracted with the actual owner of the property to pay an underwritten rent for an agreed time period (which is usually 1-5 years). The third party takes complete responsibility for the property. Since the rent is agreed for the time period, depending on the property and third party, the recurring costs such as maintenance and utility costs can also be part of the contractual agreement.

2.8.2 Why underwrite?

Underwriting rent is done mostly to make good the void period that owners go through. With maintenance becoming part of the contract in most underwritten rental properties, the risk of having to spend money till another tenant arrives is compensated. It offers a risk balance to the landlord and moreover provides a consistent and visible income stream.

2.8.3 Who can underwrite rent?

We use property management firms, letting agents and local councils to underwrite rent.

2.9 Property Investment Studies ( education examples )

2.9.1 Mr Smith

Mr Smith is teacher. He has savings of £30000 and looking for a secure investment with decent income. Currently he holds savings in ISA which gives very little income.

Crowdfunding Place is the chosen investment platform due to following reasons:
- realistic returns regular returns
- investment secured on the property
- option to withdraw by sale of shares on portal.

Mr Smith divided his savings into 4 different class Properties in portal.
He is happy with service and financial side and also enjoy feeling That he owns number of properties.

His return from rental income across 4 properties which he invested in is 8% and he expecting capital growth after 5 years in region of 30%.

Annual rental income: £2400

Rental income over 5 years: £12000

Capital growth over 5 years: £9000

Total profit over 5 years: £21000

Investment of £30000 made a total profit of £21000 over 5 years time

2.9.2 Kasper

 

Kasper is student to wish to invest his hard earned cash into property. He struggles to get a mortgage and additionally his savings are £10000 which not sufficient for a deposit for house.
He aims to keep saving towards purchase his property however until then he want to enjoy being a Landlord even if it is only limited.

The main attraction to Kasper is the fact that all investments are secured on Property and also that he has ability to sale Shares at any time. He spreads his £10000 over three properties and additionally plans to Invest All his future savings into further properties on CrowdfundingPlace.

Kacper after first year received combined return from his property investments of £860 gross and he is looking to sale his shares next year with 9% capiatal gain on it. 

Annual rental income: £860

Capital growth over 1 year: £900

Total profit: £1760

Investment of £10000 made a total profit of £1760 in 1 year time

2.9.3 Mrs & Mr Iqabal

Clients received an inheritance of £100000. Clients are both working as doctors and have hardly any time to invest their money and also not enough knowledge to do so.

Property in clients view are the safest option and all investment they would like to be secured against the property. As they don't have time and experience to be a landlord themselves and also believe in diversification Crowdfudning Place is the good option for them.

The investment was made across 5 properties £20000 each. Term on each investment was 3 years and they all were with 8% underwritten rent. All properties are going to be sold after 3 years with 20% capital raise.

Annual rental income: £8000

Rental income over 3 years: £24000

capital growth after 3 years: £20000

Total profit over 3 years: £44000

Investment of £100000 made a total profit of £44000 over 3 years

2.10 Pension SIPP Property Investment

2.10.1 Can I invest using my SIPP funds ?

Yes use can invest using SIPP fund. You can only invest into commercial property investments. 

2.10.2 How I can invest using SIPP funds ?

You need to contact your provider and Crowdfunding Place member of staff for more information. 

2.10.3 Where my profits are going ?

Profits goes to your pension fund.

2.10.4 Do I pay tax from profits of my SIPP funds ?

Current regulation and UK tax regime provide tax free investments into SIPP.

2.10.5 Who can advice me about SIPP investment ?

We not provide financial advice, to get advice and infroamtion please contact Independent Financial Advicer. We could recommend one for you if you wish so please contact us. 

2.10.6 Can I invest pension money based abroad ?

Yes you can, for more information please contact your pension provider.

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