Housers review 🏡, risks and alternatives (opinion no cashback)

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WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND ALTERNATIVES TO HOUSERS?  

MY MIXED OPINION ABOUT HOUSERS PUSHED ME NOT TO INVEST YET

I’VE STUDIED THE PRODUCT IN DEPTH, BUT I REMAIN SOMEWHAT SKEPTICAL

THE REAL ESTATE CROWDFUNDING IS INGENIOUS AND HOUSERS OFFERS A NICE TOOL, BUT THEN, YOU DON’T REALLY OWN A PROPERTY

THE SECONDARY MARKET IS NOT YET VERY LIQUID AND 10% OF  THE PROFITS ARE DUE IN CHARGES

RISKS ARE CLEARLY STATED, NO SCAM, BUT I BELIEVE THERE CAN BE MORE CONVENIENT ALTERNATIVES ONLINE


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Housers bad review

This Housers review isn’t only negative, because I do find some aspects that I like a lot.

I like this “democratization” of the online investments, I approve it, and Housers is a pioneer of a beneficial fin-tech revolution.

Being able to invest in real estate starting from 50€ is absolutely interesting and also brings ordinary people closer to the convenient opportunity to invest in autonomy.

Housers.com says it is “the first pan-European platform for investment in tangible assets”, the dream of investing in something “real” is now possible through the web. 

What do you get on housers

Housers, in my opinion, is interesting, but what you get by investing, is a stake in a company that invests in a specific property or in several projects, You don’t own a house or a fraction of it.

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Housers, some of the projects available

 

 

The 3 ways of investing on housers

This was until some time ago. Over time, Housers offer has expanded, to date, there are four different types of investment:

 

  1. Buy to let

  2. Buy to sell

  3. Development loan  

  4. Art (no longer available 2019)

 

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Housers offers 3 type of investments. What I like the most is “development loan”.

 

Buy to let

When we talk about “Buy to let”, it is basically about lending money to a company that rents or sells properties. So you can earn both from the rents paid and from the revaluation of the property. You can virtually sell your share at any time. I don’t know how easy and quick the process can be, but I don’t believe there is already such a liquid market by now.

 

Buy to sell

The “Buy to sell” mode, on the other hand, is aimed at financing projects for the renovation or construction of new buildings with (or without) the aim of selling them. No rent, therefore, the amount invested and the interest will return to our disposal all together if the sale ends up successfully.

 

Development loan ✔️

“Development loan” is the third option available. It’s the option I like the most. Clean and transparent. We lend money for real estate projects under construction. The payment is monthly and starts immediately, there are no rentals yields and the capital borrowed is fully returned at the end of the investment period.

 

Art (?):

 
The great (old) news on Housers is the chance to invest in “art” with Housers. It is called a participative loan, it has a stated time horizon of 2/7 years and during this period the works are evaluated once a year by experts in the field. You are free to sell before you reach your goal, as long as you find someone willing to buy your stake.

To invest in the art market have always been a very difficult task especially for “non-experts”. (No longer available)

 


 

I find that Housers currently offers few projects, and returns that are “not to write home about”. 

Alternatives to Housers.com

Widening the point of view, but staying in topic with the real estate market lately, I came across another crowdfunding tool, “EstateGuru”.

Here I found more attractive returns and transparency. Many statistics available and an apparently modern platform. To be fair, also Housers is showing some clear numbers on its website lately.

 

On EstateGuru I lend the money to a specific manufacturer who explains the project in detail and offers me a fixed interest in return. If everything goes wrong there is the property to guarantee the loan. Well, It works! 

There are thousands of international investors in EstateGuru, and the latest reported returns are over 12% yearly.

By now, Housers is less competitive, on the other hand, Housers has many-many more investors. The default rate of EstateGuru is not known, but losses reported are 0€ to date.

Housers also has rather good statistics, even if some projects are waiting for solution.

On EstateGuru the statistics declared by the site are clean to read and indicate the “Loan to Value”, this number is an element I value a lot when I consider any loan investment (the percentage of the their LTV is below 70%). 

I recently wrote an investor review about EstateGuru.

 


Trendy or profitable?

These days “crowd” and “social” are trendy words, but when it comes to online investing I don’t look too much what is trending and what is not (a part from the stock market). So what I like the most as an online investment now, is definitely peer to peer lending.

 

 

I believe that in terms of diversification, liquidity and, above all, returns, Peer to Peer lending is still much higher and “tested”, because it has existed for many years.

Peer to peer lending tools allow me to achieve a good fragmentation, spreading my risk on many (even thousands) loans. It is obviously an effective way of reducing risk and real estate crowdfunding is limited it this aspect.

With P2P I have more data on which to develop strategies and many numbers, unlike real estate where we obviously talk about future price predictions of the properties . The real estate market is very attractive, but by now I overweight the “certainty” of loans while building my online potfolio.

For those who have a passion for real estate but do not want to buy a property, there are also REITs. These are real estate funds specialised in RE, that are liquid and accessible.

Conclusions on Housers

Going back to Housers, there is to say that the website is fabulous, modern, and eye-catching, the logo is brilliant. The information accompanying the single projects is detailed, and the photos are colourful and bright. The technology behind it must be leading edge.

At the end of the description of each Housers’ project (I appreciated the honesty) we are informed that the capital is at total risk of loss, the liquidity is not guaranteed and that the projects are not regulated by any government institution.

The Housers’ motto is one of the most effective we’ve ever seen: “Get the most out of your money”. Let us hope that this is the case. 

 

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9 thoughts on “Housers review 🏡, risks and alternatives (opinion no cashback)

  1. Michelle says:

    Nice contribution, sheding "transverse" light in the world of fintech.

    What I’m really trying to understand is how this kind of investments can turn to be risky.
    For example: let’s suppose there is a project for the requalification of an ancient castle with expected interest of 10% over 18months. I can figure out how it could go bad in the reality: you make extra luxury rooms which no one is going to rent in the next 2-3 years after the end of the works.

    Fine. But…

    …in such a view, the Houser is going realize that the investment is a failure much after the time scale of the loan, at least in my point of view… which means the there is virtually NO RISK for the investors (me)

    BUT…

    There must be a risk (otherwise there would not be such a high interest ratio).

    So… in which kind of real-life events is the risk hidden?
    How am I expected to realize that things are going bad?

    What do you think?

    Thank for you considerations again.

    Michelle

    • Revenue Land says:

      Hi Michelle, in my opinion, real estate crowdfunding seems easier and safer than REITs investing (or traditional RE) but it brings along just different kind of problems and benefits.
      Liquidity is an issue in any RE operation. I cannot trade my investment in real time. Excessive LTV is an issue.
      There are people and teams behind this transactions, they might take untimely decisions. I have to be able to choose the right platform with low commissions. Not all tools allow me to spread the risk on many different properties, and some tools just don’t show enough data and stats.
      New local laws and regulations can slow down, block or boost RE operations. Some investors might not be able to collect all the information needed to make an informed decision, this is another underestimated risk factor. Possibly bridge loans may be a less complex way to enter and understand RE investing.

  2. Investor says:

    Hi everyone,
    Let me share my experience with Housers and actually, why I’m leaving this platform.

    No-no, the platform seems good to me and the idea is really awesome. Starting investing in Spanish/Italian/Portuguese RE with just 50 EUR, it’s really cool! These were my thought 8 months ago, when I joined.

    At that time, I carefully read the information given on the their website, in particular, an article or blog on why it’s much better to invest in any single project, at least, 1’000 EUR, because of rounding and so on.

    So, having in mind a 10-15k EUR overall portfolio, I started building this, filling it with 1k EUR project. Bad risk management…..
    Also, I used 2 types of opportunities: Development loans and Buy-to-Let, as the most understandable to me.

    What I got in the end: about 8.5k EUR portfolio spread across 9 projects, majority of them being loans. I got these figures somewhere by end of March, when Housers started withholding the income taxes, so named IRPF, which is 19% out of the gross interest. Hmm. They started doing this without notice, w/o anything. Just a new deduction line in statement.
    At this point, I’ve frozen any new additions to my portfolio. Decided to take a break and reshuffle the portfolio to get a higher return. I’ve sold almost all BTL and put the money in loans. Yes, BTL has a declared IRR bigger than loan interest rates, but waiting 5 years and having no clue on what’s going on with those real estates and the market prospective did not sound well.

    So, why I’m leaving? Simple, seems a default of one of my 1k EUR project happened, which does not pay any interest for 2 months, and the last interest has been paid with 25 days delay. Obviously, you’ll say the investment in one single project is to high given the portfolio size (concentration risk) and you’ll be absolutely right. But, read the above statement about, at least, 1K investment…..

    Indeed, I’ve made some mistakes in portfolio composition, and the first one is reading and taking as granted their calculations about single investment. However, there are other cons:
    1. Low return rate after IRPF deductions. My country does not care what do I pay in Spain, they take 18% of my worldwide income. Thus, having an average 8.5% gross rate, I deduct 10% of this (0.85%) as Housers fee, and 37% as income tax (3.15%). It leaves me 4.5% net rate. Not too much.
    2. Default risk. It’s a 3rd month in a row when the developer of defaulting project is struggling to pay out interest. Housers, after couple of inquires, said they’ve sent a letter to ask the developed to pay. Seems too fluffy for my money. Have no idea whether I can get my money back.
    3. Lack of transparency and a hell of time to respond to inquires. In average it takes them, at least 2 days to reply. I had some e-mails, not even answered. The defaulting project status update has not been shared until 2 months of delay of interest payment.
    4. Sophisticated structure of investments. You don’t get a piece of property, you get a loan agreement with their SPV who granted the loan to developer. The loan agreement, strangely to me, does not contain the default paragraphs. Also, Housers can send tons of letters, not even being obliged to starting suing the developer, because of the procedure of decision making process. It’s weird and complex and I don’t really understand why a voting is needed (which might be easily overridden by Housers, due to specific voting procedure) to start the default process.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame Housers or say they developed a bad platform. They have a very decent website, they are the pioneers of proptech in Southern Europe. But, I concluded that my money deserve a better approach. I don’t want to lose money. It’s simple. I found a better home for them. Hopefully, the lessons I learnt won’t cost me 1K EUR, really hope.

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