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How To Choose The Right Property Investment

Of all the asset classes, property is currently the world’s largest. In 2016, commercial property value grew by 7% and residential property by 5% worldwide . With this in mind, the lure of property investment is understandable. Investing in property can be lucrative, but it does come with risks. Each property project that you invest in needs to be something you believe in or something you feel is a sound investment. So, how can you make sure that you choose the right project for you?

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2017-11-20



Brownfield Vs. Greenfield

Statistics suggest that the UK needs to build at least 250,000 new homes a year to keep up with ever growing demand. In the first quarter of 2017, 43,170 homes were started and 39,520 were completed, a 21% increase upon the previous year, but not nearly enough to meet the demand. In fact, 2014 housebuilding was at its lowest point since the 1920s.

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2017-11-16



Would You Live In An Eco-House?

With rising energy bills and uncontrollable household spending, it is time for a new standard in the construction industry. For years, eco-housing has been a niche market, saved for the forward- thinking & those with available property funds. No longer for the environmentalist, eco-housing is finally beginning to transform the landscape of the UK’s property & investment market with several eco-friendly villages leading the way.

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2017-11-15



Homegrown Featured In MailOnline

The team at Homegrown are very happy to announce that we were recently featured in an article by The MailOnline/ThisIsMoney. The article is part of the Start-up Spotlight series, and includes an interview with our CEO, Anthony Rushworth.

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2017-11-13



Is Property Crowdfunding Right For Pensioners?

With the Pension Freedom changes introduced in 2006 where over-55s now have control over their retirement savings, it has opened up the chance to diversify your pension pot further and expand your retirement income portfolio. As more and more people look to make use of pension fund flexibility, the allure of property is proving tempting indeed.

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2017-11-13



Time For A Change? Is Crowdfunding Changing Banking?

In recent years, we have seen explosive growth in the sector termed alternative finance, most notably crowdfunding. However, with the crowdfunding industry almost doubling year on year since 2015, is the term ‘alternative’ still acceptable? With the World Bank estimating that global investment in crowdfunding will reach $93 billion by 2025. Crowdfunding is certainly making headway into mainstream investment.

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2017-11-13



Homegrown investment criteria - Kingston

One of the most common questions we receive is about our investment criteria. In other words, how do we select projects for the Homegrown property crowdfunding platform? Learn more about our investment criteria in this article looking at our previous development opportunity in Kingston.

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2017-10-23



Digital real estate investment demystified

Deal Index, the intelligent data and private finance deal aggregator, published their research report ‘DEMOCRATISING FINANCE: Digital Real Estate Investment Demystified’ (July 2015). Homegrown were pleased to have contributed to the landmark report which provides valuable insight into the alternative finance industry and investment in property crowdfunding.

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2017-10-19



Tackling the UK housing crisis one affordable home at a time

The housing supply in the UK is failing to keep up with housing demand. This we know. With a growing population, increasing rent rates and successive governments who have failed to effectively tackle the problem, the UK’s housing market is in urgent need of attention.

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2017-08-15



What investors want: a guide for cities

Centre for Cities, the research and policy institute, has published their research report ‘What investors want: a guide for cities’ (July 2017). Homegrown are pleased to have contributed to the much-anticipated report which provides valuable insight into what investors consider attractive in a city when making an investment in property and development.

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2017-08-07



Homegrown successfully closes seed funding round

We are very pleased to announce that we have concluded our seed investment round, raising over £350k that involved our highly successful Seedrs campaign which reached more than double its funding target. This will enable us to develop the company into our next phase of growth and we look forward to investing wisely as we expand the business on this journey.

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2017-08-01



Property development investment 10-step Information Guide

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Homegrown: Property Development Investment - 10 Step Information Guide which can be downloaded above. We hope that both existing, as well as prospective investors will find this highly informative in reaching their decision to invest with us.

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2017-10-19



Homegrown exceeds funding target on Seedrs

We are delighted to announce that our Seedrs campaign reached our funding target with over 1 month to go. We are currently in over-funding, so if you are interested in investing in the business please make sure that you do not miss out on this opportunity, as we will be closing the round very soon. In addition, we have received advance assurance from HMRC that investments will be EIS eligible.

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2017-08-01



Excellent Telegraph article on Stamp Duty

There has been a significant amount focus on Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) changes in the UK, particularly on additional properties outside of the main residence (e.g. buy-to-let). This has become incredibly important for investors, who in some cases have seen eye-watering increases of over 114%. An article in last weekend’s Telegraph has explored 8 ways that property investors can minimise this expense.

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2017-08-10



Homegrown invited to Henry Stewart conference

Thought provoking and very interesting debate at the Henry Stewart Property Finance Conference at Le Meridien hotel - Piccadilly, London. Homegrown CEO, Anthony Rushworth was a panel member discussing why crowdfunding is leading a shift in how property investing & deals are being done.

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2017-08-04



Homegrown present at IMD business school

Homegrown was very honoured to be selected by IMD International, a leading business school based in Lausanne, Switzerland to present at its general management Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL) program. Homegrown CEO, Anthony Rushworth led the class of senior leaders in industry to discuss the current hot topics & themes of alternative finance and property investment crowdfunding.

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2017-08-04



UK Prime Minister and Chancellor visit Homegrown office

Prime Minister, Theresa May & the Chancellor, Philip Hammond visited our office at Level39 last week. Choosing our hub as the location for their press conference is a ringing endorsement by the government for FinTech start-ups like Homegrown in the financial district at Canary Wharf. Unfortunately, we did not get the chance to tell them about our “strong & stable” investment returns!

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2017-08-01



We have moved to Level 39

Last month Homegrown moved into Level 39, in the iconic One Canada Square building in the heart of Canary Wharf. Level 39 is Europe's largest technology accelerator for Fintech, Retail, Cyber-Security and Future Cities technology companies.

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2017-08-01



We are fundraising on Seedrs

After a successful launch of Homegrown, our property development crowdfunding platform, we are excited to announce that we are fundraising on the crowdfunding platform Seedrs to accelerate the growth of the business. In this article we look at 5 reasons to invest in Homegrown.

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2017-08-01



Who wants to be a buy-to-let landlord?

Up until recently, the buy-to-let market in the UK represented a shining beacon of light for investors in an uncertain economy.

But, the combination of rising stamp duty, the elimination of tax breaks, relatively weak house price growth forecasts, falling rental yields and increased regulation have made buy-to-let investments less appealing. So, does being a buy-to-let landlord still make sense?

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2017-08-07



As the dust starts to settle, what will Brexit really mean for UK property?

Before and in the immediate aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the EU there were many and wide-ranging views on the potential future impact of the vote on the UK property market and property investment, based on the limited information available. More than three months on we consider the latest data and market consensus of what Brexit might really mean for UK property.

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2017-08-02



5 Benefits of property development crowdfunding

Property Crowdfunding is one of the fastest growing areas of online investment in the UK (Source: Nesta, 2016). It allows individuals to invest equity into property developments with established small and medium sized developers through online platforms. This article focuses on the 5 key benefits of crowdfunding for property developments.

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2017-08-04



How to finance a development project

Ahead of the launch of our first new build development project on the platform we consider the different options that are available to property developers to finance a project, including for the very first time in the UK, the ability to raise finance through equity-crowdfunding.

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2017-08-02






Why residential property?

The UK residential property sector remains an attractive investment proposition because of the current underlying market dynamics, historical outperformance of other investments and its diversification benefits compared with other asset classes, such as equities.

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2017-08-02



Your capital is at risk if you invest in property. This includes illiquidity (the inability to sell assets quickly or without substantial loss in value), and the loss of invested capital if the wider property market or an individual property suffers a reduction in value. Investments on Homegrown are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Past performance and forecasts are not indicative of future performance. For more information see our full risk warning. Homegrown Group Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 694952). Investments through Homegrown are equity investments.
Future performance is not guaranteed and is based on projections only. Your capital is at risk if you invest in property. For more information see our full risk warning.