There used to be a game show on TV called It’s a Knockout, where amongst lots of other silly games, contestants – wearing daft costumes that made walking difficult – used to carry buckets of water across a slippery surface whilst being bombarded with water cannons or sandbags, to try and fill a receptacle at the end of the course.

Obviously, they spilt a lot along the way and were occasionally wiped out altogether and had to start again. But there’s no doubt that if they were dogged enough and did it for long enough, eventually they would fill the receptacle.

This often seems to me to be a good analogy for the stock market.

The award-winning financial advice website, “This Is Money” ran an analysis last year confirming much the same. If you’d invested over any ten year period over the last two decades (except two dodgy phases in the dotcom boom and the financial crash), you were 95% likely to turn a profit. And assuming you reinvested your profits, the average return generated would have been 70%!

Sounds like investment Nirvana, doesn’t it?

But let’s examine those figures a little more closely.

And – for now – we’ll set aside those periods of heart-in-mouth panic as you watch your stock slide and gnaw your fingernails away as you decide whether or not to leave your investments where they are. That’s all part of stock investing, seasoned veterans will tell you. Take your lumps like you take your jumps.

If we accept that you’ve ridden the roller-coaster, pushed your ticker back down to its rightful position each time the market bounced it up into your throat, fought against all your instincts to reinvest hard-earned profit back into the maelstrom from whence you’ve just extracted it…what are you left with?

A 70% profit over 10 years! Sounds like a lot if you consider that if you’d started with £100,000, you’d now be sitting on £170,000.

But over 10 years? If we spread that out on an annual basis and apply a little simple compounding, it amounts to just 5.45% per year. Is that a fair recompense for all the cardiac distress?

So is there an alternative? Property?  Well, it’s more secure, but again, it ties up your capital for years.

So if you could make an annualised return of three times that amount without all the turmoil and without the long-term capital handcuffs, wouldn’t you consider it? Heck, wouldn’t you even do it for twice that average stock market return?

That’s why smart investors have started looking at loan-based crowdfunding of property. Lending to screened-and-approved developers looking for investment to get their projects off the ground. Usually, they’ll have agreed bank funding for around 60% of the building cost and they’ll have their own equity to sink into it too. But the capital gap in between is increasingly being filled by crowdfunders on the FCA-authorised CapitalStackers platform.

And it can be impressively lucrative. Recent investors in a CapitalStackers funded development in York made annualised returns of up to 22.5% in just eight months.

More typically, investors in two current CapitalStackers deals are set to make annualised returns of between 10% and 17%. Those figures look even more attractive when you know that all CapitalStackers investors are able to choose their own return, predicated on the level of capital risk they’re prepared to take (although the risk itself is not terribly off-putting, given that the investment is secured on the property, the developer’s equity/profit is there to cushion any drop in value – and the Loan-to-Value on these deals is within a sensible range of 55% to 72%).

So how might this kind of investment compare with the stock market?

Well, taking a mid-point CapitalStackers investment as an example: If you were to start with £100,000 – on an agreed return of 13.5% – after one year, your nest egg would be worth £113,500.

After two years, you’d have £128,822.

Impressively, you’d have overtaken your stock market earnings in just over four years, and after ten years you’d be sitting pretty on £354,780. Which makes those nerve-wracked stock market investors with their £170,000 look like dabbling amateurs.

As with shares, you don’t need a huge amount to get started. The minimum investment in a CapitalStackers scheme is just £5,000 – but many invest a lot more.

And considering you can access your capital by selling your investment on the secondary market, it’s no wonder more and more of the smart money is moving to loan-based property crowdfunding.

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As the gurus at Motley Fool sound the death knell for Buy-To-Let, calling it an “expensive distraction” and point investors once more to the Stock Market, some more canny investors are sitting back and wondering if there is a third way.

After all, there are good reasons why we British have traditionally invested in property. And yet the FTSE also has very sound reasons to commend it.

But for those who want double digit returns but without the bumpy stock market ride, there is a way to achieve the benefits of both property investing and stock market investing in one, and reduce the drawbacks of both.

Secured on property, but more liquid than buying bricks and mortar – and less volatile than stocks and shares – it consistently brings higher returns than Buy-To-Let, without the overheads, management and conveyancing fees, refurbishment and maintenance costs and stamp duty.

Motley Fool suggests that in every respect other than the ability to borrow to invest, the Stock Market beats Buy-to-Let. And it surely does.

However, loan-based property crowdfunding has many of the advantages listed too. Investing in property developments through CapitalStackers, for instance, can bring you highly attractive risk weighted returns in the time it takes to build a row of houses. Investors in the Foss Place development in York made annualised returns of between 8.5% and 22.5% in just eight months – all within a sensible Loan to Value range of 58% – 75%. 

Like stocks and shares, you don’t have to have saved or borrowed huge sums to get started – you can participate in a building development scheme from just £5000.

And whilst your loan investment is as solid as the houses being built, it’s also more liquid. You can invest in a CapitalStackers scheme almost as quickly as you can buy shares (with the assurance that the due diligence has already been done for you) and if you want to free up your cash, you can sell part or all of your investment on their secondary market.

Although investing in Buy-To-Let is verboten for pension schemes, if you have a SSAS (or access to one) CapitalStackers gives you a route to invest in the same asset class by lending on residential property developments and take your gains free of tax.

But there’s one important advantage that investing through CapitalStackers has over the Stock Market, and it’s this: when you buy shares, you bear all the risk. If they drop in value, your capital gets burnt. There’s no firewall, no cushion, no contingency.

However, with CapitalStackers, even the highest risk layer is cushioned by the developer’s own equity and profit, and you get to choose yourself the level of risk you want to take and the corresponding rate of return.

All of which points to a very healthy alternative to both BTL and the markets. As Warren Buffet once said, “If you can’t invest in the stock market for ten years, don’t invest in it for ten minutes”, and of course, it’s difficult to make any money out of rental properties in the short term. But CapitalStackers can bring you attractive, typically double digit, returns in as little as 6-24 months. In short, as long as it takes the developer to finish a building.

Now, isn’t that worth considering?

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A new development in Yorkshire could net you up to 17% return from a minimum investment of £5,000.Aerial View

CapitalStackers is inviting crowdfunding loans to help launch a development of 11 homes along with the purchase of additional land with detailed planning permission for a further 11 houses in a popular location.

Dacre Banks is an English village in the Yorkshire Dales, with the archetypal features of a cricket green, a popular pub, traditional shop and church, plus the added boon of a medical centre.

Homes tend to be highly sought after in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty set amid stunning moorland scenery and a tapestry of lush green meadows – just 11 miles from Harrogate and easily commutable from Leeds. Furthermore, historic planning restrictions and a shortage of new build properties have created a healthy build-up of demand.

InfogramGregory Property Group, very experienced developers operating since 1985, have created a scheme with broad appeal – a selection of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses (including 5 ìaffordableî homes – two available in the first phase), designed to attract a diverse mix of young professionals, families and older downsizers lured by rural village life, and commuters to Leeds and Harrogate. The houses will sell for between £249,950 and £375,000 (although sales agents have advised that prices may be 5% higher) with a total value for the 11 homes in Phase 1 assessed at £2,794,000 and the whole development at £3,858,584.

Senior funding of £2,340,000 has been secured from Hampshire Bank Trust, so CapitalStackers investors are invited to fill the balance of £504,000, in loans of £5,000 upwards, for returns of between 12.65% and 17.18% for a Loan to Value range of 65% to 73%.

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Two large, luxury houses in Solihull stand to make a tidy sum for CapitalStackers investors. The crowdfunded development – already 58% subscribed – has attracted a lot of attention from existing CapitalStackers investors, many of whom have already made up to 22.5% last year on the platform’s  Foss Place development in York, which paid out early after only 8 months with a Loan-To-Value ratio of 76%.

The Solihull deal comes in with an even more attractive risk ratio of just 67% LTV for a return of 12.59%, and 51.9% LTV returning 10.02%, with the senior funding being provided by Natwest (who have, of course, already carried out their usual due diligence checks).

The development of these two highly-appointed 5-bedroom homes in the sought-after residential area of Lapworth comes courtesy of the experienced Avalanche Capital team, and has already received unsolicited offers from two keen buyers. The groundworks are already complete and building is due to be finished in October this year, at which point investors will be paid back capital and interest.

Investments are invited in the form of a loan, fully secured on the properties, and investors are free to choose the level of risk and return. The minimum investment is £5000 and the CapitalStackers platform is fully authorised and regulated by the FCA.

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Click here to find out more and get started. We look forward to welcoming you on board.

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CapitalStackers has completed the drawdown of £1.36 million funding for a prestigious development of eight homes, in the pretty Cheshire village of Malpas. Work is expected to start on site later this month and two properties are already under offer at the asking price.

The P2P property lending specialist also successfully negotiated £1.58 million of senior funding from a major high street bank, on behalf of the developer Orchard House. The gross development value of the scheme is £5.1 million.

CapitalStackers’ investors now look forward to returns of between 10.7% and 15.6% per annum over the next 22 months with lending at Loan to Value ratios from 55% to 73%.

Steve Robson of CapitalStackers comments, “Investors were invited, at the back end of last year, to lend into three layers and choose their own level of risk and return. Many are repeat investors, some of whom benefited from returns of up to 22.5% last year on an office to residential conversion we financed in York, however some are new investors, keen to dip their toe into the P2P property lending market.

“They are attracted not only by the high level of returns available, but the transparency and ease of the deals. We now have 150 investors on the books and rising, plus an exciting development pipeline. There are opportunities still available in the Malpas deal through our secondary market.”

Patrick Lomax, Founder and Director of Orchard House comments, “I have been impressed with CapitalStackers detailed knowledge of the property industry and finance market. We dealt with an experienced and senior team who absolutely delivered to the brief and exceeded our expectations. They have access to a wide pool of potential investors and delivered within relatively tight timeframes. We spoke to a number of debt advisors but none came close to the same level of service and professionalism.”

The Orchard House development is only a short walk from the 18th century market town of Malpas, Cheshire – a friendly village community within commuting distance of Chester and Wrexham and close to the Ofsted outstanding Bishop Heber High School.

A number of listed buildings dotted around the immediate area (including the Grade 1 Church of Saint Oswald), lend the site a rare traditional charm. And since the developer has in-house design capability, each of the homes can be partially bespoke to the purchaser’s requirements, which has sparked early interest from buyers with plots already being reserved off-plan.

CapitalStackers investment opportunities appeal to a broad spectrum of investors, from conservatively positioned pension funds to those with a higher risk-and-reward appetite. The minimum investment is £5,000.

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P2P lending platform CapitalStackers has been awarded full FCA authorisation, following a detailed assessment by the FCA.

CapitalStackers is a direct peer to peer lender, matching developers seeking finance with investors. The company aims to plug the funding gap between typical bank debt and the developer’s equity. Investors typically receive double digit returns up to 20%.

Steve Robson, Managing Director of CapitalStackers comments, “We have always had a strong commitment to compliance, abiding by strict codes of conduct and giving our investors total transparency on every deal. Becoming an FCA approved lender is a lengthy and rigorous process and gives investors that extra comfort – it is the icing on the cake. We understand that a number of other P2P lenders withdrew their applications when they realised what was involved, which makes our approval status even more significant.

“At CapitalStackers, we only arrange loans to experienced developers, many of whom have already raised part of the funding requirement through a major high street bank and gone through their independent due diligence process, as well as our own stringent checks. No investment is without risk, but ours are carefully assessed, managed, and transparent.

“Compared to pooled lending, the beauty of direct lending is that investors are fully in control of what level of risk and return they are comfortable with. They choose the deal, loan amount, layer and return and have access to detailed information on which to judge the risks. They like to invest in secured lending against bricks and mortar and the information we provide leaves no room for questions or doubt. They have everything they need to make an informed decision. This transparency and conduct is why our investors are re-investing again and again.”

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CapitalStackers is now inviting investors to participate in a prestigious development of eight highly desirable detached houses in a deal which is expected to yield up to 17% annualised returns with attractive LTV ratios. Click here to download a fact sheet.


The development is only a short walk from the 18th century market town of Malpas, Cheshire – a friendly village community within commuting distance of Chester and Wrexham, and close to the Ofsted outstanding Bishop Heber High School..

A number of listed buildings dotted around the immediate area (including the Grade 1 Church of Saint Oswald), lend the site a rare traditional charm. And since the developer has in-house design capability, each of the homes can be partially bespoke to the purchaser’s requirements which has sparked early interest from buyers with plots already being reserved off-plan.

The Gross Development Value of the scheme is £5.1m, with Royal Bank of Scotland providing the senior funding of £1.58m.

This leaves plenty of room for CapitalStackers investors in this triple layer deal, with target returns pegged at between 10.3% and 16.9% per annum over an anticipated investment term of 22 months and with corresponding Loan to Value ratios of 55% to 73%. CapitalStackers investors will be secured by second charge behind RBS on the development site supplemented by a first charge on some additional property.plot-3-drawings

The development will naturally appeal to a broad spectrum of investors, from conservatively positioned pension funds to those with a higher risk-and-reward appetite, so early involvement is recommended. The minimum investment is £5,000.

For more details, visit www.orchardhouseproperties.co.uk or watch the Orchard House Properties 3D Video here.

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The Oakapple Group – a Leeds development company – has begun converting the former 4 star Balmoral Hotel in Harrogate into 14 luxury apartments, with the help of funding raised by P2P lending platform CapitalStackers.

The 1image-living-space2,500 sq ft landmark Victorian building on Franklin Mount is being sensitively converted into one and two bedroom elegant apartments ranging from 600 to 1300 sq ft. Completion is scheduled for September 2017 and residents will enjoy on-site parking and original architectural features. The property was built around 1890 as three Victorian villas, converted into a guest house in 1981 and became the Balmoral Hotel in 1984. Oakapple received planning consent in June 2016.

For the developer, the funding solution allowed more effective use of equity. CapitalStackers introduced the senior debt from Hampshire Trust Bank of circa £2.3m and raised the additional £515,000 required within a week of posting the deal. The developer anticipates selling for in excess of £4m.

image-bathroomSteve Robson of CapitalStackers comments, “We are delighted to be playing a significant role in the sensitive conversion of such an imposing and historical building within the centre of Harrogate. Investors will look forward to receiving returns pegged at between 11% to 15.5% per annum within the next 14 months”.

CapitalStackers matches investors direct with developers seeking finance on specific projects. The company aims to plug the funding gap between typical bank debt and the developer’s equity. Investors typically receive double digit returns up to 20%.

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If you were going to invest your life savings, your pension, your inheritance, you’d want to know it was relatively safe wouldn’t you?

Before you took the plunge, you would hope to weigh up the balance of risk versus return and make an educated and informed decision about where and with whom you invest? Do you play safe and potentially get a lower return or do you take a higher risk and reap the financial benefits faster?

This concept isn’t new of course – for centuries, people have taken perceived risks with their money. Some have struck gold, others have had their fingers burnt. And most have harvested returns somewhere in between!

In 2016, how do you make an informed choice and how important is transparency in this process?

We at CapitalStackers believe it is more important now than it has ever been. Investors are becoming more and more sophisticated and quite rightly, they demand transparency, whether investing £5,000 or £1 million.

Technology has also had a huge impact on the way people invest. Investors have direct and easy access to investor platforms and they should also have direct and easy access to any information necessary to weigh up risk and return. No matter how much you wish to invest, with whom or how experienced you are, transparency allows you to make a properly informed choice.

P2P lending and alternative finance companies are revolutionising the traditional banking and lending industries. According to the FCA, £2.7bn was invested on regulated crowdfunding platforms in 2015, up from £500m in 2013. But with change, often comes competition and uncertainty. Over the last few months there have been widespread calls for tougher regulation and control. Concerns predominantly focus on whether consumers understand the risk they are taking, especially those who are less experienced or knowledgeable.

There is also some confusion over the differences between the ‘pooled’ lending approach and direct peer-to-peer lending such as that arranged by CapitalStackers.  With pooled lending, investors are provided with only part of the picture such as headline risk parameters and no detailed financial information about any of the borrowers or the deals. The upside is that risk is often spread across the loan whole portfolio, but investors are entirely dependent on the platform’s management.

Direct lending such as that arranged by CapitalStackers means absolute transparency and decision making independent of the platform management. Investors choose both the deal and the loan amount – and they have access to detailed information on the specific risk and returns.

Recent press headlines airing concerns with the alternative investment sector, such as those made by Lord Turner, are only a generalisation and don’t reflect the diversity within the P2P market. There is a vast difference between investing in a tech start-up through an equity crowdfunding platform and secured lending against bricks and mortar, for example. At CapitalStackers, we only arrange loans to experienced developers, many of whom have already raised part of the funding requirement through a mainstream bank and gone through their independent due diligence process, as well as our own stringent checks. No investment is without risk, but those made through CapitalStackers are carefully analysed, managed and transparent.

We have always been open to scrutiny and detailed information is provided to our investors up front providing the same level of clarity on the deal as the bank and the developer have in assessing its viability. This transparency is the foundation upon which CapitalStackers is based and the reason why our investors continue to re-invest.

John Thornley, MD of Fairhurst Estates, has committed funds to a variety of property backed investments over many years in the commercial and residential property sectors. As well as investing directly he now also invests through CapitalStackers. As an expert in this sector he was pleasantly surprised by the amount of detailed financial information provided on the platform. “I literally had no further questions which is unusual. All the information I needed to make an informed decision was provided up front”

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This week we gave our investors a serious cause to celebrate when our residential development in York was completed two months ahead of schedule. Which means the shrewdness of all sixteen P2P investors paid off as they got their investment back within just 8 months and received returns of up to 22.5% per annum.

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All the apartments at Foss Place, Foss Island Road in York had already been pre-sold during construction by developer Norstar Limited and the majority of investors, who lent between £5,000 and £1.73 million to the project, have re-invested into another CapitalStackers funded scheme, a residential conversion in the centre of Harrogate.

CapitalStackers’ offering is becoming increasingly popular with astute P2P investors –  the entire funding for Foss Place was completed in just 14 days from CapitalStackers’ engagement to the full loan being drawn down. The company now has in excess of 100 investors on its books and rising – and it’s easy to see why.

The idea is to plug the funding gap between typical bank debt and the developer’s equity – and it’s a win-win deal. Developers get access to the funding that dried up since the banks retrenched and it’s a great way for a wide range of investors to get involved with bigger commercial building projects, from housing to offices – schemes that would otherwise be out of the smaller investor’s reach (except through REITs or unit trusts, which would not allow them the same control over their investment).

CapitalStackers not only gives investors the choice of the development project they help fund but also lets them choose the risk level and associated return. Total financial transparency is maintained and typical returns are between 5% and 20% per annum paid out on completion of the project – usually around 12-24 months later. The minimum lend is just £5,000, and all loans are fully secured on the property being funded, with the extra benefit of high quality due diligence.

The Foss Place project is just another great example of the idea in action. CapitalStackers raised £2.25m loan monies to help Norstar Limited purchase and convert a disused office building into 6 studio and 18 one-bed apartments, with a predicted gross development value of £3.2 million and peak loan to value ratio of 76% including interest. On completion, the development sold out for £3.4m equating to an improved loan-to-value ratio of 71%.  The apartments were priced between £99,000 and £120,000.

Steve Robson of CapitalStackers comments, “We’re delighted to give our investors annualised returns of between 8.5% and 22.5% in just eight months, two months ahead of schedule. We arranged three layers of finance to Norstar: Layer 1 being £1.75m of senior debt; Layer 2 provided £350,000; and Layer 3 a further £150,000, at returns of 8.5%, 15% and 22.5% per annum respectively”.

So for any investors looking for a more appealing investment opportunity, CapitalStackers has surely come of age. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline with similar attractive risk and reward profiles. The minimum investment is £5,000 and there’s no upper limit. So why not register now and give your funds a boost over the next 12-24 months?

Press enquiries: Cath Cookson, 07799 713941 or Simon Sinclair 07769 684843.

Find out more at www.capitalstackers.com or by calling Steve Robson on 07774 718947.

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