Housers Review

May 21st, 2020
10 minutes read
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High Interest Real Estate Crowdfunding in South Europe

Housers

Housers is a marketplace for direct peer-to-peer lending that allows users to invest in loans granted on the platform directly to borrowers. All loans are real estate or property development loans. The loans are all collateral backed and the platform is the first of its kind in Spain. The platform has been around since 2015 helping develop properties and fund working capital for real estate companies in Spain, Italy and Portugal. 

CompanyHousers Global Properties PFP, SL
BusinessReal Estate Lending
Founded2015
FoundersAlvaro Luna & Tono Brusola
OriginSpain
OwnershipPrivate
Operating inSpain, Italy & Portugal
Users120,567

Investor Introduction Video – How does Housers work?

Housers Pros & Cons

Pros

  • High interest rates
  • All loans are collateral backed (Real Estate)
  • New opportunities launched every month
  • Only direct investment structure

Cons

  • All alternative investments with potential for high returns come with high risk
  • No automatic investing
  • Slow customer support

Characteristics of Loans

  • Interest Rates: 5% – 18%
  • Loan Durations: 6 – 120 months
  • Currency: Euro
  • Collateral: Real Estate
  • Minimum Investment: 50 Euro
  • Investment Structure: Direct

Loans on Housers

Housers displays the real estate loan projects on sale, “DCC”, past projects and advanced view in the dashboard. The loan projects on sale is the primary market, DDC stands for Direct Communication Channel and is the secondary market where you can buy loan shares directly from other users. The overview of loans on Housers covers the most useful information a lender would want. Most loans are bullet loans ranging from 6 – 24 months. The projects are mainly high-end property in Spain, but also covers Italy and Portugal. Housers works with a lot of different developers and besides standard residential property they have featured more spectacular properties like castles, premium hotels, vacation homes and other commercial real estate in need of development. All projects are rated A to E and usually with an interest in the range of 8 – 14 %.

Image of the project description and loan details on Housers

Two great things about Housers are the large range of available projects allowing lenders to diversify in different risk categories and the comprehensive amount of available documented information about the projects. With documents about financials, the project and legal necessities it is possible for investors to get a good idea about the risks involved with lending to a specific project. The standard formal description and financial information is only answering the basic questions one might have, but digging deeper into the documents presented will reveal more information than presented on most real estate platforms in the market.

Documentation of projects on Housers

Buyback Guarantee on Housers

Loans on Housers do not come with a buyback guarantee so expect to see defaults now and then. A downside of this is that lenders must take diversification seriously and it is recommended to have 100+ loans (which is € 5,000 if you use the minimum investment). Read more about risks, downsides and benefits associated with the buyback guarantees here.

Direct Investment Structure

There are two different types of investment structures in P2P investing:

  • The direct structure means you are buying a claim against the borrower directly.
  • The indirect structure means you obtain exposure to a loan by investing in a loan issued by a platform company to the loan originator.

Housers is a traditional lending-based crowdfunding platform and every loan is structured in a direct investment structure. This results in a simple and transparent investment structure making it possible to better evaluate the risks involved because you know that you are lending directly to the company/owner of the property.

Platform Features

Manual Investing

Manual investing on Housers is easy and simple. The loans are usually presented as shown in the image below. The loan amounts on this platform are usually in the higher end, since it is most often high-end property. The amount of loans published will satisfy most investors and the consistency in new projects is what one would expect at a direct investment structured platform. Usually between 1-5 projects are open for funding and a lot more are available on the secondary market. This means that is possible to quickly diversify into many different real estate projects.

Overview of the Housers marketplace and projects

The projects listed on the primary marked is available in a more comparable way under the “Advanced View”. This enables you to quickly get an idea about the real estate projects searching for lenders right this moment. All loan shares are listed with a market value of 1 euro and to participate the minimum purchase is 50 loan shares. This price can vary when sold on the secondary market.

Image of the advanced view of Housers projects

Secondary Market

Housers has a Secondary Market called the Direct Communication Channel. This market is for buying and selling loan shares directly to and from other users. The prices of the shares is determined by the seller and can range anywhere from -10 % to +10 %. There is no cap or limit on the discount and premium on the loan shares, so it is possible to get some good deals. However, you also need to be careful not to overpay when buying on the DCC. The secondary market is searchable by country and loan type (Development, Buy-to-Sell, Buy-to-Let).

Image of the Secondary Market at Housers

Automatic Investing

Automatic investing is not available on Housers and it is not expected to be presented in the near future. This can be a downside for lenders just want to be diversified into as many loans as possible without being willing to browse and look through every project for the best deals. On the other side, having no automatic investing feature forces lenders to actively make decisions on every project instead of just blindly placing money into all kinds of different projects that could cause an overweight in for example vacation homes or any other specific risk category. 

Nice to Know for Investors

Registration Process

Registering at Housers is very simple and easy. Whether you’re an individual investor or investing as a company, creating an account requires just an email, phone number and selecting a password. After creating an account, the platform will send an email with instructions to register. The platform complies with KYC (Know Your Customer) and you therefore need to provide an identification document and additional information to be able to withdraw money from the platform. Thus, you can create an account and invest, but you will have to complete the KYC before unlocking withdrawing.

Deposit & Withdrawal Process

Depositing funds to your investor account is done in three steps:

  1. Transfer money to your Housers account from your bank with traditional bank transfer or TransferWise.
  2. Your funds will be available for investment within the day of confirmed arrival (usually 1-3 banking days).
  3. After the funds are received and added to the account, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

Withdrawing funds is very simple if you are already KYC validated. You just click the “withdraw funds”, enter the desired amount and wait the 1 to 3 business days before the requested amount will arrive on your account. There is no minimum withdrawal restrictions and no further additional fees or commission for withdrawing the funds – except maybe from your own bank. Remember, depending on their fee structure, your own bank might charge fees for handling the transaction or exchanging currency.

Funding Method

SEPA Bank Transfer

Revolut

Transfer Wise

Currency Fair

Reporting

Housers has a portfolio overview/”asset situation” for your loans. This account statement displays a diagram of your funds that are invested in projects, committed to projects and available for investing. The reporting page gives lenders an overview of the asset valuation based on value of the shares, how many projects you’re participating in and the current invested capital per project.
The income statement is then divided into profit and expenses, displaying the results:

  • + Profits
  • + Extra profits
  • + Profits from real estate sale
  • + Interest payments
  • + Benefits from the purchase of titles
  • – Housers Fees
  • – Extra expenses
  • – Losses
  • – Taxes
    = Net Profit

Housers Tax

This information should be taken exclusively for informative purposes, but in general terms:
Interest paid to non-resident investors in Spain will be taxed at the 19% rate in Spain. The investor may deduct in his declaration, the amount that according to the regulation of his country of fiscal residence corresponds to taxable income that appears as income obtained and taxed abroad.

Housers FAQ: “How are the interest taxed in the event that the investor is a natural or legal person resident outside of Spain, but invests in a project where the developer is a Spanish resident?”

Support

Housers only has email support and it can at times be very slow. This is not the ideal situation for a customer support, but the website contain a lot of the answers one might have. This is a con with Housers – good costumer relation and fast support is an important feature of any peer-to-peer platform.

Housers Competitors

Who Can Invest?

1. Individuals, of legal age, with Spanish or foreign nationality.

2. Legal entities (companies).

Notes: There is a limitation for some countries from where LemonWay does not accept open accounts from where users can invest. Amongst others Afghanistan, Barbados, Belarus, Burma, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bosnia, Burundi, Korea, Egipt, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, United States of America, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libia, Macau, Mali, Mongolia, Namibia, Panama, Central African Republic, Congo, Russia, Samoa, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela or Yémen.

Housers FAQ: “Who can register for Housers?”

Is Housers Regulated?

Housers is a registered Crowdfunding Platform in Spain at Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores(CNMV) with the registration number 20. Housers is not financially regulated and does not offer financial advice and none of the proposed activities should be considered as such.

Housers Statistics

Founded2015
Total investments€114 million
Total returned to investors€42.9 million
Average IRR8.83%
Total users120,567
Total number of projects275
Total number of projects ended83
Total number of projects in Spain220
Total number of projects in Spain closed69
Total number of projects in Italy36
Total number of projects in Italy closed9
Total number of projects in Portugal19
Total number of projects in Portugal closed5
Buy-to-let projects average obtained IRR4.74%
Development projects average obtained IRR10.12%
Equity projects average obtained IRR8.77%
Other projects average obtained IRR8.45%
Methodology

At P2PMarketData we are dedicated to providing unbiased reviews of peer-to-peer lending, real estate crowdfunding and crypto lending platforms. Among other, in our mission to bring more transparency to the market we closely monitor and track over 70 platforms funding volumes.

When reviewing an alternative investment platform, we consider a variety of factors such as:

  • Number of investors
  • Minimum investment requirement
  • Historical annual returns
  • Diversification opportunities
  • Reinvestment opportunities
  • Educational and informational offerings
  • Platform fees
  • Total capital invested
  • Features (such as secondary market and automatic investing)
  • General transparency (the difficulty of finding who the owners are, how they make money on the platform (fees), terms & conditions and more)
  • Management team

We also look into the company’s online reputation (for example customer reviews, news, complaints, average monthly searches and social media).