26 August 2016 – El Economista
The real estate market has evolved so much in recent years that now anyone can become a residential developer without triggering the start of a new real estate bubble, as happened before the crisis, when many entrepreneurs decided to enter this business without any prior knowledge of it.
This has been made possible thanks to an initiative developed by Housers, which has started to raise funds, through crowdfunding, for the construction of the first residential building in Madrid to be financed by this shared investment model, and the subsequent sale of its homes. This is also the first real estate project of its kind to be undertaken in Spain.
The project involves the purchase of land, the demolition of a small existing residential property on the site, as well as the complete construction of a residential building, which will comprise five homes and three duplex lofts.
According to the company, the turn-key construction projectwill begin once the financing has been raised, and will take approximately 24 months. The homes will go up for sale when the building work commences.
The cost of the real estate project is estimated to amount to €1.041 million, of which €255,228 corresponds to the gross acquisition cost of the existing building, €539,000 relates to the construction of the new building, and the remainder corresponds to processing costs, taxes and a cushion for unforeseen expenses.
The project aims to raise €748,000 (71.8% of the project) through crowdfunding, with each investor able to participate from as little as €50; and €293,000 through a mortgage to improve returns for investors.
The term for the sale of all of the homes is 24 months. During this period, the gross yield is expected to amount to 44.06% and the net yield will reach 27.94%; those profits will be distributed in the form of dividends to all of the participating investors. Housers estimates that the sale of all of the homes in the building will generate €1,242,000. The residential building will be located in Madrid, in the district of Tetuán, an area that has very high potential given the scarce stock of new homes there.
Housers celebrated its first birthday a month ago and in that time, it has created a community of more than 8,000 investors and has received contributions amounting to more than €8.5 million to finance the purchase of 38 properties in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Marbella.
Original story: El Economista (by Alba Brualla)
Translation: Carmel Drake
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