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ReInvest24 – Real estate investment platform overview

ReInvest24.com is a real estate investment platform that allows investors to invest into properties in smaller amounts than it would be required, if they would be a sole investor and start benefitting from their investments almost immediately. Investors also have a better opportunity to diversify their investments between different properties and keep the investments safe.

Reinvest24 gives you the opportunity to diversify your investments in residential and commercial properties in multiple countries.

Reinvest24 OÜ, located in Tallinn, Estonia, was founded in 2017 and launched the Reinvest24 platform in 2018.

Reinvest24 team is working with the real estate market since 2005 and during this time they were involved with project development, investments in real estate, property sales and maintenance.

How it works and who can invest?

There are 2 ways your investment is working for you and both are happening at the same time:

  1. You get an instant income from the cash flow the property is generating, which is being regularly transferred to your account.
  2. You benefit from the increase of the value of the property. You get this money right after you sell your shares.

When selecting properties ReInvest24 runs a rigorous list of criterias and filters and creates a risk profile for every potential property that includes:

  • Liquidity Index of the property – how easy is it to sell this property, should it be necessary or profitable
  • Vacancy Index – how easy is it to find a tenant
  • Price Growth Expectation – the estimated price growth of a property of this type in this area.

Reinvest24 platform allows everybody to invest, who is older than 18 years old whose active legal capacity is not restricted. In order to proceed to investment stage, you need to verify yourself.

Before making an investment, you need to deposit funds to your wallet on the Reinvest24 platform. When it is done, you can choose a property to invest in. The amount invested will be reserved at first and when the total investment amount is reached during the funding period, your investment will be transferred to the SPVs bank account by Reinvest24. In ‘My Wallet’ you can see the amount that has been reserved. When the target sum is funded, the reserved funds will be moved under funds invested.

If the investment amount is not reached, the funds reserved by the platform will be released and you can use it to invest in other properties.

Investment minimum and maximum amount

The minimum investment amount set in Reinvest24 equals to 100 EUR. There is no maximum investment amount to investor.

 

 

 

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New investment project in Latvia announced by Bulkestate – Luku Street II – Launch 17 september 2018

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Bulkestate announced today that it is preparing to launch a new investment project in Latvia, Riga.

Launch time: Monday / 17 September 2018 / 16:00 (EEST)

The property is located in Mārupe, which is one of the closest private housing areas to Riga. The main advantage of the region is the convenient traffic to the city centre, international airport and the seaside, at the same time preserving the green neighbourhood characteristic of the outskirts of the city.

Project information:

Interest rate: 13%
Investment target: 58,000 EUR
Loan period: 12 months
Loan to value: 50%
Security: Mortgage
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New investment project in Latvia announced by Bulkestate – Nometnu Street – Launch 28 august 2018

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Bulkestate announced today that it is preparing to launch a new investment project in Latvia, Riga.

Launch time: Tuesday / 28 August 2018 / 17:00 (EEST)

Project

Bulkestate OÜ has signed a purchase agreement for a property (land 2,077 square metres and building) located on Nometnu 18, Riga. The property is a part of Riga’s famous Art Noveau collection, a 4-storey apartment building in the Āgenskalns district. The surrounding area is a mix of residential houses and light commercial facilities. It is a convenient location, only 10 minutes away from the city centre and 15 minutes from the Riga airport. The building was owned and managed by the University of Latvia as a residential property.

The property includes 12 apartments and two commercial premises as well as an adjacent wooden building. All apartments and the wooden building have been reserved by buyers with contracted sales revenue 866,000 euros and 86.6 thousand euros paid to Bulkestate as a reservation deposit.

Location, quality of the building and significant discounts to the market price have facilitated fast sales process and high commitment from the buyers to complete the purchase.

Commercial premises will be sold after completion of apartment sales process. The expected sales price for these is 250 thousand euros.

Loan

The loan amount will comprise EUR 800,000 and will carry a 17% annual interest rate.

The loan will be used to finance payment of purchase price and transaction costs and will be repaid by payments for sold apartments.

Security

The loan is secured by a first rank mortgage on the building. The market price of the building has been defined as EUR 1,400,000 (LTV ratio is 57%).

The borrower

For technical reasons, loan agreement will be signed by LP Private Property SIA (a company controlled by Bulkestate OÜ) who will lend these funds to Bulkestate OÜ to pay the sellers of the building and associated transaction costs.

All funds received by Bulkestate from investors will remain at Bulkestate and will be directly used to complete the acquisition of the property.

Repayment schedule

Loan and accrued interest will be paid within 3 months.

*Bulkestate incentive payment

For this project Bulkestate offers the following special incentive pay (cash-back) for investors:

  • Investors making EUR 10,000 or larger investment will receive 1% incentive payment from the invested amount (representing 4% annual interest rate), while
  • Investors making EUR 25,000 or larger investment will receive 2% incentive payment from the invested amount (representing 8% annual interest rate).

 

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Crowdestate real estate crowdfunding marketplace overview

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Crowdestate is a real estate crowdfunding marketplace offering high-quality, pre-vetted real estate investments. Their close relationships with different local real estate developers and brokerage companies give them access to a large number of off-market real estate investments. Only the best investments surviving the due diligence process are published for investing.

While all relevant information required for making proficient investment decisions are attached to each investment, all investment decisions are made by the investors based on their personal investment preferences and risk tolerance. Extensive background information, business plans, and financial models combined with a low 100 euro minimum investment are making real estate investing quick and easy.

Online marketplace and underlying technology provide access to the real estate investments regardless of your location or time zone.

At the same time, Crowdestate is a perfect partner for real estate entrepreneurs having a bright investment idea but lacking etiher capital or liquidity. Crowdestate is their professional funding partner, consolidating hundreds or thousands of smaller investment orders into a single lump sum.

How it works and who can invest?

You should be a registered user to gain access to the investment opportunities. Before investing, you are expected to provide Crowdestate with necessary information and confirmations required by the law.

As a registered user, you can open one or several investments accounts (for instance, one for your personal holdings and the other for your investment company). All your transactions (investments, distributions, payments etc) will be reflected on your investment account.
You should have sufficient free funds on your investment account to start investing. Funds can be added to your investment account through wire transfer, please always use investment account’s unique reference number to ensure smooth transactions.
Please review investment opportunity before making any investment decisions. Crowdestate’s investment opportunities are of different length, risk profile and return expectations. Please consider the suitability of any investment opportunity to your personal risk tolerance and investment horizon. If the available opportunity does not match with your preferences, please do not invest in it. We are regularly adding new real estate investment opportunities and in time you will find a suitable one.
If you have found a suitable real estate opportunity, please start investing by entering your investment amount and concluding the necessary agreement. At the moment of signing the agreement, Crowdestate will make the reservation in your investment amount on your investment account.
In case the funding campaign is successful (the investment opportunity gets funded before the deadline of the funding campaign), Crowdestate will proceed to concluding the investment transaction. During the settlement process, your investment amount will be debited from your investment account and transferred to the Sponsor.
In case the funding campaign fails (the investment opportunity falls short of full funding before the stated deadline), your investment agreement and the reservation on your investment account are automatically cancelled.
Investors from all countries are welcomed in Crowdestate loans except US citizens (due to the regulations the US government has set).

Investment minimum and maximum amount

The minimum amount of any single investment is usually EUR 100,00 (one hundred euros), and investments can be made with 100 euro intervals (i.e 100, 200, 500, 1000 euros etc).

Any new investment opportunity opens with a 24 hour prebooking period. This is a period where one investor can make one investment order within the preferred maximum investment amounts. The final investment amount will be determined by the number of prebooking investors. It will remain between 100€ and your submitted maximum investment amount.

Different types of capital and their meaning

Equity is the capital placed in the company by its owners. The owners are paid the last, after all liabilities have been paid.

Mezzanine is a hybrid capital (subordinated loan or preferred equity) that lies between equity and secured loan. It has a lower risk than equity – mezzanine financing is repaid before equity, but after all bank obligations have been fulfilled. In addition to the usual interest, bonuses that depend on the profitability of the project may be added to the mezzanine capital.

Unsecured loan is a layer of capital between equity and secured loans. They are riskier than secured loans, but also more profitable. Unsecured loans are repaid to the owner of the capital after all secured debts have been repaid.

Secured loan is the safest and thus the least profitable type of capital. The loan is secured against a collateral, which is usually a mortgage on the assets of the company or some other type of collateral. Secured loans are always repaid in the first priority.

Different types of real estate investment and their meaning

Rental – Investments to projects with available cash flow.

Development – Investments to property development projects (the construction and sale of buildings).

Speculative – Risky early-stage investments to a property where the main parameters of the development project are known, but they can change significantly during the implementation of the project (e.g. the development process of the detailed plan and its duration as well as building rights).

Various asset classes and their meaning

Working capital is a capital needed for financing the running operations of a company.

Investment is a capital placed in the development of a company, in particular in its main assets.

Bridge financing is a temporary short-term financing, usually later replaced by a long-term and more stable financing solution.

M&A is financing mergers and takeovers of businesses.

 

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New investment project in Latvia announced by Bulkestate – Barona Dainas II – Launch 10 july 2018

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Bulkestate announced today that it is preparing to launch a new investment project in Latvia.

Launch time: Tomorrow / 10 July 2018 / 16:00 (EEST)

The second phase of the project ‘Barona Dainas’ follows as the borrower has successfully completed the purchase of the property.

Interest rate: 18%

Investment target: 50,000 EUR
Loan period: 12 months
Future loan to value: 33%
Security: Equity

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New investment project in Latvia announced by Bulkestate – Launch 6 july 2018

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Bulkestate announced today that it is preparing to launch a new investment project in Latvia.

Launch time: Tomorrow / 6 July 2018 / 16:00 (EEST)

The property is a 2200 m2 large land plot on Lūku Street, in Mārupe district. The land plot is intended for private house construction. Mārupe is one of the closest private housing areas to Riga.

Interest rate: 13%

Investment target: 35,000 EUR
Loan period: 6 months
Loan to value: 49%
Security: Mortgage

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5 essential steps to invest buying a property

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The first steps as an investor in the real estate world can be risky and complicated. Like any new approach, there is a learning process and by allocating time and studying the problem, the results will be positive. Before you buy a property, here are some steps to keep in mind.

Prepare the advance and set the rates for the loan

Financing through a loan an investment in a property is not the same as the financing of your own home. If you decide to invest and buy a property, expect a fairly important advance. Get ready the advance and study bank lending offers. Funding conditions are very important.

Decide if you want to rent or sell the property

Renting or selling an investment involves different strategies, so it is important to know what method you intend to apply. If you bought a property and you want to sell it after you arrange it, it is a quick way to earn capital. Renting requires shorter repairs and smaller investments, but it has a much lower return. The gains accumulate over time and the investment is amortized over a long period of time. Rental properties involve long-term commitments to keep tenants, but provide a long-term secure income.

Understand the local economy

Studying the current situation may be helpful. If you intend to rent, it is important to think long-term. Is the city potentially economical, or is the local economy declining? You need an economy that attracts potential tenants who will pay for long-term rent or you can always find quality buyers. Researching this economic situation will take time. Nobody knows the situation better than a local. Create relationships to understand if it is advisable to rent or sell a property. You can start investing in real estate in an area that will be familiar, close to your resentment.

Study the market

If you like a building, look for similar properties on the market. It is helpful to orient yourself according to the market price. Make a comparative study to see at what price you could rent your property, compared to other similar properties. Do not focus only on pricing. Verify if certain properties are for long available for sale on the market, then there are reasons why they are not leased. If real estate agents offer discounts, this indicates a market with few buyers. If the prices are high and few properties are available then the market is weak in quality offers and there are many buyers, that is, you have to compete.

Find out the costs for repair and maintenance

When buying a property, you also have to estimate the costs for repairs and improvements so that it is suitable for rent or later sale. Call a specialist who can find hidden building defects. If you intend to resell, evaluate correctly what costs are involved in the arrangement of the building. External repairs, painting, overhauling are much cheaper as structural defects or electrical network reconfiguration. Take into account not only repairs but also maintenance costs. If you want to resell, then you have to include these expenses in your plans, so you will not to lose. If you want to rent, avoid major repairs and renovations. Renting will bring long-term income, and the investment should not involve large expense.

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Real estate projects – unused potential of investments in the Baltic States

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In Envestio portfolio you will find some projects wich are located in Baltic States. Is it safe to invest in these projects? First of all it depends on economic growth and economic growth forecasts in these countries.

What are forecasts of economic development of the Baltic States?

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as open economies gain profit from rapid cyclic acceleration and growth of world trade. Based on the IMF World Economy report, it is expected that annual growth both in 2018 and in 2019 will achieve record of seven years or 3.9%. Global recovery currently happens much more steadily and has solidified all over the world, besides global entrepreneurship confidence level is record high, which respectively affects further rise of the internal demand an d improves the labour market.
Only geopolitical tension and risk of political uncertainty are two factors that may cause potentially negative effect on total positive external demand of the Baltic States. Despite strong prospective of growth, Europe is directly affected by Brexit. However, direct influence of the United Kingdom’s trade links on the Baltic States still remains limited. Speaking about risks, conflicts about trade can also decrease record high level of economic optimism and global trade.

Unusually powerful rise is forecasted for the Baltic States, providing that the growth rate will only normalize starting from 2019.

On the favourable external background, in the last year Estonia and Latvia achieved growth rate of over 4% (4.9 % and 4.5 % compared to the previous year, respectively), and Lithuania showed stable annual growth of GDP – 3.8 %. Similarly to other countries of the Eurozone, cyclic recovery has gained speed, and it is forecasted that the biggest contribution to the growth of countries in the next year will be provided by the domestic demand.
Eurozone annual growth in 2018 will be 2.3%, it supports the growth rate in the Baltic States that will be above the maintained long-term rate, however it will gradually slow down due to basic effects and exhausting of yet unused reserves of resources. It is expected that export growth from the initial powerful acceleration will come to the normal level and will include both products and services, providing that increased growth will take place exactly in sector of services. Growth restrictions will first be reflected in the labour market, while lack of qualified labour grows.

Economic bases of the Baltic States are still stable, finances of the countries are almost balanced and public debt levels are the lowest in the whole Eurozone. Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian main future challenges mostly are of structural nature and are related to challenges in acceleration of productivity and growth of added value.

Baltic States will still be ones of the most rapidly growing Eurozone countries, with shrinking significant income difference compared to the European trade partners.

In this long-term adventure we must avoid temptations in respect of excessive domestic stimuli. Quite the other way, long-term growth is based upon complex choices, for instance, in the smart specialization, development of innovations and technologies, in order to promote export and profit. Increase of research and development (R&D) expenses in the private sector, strengthening of the ecosystem of small and medium companies and new companies and especially investments in human capital are examples of modern solutions that must be further used, in order to gain maximum benefit from the next decade’s global technological and digital bull race. Revenue of sectors of globalized technologies will still exceed forecasts.

Real estate projects – unused potential of investments in the Baltic States

Today we can say with confidence that investments in real estates of the Baltic region are the most profitable and efficient way to not only keep, but also multiply cash assets.
Situation in Europe also slowly improves. Stress caused by the refugee crisis decreases, besides economic factors of the European countries also slowly improve. Since main investors in the Baltic States come from the EU countries, their opinion of further growth prospective has increased and optimism slowly grows. In truth the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU is still ahead. However, it will probably cause investors to look for new places to invest money and create new companies in the EU. And one of the most prospective opportunities is the Baltic region.
Latvia still has many unused opportunities to invest in housing – Luminor bank has expressed its opinion at the conference “How will real estate market develop in Latvia?”.

Approximately 85% of homes in Latvia are not encumbered with credits, this means that opportunities to borrow for investments in housing are wide. Compare – for instance, in the Netherlands all homes have mortgage liabilities. In the Eurozone average proportion of mortgage loans to the gross domestic product is 40%, and in the Baltic States – just 16%. In turn, ability of the Baltic residents to purchase homes is assessed as good.

Housing market in Estonia and Lithuania is currently close to maturity, while in Latvia activity in the housing market is still quite slack. In turn, crediting cycle is relatively new and will only gain speed.
The whole Baltic Sea region currently sees rapid growth, and from the point of view economics this is a good time to invest in the Baltic region’s projects and gain from it guaranteed profit.

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Get 0.5% cashback bonus for your investments made on EstateGuru

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EstateGuru now offers a 0.5% cashback bonus for your investments made during the first 3 months from the registration.

How the program works?

In order to get the bonus you first must register by following THIS LINK.

The investor who completed a registration will get a 0.5% cashback bonus for the investments made in the first 3 months. Calculated bonus amounts are transferred to the investment account of the EstateGuru investor.

For other bonuses visit our Cash-back & Bonuses page.

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A look into EstateGuru’s loan portfolio – June 2018

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Since the beginning of EstateGuru, already 367 projects with a total sum of €60 094 383 have been funded on the platform. All these projects have been done in 5 countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Spain. In the following blog article, we give an overview of the EstateGuru loan portfolio in a short and informative analysis.

The EstateGuru loan portfolio is mostly divided into 3 types of loans: bridge loans, development loans and business loans. Bridge loans are defined as short-term real estate loans that provide the property owner the necessary capital until a permanent solution for financing has become available. A development loan is used to develop the property, that ranges from construction works to excavation works, i.e. development of area infrastructure, including utilities and roads. A business loan is a mortgage loan that is used to finance the capital needs of a company’s expansion, secured with a collateral that the company owns.

EstateGuru  - outstanding loan portfolio by loan type

EstateGuru – outstanding loan portfolio by loan type (%)

Over a half of EstateGuru’s outstanding loan portfolio are bridge loans, with nearly a quarter of business loans and a bit over 1/4 of development loans. This shows the popularity of bridge loans to finance the capital needs of real estate developers and entrepreneurs.

Now let’s take a closer look at EstateGuru’s outstanding loan portfolio by country

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EstateGuru – loan portfolio by country (%)

Since EstateGuru started its journey in Estonia and only later expanded to other countries, it might not come as a surprise that the highest amount of loans had been funded in Estonia. The country is currently enjoying an economic boom, which ensures that a lot of property developers are using the opportunity to get financing on good terms. 77% of EstateGuru’s whole loan portfolio has been done in Estonia, with Lithuania trailing at 11% and Latvia coming third at 9%. In 2018, EstateGuru also expanded to Finland and Spain, with the first projects on both respective markets already funded.

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EstateGuru – loan portfolio by loan status (%)

Already 148 loans of 367 have been repaid on the EstateGuru platform as of today with a total principal returned amount of €23.7 million. This makes up about 36% of the whole portfolio. 2 loans with a combined sum of €360 000 are currently listed as “defaulted” with the sales processes of the collaterals ongoing. 1 defaulted project was recovered and investors gained a 13,72% return from this project.

EstateGuru offers secured loans

All of the projects on the EstateGuru platform are backed by a collateral. This ensures that in case a borrower is not able to repay his loan, then EstateGuru is able to take steps to make sure that the investors still receive their money. The main security against this is ensuring that the loan has a 1st or 2nd rank mortgage attached to it.

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EstateGuru – loan portfolio security types (%)

As seen on the graph, a majority of the projects on EstateGuru are secured with a 1st rank mortgage as only 7% of the whole portfolio is secured with a 2nd rank mortgage. This means that in most cases, EstateGuru has all the rights to the underlying collateral.

Furthermore, all of the collaterals are either commercial real estate, residential real estate or land, which leaves the liquidity of the collaterals at a high level. This can be proved further on the following graph.

EstateGuru - loan portfolio collateral types

EstateGuru – loan portfolio collateral types (%)

61% of the projects on the platform are secured by residential real estate – be it a private house or apartments. A quarter of all loans are secured by a land plot and 14% are secured by commercial real estate like office spaces or a warehouse.

In conclusion, EstateGuru’s loan portfolio is already over €60 million and growing every day. The average return for investors today is 12.32%. In 2018 they are looking to open up even more investing opportunities for the investors by expanding into new countries and increasing the number of projects in the Baltics as well.

Source: EstateGuru.co

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