Crowdestor review – More than just a real estate crowdfunding platform
What kind of returns can I expect?
You can expect some pretty high returns. Most projects have around 13-18% in return.
This Crowdestor review is updated on a regular basis, even though I didn’t invest yet. I’m still following the platform.
The platform is dynamic and has a nice interface. It’s also mobile friendly and in English, German, Polish and soon Spanish.
You quickly get an overview of their current investment opportunities but only basic knowledge about their platform.
I have therefore been in contact with Crowdestor to clarify some factual information that we all request when investing 🙂
7 facts about Crowdestor
- They started the real estate crowdfunding platform in early 2018.
- The company is located mainly in Riga, Latvia but they also have an office in Tallinn, Estonia.
- Crowdestor is registered in Estonia and work under Estonian regulation of crowdfunding.
- They exceeded EUR 600.000 in cumulative investments by investors in 2018.
- 9+ projects have been funded in 2018.
- 1000+ investors have joined the platform.
- They are somehow involved in the projects they offer. They always invest (2-10%) and sometimes help in the project development.
CEO Janis Timma has a business-minded background. He has previously been in the energy sector since 2010, focusing on development and capital increase.
The signup process
You can choose to sign up via your facebook or google account very easily.
Of course, you can also choose to use your email address with a password.
To use the platform you must be at least 18 years old and have a European bank account in order to invest.
You can also use an EEA Bank account (account from Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway).
After registration, they ask for more information before you can invest. You can’t use the platform before this process is done.
They ask for your contact details:
- Address and country
- Date of birth
- Phone number and email
- Personal identification document
- Bank information
- PIN code to approve transactions.
No auto Invest tool
Right now Crowdestor, unfortunately, has no opportunities for auto investing. As the platform is new with few investment opportunities, I think their focus is to grow first.
However, that’s something I really prefer in my own setup as it makes it all much easier to manage.
You can invest with the minimum amount of EUR 100.
You can use Transferwise to send money. I recommend it because it will lower your transfer fees and you get the real exchange rate.
You can also make a bank transfer.
When the money is in the Crowdestor account you can start investing in projects immediately.
The interest rate offered is really great and it’s around +13-18% and sometimes even more.
Most loans are short-term (12 months).
They send no information about the investment to any Tax Agency or deducts any taxes. You must do it yourself.
You can invest in real estate, business, transport, and startup projects on the platform.
There are not many investment projects on the Crowdestor platform, but the projects give you a good opportunity in terms of diversification.
It is some pretty different investment opportunities than the more well-known platforms.
All projects have detailed information depending on the type of investment. However, it takes the time to understand the various investment projects to minimize risk.
You can find information such as project summary, loan type, target loan, loan term, interest rate, interest payment, collateral, detailed project information, pictures, location and files to download about the project.
No buyback guarantee
Guarantee for each project is different and in January 2019, they will lunch a BuyBack option system.
No loans have defaulted since they started.
In real estate, they usually offer investors first-hand pledge on the land and a guarantee by the project development company.
In operational businesses or a startup, it is guaranteed by the company, in some cases additional guarantee by the shareholder.
The INCH2 loan is secured by a guarantee of the company. Additionally, the loan and equity injected by INCH2 shareholders will be subordinated to the Crowdestor investors loan.
This means current shareholders of INCH2 will not be allowed to pay back their loan prior to 100% of Crowdestor investors loan is paid back.