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Peer2Peer Finance News | August 17, 2017

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LandlordInvest reports high demand for secondary market loans

LandlordInvest reports high demand for secondary market loans
Suzie Neuwirth

ACTIVITY on LandlordInvest’s newly-launched secondary market has been better than expected, with investors shrugging off political uncertainty to snap up loan parts in record time.

The peer-to-peer lender, which specialises in buy-to-let finance, launched its secondary market in the middle of May.

Filip Karadaghi, the firm’s co-founder and chief executive, told Peer2Peer Finance News that uptake had been higher than expected, with no signs of a slowdown ahead of Thursday’s UK General Election.

“Loans have been taken up very quickly, usually within five to 10 minutes,” he said.

“The biggest loan of £5,000 went within five minutes.

“In fact, someone asked if we had institutional investors buying up our loans as they were going so quickly.”

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LandlordInvest launched the secondary market to attract more investors, by boosting liquidity and giving them the chance to earn money more quickly.

The firm charges a 0.5 per cent administration fee to investors, who will be restricted to selling their loans at par value.

As P2PFN reported last month, the platform is also mulling a move into property development finance as it sees “an interesting gap in the market”.

Karadaghi said this was still something the firm is considering, but added that it would be a complex process due to regulatory and underwriting changes so would not be happening in the near future.

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