Reinventing property finance
We think everyone should have the opportunity to invest in property. LendInvest makes that happen.
LendInvest is the UK’s leading online property lending and investing business. We provide an online investment platform for people and institutions to invest in loans, that are secured against property, to property professionals.
With a deep understanding of risk and an unrelenting focus on building technology that’s relevant for the mortgage market, we are leading the way in property finance innovation.
The UK’s leading online property lending and investing business
Since opening for business in summer 2013, LendInvest investors have invested over £800 million in loans made to hundreds of borrowers to finance over 2,600 new and rebuilt homes worth over £1.2 billion.
Lending money is easy; lending it well is much harder. At LendInvest we focus on lending well, making the right credit decisions based on significant due diligence for each and every loan.
All our loans are secured by a registered first charge against the underlying property.
We are serious
Our specialist team of 10 underwriters has more than 75 years’ mortgage credit experience between them. They use some of the most sophisticated fraud detection and underwriting processes in the market.
LendInvest is a responsible property finance lender and we never automate the decision whether to lend or not. For us, technology is an enabler, not the end-game. Our technology aims to speed up the administrative processes that underpin (and too often delay) mortgage applications, freeing up our underwriters to focus on due diligence and decision-making.
Sustainable, well-capitalised & transparent
Past performance is not an indicator of future returns, but it is a significant factor for investors to consider.
We publish our Annual Report & Accounts as part of our commitment to putting transparency back into modern financial services.
Our financial record and prudent growth have attracted considerable equity investments from outstanding international investors:
£22 million Series A by Beijing Kunlun, the
listed Chinese technology company in June 2015
£17 million Series B by Atomico, the European
venture capital fund founded and led by Niklas Zennström,
the founder of Skype, in March 2016
“LendInvest is a great example of what can be achieved through technology, opening up the world of lending and mortgages to a new generation of tech savvy consumers.”
Mattias Ljungman, Partner at Atomico
Our story so far
In late 2008, as global financial markets crashed, our co-founders, Christian Faes and Ian Thomas saw an opportunity. They set up a mortgage lending business called Montello Bridging Finance to fill a critical gap in short-term property finance.
At first business was slow, giving us time to get our underwriting right and build an investor network. Then, as the world began to regain its confidence, Montello emerged as one of the leading short-term mortgage lenders in the UK.
LendInvest spun out of Montello in May 2013 to be the world’s first online lender for property finance. Our mission was simple: to bring the speed and efficiency of online lending to the mortgage market for the first time.
LendInvest has always been a lending business learning the tech, not a tech business learning how to lend. And that’s the way we think it should be.
Today LendInvest is a well-capitalised and well-backed company, and one of the fastest-growing businesses in UK financial services.
We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and have a top-tier rating from a regulated European credit rating agency.
Head of Credit
More than 40 years’ experience as a senior mortgage credit executive. Former Head of Risk & Compliance with specialist Buy-to-Let lender, Kensington Mortgages. Previously at JP Morgan and Halifax mortgages.
Managing Director, LendInvest Capital
A chartered surveyor and former senior director of CBRE Capital Advisors, advising UK and global institutional fund managers and pension scheme clients on real estate investments.
Chief Financial Officer
A KPMG-trained chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Securities and Investment, with 10 years’ experience at GE (including chief financial officer at GE Commercial Finance).
Chief Operating Officer
Former investment banking executive with multi-disciplinary operational expertise at RBS, Barclays and HSBC.
Head of Product
Previously Head of Online Banking at Macquarie Group in Australia, responsible for product development strategies across multiple financial services offerings.
Chief Commercial Officer
Held various senior management positions (including CFO, Head of Business Development and Managing Director) during 15 years at IG Group, the leading online trading business.
Who borrows from us
We love to lend to property entrepreneurs. They are individuals and small companies that have previous property investment experience and are looking for short-term mortgage finance to buy, build or refurbish homes.
These people are at the beating heart of the best solution to the UK’s housing crisis. But they have been underserved by high street banks who can’t or won’t lend to them.
Watch our borrowers tell their stories for themselves…