ATLANTA, Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Groundfloor, the only real estate crowdfunding platform that is open to non-accredited investors, today announced that it has entered into a whole loan purchase relationship with Direct Access Capital (DAC), a specialty finance company focused on providing liquidity to non-bank lenders of short term residential backed business loans. This marks Groundfloor's first institutional partnership to enable the company to scale its loan origination volume and expand its product offerings over the next year. The shared target is $100 million in loans through 2018.
Groundfloor allows borrowers to access flexible and affordable investment capital while enabling individual investors to earn more ROI with access to short-term, high-yield investments. Typical available interest rates range from 6 percent to 14 percent on terms of 6 to 12 months. This new purchasing relationship will increase Groundfloor's lending capacity for borrowers seeking larger loans (up to $500,000 and in selected cases up to $2 million), and help the company to offer new investment products with a variety of repayment options.
"Direct Access Capital is a highly expert, value-added financing partner whose support will enable Groundfloor to triple revenue growth," said Brian Dally, co-founder and chief executive officer, Groundfloor. "Our target to supply $100 million of loans is a testament to the market demand for value-added real estate investment credit, as well as the strength of Groundfloor's underwriting and servicing."
DAC will leverage Groundfloor's loan origination pipeline, proprietary grading algorithm, underwriting criteria and asset management practice the company has built over the past three years. Groundfloor will service loans for DAC alongside loans held by retail investors, leveraging the same personnel, standards and practices to maximize timeliness and extent of repayment. Groundfloor's historical loss ratio to date is just 70 basis points, returning 14.85 percent net on 134 loans and $12.4 million of principal repaid with an average repayment term of 7.7 months.1
"Groundfloor has demonstrated the potential for hyper-growth while maintaining their track record of originating a quality debt product in the market tor real estate investment loans," said Noah Martin, chief investment officer, Direct Access Capital. "We believe in their unique business model and are proud to contribute to their mission to democratize investing for all."
Groundfloor earned a historic qualification by the SEC in August 2015 to sell private real estate debt investments to non-accredited investors. To date, Groundfloor lends in 27 states, is growing its retail base at a rate of over 10 percent per month, has sold $40 million worth of securities on its platform and has raised $8.5 million in venture capital from leading fintech investors.
Borrowers can learn more about Groundfloor's loan programs, sign up for an account and get a rate quote at http://www.groundfloor.us/borrowers.
Groundfloor is the first and only real estate lending marketplace open to non-accredited investors. We open the door to short-term, high-yield returns backed by real estate. Since funding the first Groundfloor loan in 2014, thousands of individual investors have built their own portfolios of loans ranging in yield from 5.5 to 23.8%, on terms of 6 to 12 months, starting at a minimum investment of $10 per loan.
Groundfloor was founded in 2013 by Brian Dally and Nick Bhargava and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Groundfloor's fast-growing team is on a mission to benefit individual investors and the investments they fund by reformatting and opening private capital markets to broad public participation. For more information, please visit www.groundfloor.us/. Follow Groundfloor @groundfloor_us.
About Direct Access Capital Management
Direct Access Capital, LLC (DAC), founded in 2016, is an investment management firm with a focus on specialty finance strategies, particularly in the residential real estate credit markets. Our goals are capital preservation, returns that consistently outperform those of other fixed income asset classes, and low correlation to public market indices.
High current income yields and short duration exposure allow us the flexibility to capitalize on market inflection points in any cycle, without funding and asset maturity asymmetries of traditional residential real estate credit funds. In addition to our primary strategies, we pursue event-driven credit opportunities resulting from historical anomalies in the residential real estate credit markets to deliver continuously compounding returns.
1 Actual loan portfolio performance stated as of August 25, 2017