Estateguru launches in the UK

By Daniel Lanyon on Tuesday 8 March 2022

Alternative Lending

Estateguru now operates in eight other markets across Europe including Finland, Spain, Portugal, Estonia and Germany.

Estateguru launches in the UK
Image source: Ross Gandy, Marek Pärtel/Estateguru

Property loans investment platform Estateguru has launched in the UK, hoping to attract both retail and institutional investors.

The Estonian fintech company, which was founded in 2013, says it has arranged €500m in loans to 3,000 development projects across Europe with 80 per cent of this coming in the past three years.  

It has increasingly looked to more rapidly scale its operations through geographical expansion to larger markets such as the UK and Germany. It now operates in eight other markets across Europe including Finland, Spain, Portugal, Estonia and Germany.

EstateGuru completed a €5.8m Series A in September 2021, including a  €1.3m tranche from a Seedrs' crowdfunding round which included UK investors. 

As part of its UK launch, Estateguru has opened an office in Manchester and plans to start facilitating loans once fully FCA approved for SMEs and onboard both retail and institutional investors 

It expects to be funding property and development projects across the North West region before expanding its services across the UK and launching a London office in the next year.

Ross Gandy, Managing Director of Estateguru Marketplace, says he is confident the company will be a success in the UK. 

“Our offering is two-fold - not only do we offer an accessible route into real estate for retail investors, and a reliable source of investment for large institutions, but our ability to provide competitive alternative finance options to SME borrowers is absolutely crucial in supporting innovative development projects that ultimately have a positive impact on the region and the local people,” he said

Sign up for our newsletters

Your daily 7am download of all things alternative finance and fintech.

Fintech and alternative finance headlines with an exclusive Editor's Note each week. Delivered Monday at midday.

AltFi's new weekly US newsletter breaking down the ins and outs of America's burgeoning fintech sector. Delivered Monday 9am EST/ 6am PST.