Faq – introcrowd

How It Works

Intro Crowd are pioneers in strategic land investment. We provide unique opportunities for investors through our secure, online crowdfunding platform. Intro Crowd is an Appointed Representative of Sapia Partners LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Key Risks

1What is land crowdfunding?
Land crowdfunding is the process of multiple investors coming together to buy land. Investors receive their returns through movement in land prices.
2Who can invest?
High Net Worth Individuals A person who has an annual income of more the £100,000 or has net assets of more than £250,000. Net assets for these purposes do not include the person's primary residence or money raised through a loan secured on that property.

Sophisticated Investors A person whose profession or experience means they are familiar with investing in unlisted companies.
3Will I own some of the land after investing?
The land will be bought by and owned 100% by a separate company, or Investment Vehicle. You will own a share of the company, in proportion to the amount of money you have invested. The Investment Vehicle will own the land, rather than you personally. Your interest will relate to the shares that you hold in the Investment Vehicle, which in turn holds the land.
4Will I need to invest any more capital after my initial investment?
No, there will be no need for you to provide any additional capital. All costs relating to the land investment will be borne out of the total initial amount crowdfunded by investors.

In certain unusual circumstances there may be additional costs incurred in relation to the land. Where any additional costs are incurred, Intro Crowd has the right to take out a loan to fund the additional costs, which will be secured against the relevant land. This loan will be repaid from the gross sale proceeds, once the land is sold. If this situation arises then investors will be informed clearly, fairly and in a transparent way, about the situation and provided with details about the loan which is required.
5What is Greenfield land?
Greenfield land is undeveloped land, normally meaning that, to date, has only been used for agriculture, recreation or has otherwise been left unused.
6Will the land owned by the company get planning permission?
Investors should be aware that investing in land is a speculative investment and there are no guarantees that the land will be granted planning permission. However the company will always own the freehold to the land and this will have normally have value attached to it.
7Will I receive income from investment?
Normally no rental income will be paid to investors, as the land is being held with the aim that planning permission is granted at some point in the future. In the event that the land is rented out then the company would pay an annual dividend to investors.
8Who will pay the cost of obtaining planning permission?
The Investment Vehicle will use funds raised on the platform to appoint specialist planning consultants who have a track record of taking Greenfield sites through the planning process.
9Can I sell my shares prior to planning permission being achieved?
The shares in an Investment Vehicle that holds land are illiquid and your investment cannot normally be released or realised until the land is sold by the Investment Vehicle. However we will offer a matched bargain service, which means that if you notify us that you would like to sell your shares we will attempt to match you with an investor who would like to buy them. Your ability to sell your shares will always depend on whether there is demand by others to buy them. If you would like to know more about our matched bargain service, please contact us at: info@introcrowd.com.

We also intend to create a secondary market on the platform where shareholders can sell their shares to purchasers on a matched trade bargain basis as part of the platform. We will notify our investors when this part of the platform becomes available.
10What happens if Intro Crowd suffers financial distress, will my investment be safe?
Each land investment opportunity is owned by a separate company, which separates it from Intro Crowd and the other Investment Vehicles that hold other investments made on the platform.
11How do I put funds into my Intro Crowd account?
When you deposit money into the Intro Crowd platform to invest in a land investment, it is used to purchase shares in the relevant Investment Vehicle, which will then use that money to purchase a portion of the relevant land.
12Is Intro Crowd authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)?
Intro Crowd is an appointed representative of Sapia Partners LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the FCA. This means that Sapia Partners LLP and Intro Crowd have entered into a written agreement that allows them to carry out certain regulated activities. Sapia Partners LLP accepts responsibility for Intro Crowd's compliance with FCA rules in relation to these regulated activities.
13What is the Intro Crowd complaints procedure?
We take complaints very seriously. Please call us on +44 (0)20 7118 4040 or e-mail us at: complaints@introcrowd.com.

You also have the right to complain to The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). The FOS is a free service to consumers for the impartial resolution of complaints. You may contact the FOS at any stage of your complaint for free and impartial advice but you must have allowed us the opportunity to resolve the complaint within our Internal Complaints Procedure before they will review your complaint. Details of our Internal Complaints procedure are available on request (contact details above) and without charge.

You can contact the FOS directly by email at complaint.info@financial-ombudsman.org.uk, by telephone on 0800 0234567, or in writing to The Financial Ombudsman Service, South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR.

You can also now make a complaint through the European Commission’s Online Dispute Resolution Platform (the “ODR Platform”), which can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. The ODR Platform can be used for resolving your dispute. Through this platform, you can submit a complaint by filling in an electronic form.
14Are there any conflicts of interest I should be aware of?
Intro Crowd and Falcon International Financial Services (FIFS) are linked by ownership and control.

FIFS act as the investment manager for the property investments which are promoted by Intro Crowd and FIFS receive an investment management fee from the management of the investments through Intro Crowd.
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