Our Construction Loans investment class provides the opportunity to invest in homes under construction. These loans are all secured by first registered mortgages primarily over residential property with a maximum of 80% LVR.
Interested in reading more about the kind of lending we are doing in this investment class? Read a case study.
Work out how much interest you could be getting from your term investments in Construction Loans.
*This calculator is intended as a guide for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to provide financial advice. It assumes that the amount entered is invested for the entire period selected and returns are based on the investment rates currently available on our P2P platform. The calculation results do not take into account taxes that may be applicable to you (including withholding tax). Please note that interest rates offered on our platform are subject to change and our minimum investment amount is currently $500. To talk to one of our team at Squirrel, please call 0800 21 22 30 or you can find more information about P2P investing here. We recommend seeking financial advice about your situation and goals before investing into any financial product.
Letting your money work hard for you has never been easier. Receive regular repayments, at the interest rate shown above.
Our Reserve Fund helps protect against missed borrower repayments and defaults, provided there are sufficient funds available. Find out how it works here.
The Secondary Market provides Investors the opportunity to sell an investment and get their money out early. Find out more here.
Investing in our peer-to-peer Construction Loans means your money is staying on NZ shores and you're helping out other Kiwis. Win win.
Our credit policy is tight with no high LVR lending, no poor servicing capacity, and definitely no cowboy property developers.
We have a fast, easy, online registration process and a mobile app to manage your ongoing investments.
1Our number one priority is looking after your invested money. One of the main ways we do this is through our Reserve Fund. Find out about how it works here.
2The Reserve Fund for Construction Loans includes cash on hand and an overdraft facility of $100,000 provided by Squirrel Money Limited supported by a bank guarantee
It's important to remember that no investment comes without some risk. The interest you earn is also indicative of the potential risk for the type of investment you choose.
For this type of loan we only lend to credit worthy clients with the loan secured by a first registered mortgage, primarily over residential property. We also ensure no lending is done above 80% LVR, the property is generally in metro locations, and the owner has a clear exit plan. This image shows each of our investment types relative to each other. Jump over here if you want to find out more about the potential risks with investing.
Wellington, New Zealand
So far so good, good interest rates and plenty of information about what you are investing in. A great product!J
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
Very happy with my Squirrel investment. Platform works well and so easy to monitor using the app. Returns are good and much better than at the bank. Have been an investor since Jan 2016. Highly recommended.P
Auckland, New Zealand
I'm very excited about using the Squirrel platform to diversify my investment portfolio. Looking forward to many great returns.RP
Christchurch, New Zealand
Nice website (clean, easy to use). Reserve fund is a reassuring plus. As a newcomer, still feeling my way with bidding strategy. Overall, very good impression so far.GS
Naseby, New Zealand
I am a new investor, and while I cannot make any long term comments about Squirrel, so far my experience has been totally positive.JE
Whangarei, New Zealand
Quick and easy to navigate your site. Easy to select what investment return to choose and you dont have to put all your funds into one loan.SH
Auckland, New Zealand
Initially I was a bit skeptical about the whole concept, so I invested a small amount to get a better understanding. Once I found out how to work the platform, I got more confident and have since invested a few more times.H
People who take on Construction Loans are business-minded, savvy people who are building their own wealth through property.
Investments in this type of loan provide funding for property investors, small-scale developers or builders looking for lending up to $2 million. This is used to fund land purchase and subsequent build of a residential home. All Construction Loans are secured by first registered mortgages primarily over residential property in metro locations.
We've written case studies about our Construction Loans clients on our blog. Click here to read a case study.
It's easy to manage everything on our mobile app. Make a new investment order any time anywhere, use the secondary market and stay up to date with push notifications. You can download the Squirrel app from The App Store (on iPhones and iPads) or Google Play (on Android phones and tablets).
This type of lending is for property owners who are using the funds mainly for construction. The most common purpose is small developments and investment properties.
The loans are short-term, typically about 12 months. They are primarily secured against residential property and borrowers will have a clear exit strategy. They are generally within metro locations (urban areas with a population over 150,000).
Loan features and terms:
We've answered a few common questions below. If you're after more information, we recommend downloading our Investor Booklet or giving our friendly team a call on 0800 21 22 30.
We only allow NZ tax residents over 18 years of age to invest through our platform.
The Prevailing Interest Rate for Construction Loan investments is shown above and is variable (floating). The interest rate you are presented with when creating your investment order on the Platform is the gross interest rate you will receive on your investment after any fees are deducted but before Resident Withholding Tax (RWT) is deducted.
The Prevailing Interest Rate is the current Investor interest rate applicable to an Investment Class and Investment Term. It is set by us from time to time after consideration of the current market interest rates and Platform fees, levies and margins. The Prevailing Interest Rate will be displayed when an Investor places an Investment Order. Investors with open Investment Orders or live investments will receive at least five Business Days’ notice before a change to the Prevailing Interest Rate is applied.
The minimum amount you can specify when creating an Investment Order is $500. The maximum you can invest through our platform is $2 million. So, you’re free to invest anywhere within that range.
Investor funds are held in an Independent Trust and do not form part of Squirrel’s business or assets. We rigorously check our Borrowers to ensure as best we can that they’re creditworthy. We have Reserve Funds to help cover expected credit losses and insurance to protect against acts of cyber-crime and fraud. In a nutshell, although we work hard to look after your money, we cannot guarantee your investment will be entirely protected in event of one or more unforeseen events.