Grupeer review

In this Grupeer review I will share my thoughts about their P2P platform. It’s based on the information I gathered over time and I’m fully unbaised in my review. This is the next platform I’m going to invest in after looking in to them for more than 1 year now.
Grupeer P2P platform
Grupeer P2P platform
Grupeer is one of the platforms that’s getting more and more attention and investors because of the easy going interface and setup for the platform. Grupeer’s platform is very easy to navigate, so that’s a huge plus for me. They have posted that the current return rate on investments at Grupeer is around 13.4%, with a total of 45 million Euros in funded loans from investors at the middle of 2019. Grupeer have buyback guarantee so you can feel more secure on the loans you invest in. They also have one of the best things in all P2P related platforms to make it more passive, which is that they have auto invest features that make everything run smoothly if you just set it all up from the beginning with the criteria you want.

Background

Grupeer is an Latvian company based in Riga so they follow EU laws for all the loan originators and investors on their platform. They operate in EU and prefer that all the investors are EU citizens with an EU bank account. They say that they can allow people from outside EU to invest, but you will have to send in more documents and it’s more work, so I think that’s not a big percentage of their business as yet.The Company registered in 2016 and got their platform up and running at the start of 2017, so they are rather new to the P2P and crowdfunding world.

What Countries are accepted?

Groupeer accept money transfers from the countries within the European Economic Area. This includes all EU Member States plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. So if you are a citizen in one of these countries you can apply for a registration at the Grupeer Platform. Groupeer is acting under the AML (Anti-Money Laundering) legal requirements so your bank has to be a licensed credit institution.  A non-banking financial institution is a financial institution that does not have a full banking license. Examples of these include pawn shops, insurance firms, microloan organizations and currency exchanges. Note that to register an account, you need to be an adult capable person with the said payment account in your bank. There are some more restrictions in Groupeer terms for your registration. Therefore Grupeer reserves the right to decline any particular application. If this occurs each applicant will be informed individually by phone or email.

What type of loans can you invest in at Grupeer?

They have different types of loans to choose from on Grupper. Right now there is: real-estate Developments, Mortgage loans, Car loans, Personal loans and Business loans to pick from. So you can diversify your investments in more than one type of loan. If you prefer shorter term investments, Grupeer can offer loans of only 2-3 months. These short term loans gets covered fast and aren’t so often posted on the platform, unlike the 8-12 month loans.

Grupeer buyback guarantee

Grupeer have this guarantee on all the loans today which is good to see. They where one of the first platforms that implemented Buyback guarantee as a criteria for the loan originators that wants their loans posted on the platform as an extra safetynet.  Normally this guarantee kicks in after 60 days like many other platforms out there. One of the loan originators stands out and buy back the loans after it’s late for only 15 days. This information you can easily see in the loan details page before you choose to invest.

Grupeer Secondary market

Grupeer doesn’t have a Secondary market yet. They have said that they are working on it but when this will be released no one knows right now. You should only invest money you can be without for the period of the investment time for the loans you choose to invest in when there is no Secondary market. If you invest money you want to get back after 1 month you already made a mistake and invested money you can’t afford to. So simply don’t do that and you will be fine.

Grupeer stability fund

This is a new investment option Grupeer will launch soon. It will let you buy a part of property that’s already generating income to get a stable passive source of income. This is a good thing for those of us that can’t afford to buy the whole development to still get the hands on a fraction of it. They have announced the interest will be from 4% up to 8% yearly. When they launch this stability fund it will be for those who want to invest in a safer long term option usually then what you see on most P2P platforms.  

Loan originators on Grupeer

They have 14 different loan originators right now from 8 different countries on their platform. Grupeer lists all of the Loan originators on their platform with an information page. There you can find out information on where they are from, how many loans they have listed and if there is a Buyback guarantee on the loans. They link to the Loan originators websites and write a little about who they are and so on. 
Grupeer loan originators
Grupeer loan originators
I wish there would be more information than what’s available on Grupeer on these Loan originators. So I hope they update this in the future with more info. Grupeer’s blog is a good read if you invest there. They post articles and information on not only their own platform but also information in the general P2P community. They also announce new loan originators that can be smart to read up on. You find the blog here.

Grupeer Competitors

There are more and more P2P & Crowdlending platforms showing up now. Since it’s getting big attraction in media and online there can be hard to figure out which of them that’s best suited for you. Here is some of the other platforms that can be worth looking into: Bulkestate, Crowdestate, Envestio, Crowdestor & Estateguru

Grupeer investment risks

Like most of the P2P platforms out there you have 2 major things that can go wrong that I will point out in this Grupeer review. First the Platform can go bankrupt and can cause problems. Second if the loan originator on the platform goes bust and can’t afford the buyback. Since Grupeer haven’t been on the market so long there is too short of a timespan to be sure that things will be okay forever. No investment is 100% sure so I can’t see a problem with it right now. A good thing is that they offer Buyback loans that takes away the risk of the individual person or company to ditch payment and leave you hanging with unpaid investments, this  normally kicks in after 60 days so your safe there. So to minimize the risk you should always try and spread out your investment on as many loan originators on the platform and loans as possible. You can also try and go after loans with collateral but that won’t always help if the loan originator goes bus.

Grupeer referral program

Grupeer offers the investors on the platform to use the referral program they have. If someone joins the platform through the link you have it will give some extra return for the one referring more investors to Grupeer. This is a way to earn additional income from the referred persons investments on the platform for the first 6 months. You will get a small percentage from what the referred person invest in under this time. It varies from 0.50% up to 1.25% depending on the loan period of the investment they get involved with in this time period. Grupeer will add the income from the referral program the day after the investment is made as long they registered through your link.
grupeer referral program
grupeer referral program
The referral link you get is available under the refer a friend section when you are logged in at Grupeer. They also have some banners and so if you have a website or blog so that’s a nice touch. The person that gets referred don’t seem to get anything extra for joining through the referral program as of now. Maybe this will change in the future though.

How to start investing on the Grupeer platform

If you want to invest at Grupeer you need to be more than 18 years old. Nothing in P2P is 100% secure so always have that in your mind. It’s like most of the P2P sites out there today and quite easy to set up an account. You need to fill in some personal information and your email adress to start. Once the account is activated you can deposit money and find the projects you’re interested in. You will also be required to send in some documents so that it’s going to be easy for later to withdraw your earnings when that time comes. For example, passport or other ID plus proof of address. I always say, don’t wait with this, because it’s like everything else in life. When you want something, you want it now ( at least I’m like that). I sent in everything the same day I started the account so it was ready to go if necessary.

Grupeer Deposit

The minimum deposit on Grupeer is only 10 EUROS. This is lower than many other platforms that require an investment of 100 EUROS or more to start. So this is a good platform to begin with if you just want to try investing smaller amounts. You should never send anything other then Euros to the Grupeer platform, because all the loans are in EURO. If you send other currencies, they will either resend the money and take a fee or exchange it on your behalf. That can be at a worse exchange rate than you can find yourself, so always keep this in mind with every platform you’re investing in. Research is your best friend when working with money!

Grupeer cashback

Like the headline says, Grupeer sometimes offer Cashback on some of the loans in periods over the year. This will be like a campaign they have with a special loan originator or other criteria they set to let the investors get something extra on the loans they choose to invest in. The normal cashback they offer is 1% and it’s calculated from the amount you invest. You can include cashback deals in your auto invest feature also. If you have the auto invest set to a rate from say 12% and up and have cash back included, it can pick up loans that are at 11% but with the 1% cashback they are treated the same as a 12% loan.

My goal for investing in Grupeer:

The goal for Grupeer is to get an annual return of over 12% . I think this is a decent goal to set when they have an average on 13.4% today. I’m just waiting for my registration in Cyprus is done and then I’m joining faster then lightning 🙂 I hope they will add more loan originators and statistics in the future since they have been operating for some time now. But I can’t predict the future so I’m going to keep investigating and do my own research on the projects listed there. Grupeer have their own blog where they post articles and information on the platform and new loan originators that can be smart to read when invested.

Grupeer review Pros at Grupeer

  • Easy going website
  • Good average interest on loans
  • Buyback guarantees on most of the loans
  • The loan originators have to invest minimum 5% themselves in every loan. That makes them more committed to do better research on those who borrow the money.
  • Sometimes they do cashback on specific loans, that can give you an extra 1% in promotions. They will highlight these projects on the platform.

Grupeer review Cons at Grupeer

  • No secondary market
  • There could be more statistics
  • Rather new to the world of P2P, registered in 2016. The platform was up and running at the start of 2017.
I hope this Grupeer review explains some of the questions and gave you a hint of what’s going on there. If you  have any questions or thoughts just leave a comment.

4 thoughts on “Grupeer review

  1. Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  2. Hey John, I am a Cypriot though I never lived in Cyprus:) I know that it is a somewhat better place for tax purposes but is there any specific reason that your account is in Cyprus?

    1. Hi
      The tax system from the country where I invested in my first P2P loans at Mintos is rather high. If you are an EU citizen and move full time to Cyprus there are different things you can do to get much lower tax then I’m used to or even 0% in some investment types in the first 17 years of living there. Also since it’s low tax on work income and cheaper food it’s a plus in my book to try out 🙂
      Another good thing if you have a company there you can take out the winnings/divident at a low percentage compared to other places in EU. Some countries rob you blind with fees, taxes and so on 🙂

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