Discover Germany, Issue 47, February 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Germany’s Successful Enterprises

Founder and CEO Dr. Guido Sandler (right) and founder and chairman of the board Dennis Bemmann (left).

Bergfürst’s office in Berlin.

Following a new approach in property investment using crowdfunding Investing in properties is in high demand and the way into it is currently changing. The Berlin-based company Bergfürst established a crowdfunding website focussing on property development in 2012. The financial instruments differ but overall Bergfürst concentrates on subordinated loans.

investment periods, making it a great opportunity for modern investors.

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Currently, Bergfürst has properties in its portfolio worth three to 60 million euros. For the respective issuer, crowdfunding is an interesting perspective because it allows him to raise the necessary funding quite easily.

Since the financial crisis in 2008, good news from the financial markets are sparse; especially for small private investors. The current zero-interest rate policy makes it hard to even compensate the inflation rate when making an investment. Even if assets are growing, the real purchase power drops. So many investors are 96  |  Issue 47  |  February 2017

looking for investment opportunities that might not be as safe but are more lucrative. That does not mean taking full risks – like gambling in casinos – but being open to new forms of investment and new markets like property crowdfunding, which might not be as risk neutral as a savings account but has very high interest rates and short

Easy investment without any costs for the investor

Private investors could currently invest sums between ten and 10,000 euros per project, according to the German legisla-