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A better way to invest in residential real estate

Enjoy the returns of residential property without the stress of being a landlord by investing alongside owner-occupiers

HOPEi has created a model where investors can access the strong returns of the Australian property market. Benefit from a well-diversified and socially responsible investment in residential property that proves doing good pays off for everyone.

Strong
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Access a property growth linked return from a diversified portfolio of vetted Australian residential real estate assets.

Reduced outgoingsiii

Enjoy investing in property without all the usual taxes, letting fees, maintenance and mortgage costs.

Socially responsible

More than property growth, you’re investing in essential workers, so they can own a home close to work.

A new kind of ownership partnership

We co-invest with essential workers to help make home ownership more attainable and affordable. Together we share the investment and the profits.

Fund Performance

(Since Inception)

Portfolio ReturnMar 2024
Property Assets IRR (A)11.9% p.a.
Fund ReturnMar 2024
Gross Fund IRR (B)8.6% p.a.
Net Fund IRR (C)8.3% p.a.
Net at Scale Fund IRR (D)11.3% p.a.
Social ReturnDec 2023
Social Return (E)6.3% p.a.

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.
Please see The Fine Print at the bottom of this page for footnotes, A, B, C and E.
(D) In a scenario where the Fund's assets under management scales to $100 million, a net IRR of approximately 11.3% may be achieved through economies of scale where fixed compliance and administration costs are shared across a larger pool of investment, assuming similar portfolio underlying asset growth.

Measurable Impact

HOPE’s social impact is measured using established models and actual homeowner data. Our impact reporting focuses on the effect homeownership has on several critical areas, including:

  • Enhancing physical and mental wellbing.
  • Reducing commute times and increasing family time.
  • Improving workplace productivity.
  • Retaining trained esstential workers.
  • Making the cost of housing more affordable.

Rated as Investment Grade

“Evergreen’s independent analysis highlights HOPE’s robust asset valuation solution, strategic asset selection process, and the notable social impact it creates”

Angela Ashton
Founder and Director
Evergreen Consultants

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Our Investor Partners

Our partners include Super Funds, Family Office Investors and philanthropic organisations. HOPE investors are looking to make a meaningful impact and achieve a measurable social return. Investment in the HOPE Fund aims to deliver a commercial return and solid impact underpinned by Australian real estate assets.

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Learn more about HOPE's social impact

We’ve improved our impact reporting in collaboration with Think Impact advisors. Quantifying the monetary value of our social impact not only empowers us to make better decisions but also enables us to maximise outcomes for Essential Workers and our communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are returns generated for investors?

Capital growth in the properties in the portfolio. These are realised and distributed to investors under three scenarios:

  1. Full sale of the property
  2. When the homeowner buys out part or all of the HOPE Fund share. In this case the price they pay for a greater equity stake will be determined by the market price of the property, at the time of the transaction.
  3. Partial or full refinance of the property, as determined by the market price of the property, at the time of the transaction.

What drives HOPE Fund's target return of 10% per annum?

Long-term growth in the Australian property market has averaged around 8 – 9% every year according to Oxford Economics Sydney House Price Index. HOPE believes it can achieve an out-performance of this long-term average of 2 – 3%, based on superior asset selection, pre-purchase due diligence with property experts and valuers, weighting the properties added to the portfolio towards high-growth areas and regions and excluding new builds.

HOPE’s Fund target return of 10% p.a. is net of fees and expenses, before tax. #

What are the returns projected to be and given your non-profit status how will returns be distributed?

We are targeting 10 per cent per annum (net of management fees and other fund expenses, before tax). The HOPE corporate entity is not for profit meaning that management fees will be charged on a cost recovery basis. The HOPE Fund itself will aim to realise a competitive and commercial return to investors distributed on a quarterly basis.

How is HOPE funded?

Funded by private philanthropic investment, HOPE is a Not for Profit entity. Hope Fund is an unregistered managed investment scheme and is now open to wholesale investors.

What properties will be eligible: strata units, freehold dwellings, new builds, old builds?

HOPE will provide capital for all types of housing except for off the plan developments. HOPE conducts full pre-purchase due diligence on all assets, including an onsite valuation, which sets the purchase price limit for our co-investment.

Does the Homeowner pick up expenses like rates, utilities, strata fees and property insurances?

The homeowner and the HOPE Fund are not tenants in common.  The homeowner is on title as sole owner of the property.  As owner of the property they are responsible for all the normal outgoings: rates, utilities, strata fees and property maintenance and insurances.

How does the HOPE Fund measure its social impact return?

The Centre for Social Impact at UNSW has helped us to develop a system to measure the social impact our new housing solution will have on individuals, employers and our communities. Enabling essential workers to live close to their place of work reduces travel time and improves work/life balance and physical and mental health. This in turn increases work productivity and decreases absenteeism. It’s all about strengthening our communities. You can read more about our first social impact returns here.

Who can invest in HOPE Fund?

HOPE has accepted investments from a number of individuals and organisations, ranging from $100K to over $5m. This includes well known foundations like the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Private Ancillary Funds like The Paramor Family Foundation. The HOPE Fund is open to any Australian based investor who meets the Wholesale or Sophisticated investor definition.

The Corporations Act 2001 defines a Wholesale and/or Sophisticated Investor as a type of investor who is deemed to have sufficient investing experience and knowledge to weigh the risks and merits of an investment opportunity.

Net worth and income restrictions must be met before a person can be classified a Sophisticated Investor. The distinction makes an investor eligible as a Wholesale and/or Sophisticated client.

Typically, a Sophisticated Investor in Australia must meet one of the following requirements:

1. Has net assets of more than A$2,500,000

2. Has income of at least A$250,000 per annum over the last two financial years

3. Is investing $500,000 or more into the opportunity

Any party investing less than $500,000 will be required to provide proof of the above by providing a certificate from a qualified accountant. Examples of certificates are shown here.

HOPE feels like a demand side solution - don't we need more supply?

Australia needs more supply, as well as new models of financing home ownership that make existing and new supply more affordable. That’s because new supply on its own doesn’t correlate directly with affordability. If you’re interested in exploring the supply and price dynamic, head here.

We hope that shared equity becomes a financing tool that enables more Australians to achieve home ownership sooner, enabling a more secure future and retirement outlook.

Do solutions like HOPE just push prices up for everyone?

Quite the opposite. As part of the due diligence on every asset an essential worker is looking to buy, HOPE, through its partnership with property valuer Opteon, sets a limit on the purchase price for every property.

Homeowners must stick to this budget, which ensures properties enter the portfolio at the best price possible. This budget process does mean homeowners sometimes miss out, as HOPE will not allow bidding beyond the set budget.

To date 78% of properties that have entered the portfolio have been purchased below the pre-purchase valuation, with the remainder at the budget limit.