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10 answered questions on investing with Acorn


The decision to invest should be a considered one. With that in mind, we explore some of the questions we’re frequently asked about investing with Acorn.


Who is Acorn?

Acorn is one of the UK’s leading independent housebuilders. Established in 1995, we’ve built a reputation for designing and creating award-winning homes.

We’ve also developed a strong network of partners and thanks to our commitment to quality and sustainability, we’re now the recommended partner of choice for many agents, surveyors and landowners.


Why choose Acorn?

At Acorn, we’re guided by a clear set of principles that ensure the homes we build have been designed to grow and thrive with the communities they serve. It means sourcing materials sustainably and making the most of local resources that bolster regional economies.

A robust set of safeguards also helps us mitigate risks to our investors. We also insist on full transparency and produce regular updates so that investors can be confident that funds are being properly administered. You can find out more about the specific procedures we have in place in our guide: How can Acorn provide security to investors?


What types of property do Acorn build?

We build a wide variety of homes including apartments, penthouses and family homes. Our design and construction teams focus on regeneration and the majority of our projects involve restoring and converting abandoned and derelict buildings.

In fact, some of our sites, including the award-winning Brandon Yard in Bristol, have involved the redevelopment of two listed buildings. This focus is particularly important to us as it not only restores our shared heritage, utilising existing buildings is central to our sustainability ethos. Current projects that centre on redevelopment of listed properties include, Alliance House, Bristol,  The Courtyard at Duporth, Cornwall; The Links at Rest Bay, Porthcawl, Ashton Fields, Cotswold Waster Park; and Douglas Avenue, Exmouth.


What does Different by Design mean?

The concept of Different by Design makes up one of our core principles which combines aesthetics and functionality. Every site we create is assessed by its own merits which informs the way we design and build each home.

Our approach ensures each project is bespoke to the needs of communities and sympathetic to local ecology.


Why has Acorn launched Acorn Green?

Acorn Green showcases our commitment to sustainability. It documents our journey to reducing the carbon footprint of the homes we build and the way we work.

Our initiative is documented in our new Acorn Green hub which sets out our vision and how this complements the concept of Different by Design, and the principles of intelligent building.

The hub also tracks our journey towards our goal of net-zero carbon and celebrates fellow green partners, who we’ve chosen to work with in order to achieve our goals.


Why does Acorn focus on projects in the South-West?

We’ve chosen to set the majority of our projects within the South-West. For us, the area represents a number of benefits.

With its mix of beautiful coastline, rural tranquillity and cosmopolitan towns and cities, it’s a region that’s filled with variety and culture. Not only is there space to create desirable and aspirational homes, the region’s train network is being upgraded to the tune of £360 million. The Department for Transport has also promised new high quality dual carriageways, all of this will help accessibility and ensure the area continues to thrive.


What investment options are there?

In addition to buying an Acorn property, investors can choose from our range of fixed rate property investments and our growth preference shares.

Our investments are available in a range of terms – one, three or five years. Return frequencies and coupon rates will vary according to the specific investment Alternatively, investors that opt for our growth preference shares will be helping fund Ashton Fields and the development of 75 exclusive Cotswold homes and will benefit from an annual return and a share of projected profits.


Who can invest with Acorn?

To invest in property investments or growth preference shares with Acorn, you must make a minimum capital investment and be considered a:

  • Certified high net worth individual
  • Certified sophisticated investor
  • Self-certified sophisticated investor

For information about investing in an Acorn home, take a look at the ways we’ve made the process as stress-free as possible in our guide to Buying with Acorn


Can investing with Acorn provide an income?

All investments come with a certain level of risk. While we work hard to mitigate that risk to investors, it’s crucial that any decision weighs up both the pros and cons. That said, investing with Acorn can help you secure an income which can help fund your retirement on top of your pension.

Similarly, investing in an Acorn home gives you the option of buy-to-let. Exploring the benefits and pitfalls of a range of property investment options is our guide to investing in property.


Is property still worth investing in?

We believe that the property market remains robust and despite the cycles of boom and bust, the backbone of the market has always proved resilient. The pandemic is a case in point, with agreed sales up 50% by Q4 2020. This durability is a feature we’ve explored in our recent blog post about the UK’s buoyant property market, which discusses the housing market’s ups and downs.

We also believe that the types of houses we build, coupled with our core values, supports longevity. All our projects focus on the construction of aspirational and sustainable homes which will ensure they’re fit for the future.

For more information about how to invest with Acorn, contact us and speak to an expert.


Investment opportunities available via Acorn Property Invest are exclusively targeted at exempt investors who are experienced, knowledgeable and sophisticated enough to sufficiently understand the risks involved, and who are able to make their own decisions about suitability of those investment opportunities. All investors should seek an independent professional investment and tax advice before deciding to invest. Any historic performance of investment opportunities is NOT a guide or guarantee for future performance and any projections of future performance are not guaranteed. All investment opportunities available via Acorn Property Invest are NOT regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and you will NOT have access to Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and may not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

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