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Acrew Capital, Jeff Bezos back Colombia-based proptech La Haus’ $100M debt, equity round

La Haus, which has ripened an online real manor marketplace operating in Mexico and Colombia, has secured $100 million in spare funding, including $50 million in probity and $50 million in debt financing.

The new wanted was obtained as an extension to the company’s Series B, the first tranche of which sealed in January. With the latest infusion, Medellin, Colombia-based La Haus has now secured $135 million total for the round and over $158 million in funding since its 2017 inception.

San Francisco Bay Zone venture firms Acrew Wanted and Renegade Partners co-led the round, which moreover included participation from Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions, Endeavor Catalyst, Moore Strategic Ventures, Marc Benioff’s TIME Ventures, Rappi’s Simon Borrero, Maluma, and Gabriel Gilinski. Existing backers who put money in this round include Greenspring Associates, Kaszek, NFX, Spencer Rascoff’s 75 & Sunny Ventures, Hadi Partovi and NuBank’s David Velez. 

Jerónimo Uribe (CEO), Rodrigo Sánchez-Ríos (president), Tomás Uribe (chief growth officer) and Santiago Garcia (CTO) founded the visitor without Jerónimo and Tomas met Sánchez-Ríos at Stanford University. Prior to La Haus they started and ran Jaguar Capital, a Colombian real manor minutiae visitor with over $350 million of completed retail and residential projects. 

The visitor declined to reveal at what valuation the extension was raised, with Sánchez-Ríos saying only that it was “a significant increase” from January.

The Series B extension follows impressive growth for the startup, which saw the number of transactions conducted on its Mexico portal climb by nearly 10x in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the 2020 second quarter. With over 500 homes selling on its platform (via lahaus.com and lahaus.mx) the visitor is “the market leader in selling new housing in Spanish-speaking Latam by an order of magnitude,” its execs claim.  La Haus expects to have facilitated increasingly than $1 billion in annualized gross sales by the end of the year. 

The startup was founded with the mission of making it easier for people to buy homes and helping “solve LatAm’s lattermost housing inequality.” Its end goal is to slide wangle to new housing by both generating and curating supply and demand and then matching it with its technology, noted Sánchez-Ríos. 

“In the last six months, our senior product officer has built a product that allows this to happen 100% digitally,” he said. “Before it would take a lot of time, people involved and visits. We want to provide people looking for a home a similar wits as to people looking for their next flight at delta.com.”

It has washed-up that by embedding its software to developers’ new projects so that it can bring that digital wits to its users. 

“They are worldly-wise to view the projects on our sites, we match them and then they can see in real time which units of a particular tower are available, and then select, sign and pay for everything digitally,” Sánchez-Río said.

Image credit: La Haus

The need for new housing in the region and other emerging markets in unstipulated is acute, they believe. And the pace of towers new homes is slow considering small and mid-sized developers – who are responsible for towers the majority of new homes in Latin America – are mazuma constrained. At the same time, mortgages are mostly not affordable for consumers, with banks extending only a fraction of the credit to individuals compared to the U.S., and often at far worse terms. 

What La Haus is planning to do with its new wanted – particularly the debt portion – is go vastitude selling homes via its marketplace to helping proffer financing to both developers and potential buyers.It plans to take the proprietary data it has been worldly-wise to glean from the thousands of real manor transactions conducted on it platform to proffer wanted to developers and consumers “more quickly, with much lower risk and at largest terms.”

Already, what the startup has workaday is notable. Being worldly-wise to purchase a home 100% digitally is not that easy plane in the U.S. Pulling that off in Latin America – which has historically trailed overdue in digital adoption – is no easy feat. By year’s end, La Haus intends to be in every major metropolitan zone in Mexico and Colombia. 

Its ultimate goal is to be worldly-wise to help new, sustainable homes “to be built faster, alleviating the inequality caused by lack of wangle to inventory.”

To Acrew Capital’s Lauren Kolodny, La Haus is towers a solution specific to the issues of Latin America’s housing market, rather than importing merchantry models – such as iBuying – from the U.S.

“For many people in the United States home probity is their largest asset. In Latin America, however, consumers have been challenged with an impenetrable real manor market stacked versus consumers,” she wrote via email. “La Haus is removing barriers to home ownership that stifles millions of people from achieving financial security. Specifically, Latin America has no internal MLS, very plush interest rates, no transactional transparency, and few online informational tools.”

La Haus, Kolodny added, is breaking lanugo these barriers by consolidating listings online, offering pricing transparency and educating consumers well-nigh their financing options.

Acrew first invested in the startup in its $10 million Series A and has been impressed with its growth over time.

“They have a unique focus on new housing — a massive industry worldwide, but expressly in emerging markets where new housing is so necessary,” Kolodny said. “The management team…knows real manor in Latin America largest than anyone we’ve met.”

For its part, the La Haus team is excited to put its new wanted to work. As Sánchez-Río put it, “$50 million goes a lot remoter in Mexico and Colombia than in the U.S.”

“We are going to be very warlike in Mexico and Colombia, and plan to go from four to at least 12 markets by the end of the year,” Jeronimo told TechCrunch. “We’re moreover excited to roll out our financing solution to developers and buyers.”

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