Loan Amounts and Funding Terms
Loan terms between 3 months and 5 years with fixed monthly payments
Loan amounts over £2,000
Have you been trading for more than 12 months?
Are you a UK limited entity, sole trader or partnership?
Are you looking to develop existing properties or brownfield sites?
Development finance is exactly what it says on the tin. This is where a lender provides finance in staged payments to help not only with the acquisition of a site, but also for the build costs to complete the scheme.
Initially the lender will consider what the property type is and will lend a maximum loan to value (LTV) of 65% usually. This is typically for schemes with an attractive return for the developer.
How to apply for development finance?
Fill out our application form in less than 5 minutes
Your application will be allocated to your dedicated case manager
Your case manager will be in touch within 4 working hours
They will collect all required documents to process your application
You will receive a decision in principle within 72 hours
You will receive your funds within 4 to 6 weeks of application in most cases
The Benefits of Development Finance
Flexible Terms and Borrowing Amounts
Development finance is available over 3 months to 5 years.
Finance up to 65% LTV (Loan to Value) of your development projects, subject affordability assessments and credit checks.
All proposals are subject to full underwriting & acceptance.
Increased Spending Power
Whether you're looking to renovate an existing property or build a new one from the ground up, property development finance can provide you with the funds you need to get started.
With increased funding you can take on new projects or increase spending on existing ones, to maximise your potential returns on your investments.
By accessing this specialised form of financing, developers can overcome financial obstacles and capitalise on lucrative investment opportunities.
One of the main advantages of property development finance is the flexibility it offers.
Unlike traditional bank loans, property development finance can be tailored to suit the specific needs of the developer and the project.
Development finance often comes with faster approval times and less stringent eligibility criteria compared to traditional loans.
This means that developers can secure the necessary funds in a shorter period, enabling them to move forward with their projects more quickly.
Property development finance offers numerous benefits that can give you an edge in this competitive industry.
From funding for land acquisition to construction costs and even refinancing options, property development finance provides a flexible and tailored solution to meet your specific needs.
Understanding the advantages of property development finance can make a significant difference in your success. By securing the right financing, you can access the necessary capital to complete your projects on time and within budget.
This will enable you to take advantage of profitable opportunities and maximise your return on investment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We can lend against almost all property types, however the more common schemes consist of the following:
- Brownfield sites with planning permission to erect residential, commercial and industrial schemes
- Existing buildings with permitted development right to convert into the new scheme
- Brownfield sites that fall under the work commencement rule
- Existing developments that require completion
- Buildings with planning permission that require demolition of part or all the existing property and erect a new building
- Brownfield sites and buildings without planning for acquisition only; finance for build cost will only come into play once full planning is obtained
The QS will evaluate the works that have been completed from the previous month, if all is satisfied the next tranche of funding will be made available within 48 hours.
The cost of the QS varies cases by case, based predominantly on the size of the scheme.
- Any company whether it be limited entity, sole traders and partnerships (sole trade and partnerships with 3 or less partners must be for business use only)
- JV partners entering a scheme under a newly formed Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)
- Private individuals – for business use only
- Pension schemes – SIPP and SASS
- Foreign nationals with property in the UK
The Development Finance market is increasingly competitive with new lenders entering the market all the time, from private investors to mainstream banks.
Our rates start at 3% per annum and can be for a maximum term of 5 years depending on the size of the scheme.
The most typical repayment method is the sale of the properties post completion. The lender will place a debenture over the borrowing company and all proceeds from sales, be it off-plan or post completion sales will automatically go towards the repayment of the facility, the remainder will be the developer’s profit.
Interest and capital are typically rolled up until the end so no payments are required other than that for the monitoring fees of the QS during the entirety of the build. You can opt to pay the interest on a monthly basis, however this is never normally recommended.
Venture (JV) agreement with a Lender. A JV agreement will require you to split the profit back end with the Lender, with profit always in favour of the developer.
They will also charge a rate of interest on the capital which will be deducted from the overall profits.
Funds on Development Finance facilities typically have a lead time of 4-6 weeks, however for the more complicated cases it can take up to 12 weeks. Each case is different, and it will very much depend on a number of variables.
How to get started in property development and secure funding
Property Development takes planning, time and most importantly money.
There are many routes you can take to become a property developer, either alone, in a partnership or using a property investment company.
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