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How to fund property development
Setting up a new business or renovating a house can be an exciting new venture but finding the funds for such a project can be daunting. This is where development finance comes in, with many different finance options to prepare you for the task ahead, ensuring you can complete your development without any financial concerns. This solution is very popular with property developers and investors; having immediate finance in place means that you can devote all your energy to the smooth running of your project.
Development finance allows you to borrow between £25,000 and £10 million towards the renovations and refurbishments of a property of your choice. With interest rates starting at just 0.75%, taking out property development loans is more attainable than ever. Once you have submitted a funding application to Aurora Capital, your decision will be returned within a few days. You can also receive an offer in principle, giving you an estimated amount to decide on your final planning.
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What are the different types of development finance?
Alternative lending isn’t the easiest subject to follow; even experienced developers often find it difficult choosing the right type of finance for large-scale projects. There are a few different property development finance options and here’s what you need to know about each of them.
Commercial mortgages are used for buildings that are not residential. As the name suggests they are for commercial ventures such as shops and offices. It’s unlikely that anyone who runs a business will have the profits to pay for a building outright, so this option allows them to pay for the property over a number of years, just like a private mortgage on a home. But unlike private mortgages, lenders are more likely to review your business’s income and profits rather than your personal income when making their decision on your ability to pay.
It is most common for businesses owners who have been operating in a building for a long time to take out a commercial property mortgage once they decide to become the property owner. For example, a butcher running a family business might decide to buy the property, giving them more financial security. Opting for a loan to cover the majority of the cost ensures they can continue trading as usual and pay the mortgage as they would pay their rent every month.
In this example, the butcher could potentially apply for a 100% commercial property development mortgage, meaning they would not have to put any funds towards the property initially. To obtain this kind of finance, a business would need to have an exemplary record and a long trading history from that premises. This is because there is more risk involved for lenders if they don’t receive any deposit.
Similarly, it can be difficult for new businesses to gain commercial mortgages as they have not built up a level of trust or proven that their business is successful. That can make lenders more reluctant to set up an agreement. If this is the case, a detailed future business plan may be required when applying.
If you’re buying single a property that you intend to rent out, you’ll need to opt for a buy-to-let mortgage. These mortgages can be slightly harder to obtain, and there are often more conditions that must be met before an agreement is granted. If your income is under £25,000 a year, you already own a property, you are over a certain age or your credit score is less than stellar, you might find it difficult to get a buy-to-let mortgage.
Buy-to-let mortgages typically have higher interest rates and require a larger deposit (usually 25%) to secure. Bear in mind that lenders usually require the rental income to be 25-30% higher than your mortgage repayments, so you should estimate this vs. the mortgage value when you buy the property.
If you’re a full-time landlord with a range of properties, choosing a commercial mortgage can save a lot on fees and interest rates. Combining multiple properties into one larger mortgage cuts on arrangement fees and keeps all your business under one provider, making it easier for you to track.
Finding a mortgage for auction property investments can be tricky, but certainly not impossible. You can bag a serious bargain at a property auction, but most people can’t expect to pay the amount in full, even at a discounted price. And, with most auction houses needing payments within 28 days, the race is on to find funding within that time.
Getting a mortgage for an auction property is quite straightforward if you approach a reputable lender. If you’re thinking of buying a property at auction it’s important to apply for funding with a lender that offers a quick decision or an agreement in principle (like us!).
Having an agreement in principle will show the auction house that you have the means to pay for your property should you win the bid. Both novice house-buyers and professional developers can apply for auction finance, so this could be the perfect option if you want to get yourself a ‘fixer upper’.
Bridging loans are used as a short-term finance solution for property developers needing to ‘bridge’ the gap between buying a property and selling it. It’s also another funding option for those who buy a property at auction and can’t secure a mortgage agreement within the allotted time. Lenders usually offer bridging loans with terms between 1-18 months and you will need to repay the loan in full at the end of the term.
In property development, bridging loans are most commonly used for property renovation, with developers able to carry out any building work, complete and sell the property before the term is up. This ensures the loan can be repaid in full and that developers can begin work without delay once the property is obtained.
As with most short-term loans, bridging loans are more expensive than traditional mortgages. Failure to repay the full amount of the loan when the term ends can lead to repossession and added costs. So, you must ensure you have the means to repay when taking out a bridging finance agreement.
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Development Finance FAQs
This is one area you won’t want to jump straight into the deep end. We’ve compiled some of our most frequently asked questions to put you in the best position when considering whether UK property finance from Aurora Capital is right for you.
Are non-experienced developers considered for development loans?
We have access to a number of development finance lenders that cater for inexperienced developers. It is also dependent on the size and type of the project that you are undertaking. Lenders will assess this during your application process to decide whether your project is likely to succeed based on the proposed plans.
Is planning permission essential for property development finance?
Planning permission is key in order for any lenders to be able to quote on the project at hand. Without the relevant planning permission, it would be irresponsible for lenders to permit funding, as you would not be able to start the project until this is gained.
How long does it take to get some indicative offers?
Providing you have the correct planning permission, once an application has been received, we can typically have an offer in principle in a matter of days. This will give you a ballpark figure on which to base your final plans, timescales and labour costs.
What property development loan amounts are considered?
We can look at applications from £25,000 to £10m.
What is the lending criteria in regards to build costs and GDV?
We have access to a panel of lenders who differ per application. However, you can expect funding of up to 75% of Gross Development Value (GDV) and 100% build costs. This should give you peace of mind when the time comes to begin the project.
How quickly can the development funding be arranged?
Once the application has been accepted, the whole process can take around 3-4 weeks. Bear this in mind when submitting your application so you don’t run into difficulty with your project timeline.