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    Welcome to our blog, curated to help you make smarter decisions when it comes to development finance.

    You’ll discover helpful how-tos, essential what-not-to-dos and expert advice, along with opinion and industry insights from our team of property finance specialists.

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (January 2023)

    Welcome to Brickflow’s January’s Industry Insights. For those that haven’t seen it before, it’s a monthly round up of the common trends and conversations we’re having with commercial finance brokers, property entrepreneurs, property agents and lenders. The aim of which is to give you the inside track of what is happening in property right now and put you in touch with the current market sentiment.

    Developer Tips

    Why is development finance important?

    How a property development project is financed can affect everything from how quickly the project progresses to how profitable it will be.  So, why is development finance important?

    Developer Tips

    What are the different types of development finance?

    Every property development scheme has vast differences in scale, build type and budget, meaning developers need different types of finance for each project.  So, what are the different types of development finance?

    Developer Tips

    What are the pros and cons of a bridging loan?

    There are numerous ways to finance property investments and bridging loans have become a key component in a developer’s financial toolkit. Here we look at some of the pros and cons of bridging finance.  

    Developer Tips

    What is a bridging loan?

    Anyone exploring how to fund a property development or purchase will have come across various financing options, most likely including bridging loans.  So, what is a bridging loan, how do they work, what types of bridging finance are available and how do you apply?  

    Developer Tips

    What is property development?

    Most people have seen hoardings advertising development land for sale, or disused buildings one day swarmed with scaffolding and high-vis jackets, but exactly what is property development?

    Developer Tips

    What is development finance?

    Anyone involved in property development has, at some point on their journey, asked what is development finance?  So, let’s unravel it.  

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (October 2022)

    Welcome to Brickflow’s October’s Industry Insights. For those that haven’t seen it before, it’s a monthly round up of the common trends and conversations we’re having with commercial finance brokers, property entrepreneurs, property agents and lenders. The aim of which is to give you the inside track of what is happening in the markets and put you in touch with the current market sentiment.

    After a tumultuous 7 weeks of government and economic upheaval, this month we assess the effects this has had on the commercial property and finance markets.

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (September 2022)

    For those that haven’t seen it before, Brickflow’s monthly Industry Insight piece is a monthly round up of the common trends and conversations we’re having with property developers, brokers and also with lenders.

    We have 42 lenders on the platform now, and we are speaking to a good number of them every day, so it gives us a really good feel for the market sentiment at any one time.

    Market Watch

    How do changing interest rates affect my development finance?

    Interest rates have recently increased again and are forecast to rise further.

    Rising rates means increased costs for borrowers, but what do rising interest rates mean for development finance and the cost of property loans?

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (August 2022)

    This month we’re trying to make sense of the headlines on the economy for property developers as well as answer the questions that all developers are asking (no prizes for guessing that ‘fixed rates’ is the number 1 topic!).

    Market Watch

    Have build costs peaked?

    Property developers and contractors have faced rising build costs. Find out why they increased, if they’ve peaked and what this means for you.

    Market Watch

    What is nutrient neutrality?

    Do you know about nutrient neutrality? It’s stalling the building of 120,000 new UK homes. Find out more about this growing issue and how it might affect you.

    Brickflow News

    Brickflow officially launches

    Find out how Brickflow is revolutionising the property development finance sector by connecting borrowers and lenders in seconds.

    Market Watch

    Coronavirus

    Insights into how Covid affects development finance lending, what it means for developers and predictions for the future.

    Developer Tips

    How to become a (really good) property developer

    Insights into the essential skills needed to be a property developer and how to convince a lender you’ve the right experience to make your project a success.

    Developer Tips

    Five development finance pitfalls to avoid

    Find out how to avoid 5 common development finance pitfalls. Covers: shopping around, due diligence, skill gaps, partners & planning for change.

    Developer Tips

    Cracking the capital stack

    All you need to know about the Capital Stack. Includes: what it is and how it works in practice.

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