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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 (April 2023)

    On April 19th the ONS published its most recent report on property market activity. Despite four consecutive months of house price falls, the data reveals a stoic resilience within the UK property market.

    Developer Tips

    How to finance your property development?

    Have you spotted the perfect site for a project, or come across a quirky old warehouse that’s ripe for conversion? Then you’re probably wondering how to finance your property development? There’s plenty of options out there, and our simple guides are a great place to start gathering information.

    Developer Tips

    Are bridging loans a good idea?

    We’ve been discussing bridging loans a lot recently at Brickflow, from why and how people use bridging finance, to the benefits and how to apply.  Here, we are drilling a bit deeper and asking are bridging loans a good idea?

    Developer Tips

    How to get finance for property development?

    At Brickflow, getting finance for property development couldn’t be easier and we’re on a mission to make the market more accessible to all. Today we’re discussing development finance options, eligibility criteria and how to secure the best finance for property development.

    Developer Tips

    How long does it take to get a bridge loan?

    One of the key aspects of bridging loans is the speed with which they can be arranged, but there are a few factors which can delay your application. So we’re taking a look so you can avoid some common pitfalls.

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (March 2023)

    March means Spring Budget, so this month we’re looking at any opportunities arising from the Chancellor’s announcement, and of course, the tremors in the global banking sector.

    Developer Tips

    What is the difference between bridging and development finance?

    Knowing the different types of finance available for property development is key when it comes to choosing the right funding for your project. We're looking at the differences between development and bridging finance and how they are both used.

    Developer Tips

    What is an open-ended bridging loan?

    Bridging finance can be used for a whole range of property investments so it’s helpful to know the types of bridging loans available.  In this article, we’re looking at open-ended bridging loans.

    Developer Tips

    Who can get a bridging loan?

    Property developers are increasingly realising the benefits of financing certain projects with bridging loans. So we’re looking at what are bridging loans being used for, any qualifying criteria and who can get a bridging loan.

    Developer Tips

    How much money do you need for property development?

    Property development often seems like a business venture for people with wads of disposable cash. But realistically, how much money do you need? We’re discussing deposit requirements and if getting into property development is worthwhile.

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (February 2023)

    Welcome to February’s Industry Insights, the inside track on property development. Read our views on the current economic climate, house price correction, adapting to the new market and why 2023 will hold plenty of opportunities.

    Developer Tips

    Who is eligible for development finance?

    Property development finance: who is eligible, what is the qualifying criteria and what costs are involved? How Brickflow can help you apply and secure the best development finance loan for your project. 

    Developer Tips

    Brickflow Guide to Design and Access Statements

    A Design and Access Statement (DAS) is an integral part of a planning application and required by planning rules.  Every property developer or architect working on anything other than a very small project must submit one. 

    Developer Tips

    What are the pros and cons of property development?

    We’ve all been captivated by the transformation journey of property, whether on the countless TV programmes or the extensive renovations of a neighbour’s home.  So what are the pros and cons of property development?

    Developer Tips

    How does property development finance work?

    Whether it’s a low-key investment or large-scale site, property development projects wouldn’t get off the ground without funding. We’re looking at the key features and main uses of property funding, beginning with how does property development finance work?

    Developer Tips

    Reasons why you should use a bridging loan

    After 2022’s soaring housing market, things are cooling throughout 2023, meaning less competition and good opportunities for savvy investors. There are various funding options for property purchases, so we’re discussing the reasons why you should use a bridging loan.

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (January 2023)

    A new year ahead and an altered property market emerging. Read January's Industry Insights for our views on the back drop to the economic downturn, why interest rates are rising, why we’re facing a liquidity crunch and the outlook for 2023.

    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. It also impacts how quickly you scale your business. 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, which means 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 property development or investment will find 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, high-vis jackets and hard-hats, 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, here’s a straightforward guide on development finance, how it works and how to apply.

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (October 2022)

    Welcome to October's Industry Insights, our monthly round up of the conversations we’re having with commercial finance brokers, property entrepreneurs, agents and lenders. This month we look at interest rates, bridging finance and the commercial mortgage market.

    Industry Insights

    Industry Insights (September 2022)

    Brickflow’s Industry Insights is a monthly round up of the common trends and conversations we’re having with property developers, brokers and lenders. With 42 lenders now on our platform, we’re speaking to them daily, which gives us exclusive insight into current market sentiment.

    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 been faced with rising build costs for the best part of two years. Find out why they increased, whether or not 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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