What is Commercial Development Finance?
Commercial development finance is funding for building new commercial property, to rent, sell or use as your own premises
Here’s everything you need to know if you’re looking to secure a commercial development loan.
How is commercial finance different from residential development finance?
Commercial property includes offices, warehouses, logistics space, student accommodation, retail space, medical facilities and hotels, as opposed to residential houses and flats.
The key difference with securing a commercial development loan is that there are fewer lenders in the market, so they can be difficult to find if you don't know where to look. Most will also require a pre-let or pre-sale of the end property before they agree to lend.
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How does commercial development finance work?
Our lenders provide commercial development loans from as little as £150k, up to £150m.
The main criteria commercial development lenders look at to calculate how much they will lend are:
- Loan to Gross Development Value (LTGDV)
- Loan to Cost (LTC)
- Minimum client equity contribution
- Day 1 land loan cap
The lender determines the loan amount from a combination of the above factors and delivers a final combined amount. Other factors that can affect leverage and pricing are; micro geography, asset type, lender loan book exposure, development experience and build type.
Because lenders will almost always need either a pre-let or pre-sale of the asset before they can fund your scheme, contracts will need to be exchanged prior to the development loan completing.
If you plan to retain the property for rental at completion, the development lender will need to see proof of a longer term commercial mortgage to redeem their loan. Brickflow can help with this by searching the market for commercial mortgages.
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