Find a site
Think about finance
Do your due diligence
Check the Gross Development Value (GDV)
Check your build costs
Check the planning
Check the Residual Land Value
Visit the site
Make a bid
Keep detailed records
Create your development appraisal
Source your finance
Apply for credit approval
Meet the valuer & receive the report
Receive QS report
Lender reviews professional reports
Lender instructs lawyers
Working towards completion
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Your Questions Answered
How do you fund first time property development?
There are numerous lenders that will consider lending to first time developers on the platform. Click ‘Check Eligibility’ on each loan option for further guidance. The lender will normally expect an experienced professional team around you. As a general rule, it is easier to borrow as a first-time developer against conversions and permitted development schemes than against ground-up developments, however we have funded new-build for first time developers. Speak to your Brickflow consultant to understand what your options might be.
Can you get 100% development finance?
Yes, but we don’t currently offer 100% loans via Brickflow. Normally, a lender will acquire the site themselves, take a development loan and then top up the shortfall to 100% with their own funds. The developer has no ownership rights and becomes a 3rd party contractor. If something goes wrong the lender/owner has full control.
At the end, all of the funding costs will be deducted and the lender will normally have a fixed priority return profit share. This means that they will always receive their profit share first. If the GDV falls during the project or if build costs have increased, this reduces the developer's profit share.
It will almost always be better to raise a small deposit yourself, from your own means or your network and then raise a senior and mezzanine development loan. We’ve had recent examples where we’ve got to 95% loan to cost, and all of the profit goes to the developer, meaning there’s less risk of the developer walking away with nothing.
In what stages is development finance released?
Development loans are normally split into 3 parts; lender interest and fees, build loan and land loan. The first part of the loan drawn is normally the land loan. This is typically known as the 'day 1 loan amount'. Depending on the other costs, sometimes there is no land loan, or sometimes a borrower does not need a land loan.
From the remaining loan, the lenders projected interest and fees for the whole loan are deducted. The remainder is the build loan. The build loan is released in pre-agreed stages based around the progress of the build. The lender will instruct their IMS to monitor each stage of work in terms of quality and against the agreed build schedule. Once the work has been signed-off, the next tranche of finance will be released to the borrower so they can pay their contractors
Poor workmanship or timing delays can lead to delayed stage payments. This can then have a detrimental knock-on effect on the rest of the project, so it’s to everyone’s advantage to ensure the build runs smoothly, and finance is released on time.
How do you calculate profit on GDV?
Profit on GDV is the profit generated from a project expressed as a percentage of the GDV.
It is calculated as follows;
- (GDV - costs) / GDV
- If the costs of a site were £800k and the sale price was £1m, then the profit is £ 200k
- £ 200k / £ 1m is 20% profit on GDV
- All costs need to be deducted; build costs, lender costs, build costs, purchase costs and sale costs.
The higher the potential margin, the lower the risk for a borrower. Profits can be eroded by increased costs and/or decreased GDV.
Lenders will look at this metric to ensure there is enough profitability in the project - the general rule is circa 20%, but lenders might accept lower percentages for more expensive areas such as London. Conversely, lenders may want a higher percentage than 20% for more regional projects.