Development Finance

Commercial Mortgages Broker specialise in providing bridging finance solutions to our clients. We work with a significant volume of property investors and developers and we can provide bridging loans from as little as £50k all the way up to £50m.

Our panel of development finance lenders provide high quality and prompt decisions. Indicative development finance terms will normally be provided within 24 hours. An agreement in principle can normally be expected within 48 hours, once the initial application form has been processed.

We regularly facilitate development finance facilities for the following types of developments:

  • Office to residential development finance
  • New build development finance
  • Student accommodation development finance
  • PRS development finance
  • Large HMO development finance

We work closely with our funding partners to provide a prompt and efficient turnaround. Where we add value is by pushing transactions forwards across the line, we work closely with solicitors, valuers, lenders and other intermediaries to ensure that the transactions complete promptly.

The Development Finance Process

Initial Application

Client completes application form

Indicative Terms Issued

Lender issues terms with max LTV and LTC outlined.

Underwriting Completed

Lender completes full underwriting

Agreement In Principle

The lender then produces an agreement in principle

Monitoring Surveyor Appointed

Monitoring surveyor is appointed – he signs the cheques

Purchase Loan

Funds Released to Secure The Site

Stage Payments

Funds will be released once achieving agreed milestones.

Loan Gets Repaid

Either from sale of units or refinance

High Quality Lenders

We work with the very best bridging lenders who provide both a prompt and professional service, but more importantly who work on an ethical basis.

Technology Enabled

Commercial Mortgages Broker use technology wherever possible to make the bridging process as quick and efficient as possible.

Experienced Team

Our team has a long track record of working with bridging finance and have a deep understanding of the sector and in many cases have board level relationships with the funding partners that we work with, meaning that we can often leverage these relationships at the right time.

Development Finance Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much can I borrow with a development finance loan?
    • Development finance loans tend to start from around £150k, up to £200m.
  • How does a development finance loan work?
    • A development finance loan will normally be made up of two distinct parts, the first of these is the purchase loan to buy the site, this is follow up by the development facility which will finance the build costs.
  • When do I need to pay the development finance facility back?
    • Most development finance facilities will roll up the interest, meaning that it is repayable at the end of the term. A development finance facility is normally either paid back by sale of the units which have been built, or alternatively through implementing a refinance facility normally with a term loan. The final option is a development exit loan which enables a developer to have more time to sell their units once the development finance facility has/or is due to expire.
  • How long will it take to obtain funds for my development finance facility?
    • Development finance facilities are normally secured within 4-6 weeks of the initial enquiry.
  • How long can I have a development finance loan for?
    • Development finance loans typically start from a minimum of 12 months, with maximum terms of around 3-5 years depending on the type of facility that is required.
  • What rates can I expect to pay for development finance loans?
    • Development finance facilities generally cost around 6-10% per annum, although they may be more expensive if the developer is seeking a higher loan to value (LTV) or higher loan to cost (LTC), or finally a higher loan to gross development value (LTGDV), plus acceptance fees, plus solicitors fees, plus valuation fees.
Development Funding

Development Finance Explained

Commercial Mortgages Broker Explain Development Finance Facilities in detail.

A development finance loan is normally a relatively short term loan, with normal terms ranging from 12-36 months depending on the size of the construction product. A development finance facility is a type of mortgage, although has some different characteristics.

The lender will underwrite the development facility and they will be evaluating the following elements:

  • Purchase price
  • Gross Development Value – the total value of the site once works have been completed
  • Build costs – the cost of the developer building the proposed development

The lender will then provide terms based upon a loan to gross development value (LTGDV), this is the maximum amount that they will lend against the future value of the site, most lenders will typically go up to 65%-70% LTGDV, i.e. they will lend a maximum amount of 65% of the total future value.

The lender will also consider a couple of different calculations, which include: LTC – the maximum amount that the lender will advance based upon the costs.

The lender will normally appoint a monitoring surveyor, this is paid for by the developer, the monitoring surveyor will visit the site at various points to make sure that the site is being built to acceptable standards and the construction methods being used are acceptable. The monitoring surveyor will ultimately sign-off on releasing funds to the developer once various stages are achieved.

During the development process the lender will normally agree to release capital at a number of different points in the development cycle, these are in brief:

  • Purchase loan used to acquire the site
  • Drawdown of capital once groundworks are completed and the site is “out of the ground”
  • Then the lender will normally agree a schedule of payments, which may be monthly based upon continued progress, there are a few other milestones which the lender will also consider:
    • Weathertight
    • First fix
    • Second fix

The development finance lender will normally take a “first charge” over the development site, this means that if the terms of the loan are breached that the lender will have the right to enforce their charge, meaning that they can ultimately take ownership of the property, much like a mortgage lender can if you do not keep up repayments.

Why use development finance loan?

A development finance loan can enable a developer to build out a development project reducing the amount of capital which they will need to contribute to the scheme. Most development finance lenders will provide indicative terms relatively quickly, with 24-48 hours.

Development finance rates

Development finance rates have reduced over the past few years, depending on the size of the development facility required it is possible to secure development finance facilities from around 6% per annum.

Development Finance Exit

At the beginning of the development finance project the lender will want to understand what the developers exit strategy is. The lender will review the application thoroughly, and have valuations carried out in advance of them lending the funds to the developer. The developer has two real options:

  1. Sell the units.
  2. Refinance the units and retain them.

Types of Development Finance Loans

There are a couple of different types of development finance loans, these include:

  • New build development finance
  • Permitted development development finance

Development Finance Costs

Development Finance Costs will vary depending on the loan to gross development value (LTGDV) that you require, typically the higher the loan amount against the gross development value the higher the cost of funding. Rates typically start at around 6% per annum.

Additional costs that investors and developers need to consider include:

  • Acceptance fees
  • Broker fees
  • Monitoring surveyor fees
  • Exit fees
  • Valuation fees
  • Legal fees

Why Use Commercial Mortgages Broker for Development Finance?

Here we will outline the key reasons for using Commercial Mortgages Broker for Development Finance:
  • Fast indicative terms
  • Prompt decisions and close relationships with lenders
  • Competitive rates of finance
  • Award winning lenders on our panel
  • Highly experienced team
  • We put the right deal to the right lender the first time – we know which lender will finance which transaction

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