How Does Property Development Finance Work?

Whether you’re a first-time property developer, a professional landlord or a seasoned property investor, there are a number of different ways to secure the finance you need to complete your first or next property development project.

From commercial mortgages and auction finance, through to first time property development finance, it’s important to determine the right property development finance option for your needs.

If you’re struggling to know where to start when it comes to securing finance for your project, we’ve taken a look at some of the options available to you.

 

First time property development finance

If you’re a first-time property developer looking to purchase your first property, one of the best options for you could be a flexible development mortgage. There are flexible development mortgages specifically for first time private developers, especially for those looking to buy a property with the view to refurbish it to rent it out.

 

Sources of property development finance

Properties at auction tend to be a lot more affordable than those listed on the market, making them a great way to purchase your first or second property. When you purchase a property at auction, you will usually be expected to pay for it within a month of securing the sale. However, some lenders will offer auction finance known as a short-term bridging loan. This means that you can access funds quickly when needed and refinance the house once the work is completed.

If you are interested in developing a private or commercial property, commercial mortgage options will give you the funds to purchase a commercial property such as a shop, warehouse or office.

Of course, it’s not just the price of the property you will need to take into account when securing finance to put towards the purchase of a property development. You should also consider the amount of refurbishment work that is required and whether or not it is a ground-up development.

 

Securing property development finance

At Stewart Hindley, we understand that the right investment is crucial when it comes to acquiring the funds you need for your new property venture. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you to obtain the best option for your financial circumstances.

Is Short Term Finance Right For You?

Many businesses will find themselves in a position where they need to secure additional funds in order to cover expenses or take the next steps in growing their enterprise.

Of course, with finance, it’s important to carefully consider which type is right for you.

Here’s our guide to short term finance which will help to establish whether it’s right for you.

What is short term finance?

Short term finance is any borrowing that is paid back over a shorter period, typically in under one year.

What are the types of short term financing?

The main types of short term finance include:

Merchant cash advances

For companies receiving payments via credit or debit card, merchant cash advance usually relatively easy to secure and quick to fund.

Merchant cash advances are one of the most expensive types of short term finance, with the APR potentially reaching triple figures, depending on total sales each day.

The benefit of this short term funding method is that repayments are directly tied to sales, so if the business has a quiet month, the repayments will be lower in response.

Short term loans

Short term loans are typically less expensive than merchant cash advances. You’ll receive capital from your lender, which you’ll pay off with interest following an agreed schedule – just like a regular loan.

The key difference with a short term loan is that it is paid back over a much shorter period. A further benefit is that funding can usually be provided quickly (sometimes within 24 hours). However, there are also several disadvantages involved in this type of short term lending – you’ll be required to pay the loan back relatively quickly, make frequent payments, and the interest rate will usually be high.

Business line of credit

Business line of credit is one of the most affordable types of short term finance available.

Working in a similar way to a business credit card, if you qualify for a business line of credit, you’ll have access to a line of credit, from which you can pull working capital. You only have to pay back what you spend.

The benefits of business lines of credit is that they typically come with lower APRs than business credit cards, making them a great back up to have on hand ready to cover quieter spells or temporary cash flow issues. This short term finance method can be accessed in as little as one day.

Invoice financing

Invoice financing provides an advance payment for your business’ outstanding invoices.

This is a relatively quick and affordable form of short term finance, allowing with rates of around 3 percent plus 1 percent for each week the invoice remains unpaid. An advance can cover anywhere from 50 – 90 percent of an outstanding invoice. When the customer pays, you’ll receive the remaining amount minus the interest incurred.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of short term finance?

If you’re considering applying for short term finance, it’s important you’re aware of the pros and cons that come with this type of lending.

First, let’s take a look at the advantages of short term finance:

  • Access to quick capital when you need it most
  • Relatively easy to quality for, even with a low credit score or short business history
  • Shorter term means finance typically accumulates less interest

Of course, there are also disadvantages to consider:

  • Higher ARPs
  • Shorter payment terms, which can put strain on small business
  • Frequent payments
  • Arrangement fees and Exit fees may be applicable

Find out more

With extensive market knowledge, we’re experts when it comes to short term finance for businesses. To find out more about short term finance, the options available, and whether short term financing is right for you, please get in touch.