Strategies to Fund Real Estate Development Efficiently

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Optimizing Funding Strategies for Cost-Effective Real Estate Developments – Our aim for our developments, when it comes to finance, is to obtain the funding required to complete the project in the most cost-effective way possible. Keeping costs down increases the profitability of the project, which increases our returns to our investors. So, how do we finance our development projects? Each of our projects goes through a two-phase funding process.

The first phase occurs at the beginning of the project to fund land acquisition. The second occurs approximately halfway through the project to fund construction. To understand our funding process, you first need to understand how banks and lenders provide loans. In short, lenders will only provide a loan to a project once, and only up to a certain percentage of the value of the project. Most lenders will only offer loans to a loan-to-value ratio of around 50-80%, and that percentage changes depending on what exactly is being built and what the loan is for.

Strategic Financing: Leveraging Investor Capital for Real Estate Development Success

In general, the larger the size of the project, the lower the percentage that a lender will offer. So, we need to be selective about what we get a loan for, to make sure it’s being used most effectively.A lot of people ask us why we don’t just go to a bank and get a loan rather than raise money from investors. And the simple answer is that we prefer to save the loan for obtaining construction finance.

By using investors’ capital to fund the acquisition of the development, we generally avoid the need to make interest repayments, which would place an extra financial burden on the project’s cash flow. Using investor capital also ensures that there is plenty of equity in the site, which makes it easier for us to obtain construction finance and gives us more options. The reason we don’t use our own operating capital is that by doing so, we would restrict the total number of projects that we can simultaneously undertake, so instead, we opt to obtain this capital from investors.

Maximizing Opportunities and Financing Options in Real Estate Development

This strategy allows us to offer more opportunities across a wider range of projects. Now, there are some situations where we do obtain mortgages. Sometimes the numbers add up, and obtaining a mortgage would be viable – it all depends on the project. But financing a development is more complicated than buying a house, and it’s not as easy as just going to a bank. When the time comes to fund construction, we have two options.

The first option is to obtain a construction loan, and that’s what we do most of the time. Obtaining a loan for construction, as opposed to the land purchase, is ideal because some construction loans are offered with capitalized interest. This means that the interest is paid as a lump sum at the end of the term, rather than in regular installments. Again, not having to make repayments during the project is better for the cash flow of the project. The second option is to also obtain construction funding from investors.

Investors Offer Competitive Financing Options

Normally, a construction loan would be much cheaper, but this isn’t always the case in the wake of COVID. Lenders have become incredibly skittish, and a private lender who was happy to provide construction loans at LVRs up to 80% in the past was now balking at anything over 60%. With some projects, it actually works out that raising from investors costs the same as going to a lender for a construction loan.

In these instances, the financials for the project are the same, all that changes is who receives the interest payments: our investors as opposed to a lender. If we have to pay someone, we’d rather pay it to our clients instead of a bank. Keeping costs down ensures we can continue to achieve high returns for our investors, which is our ultimate goal. If you would like to know more about our investment opportunities, be sure to download our info pack so you can make an informed decision.

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