CPC Secures Development Funding in Melbourne’s Brunswick West

 

 

 

 

15th June 2020 

CPC recently secured a $3.6m acquisition and construction facility for a boutique townhouse site in Brunswick West.

This deal had numerous challenges. 

CPC managed to obtain for our client a single facility without any pre-sales or a building contract in place. This allowed the developer to reduce risk around timing and focus pre-sales during construction.  

The boutique size of this project being 6 inner city edgy townhouses was a big plus for this lender.

 

Deal Metrics

  • Facility Limit $3.6m – As complete 70% LVR
  • DA Approved 6 Townhouses mix of 2 and 3 bed
  • Zero Pre Sales
  • Interest rate 6.5%
  • Line Fee 3.45%
  • Term 15 months

Our client exchanged on the site in February 2020 prior to COVID and needed to settle the site in May 2020. We agreed with our lender a single facility. The key challenge was to achieve a panel approved valuation that looked beyond current market conditions and forecast sale prices over the coming year.

By ensuring the valuer only looked at direct comparable sales on premium surrounding stock the “as complete” valuation came in at similar levels to original assumptions made by our client earlier in the year. This was critical to ensure developer equity and stock pricing was maintained despite no pre-sales in place.

Despite the high LVR (70%) our lender committed to construction funding at site settlement stage and closed the deal confident the recent COVID disruption will not have a material impact on the successful completion of the project.

With a 15 month time frame this deal has substantially de risked this project for our client and now  allows focus on maximising sales revenue during construction.

 

ABOUT CPC’s SERVICES

CPC provides a valuable service to developers by working with you up front to understand your project and development objectives.

Our network of lenders deeply understand risk and property cycles – they are open for business and adjusting their lending criteria to strengthen their loan quality book in  this current market cycle.

To confidentially discuss your bespoke funding solution contact us today on email info@crowdpropertycapital.com.au or phone +61 434 932 634

 

 

 

FOR SALE OR LEASE 3028M2 DA APPROVED INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT -MARRICKVILLE

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Asset for sale or lease

 

This asset offers the kind of prestige amenity not previously seen in a Marrickville industrial development. Floor-to-ceiling windows in this impressive north facing street front building offers abundant natural light and pleasant open plan work areas.

Construction is due to commence Q12019 this asset would suit property groups looking for a long term quality asset in an extremely popular area of Marrickville. Contact us on the form below for pricing and a detailed IM.

Property Features

  • DA approved 5 level Building with basement parking
  • GBA (excluding parking) 3,128sqm
  • Site Area 2,039sqm
  • 27 Secure Basement Spaces & 13 Grade level parking spaces
  • Generous outdoor spaces
  • 400m to Marrickville Metro
  • 800m to Sydenham Station
  • Construction due to commence March 2019

For additional information request the investment IM below

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Understanding the true development potential of your vendors property

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In real estate sales vendors are relying on the exclusive agents’ ability to understand their properties  “highest and best use” – in a tough market even more so.
 
Historically local agents have shied away from researching and fully understanding planning controls such as site FSR, height limits and permitted uses under current zonings. This should be part of any agents core skill set, providing additional services around town planning and development to better assist their vendor is key in adding value.
 
A few years ago I enquired with a local agent about a prime dual fronted site in an exclusive beachside suburb of Sydney. The agent didn’t even mention the redevelopment potential of the block even though a few doors up the exact same sized block was under construction to build a duplex. This agent didn’t take the time to research his listing to its full extent, not fully marketing to developers really sold the listing short.
 
Agents need to ensure the best outcome for their vendors and fully understand and actively market the development potential of their listing if applicable. Simply placing STCA on your signboard should only be the start of your marketing plan to developers.
 
Attending local community events on potential rezonings, understanding the local LEP and DCP controls and having a good understanding of state government’s mandated growth areas will ensure you can advise your vendor of the potential current and long term value of their asset.

Having a go-to town planner that can look at your listing and provide you with a quick planning overview is also a great way to ensure you haven’t missed anything.

 

Your vendor will appreciate you explaining all of their options and providing them with as much information as possible so they can make informed decisions. You may be able to assist them with a short term equity release solution to allow them to hold their asset until the market improves.

If your vendor is open to development upside risk you could discuss the strategy of selling the site with DA approval. An alternate strategy could be to examine the “optioning up” of the property to a developer which could maximise the sale price in today’s market.

You can be sure they will appreciate your advice given you have demonstrated you haven’t just gone for the hard sell option.

 

Our mission is to provide greater opportunity to property industry stakeholders through financial technology. Our platform links like-minded property investors, developers and financial professionals allowing superior networking and business reach resulting in better deals. Contact CPC to better understand the full development potential of your site to maximise the value of your asset.

1st Mortgage Debt Deal Southern Sydney Development Site

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15th December 2017

A registered first mortgage funding opportunity exists to fund a development project 11kms south of the Sydney CBD.

This opportunity is lead by highly experienced property development executives who are able to better assess risks and provide funding on loans with Loan To Value (LTV) ratios and Covenants that are reflective of the specific projects risk profile. The maximum LTV on this loan is 42% secured via first mortgage.

The developer has acquired the site for $26.5M in 2016 (100% equity funded). The total required facility of $11M is secured against the existing five lots. The maximum LVR is assumed to be 42% (subject to valuation).

The development is a 6,000m2 site yielding 168 apartments and is located 11km from the Sydney CBD. The site is 350m from the train station and 2km from Sydney Airport.

The exit strategy for this loan is the developer completing his current project in another suburb of Sydney. The developer has a solid track record of delivering apartment projects in Sydney (2012-2016 delivered 480 units over 5 projects, GDV $213M).

The minimum investment is $1.1M and interest is 10% paid monthly in arrears. This opportunity is open for a limited time only, further details are below.

 

INVESTMENT DETAILS*

Loan Facilty Type Registered 1st Mortgage
Interest Rate (investor) 10% per annum
Total Loan $11M
Minimum Investment $1.1M
Loan Term 12 Month Facilty from settlement date
Max Loan to Value (LTV) 42% (subject to valuation)
Targeted Financial Close Settlement occurred 1st September 2017

WHO CAN INVEST?

  • An investment of $1,100,000 or more by any Australian resident or non-resident.
  • Any business that is not considered a small business (less than 20 people)
  • Professional & sophisticated investors
  • An Australian financial services licensee
  • A body regulated by APRA include banks, building societies, credit unions, and life and general insurers.
  • A trustee of a superannuation fund
  • An approved deposit fund,
  • A pooled superannuation scheme
  • A listed entity, or a related body corporate of a listed entity.

To obtain further an Information Memorandum (IM) for this investment please contact dlovato@crowdpropertycapital.com.au  or ph. 0434 932 634. *Refer to IM for additional information.

 

Australian Marketplace Lending Surges to $300m in 2017

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14th December 2017

Marketplace lending provides a source of funds to consumers or businesses made possible via financial technology.

The ability to provide funding though non traditional channels allows businesses owners and consumers to access new forms of capital that weren’t accessible a few years ago.

So just how popular is marketplace lending? The growth of this alternative lending sector continues as more investors understand the risks and feel comfortable dealing with online marketplaces. 

ASIC recently published its findings on the growth of online platforms, the regulator plays a major role, ASIC annually provides a marketplace lending survey.

This survey now in its 2nd year  found:-

  • Total amount borrowed on lending platforms reached $300m last financial year
  • The number of retail investors using the platforms has increased from 2664 users to 6851 users in the last 12 months
  • The average reported default rate was 2.2%
  • Loan origination fees remains the primary source of revenue for marketplace lenders.

For further information on the survey and findings click HERE.

 

 

Australia Surges in P2P Balance Sheet Lending

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24th September 2017

New research showing Australia has risen to become the second largest alternative finance market in the Asia Pacific sends a strong signal to the world about the underlying strength of Australia’s fintech and business environment.

Findings from a joint study by KPMG, the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and the Australian Centre for Financial Studies, released today, reveals that Australia’s alternative finance market size grew by 53 per cent from 2015 to 2016 and has now reached US$609.6 million.

According to the Second Asia Pacific Alternative Finance Industry Report, Australia has leap-frogged Japan to become the second largest alternative lending market (behind China) across the Asia-Pacific.

FinTech Australia CEO Danielle Szetho said the report’s findings showed how the Australian fintech industry – in areas such as invoice financing, balance sheet lending, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding – was servicing the nation’s strong economy and the needs of growing small and medium-sized businesses.

“The demand for our products and services is strong and our fintech lenders are rising to the challenge. This broad-based reports showcases the cumulative efforts of government and regulatory bodies like the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to support the accelerating momentum behind alternative finance in Australia,” Ms Szetho said.

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The new Chinese investors about to make Australian foray

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Written by Michael Cranston, AFR July 2017

 

At least 10 Chinese investors and developers who are yet to make their mark on Australia’s property scene are preparing to make an entry despite a recent slowdown in corporate activity driven by China’s upcoming National Congress and tougher foreign investment restrictions imposed by Chinese regulators.

New federal and state taxes on foreign buyers and tighter lending restrictions have also created negative sentiment for potential Chinese developers and investors. However, JLL’s head of China desk, Michael Zhang, said many Chinese real estate companies were still very serious about investing here.

“Australia continues to be a major investment destination for Chinese capital and many Chinese real estate companies are serious about having some footprint in Australia,” Mr Zhang said.

In a report called The Future of Chinese Residential Developers in Australia, JLL conducted analysis into the 10 largest residential developers yet to enter the Australian market.

 

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Among the top 10 are Hong Kong-based Sun Hung Kai with a market capitalisation of $56 billion and Henderson Land, which recently paid a record $4 billion for a car park in Hong Kong. Other names include Evergrande and transportation business China Merchants Group.

“Some of the Chinese residential developers on this list are already showing interest in the Australian market or are involved in Australian industries outside of the residential real estate sector,” JLL senior analyst for residential research in Sydney and author of the report, Vince De Zoysa, said.

“We have already seen some of these firms enter Australia through other industries, in particular infrastructure. This allows them to establish a local presence in Australia in their core industry before moving up the risk and reward curve into residential development.”

A key driver for these developers will be the health of the foreign retail buyer market for new apartments in Australia. The federal budget changed the rules so that developers selling new multi-storey dwellings are now capped at vending 50 per cent of the total development to overseas buyers. Foreign owners will also start to incur a capital gains tax of 12.5 per cent when selling their main residential asset.

Interest from China remains high

“Despite increased taxes, tighter lending measures on development finance and limited availability of senior debt to overseas developers, the level of interest remains high for Chinese developers,” Mr Zhang said.

While Juwai.com has recently forecast Chinese buyers to spend $104.5 billion on global property this year, a significant fall from last year’s record high of $133.7 billion, Mr Zhang said that was not representative of a new wave of Chinese developers and investors.

“Australia continues to be a major investment destination for Chinese capital,” he said. “Australia’s average deal size is smaller than that of the US and the UK, which makes investing here accessible to investors of all sizes.

“Increasingly Chinese developers are seeking ready-to-go opportunities with existing DA or planning outcomes, thereby minimising planning risk and bringing clarity on project life cycle.”

Chinese corporate activity has slowed recently as a result of the upcoming 19th National Congress to be held in October. The tougher foreign investment restrictions imposed by Chinese regulators on $US1 billion-plus deals are still in place.

Peer 2 Peer (P2P) Lending – 5 Things you should know before investing

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June 2017

P2P lending is the practice of lending money to businesses through online services that match lenders with borrowers. 

As we move into the second half of 2017 more property developers are having to turn to P2P lenders as their access to traditional forms of capital is tightening. 

The major banks are extending less credit to property developers, as a result credit is drying up to many development companies who are turning to these P2P funding channels – usually at higher interest rates.

Investors now have a wide range of options to obtain higher yields via participating in these loans but sorting the out the good deals from the bad is not easy as these investments are unregulated and carry substantial risks.

We take a look at 5  key things you should know about P2P lending before making any investment decisions:

 

  1. Don’t chase exceedingly high returns

 

If a debt offering is returning over 25% and is a “mezzanine style” deal chances are its extremely risky. A developer may have no options other than paying high rates like these over short periods but these deals are highly leveraged and need greater due diligence.

Bottom Line – Avoid deals that promise high rates of return, they are extremely risky and you may lose your capital.

 

  1. Know your investment timeframe

P2P lending allows developers to use your funds to grow their business by providing capital to buy new sites or pay their bills on existing sites.  

You generally won’t have the option of getting your funds back prior to the expiration of the agreed loan period. Most developers will need these funds for 12-24 months or longer until they complete their projects.

Be prepared for extended loan periods as projects encounter delays such as wet weather or underestimating the time to completion.

Bottom Line – Understand what project you are investing in and the agreed timeframes for your investment returns. 

 

  1. Investment Security 

 

Just like the major banks, P2P investors should be looking at security in the underlying asset to protecting their investment.

Lending on a first mortgage basis is the safest way to ensure your investment is protected. If a developer defaults on your principle or interest repayments you still have the benefit of first mortgage security. This puts your investment in a strong position as you have underlying ownership of the land. 

Bottom line – First Mortgage investment provides investment security. 

 

  1. Research the developer

Like the stock market, investors need to do some research. You need to understand the basics of a property market and drivers of economic development. How much of a track record does this developer (your borrower) really have?

Where is the project located? Is it close to new government infrastructure? Is there a need for housing, education, healthcare or retail services in that particular area?  

Does the developer have a proven development team with delivery experience on completed projects? Who is their preferred builder? What is the builder’s experience?

Bottom Line – You should ask all these questions prior to investing.

 

  1. Deal with reputable P2P lenders

Your best chance of a good initial (and repeat) experience in P2P lending is to do your research. The quality of the offerings (not quantity) is key. Online operators should have a local presence which is regulated by ASIC.

Bottom Line – There should always be someone you can talk to on any P2P website. Pick up the phone, make contact and get to know who you’re dealing with, you will soon find out if they know what they’re talking about.

 

About Crowd Property Capital: CPC is a modern property marketplace fueling a shift into the world that’s less dependent on the traditional incumbents and middle-men. For further information on P2P lending contact David Lovato on +61434932634  or visit https://crowdpropertycapital.com.au

25 Glasgow Avenue Bondi Beach – Unique Raw Development Site Opportunity

25 Glasgow Avenue is for sale by auction 8th April 2017

25 Glasgow Avenue is for sale by auction 8th April 2017

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A development site with the opportunity to build two executive residences (STCA) is for sale by auction on 8th April 2017. 

Located in the heart of Bondi Beach moments to the sand, surf, boutique shopping, and cafe precincts the property offers investors a solid value proposition.

Key investor information

  • Existing 3 Bedroom house on a 418m2 parcel with 18m frontage.
  • Raw development potential for two executive residences with car parking, extensive landscaping and plunge pool (STCA).
  • Strong rental yields post-acquisition, highly rentable existing 3 bed residence moments from the beach.
  • DA precedent for dual occupation design based on neighboring properties.

Whether your objective is to develop to sell both dwellings or live in one and sell the other this is a compelling investment opportunity.

The below information provides a concept design that has been produced in consideration of existing planning controls.

An artists Impression of the possible redevelopment of 25 Glasgow Ave Bondi Beach (STCA)

An artists Impression of the possible redevelopment of 25 Glasgow Ave Bondi Beach (STCA)

 

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Basement and Ground Floor Design

The concept design allows off street parking for two cars, generous open plan living areas combined with a spacious outdoor rear deck area, plunge pool, and outdoor shower area. The front study could also be used as a 5th Bedroom.

The upper level design includes generous sized bedrooms and an attic level.

The first floor and an attic level.

The first floor consists of three well-proportioned bedrooms, the master and rear bedroom have their own private balcony. Functional use of the roof has allowed a large 4th bedroom or teenage retreat in the attic space.  

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The above table summarises the proposed design based on the current planning controls of Waverley Council.

For further due diligence information on this property:

Email  dlovato@crowdpropertycapital.com.au 

Phone +61 434 932 634

Disclaimer: No enquiries have been made with Waverley Council regarding the suitability or acceptance of this  or any potential Development Approval. While much care has been taken to ensure that the data presented is accurate investors should make their own enquiries. This information should not be relied upon for valuation purposes.

Existing property at 25 Glasgow Ave Bondi Beach

Existing property at 25 Glasgow Ave Bondi Beach

 

3 Industries Being Disrupted by Crowdfunding

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March 2017 Written By: Andrew Medal – Entreprener.com

Crowdfunding is rearranging the way that entrepreneurs finance their creative endeavors, whether they’re artists or engineers. From bringing startups a needed capital boost to getting students money to go to college, crowdfunding seems to be creating opportunity in almost everything.

More and more investors are noticing the clear-cut advantages offered by crowdfunding platforms, and it’s no surprise that they are rushing to claim their piece of the pie. In 2015, it was estimated that more than $34 billion was put into crowdfunding efforts.

At its current growth rate, the crowdfunding industry is multiplying in size every year. It’s trickling into several types of funding models (donation, equity and lending) and an array of industries (education, medical care and corporate finance). Whether willing or not, the majority of industry markets will be facing a major disruption in how capital is moved throughout the economy.

Here are the top three industries the crowdfunding sphere is set to disrupt and why:

1. Corporate finance: From software to farm equipment

Each year, U.S. companies invest in leased tools that range from software to construction equipment. As crowdfunding persists in its growth, the companies who lease utilities as a part of their businesses will have to engage with the crowdfunding sphere. The companies that embrace crowdfunding early will rake in the benefits of accessing small businesses that flock to it as a tool.

Large finance organizations can use it as a catalyst for gaining small businesses who seek to harness leased products that are tailored to them specifically. What’s more, the lower cost credit of the products they offer will appeal more to businesses that pay sky-high APRs.

For leaseholders of larger equipment, crowdfunding platforms will allow leaseholders such as farmers to finance crops and equipment from other farmers and associates. It’s in this way that their crowdfunding platforms will provide communities with better access financing.

2. Real estate: From housing to business establishments

For the real estate market, crowdfunding presents a huge solution. Before crowdfunding, closing an actual real-estate deal required back and forth passing and signing of documents among lawyers. Beyond being slow, the process often added up to thousands of dollars in legal fees. Crowdfunding allows businesses of all sizes to bypass the monotonous process and dodge expenses. What’s more, real-estate crowdfunding allows potential investors access to a wider array of deals.

Mark Suleman, the founder of real estate crowdfunding platform Macrocrowd, sees the benefits of this type of access firsthand. “I always hear from clients about how they struggled to access the right people and resources while looking for real estate investments abroad,” he explains. “But by getting on board with crowdfunding, though I can’t speak for other platforms, they’re able to access quality investments into institutional real estate — globally.”

It’s not just accessibility that’s grabbing the attention of venture capital dollars. Today’s internet-reliant consumer is well beyond acquainted with making investments online. Users are becoming more and more comfortable with putting their money into crowdfunded sites. For real estate businesses who get their hands into crowdfunding, this means access to a whole new crowd of their own.

3. Consumer lending: Cars and home appliances

While banks have backed away from lending consumer and small business with credit, peer-to-peer crowdfunding platforms are leaning in. As big banks begin to take themselves out of the equation, institutional and professional investors will begin to swoop in and sign up for them too.

For financial institutions, this means learning to leverage a crowd’s interest to inform their lending offers. As the trend continues, new crowdfunding platforms will pop up to cater to specific lending verticals. Imagine a crowdfunding space where consumers can get loans for anything related to transportation or kitchen appliances. In this way, brands will be able to save on financing costs while gaining on capital returns.