CPC’s Non Bank Development Funding Guide 2019 – Rates and Jargon Explained

 

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 There are now numerous non-bank funding options available to developers and no shortage of lenders ready to deploy capital into quality projects with sound fundamentals. The sector has matured over the last 2-3 years but there are many pitfalls (and a lot of jargon which we explain in the guide) to navigate. 

This guide looks to inform and assist developers considering non bank options for their projects. 

DOWNLOAD CPC’s NON BANK FUNDING GUIDE 2019

 

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 Our mission is to provide a 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.

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.

Developing Property in 2019? 5 Key Headwinds – What you need to know in this market

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As we move forward into a new year strong headwinds have emerged for developers on many fronts, here are 5 key issues if you are considering developing in 2019.
  1. Development finance – availability and costs
  2. Planning delays
  3. Lack of qualifying Pre-Sales
  4. Price stagnation
  5. Construction Cost Increases

Development Finance

Reset your Project Feasibility and be more pessimistic

The lending environment has changed with banks exiting and private lenders emerging. If your current feaso assumes low-interest rates and optimistic timelines do yourself a favour and bite the bullet.

Smarter developers are allowing higher finance costs and factoring of common delays to reach you project milestones (e.g increased presales timeframes and push back of construction start dates).

Forget working with the major banks they may offer a good headline rate but will at some stage move the goalposts on you causing further delays and impact on your bottom line.

Revise your feaso to be more pessimistic, its no time for optimism your only kidding yourself.

Planning Delays

Steer clear of sites with rezoning and infrastructure risk

If you are a small to mid-sized developer right now you should avoid developing sites that require rezonings or significant developer (or government) contributions towards key infrastructure.

Governments are constantly in flux and key service providers (e.g Sydney Water, RMS) are inefficient and disinterested in your infrastructure problems. Many government announcements are made for political reasons but not all projects are funded and virtually none get delivered on time.

Focusing on areas that don’t rely on rezonings or major infrastructure will provide you with tangible outcomes.

Lack of Qualifying Presales

Where have all the buyers gone?

Smaller boutique projects in established locations will be well positioned into 2019.

Presales are a numbers game, smaller projects mean less required for finance approval. With banks tightening their criteria for construction funding qualifying presales are taking longer to achieve.

Private lenders who understand property are now gaining market share by offering competitive interest rates and lower presales (some offer construction funding with zero presales). Privates will work with you to ensure your project revenues are not capped and will allow flexibility if market conditions keep changing.

You may have to pay private lenders higher interest rates but getting your project under construction on reasonable terms will give you more options at completion. You should see your lender as a project partner at all stages of the development journey.

Pricing Stagnation

Know your market reset expectations and be cautious 

Momentum continues to slow in Sydney as the market reaches balance. Recent sales indicate prices are flattening out and falling in pockets of oversupply. A soft landing is forecast in Sydney, however, developers should be cautious in the pricing of unsold stock.

Allow in your feaso for contingencies such as incentives, increased sell down periods and completed stock holding costs. If you rate of sale has slowed or stopped altogether your price point needs review.

Construction Costs

The only way is up

In Sydney year on year tender inflation is  +4.5% this equates to a +25% increase in building costs over the last 5 years. This is a big risk to your projects quality and feasibility. Be wary of builders who are providing you with seemingly cheap pricing – do your research on their track record and financial stability prior to signing a contract.

If you are unsure about the construction costs in your market engage a QS to provide you with high-level current cost information so you can have a better idea of pricing expectations prior to design finalisation and tender stage.

 

 

About CPC

 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.

Planning Alert NSW – Back down on Housing Affordability as 47 Council areas fail to introduce Low Rise Housing Legislation

 

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NSW Planning Update

Legislation designed to allow developers clarity around low rise housing has spectacularly failed to deliver in 47 LGA’s – providing a major blow to housing affordability in Sydney.

Sydney needs 41,250 new homes each year over the next 20 years. This move will impact supply resulting in more people continuing to be priced out of Sydney.

The state governments back down to allow local government’s further time to assess the impacts of the New Medium Density Housing Code is yet another example of the lack of cohesion between the local and state government departments. 

The perfect storm of planning approval delays, lack of planning certainty and tightening credit markets are all impacting developers bottom line feasibilities and profits. These all add up to challenging times in the development space.

What you need to know

The below is a list of LGA’s with and without deferral for further information click here

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The benefits of the new Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code include:

  • increasing the supply of housing across NSW, especially in Sydney, which will help improve housing affordability;
  • better meet the needs of our changing population by providing a broader range of housing options to suit different lifestyle needs;
  • help to maintain the local character of neighbourhoods with a storey height limit. This will ensure the size and scale of development will fit into established streetscapes and new release areas; and
  • ensure a consistent approach to the good design of medium density housing across NSW.

 

Contact CPC to better understand the full development potential of your site to maximise the value of your asset. Email: info@crowdpropertycapital.com.au

Private Lending – The Future of Development Finance


cpc-logo  March 2018

Rates from 7.5% p.a*
Flexible Presale Terms
LVR 65% on completion

As we move well into 2018 significant trends that align both investors and developers are emerging in the private lending space.

Private lenders entered the market in a big way last year, they were seen as the expensive option of last resort. This is now changing as the private lending market is taking a bigger share of overall development funding.

Why go private? The many benefits include flexibility with LTV ratios, lower presales hurdles and flexible repayment terms. Speed to settlement and funding decisions are made on the spot and can be relied upon.

Most developers have recently been hit with a perfect storm of events. Whether it’s lack of funding to settle sites under option or construction stage most developers are experiencing restrictive levels of developer equity. The realities are starting to bite.

Presales are slow, site holding costs are eating into profits and construction costs continue to rise.

Many developers have been forced by the banks to lower pricing on off the plan sales to reach high presales hurdles. This results in project revenue becoming capped in turn damaging bottom line profits.

Savvy developers are benefiting in many ways from these less onerous private funding channels.

Privates are becoming true business partners who will likely back not just their current project but also their future pipeline.

CPC provides developer advisory services to determine our clients short and long-term funding needs. We are connecting investors and developers with cost-effective opportunities that weren’t around months ago.

See below for our latest offerings and contact us today to discuss private lending options if you want to get your project ahead of the curve.

Contact – David Lovato
M +61 434 932 634
E: dlovato@crowdpropertycapital.com.au
W: www.crowdpropertycapital.com.au
* Rates will vary depending on the projects location, stage of development and private lenders appetite for risk.

Planning Alert NSW – S96 Submission will now be a S4.55 Modification


cpc-logo  March 2018

NSW Planning Update

Legislation regarding the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 has introduced a major change to the numbering of sections. From March 1st, 2018 terminology has changed – below is a cheat sheet of updates 

For Example 

  • A S96 Modification has become a S4.55 Submission
  • An S94 Contribution has become s S7.11 Contribution

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Contact CPC to better understand the full development potential of your site to maximise the value of your asset. Email: info@crowdpropertycapital.com.au