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

 

 

 

5 Key Metrics Private Lenders are focused on during the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

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28th April 2020 

 

These are unprecedented times with no one  able to predict the future, prudent lenders are adjusting risk profiles and being selective to only do business with financially stable developers. 

CPC has summarised 5 of the key metrics private lenders are currently focusing on to ensure they are investing in the right projects suitable to the current climate. To ensure you can secure funding for your next project look at these metrics closely and see how your project stacks up.

Metric 1 – DEVELOPER EXPERIENCE

Private lenders want to partner with experienced developers who have cut their teeth on past projects and learnt from their mistakes and experience. They are ready to back project sponsors who can demonstrate its not their first project and have runs on the board.

Metric 2 – PROJECT LOCATION

Middle ring suburbs with median price points, close to the CBD, excellent existing infrastructure (not promised). With foreign buyers are temporarily out of the local market and immigration suspended there is a renewed focus on a local catchment and established suburbs that have had recent gentrification and infrastructure investment. Locations that appeal to families, downsizers, retirees are strongly preferred by lenders.

Metric 3 – PROJECT SIZE

Lenders are spreading risk by project diversification. A loan book with more projects at a lower investment value per project  is much more attractive than a loan book with the same FUM made up of one or two large projects. Smaller boutique style projects make a lot of sense to lenders, less stock to shift, more competitive build environment and generally less project risk. If your project is from 2 to 15 dwellings you are more likely to get funding and your project started sooner.

Metric 4 – DEVELOPER EQUITY

Key loan to value ratios have shifted post COVID-19. Senior debt secured by 1st mortgage remains the focus for quality stable lenders. Generally lenders will require developers to put more equity into projects upfront so a reduction in max LVR from 65% to 55% is GRV has recently occurred and is now the new normal. The lower the LVR to more likely the deal will go ahead. Developers also need to ensure they are not to heavily reliant on cash flow from other project completions.

Metric 5 – PRE SALES

Lenders will typically favour projects that have exiting pre sales purely due to the potential impact of COVID-19 on property prices. A bird in the hand is much better than a forecast  sale price that may need to be revised downwards in 6-12 months time. Having presales also proves to a lender you have a sales process in place that is delivering in these challenging times. Sales revenue remains one of the biggest risks to all projects moving forward.

 

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

 

 

 

Lower LVR’s – The New Normal for Developers

 

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23rd April 2020 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping economies around the globe with the local lending environment for development projects changing rapidly since March.

The property industry has already seen major impacts with lenders passing on riskier projects resulting in a substantial reduction in deal flow. One of the key changes over the last few weeks is the reduction in Loan to Value Ratios (LVR’s).

Lenders are requiring more equity from developers to protect their loan investment. We have seen a general reduction in risk/gearing with increased pricing. There are genuine post COVID deals being done now giving us and our clients the benefit of real time risk and pricing benchmarks.

If you are in the market for project funding there are options available as long as your  project generally sits within the following criteria :- 

  • First mortgage funding only 
  • DA approved projects preferred with minimal planing risk
  • Experienced project sponsors with access to additional equity
  • Loan size $3m to $10m max 
  • Gearing to a maximum of 55% LVR against GRV 
  • Postcodes with no actual (or perceived future) oversupply
  • Purchaser demographic – local owner occupier focused, not reliant on investors 
  • Generally 15 month max loan period 
  • Zero pre-sales still available for smaller projects (2 – 10 dwellings)

Projects that sit outside of the above criteria may find it challenging in the current climate to secure funding. Some of our lenders at the moment are carrying out internal valuations as they reduce reliance on external valuer reports instead relying on their in house lending expertise and committees loan decision making.

CPC has a solid network of reliable private lenders who understand risk and property cycles – they are open for business and adjusting their lending criteria to strengthen their loan book in  this current market cycle. The private lending market for developers remains active in pockets and generally excited by opportunities this dislocation is providing.

 

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.

 

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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Selling your Development Site? 5 Things you should consider…..

 

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September 2017 

Written by David Lovato

More and more developers these days are asking themselves should I sell one (or more) of my sites and consolidate operations? Why would a developer sell their lively hood? Are they in trouble? Are they too stretched? What’s happening to their business?

There are many reasons why a developer may consider selling a site (raw or approved) but they have usually decided to curb expansion plans or had unforeseen delays on existing sites or need to free up capital to complete other projects. If the developer goes about it the wrong way it can greatly tarnish their brand and market perception.

Here are 5 things to consider before listing your development site with an agent:

1. Is there any demand for my site?

If your site is located in an area of future oversupply be prepared to not find a buyer. Banks and private lenders are ruling out funding certain suburbs of Sydney. Limited ability for an incoming developer to obtain finance means your pool of buyers is extremely limited.

2. What’s my pricing strategy? Can I still make money on the site?

If you have purchased a site within the last few years and got a DA approval then you know exactly how much the site owes you.  Site values peaked in 2015 so many sites bought at the peak may not re sell for the same value. You should trying put aside your emotions, agents will always pump up the sale price but talk to valuers and development managers. They know how much a site is worth, you should be ready to accept a fair price. Don’t get greedy or your strategy may backfire.

3. Do I really want to advertise this sale with a major agency?

Signing an agency agreement with one of the big agents is like pulling your pants down. You are exposing your business to speculation that things are not going as planned and you will pay for the privilege. You will be assured of a vast database of buyers (none qualified) and you will run an expensive print and media campaign. A scattergun approach that exposes your business in this delicate situation is not the answer. A targeted and swift off market campaign is a better strategy to keep you divestment plans private, find qualified buyers and free up your capital ASAP.

4. My site is DA approved, it must be worth more?

In todays market more often than not developers are looking for raw sites, the market has peaked and smart developers are looking at sites for the next cycle. Expert developers will have their own brand and strategy and your DA adds no value to the transaction. The time and effort spent on getting the approval has no doubt been considerable but putting emotions aside and seeing it through the buyers eyes will help manage expectations.

5. Understand your buyers financial position

Once your site is for sale you will receive a wide range of offers. Some will be high and others extremely low and opportunistic. You should take a vested interest in reviewing the companies behind all of your offers, you must understand your bidders. It is likely a high bid is from an operator who is willing to pay more to ride out the cycle, the risk is their financial capacity to settle. Most land banking developers will not need finance and they will not pay over the odds – they are probably your underbidders.

 

Written by David Lovato from Crowd Property Capital, CPC is a peer 2 peer platform providing capital funding channels for Australian property development. For more information visit www.crowdpropertycapital.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

Basement and Ground Floor Design

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