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Development finance carries a variety of costs, and you need to know what profit you stand to make before you consider putting together an application.

Here, we explore what factors will impact your investment returns and how to evaluate the viability of the project before you invest any time.

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The following topics are covered below:

What Size of Property Development is Most Suited to Development Finance?

How Many Developments are You Anticipating Managing at Once?

How to Improve the Profitability on your Property Developments

What Size of Property Development is Most Suited to Development Finance?

Firstly, you need to know what sort of scale you're looking at. Development finance can help fund a much larger project than you'd be able to finance independently.

Most lenders require low deposit values. They will lend up to 77.5% of the GDV (the estimated project value once work is completed), and up to 70% of the initial investment to purchase the land or property.

Development finance is an excellent option for vast construction projects that can't be funded with different products.

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How Many Developments are You Anticipating Managing at Once?

Developers who aren't using any finance will need to invest most - or all - of their savings and assets into one development.

You'll need the cash for the land purchase, the build costs, and all the associated fees until the construction is finished and the property can be sold.

In most cases, that means being able to finance one development at a time.

Development finance means that developers can look to complete multiple developments at a time, and not rely on investing all of their savings into one property - which is a much higher risk scenario.

How to Improve the Profitability on your Property Developments

The return on investment (ROI) is critical - you need to be making a profit to invest time and money into developing a property.

ROI on developments with substantial financing are much higher than independently financed projects. As an illustration, here are two projects constructed by a recent client; one before working with Revolution Brokers, and one funded with our help:


Independently financed

Financed with Revolution

Total investment - land purchase and build cost



GDV - property value once work is complete



Cash invested by the developer



Total loan value taken out



The total cost of the financing



Project profit



Return on investment



This shows that, by investing £3.248 million, the developer made a 56.4% return, against a massive personal investment.

By investing a much smaller value of £650,465, and using development finance, they achieved a 249% return - and could finance multiple projects simultaneously.

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