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Financing is vital to development projects, with a multitude of lenders to choose between. The right lending needs to be competitive, profitable, and structured around your timescales - which is why using an experienced broker is essential.

Whole-of-market brokers are independent and can recommend the lenders best suited to your development project, with negotiating power to ensure you get the most favourable deal possible.

For more advice and guidance about development finance, contact the Revolution Finance Brokers team at or give us a call on 0330 304 3040.

How is Development Finance Different from a Mortgage?

The key difference between a residential mortgage and development finance is the duration. A typical residential mortgage runs for around a 25-year term, whereas development finance tends to be for between three months and three years.

When applying, the most significant factor is your exit strategy - i.e. how you will repay the loan at the end of the term.

In development finance, the exit strategy is usually the sale of the development when work is complete, or remortgaging to pay back the short-term loan.

The more secure your exit strategy, the better a deal you will be able to negotiate.

Which Lenders Offer Residential Development Finance?

Residential development lending isn't quite the same as for commercial developments. In many cases, it is wiser to opt for a self-build mortgage.

However, the right form of lending depends on your circumstances and the details of the development project, so it is always crucial to consult an expert broker for independent advice.

Why is it Important to Compare Development Finance Providers?

Every lender has different rates, terms, criteria and products. The Revolution team often works with clients who have been turned down for development finance simply because they have applied to the wrong lender.

Using a non-competitive loan can severely impact the profitability of your development, and cost thousands of pounds in additional interest and lending fees.

The Revolution team are experts in development finance, and use our experience to leverage outstanding deals tailored to your borrowing requirements.

How Can I Choose the Best Development Finance Lender?

To ensure you apply to the right provider, and get the best deal, you need to understand the eligibility criteria of the lender. This enables you to short-list lenders who are likely to approve your application.

Some of the most common requirements include:

  • Having prior experience in property development.
  • Proof of a viable exit strategy to repay the loan at the end of the term.
  • Clean credit history - although specialist lenders can offer bad credit development finance.
  • Building plans, including material specifications and detailed budgets.
  • A deposit of around 30% as a typical minimum for the land purchase. Most lenders will finance about 70-75% of the initial cost, and 100% of the build cost.
  • Alternative security - such as in another development or property - if you don't have a sufficient deposit.

Is Development Experience Vital in Applying for Development Finance?

No, it isn't vital - but it is an advantage.

If you have prior experience in development, you can apply to a broader number of lenders. Mainstream lenders can turn down new developers on these criteria, but a broker can identify lenders who are happy to consider applications from first-time developers.

Should you be seeking development finance for your first project, give the Revolution team a call on 0330 304 3040.

Will Development Finance Providers Consider Unusual Circumstances?

It depends on who you apply to. If you fall outside of any of the 'standard' criteria, it can be trickier getting an offer from a high-street lender.

For example, being self-employed or having an adverse credit history means you have a much better chance of approval working with a broker who can negotiate with niche lenders on your behalf.

Can Specialist Brokers Help Me Apply to the Best Development Finance Provider?

Indeed they can - the key is to know the lenders, and which ones are best suited to your development finance needs.

Revolution works with lenders who can offer development finance in the form of:

  • Self-employed development finance
  • Bad credit mortgages
  • Buy to let investment lending
  • Unusual property development loans

It can be easy to feel disheartened if you have been rejected for lending because your circumstances fall outside of the norm. However, by working with a broker who knows and understands the development finance market, you have a great chance of finding the lending you need.

Which are the Best UK Development Finance Lenders?

The best lender for you depends on your development plans, how much you wish to borrow, and your circumstances.

For example, if you have a decent deposit and a clear credit history, you might get the best rates with Lender A.

However, a developer with a smaller deposit or credit issues might be turned down, and be far better off applying to Lender B who offers niche lending.

Below we have listed some of the most well known UK development finance lenders and a summary of their lending terms.

BLG Development Finance

Tend to be reasonably flexible with criteria, but terms and rates are difficult to find without using a broker. It is advisable to work with an advisor to avoid making unsuccessful applications that may impact your credit rating.

Halifax Development Lending

Offer development lending up to 90% of the total budgeted costs, although this can be lower depending on other criteria.

HSBC Property Development Loans

Require high deposit values, with strict requirements on applications, often needing a 40% down payment before making an offer to lend.

How Can I Access the Cheapest Development Finance Rates?

Rates vary significantly across the market and can change quickly. If you have found a great deal but aren't yet ready to proceed, or want to make sure there aren't better rates out there, give the Revolution team a ring, and we will advise whether more competitive terms are available.

It can be time-consuming and challenging to make direct comparisons with different terms, charges, fee structures and repayment rates.

Revolution Brokers complete this task on your behalf, eliminating lenders who we know would reject your application to save time, money and stress.

We work with a broad range of mainstream and niche lenders, with whole-of-market access enabling us to recommend any provider we think is a good fit.

Lenders include:

  • 1st Gretol development loans
  • Aldermore development financing
  • Close Brothers development borrowing
  • Funding Circle lending
  • Lloyds development finance
  • Nationwide development loans
  • NatWest development funding

Where Can I Find Advice With Choosing a Development Finance Lender?

The best option is to contact an expert who will run through your development plans and recommend the best course of action.

Our consultants will work with you to consider:

  • Whether development financing is the best option. In some cases, a bridging loan might be more cost-effective, depending on your plans.
  • The expected duration and scope of the development project.
  • How your finances will impact affordability, and therefore how much you can borrow.
  • What terms and rates offer the best deal, including early repayment clauses, interest rate changes and contractual terms.
  • Which lenders offer the most competitive rates for the lending you require.
  • Other costs to budget for, including surveyor costs, which can be £1,000 and above for each site inspection.

Expert Advice with Development Finance Applications

If you are interested in reviewing your development finance options or want to compare the best deals on the UK lending market, give the Revolution Finance team a call.

We are available on 0330 304 3040 or via email at

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