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Buying, Renovating & Selling (or Letting)
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Refinance & Exit Finance
Finance Rates from
1 - 18 months
Rates up to 80% LTV net
As at 1st Feb 2023
Finance Rates from
Up to 60 months
Rates up to 70% of GDV
As at 1st Feb 2023
Finance Rates from
1 to 18 months
Rates up to 80% LTV net
As at 1st Feb 2023
Development exit finance is a type of bridging loan for property developers mid-way through their development project to potentially save costs and maximise their profit opportunity.
Development finance is sourced to fund an entire project, so it can be more expensive because there’s a greater risk to the lender at the start.
This is where development exit finance comes in – a cheaper alternative to switch to once you’ve completed the bulk of your project (e.g., your property or properties are wind and watertight), as there is lower risk for your lender, meaning better rates.
Development exit finance works by repaying your existing development loan with a cheaper exit loan. Your exit finance is calculated on the basis that you’ve already completed the majority of your project – less risk for your lender, so a cheaper rate.
Repaying your existing finance usually means you stop paying interest immediately on your previous loan, as development loans typically charge interest on a monthly basis.
This means you get savings straight away, and you get added flexibility for your project and more time to sell, ensuring you realise your development’s full value.
There are 3 main reasons to use development exit finance.
To save money while your property sells
If you’ve developed a bespoke property that may take a while to sell (particularly relevant for high value projects), you’ll want to be paying the lowest rate possible while it’s on the market. Development exit finance will provide this for you and could also be used to raise additional funds to market the property.
If your property won’t sell in time
If it’s looking unlikely that your property will complete and sell before the end of your loan term, you won’t want to drop the price for a rushed sale just to repay your finance.
Development exit finance gives you the flexibility and affordability finish your project to your desired standards if you are yet to complete, and ensure you realise its full value.
To fund your next development project
If you’re moving straight on to a new development project, you can realise the capital from your completed development and invest the funds into your new project straight away.
Development exit finance is structured in the same way as most other bridging loans and development loans, so you’ll probably be familiar with the costs. But here’s a recap:
Your lender’s arrangement or facility fee – typically 2%
Your loan drawdown or admin fee – usually around £295
Redemption fee on your existing loan – usually around £120
For more information, we have a full guide to bridging loan costs.
The final (and biggest) cost is the interest rate…
The exact interest rat you’ll get for your development exit loan will depend on your case. But generally, you’ll often pay a lower rate than you would for ‘ground up’ development finance, or the finance you’ve taken out at the beginning of your project.
At Clifton PF, we can source market leading development exit finance interest rates from as low as 0.49%.
Our bridging loan calculator can help give you an indicative quote for your project.
You can generally borrow anywhere between £100,000 and £25m through development exit finance.
There are a few key factors that determine the exact amount, and these factors vary depending on the type of project you’re developing.
For some refurbishment projects, we can source funding for up to 90% gross LTV.
Yes, you can.
Generally, your options are more limited as a first time developer or inexperienced developer.
However, we work with lenders that are comfortable with accepting development exit loan applications from those with less experience, as long as their understanding of the terms is solid and they have a clear and robust development timeline for their project.
Development exit finance and other types of bridging loans are regulated by the FCA if you or a family member intends to live in the property after work is completed.
If you’re developing a property for commercial use or you’re looking to flip the property once developed, you’ll need an unregulated loan.
There are two main ways to get development exit finance – using a broker or going direct to lenders.
If you go direct to a lender, either your current lender or a new one, you’ll need to provide them with your development plans and project information before you get an exact quote. So, this isn’t always the most practical option for comparing lenders and rates, especially if you’re got a construction project to run.
If you use a specialist broker, like Clifton Private Finance, we have existing relationships with multiple lenders and can quickly scour the market for the best rates and overall costs for your situation.
Our clients often find the savings they make on better interest rates significantly outweighs our broker fee.
Depending on the complexity of your case, we can arrange development finance as quickly as 1 week. For more complex cases, you could expect it to take closer to a month or possibly more.
To discuss your project and find out what type of development exit finance solution is right for you, you can speak to an adviser today through a no-obligation, free consultation.
If we find a development loan that you’re happy with (and we’re confident that we will), we can guide you through the application process and liaise with your lender to streamline your application process.
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