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Lending Criteria

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Do You Qualify for Fast, Secure Finance? Check Our Lending Criteria

Over 10 years we’ve backed hundreds of developers and loaned more than £75,000,000 +

As exciting as a project to develop a portfolio of new properties can be, borrowing significant amounts of money to finance the development or refurbishment of new homes can be a daunting prospect.

However, at Hunter Finance, we’re here every step of the way to ensure you know exactly how your loan will work, how to apply, who to trust and what support is on offer and what your obligations are.

So, who can borrow and how much can you borrow from Hunter Finance? When and how will the money be delivered and what happens about repayments?

Here is our guide to the process of borrowing money to finance your development project.

Helping small developers become big ones

Who we lend to

At Hunter Finance, we loan capital to builders to grow their portfolios of new properties across London and the South East of England, specialising in:

  • Commercial and residential developments
  • Renovations and refurbishments (15%)
  • Conversions (15%)
  • New builds (70%)

Helping Britain build!

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We don’t automatically turn down first-time developers and we’ll always judge any application on its merits, meaning you could have access to a loan of between £100K and £2.5M to make your property portfolio dream a reality.

Our flexible funding solutions has helped 500+ SMEs

Want to know if you could be eligible for a development finance loan? Call us on 01825 749721 to discuss your development plans in more detail.

Loan terms

The general framework of terms for how we loan money to developers is as follows:

  • We lend up to 60% towards the purchase of the land for the development
  • We cover up to 100% of the build costs (when we say 100%, we mean it)!
  • Our finance loans range in value from £100k to £2.5million
  • Loans can be up to 60% of the Gross Development Value (GDV) or the final expected market value of the finished project

The duration

Loan periods are between 1-18 months.

All Hunter Finance property development loans are unique and created on a case-by-case basis for individual clients. However, as a general rule, most loans will have a set duration of 12 months, to be repaid through the sale of the completed development project.

However, for larger, more complex developments with build schedules over more than a year, longer loan durations can be considered.

The interest/charges

We charge an extremely competitive rate of interest on the money you borrow to help you accumulate the materials and tools you need to complete your project.

Though it depends on the individual circumstances of your application, interest rates typically sit in the range of 6-12% per annum.

We do not require our interest payments to be serviced monthly, unlike other lenders such as commercial banks.

Your interest is simply paid upon the exit of the loan, whether that is through the sale of the finished property or refinancing.

What’s in it for us?

As the lender, we expect to make a profit of roughly 1% of the loan value, across the course of the development project, which is secured through a facility fee.

Our loans have achieved a total of £50 million in a profitable return on investments for our clients.

The drawdown process: You remain at the helm

construction of new properties

Rather than being released in one go, the funds from a property development finance loan from Hunter Finance are released, or drawn down, in stages, meaning you only start paying interest on the money from the moment you get it, potentially saving you thousands of pounds in interest payments.

Money will be released in several stages, each of which is fully checked and signed off by a Chartered Surveyor appointed by Hunter Finance:

  • Access to the first stage of funding to begin preliminary work – this will be paid directly to solicitors
  • Once the foundations have been signed off by the surveyor, we release the next stage of funding, for the wall layout
  • The roofing and the shell of the buildings are completed and checked
  • The 1st Fix involves constructing walls, floors and ceilings, and installing electrical cables for and water pipes
  • The 2nd Fix concludes final work from fitting-out contractors including electricians, plumbers and carpenters
  • The last funds are available to finish the property and prepare for the sale

How are solicitors involved?

As with any legally binding contract, the process of securing development finance requires the involvement of solicitors representing both you and the lender.

These professionals are important for ensuring that the terms of the loan are fair, clearly laid out and adhered to by both parties.

Both sets of solicitors will communicate with each other to ensure that the process is smooth, easy and helps ensure that the project stays on track.

To begin the process of securing finance from Hunter Finance, call us today on 01825 749721 and tell us about your plans in more detail.

Stop searching for finance! Get building…

finance for new builds

We are specialists in development, we don’t do anything else.

With decades worth of experience behind us in the development finance industry, we have likely already seen and funded a project exactly like yours.

Therefore, it is our aim to do all that we can to make sure your project is on track and success, so you can come back to us to fund the next one.

To get started, all we need is the site address, planning number and your basic figures. From here, our Lending Director will be able to gather a good idea of the project and provide you with a solid decision in principle.

This is basically our clear intention to lend wrapped up in a genuine agreement to lend you the money, which will be subject to legalities and site surveys. So, you can trust that we only give out “Yes” and figures when we mean it.

What Our Developers Have To Say

“We have found securing a competitive facility with Hunter Finance a refreshingly straightforward and easy arrangement and would not hesitate in recommending them to other London developers.”

Rob Burnham

Director, Greenplan Designer Homes

“Highly impressed by their honest approach to doing business, and following through on their promises.”

Thomas Elliot

Herongate Homes Ltd

“I have used Hunter Finance on a number of occasions. They have always provided a no-nonsense, hassle-free, first-class service.”

Tim Oliver

Connected Developments Ltd

“We don’t believe there’s a faster decision-making process than Hunters.”

Antony Payne

77 Developments Ltd

“I will only use Hunter Finance in future – no one else compared.”

Steve Halls

Trenton Homes

“My experience of working with Hunters has been very successful. Their approach is very professional and flexible. They are not like a high street bank, (thank goodness) but individuals who accept that we are the customer. Old fashion values.”

Keith Parker

Millhomes Ltd

“Although I have experience in developing property, I am developing property for the first time only in my name. Hunter finance has not only assisted and helped me through the project but has given me critical support through the difficult times. This crucial support has allowed me to achieve success in my first development. The team including their bank monitor are approachable and supportive as they wish for us the developers to be successful. I owe a lot of my success to them.”

Clive Nunes

“We have used Hunters services for our development of 8 new build houses and have been very pleased with the service provided. We have found the company to be not only very professional but responsive when needs arise. Issues or questions are dealt with by people with whom we have built a relationship with not a department. We intend to continue using Hunter Finance on a long term basis and would, and have recommended them to other developers.”

Danny Johnson

“We have successfully come to the end of a development of 3 new build houses, and Hunter Finance has been with us all the way. It was a much-delayed start, but with them having done their due diligence at the outset, their support in getting it off the ground was never in doubt (whereas a Bank would doubtless have had changes of policy and personnel during that time). Things never go entirely to plan, but they always looked for solutions with us. Because property development finance is all they do, they are very good at it. E.g. they always release each stage’s funds the same day as the valuation surveyors’ report, helping cash flow.”

Peter Champion

“I have used Hunter Finance for 2 developments in the past 18 months and on both occasions have been very pleased with the service they provide. The whole process of arranging the funding, dealing with the legal process, and drawing funds are dealt with quickly and professionally. The whole team is a pleasure to deal with and I would not hesitate to recommend them.”

Malachy Salmon

“The best development finance around, very understanding and helpful.”

Paul Reeve

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