Development finance to refurbish block of studio flats

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THE SCENARIO

Are you looking for development finance to refurbish a property? I was recently able to secure this for a client buying a block of flats. My client, who was in his mid-thirties, had made a successful career out of property. He had an excellent track record of acquiring property, refurbishing and refinancing in order to release funds to broaden his portfolio. He now owned a portfolio of seven student lets, which were all let on a Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) basis.

He was now looking to expand slightly by purchasing a residential block containing 12 studio flats, which would be ideal for postgraduate students, being located in a northern University city. However, although he had identified a block of property, these were not currently in good decorative repair and would need substantial refurbishment before he could let them to students at the higher end of the market.

He therefore needed a development finance facility which would allow him to both purchase the block of flats, and also refurbish and renovate them quite extensively. Overall, he required 80% loan to cost to complete the development, which is quite a high percentage. The location of the development also posed a slight sticking point, as many development lenders are primarily based in London and the surrounding counties.

OUR SOLUTION

Fortunately, I have contacts across the industry and was able to place this client with a flexible lender who were happy to look at my client’s extensive history of success in this line of work. After reviewing his plans and his projections for the rental income to be generated across the studio flat, this lender was happy to accept that my client would be able to cover the minimum repayment threshold, and resultantly offered him the 80% loan he sought.

This loan was offered at a 5-year fixed rate of 3.8%, on a 10-year term. At Enness, we have established ourselves as market leaders within the refurbishment finance sector. If you’re looking to refurbish a property, the key to achieving the best lending terms is access to the entire market, which is where we can help. If you have any queries on your refurbishment requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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