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How to become a property developer

Investing in residential property can be a highly profitable venture, but there are risks! Property developers need to develop an investment strategy before buying property. Here are the main aspects to consider when developing a property.

Getting started as a property developer

  1. Find the right location for property development

    Location plays a large role in the success of a property development project. Be sure to consider the following factors:

    • Rental demand
    • Resale values
    • Social demographics

    To gain first hand insight into London and Surrey property market trends visit our London property market data.

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  2. Define property development strategies

    Property developers have either short term or long term goals.

    Short term goals may involve renovating the property for a quick sale.

    Long term goal look to both capital growth and return yields for income.

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    For first hand expert advice call 020 7973 2020, or email Foxtons New Homes and Investments.

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  3. Financing a property development

    Once you have found the right location and property for your development, you will need to arrange enough financial support to carry through the development process.

    You may be able to release equity from your own property to re-invest in the new development. Taking out a mortgage may be an option if you have enough capital to put down as a deposit towards your investment.

    Call 08000 38 37 36 for more information & mortgage opportunities.

Find the right property development opportunity

The best type of development opportunity for you will depend on your experience, financial situation and timescale.

  1. Scale of development

    Larger development projects may require additional services of a lawyer, an architect, a team of home builders, decorators and others, while smaller scale projects may be quicker to realise through modernisation and extension.

  2. Major refurbishments

    Smaller scale residential, non-residential and mixed use property development projects that may involve internal re-structuring or layout changes, plus properties with the possibility to extend.

    Major refurbishments

  3. Large-scale developments

    Larger scale residential development opportunities (often requiring the use of an architect), plus non-residential or mixed use sites such as HMO's, hotels, guest houses, embassies and plots of land.

    Large-scale developments

Long-term and short-term property development strategies

Defining long and short term goals for your investment property will define whether it would be better to sell or re-mortgage to fund additional purchases.

  1. Long-term vs short-term

    Are you looking for a fast turnaround and return on your investments? In this case consider selling the property as soon as it is ready after development.

    Alternatively, renting the property is a good strategy for profiting from capital growth or gaining extra monthly rental income.

    Some property developers prefer to re-mortgage in order to release necessary equity for the next investment.

    Call 08000 38 37 36 for more information about re-mortgage opportunities.

  2. Sell your property

    If you are planning to sell the property once it is ready, start preparing early by putting the property on the market before it is complete.

    We complete thousands of valuations every week, giving us intimate knowledge of property prices in your area.

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  3. Find tenants

    To rent the newly developed property out, you will need to find tenants fast. Once you have found the tenants you may want to manage the property yourself or use the services of a Property Management company to free yourself of further maintenance duties.

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Call Foxtons New Homes & Investments for more advice on 020 7973 2020

Call 0800 369 8667 for further information about selling your property portfolio, or to find out how much your property is worth