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How Does Stamp Duty Work for Multiple Properties?

By Blog, Development Finance

If you are buying one or more properties, it is important that you fully understand how stamp duty liability works, as it does not work in an identical way to buying just one house. But how do you understand the differences between the two? We take a closer look at the things you must be aware of before purchasing multiple buildings. 

What are linked transactions?

Knowing what is meant by a linked transaction is important when it comes to stamp duty liabilities, as this will determine how much you will end up having to pay.  In summary, a linked transaction is when a single party buys at least two properties from the same seller. This includes a piece of land, flats, or a house.

A transaction is also considered to be linked if the person connected to the buyer (for example, a business partner or relative) decides to buy a property from the same seller.

What’s more, if the purchase is part of a scheme or a single arrangement (or part of a number of transactions) then this is also considered to be a linked transaction.

How much stamp duty tax do I need to pay?

In terms of the exact amount you will need to pay if you are buying two or more properties (and these are considered by the HMRC to be linked transactions)  this will be calculated based on the total value of all these linked transactions. This is opposed to calculating the tax owed based on each property’s individual value.

For example: if you decided to purchase two properties, both worth £125,000, then the HMRC would require you to pay stamp duty on its total value of £250,000.

It is important to remember that you will not be required to pay stamp duty on the first £125,000 of a transaction’s value. However, you will need to pay stamp duty at a value of 2% over this initial amount.

That means that with regards to the example given above, you would be required to pay stamp duty that is worth approximately £1250 in total.

You should also keep in mind that Stamp Duty Land Tax has increased since 1 April 2016. This on top of current rates of purchases for additional properties that are residential. This includes second homes as well as buy-to-let properties.

Are there stamp duty exemptions for additional properties?

Yes, not every single property will be required to pay stamp duty. For example, this is no requirement for single properties or properties that are considered to be linked transactions with an overall value that is below £125,000.

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Is It Possible To Buy Land Without Money?

By Blog, Development Finance

In the majority of cases, if you are looking to invest in land or property, you will usually need in order to be able to finance such an investment, but it is possible to purchase with little to no money.

How do you achieve this? Prior to the financial crash in 2006, it was commonplace for mortgage lenders to happily provide 100% mortgages to buyers. These days, finding this kind of mortgage is extremely rare. We take a look at the different alternatives that are available to you, should you be interested in buying land but have little cash upfront to buy it with.

Borrowing against your own property

It could be the case that you do not have much in terms of cash, but do have a considerable amount of equity that is locked in your current property. If this sounds like you, it could provide a way in which you can purchase land, if you decide to extend the mortgage in order to release the equity locked up in it. That would enable you to then use these funds to invest elsewhere.

If you were interested in pursuing this option, there are some questions that you should carefully consider before making any final decisions. For example:

  • Not all mortgage providers will necessarily allow you to borrow additional money against your house so you can invest in property: this is something you will need to verify with your mortgage lender or broker.
  • The residential mortgage will be assessed on your income, so you will need to make sure you have enough earnings to be able to release equity.

Look at a joint-venture property development

Have you considered looking further into joint-venture property developments if you want to purchase land but have a small amount of money? It is worth taking a further look at.

But how does a joint-venture work in practice? The process is relatively straightforward in nature: you find a development project, research it and then look for another person to join the project who is willing to provide the deposit for it, and may also need to provide other forms of security.

This joint venture can work out profitable, as both parties ultimately share profits upon completion.

Providing additional security

Another potential option for you to be able to buy land with little money is to provide additional security to a lender. This is usually in the form of a high-value possession, in most cases this will be in the form of a property but could be a car or another costly item. Lenders in the property sector will offer 100% borrowing to purchase land if the collateral is given, is this presents less risk to the lender.

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How to Refinance a Property Development Project to Avoid Fees

By Blog, Development Finance

There are a variety of things that can end up not going to plan when it comes to a property development project, even if you have planned the project well and manage things accordingly. For example, common issues that can cause construction site delays can be things such as extremely bad weather (for example, torrential rain) making it difficult for work to continue, an important supplier failing to deliver, or overbooked construction teams.

Unfortunately, these delays can lead to you incurring penalty fees if you have taken out development finance in order to fund the project. However, you  could look at development exit finance to help you avoid potential charges. Wondering how it could help you? We take a closer look.

Should you consider refinancing your development project?

Before going ahead and making the final decision as to whether or not you should refinance your build, you should carefully consider the options available to you.

For example, what are the terms and conditions of your current project, and would you have to pay additional fees for deciding to refinance that could outweigh any advantages when it comes to changing?

What’s more, is there room for contingencies: a general rule of thumb is to consider nine months into the project as the benchmark for potentially considering refinancing as an option (if you have taken out a 12-month development finance loan).

At this stage, it would be expected you were confident you were going to meet the exit deadline promptly, with most work having already been carried out by this point. If you are not confident that this will be the case, this would be when most developers would look at refinancing options available to them. 

Extending the borrowing term

In the majority of cases, property developers who decide to get development finance will have the term of this funding limited to just 12 months. This can make it very difficult timetable wise, should something go wrong with construction, or completing on sales.

This is why it is worth making sure you have arranged your development finance for the longest possible term either by doing it yourself or through an experienced broker. Furthermore, you should also find a provider who will not charge you fees for early repayment, in the event that you complete the project earlier than anticipated.

Reducing the cost of development finance

Exit finance rates can be cheaper than other kinds of development funding, meaning you can potentially save a considerable amount of money on the cost of lending if you are carrying out a construction project. In addition, interest that is accrued on exit finance is retained, which means that you can put all available capital on completing the construction project

Using refinancing to fund your next project

Not only can refinancing your development project reduce penalty fees should your project has delays, but it can also be useful for property developers looking to get their next project started, as refinancing can help fund this.

Many developers who are looking for cost-efficient ways to fund their project use refinancing in order to have site acquisition, design as well as planning all underway whilst currently finishing off a project. This means when the current project is finished, a property developer can immediately get started with the next construction build.

How to Finance Your First Property Development

By Development Finance, Lending, Uncategorized

Getting started on your very first property development project is most likely an exciting but also slightly daunting prospect, especially with so many potential options available in terms of funding. To make the decision process a little easier, we’ve broken down the main ways in which you can finance your foray into the property development sector.

Buy-to-let mortgages

If you intend to buy a single property and renovate it with the intention of then renting it out to a tenant for a number of years, it could be well worth your time investigating if a buy-to-let mortgage would be worth considering.

What makes a buy-to-let mortgage is different from a residential one? In many respects, they are similar: you will have certain eligibility criteria you will need to meet in order to qualify for this kind of mortgage. For example, a certain level of income will usually be necessary as this will determine the amount of capital you can borrow from a lender. Buy-to-let mortgages are also limited to one single property too.

The fact that most buy-to-let mortgages are limited to one property means that it is likely you will need to look for funding elsewhere in addition to the mortgage if you would like to expand your portfolio further than one property, or develop a number of properties at once.

Auction finance

Another viable option to getting finance for your very first property development is auction financing. Property auctions are usually considerably more affordable than if these very same buildings were listed in the traditional way, but the caveat is that they often require a lot of work to be carried out on them before being able to sell them on.

Whilst houses at auction tend to be cheaper, you will need to have all the money available to purchase it outright within a month of the auction ending (and your bid was successful). This can pose a problem for some property developers, who may not necessarily have access to all the finance upfront, but at the same time do not want to miss out completely on the possibility of the perfect property to develop.

Auction financing helps to solve this problem, as it a short-term bridging loan that can be arranged very quickly and helps property developers that cover the cost of the building until funds become available at a later point. It can also be agreed in principle before the auction.

Development finance and bridging loans

One of the most popular funding options for property developers tends to be property development finance and bridging loans. But how do these financing options work? This type of short-term funding can help with not only the purchase of a building but also help with the cost of renovating it too. It can be arranged quickly, and funds can be released to you within a very short period of time (within 4 weeks), meaning that it gives developers a great deal of flexibility when it comes to getting access to finance

For more information about development finance and how Magnet Capital can help, contact our team directly.

Commercial mortgages

Are you or your company looking to expand primarily into the commercial property sector? Then a commercial mortgage may be your best bet instead. However, it is important that you keep in mind that this kind of funding will be limited to commercial properties only: for example warehouses, offices, and shops. In all other respects, it works very similar to a residential mortgage, which also means that if you are looking to develop residential properties or need additional funding then a commercial mortgage may not necessarily be the best option for you.