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Insurance and risk mitigation

As a builder or developer, you will know that working in construction means being vulnerable to all kinds of risks, many of which can result in compensation claims or financial loss. The inherently unpredictable and dangerous nature of the work means that you, your employees, sub-contractors, and members of the public are all vulnerable to […]

Navigating a Construction Boom

Property development has been thriving over the past 12 to 24 months. Low interest rates and insatiable demand for housing (from investors and owner-occupiers alike) has spurred one of the most significant construction booms since the 1970s. The industry that was hit hard during the GFC appears to have now fully recovered with a strong […]

Residual Valuation Method – What You Need to Know as a Property Developer

Valuation is a critical skill that all property developers need to learn. Basic principles of valuation are used when putting together a project feasibility, which is the starting point for many developers when assessing the viability of a new project. The resulting feasibility will dictate the price one can pay for the land, based on […]

How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact Real Estate Markets in 2021?

COVID-19 triggered a global economic recession in 2020, and central banks across the globe reacted by slashing interest rates – a standard practice to prop up liquidity and stimulate the economy. More than a year later, regulators are still holding off on hiking the rates back up due to the continued effects of the pandemic. […]

Managing the risks of cost escalation

The Knight Frank Global House Price Index shows that global house prices lifted 7.3 per cent in the year to March 2021, and New Zealand had the second fastest growth globally with a 22.1 per cent increase. Property developers looking to take advantage of the favourable market conditions have ramped up residential building activity with […]

Rates and fees in the Development Finance Lifecycle

Property Finance in New Zealand “What are your rates and fees?” is perhaps the most frequently asked question by clients approaching ASAP property finance specialists for a construction loan. However, many developers do not take the time to consider how these costs are incurred over the life cycle of the property development project. Unless you […]

Housing Price Rise Triggers Government Response

New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson now requires the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) to consider the impact its monetary policy decisions have on house prices, following a revision to RBNZ’s remit. This has created some significant ripples in the property finance sector. While the Government’s Monetary Policy Committee’s main objectives remain unchanged (targeting inflation and employment), […]

How the new LVR restrictions will impact lending

As has long been forecasted, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has now moved to reinstate higher Loan to Value ratios(LVRs). There were no restrictions last year, meaning buyers could potentially purchase a home while putting down a smaller down payment. However, the property market has since boomed, prompting the RBNZ to consult interested […]

A Property Developer’s Guide to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020

New Zealand recently adopted a major change in urban environment planning that is expected to lead to significant upturns in the world of property finance. Gazetted on July 23rd and pushed into effect on August 20th of 2020, the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) is an evolution on previous government documentation surrounding development […]

Breaking Down Loan-to-Cost Ratios in Development Finance

There are two key components to any initial loan assessment for development finance: a loan-to-value ratio (LVR) and a loan-to-cost ratio (LTC). Both are mathematical formulae, and both contribute to the success of your application. We have discussed LVRs in a previous blog post. Here, we break down the intricacies of its counterpart: LCRs.   If you’re readying yourself to apply for development […]

What Unconventional Monetary Policy Means for Investors

COVID-19 has caused widespread disruption across global markets resulting in job losses and economic hardship. In response, countries across the globe have been implementing economic policy to soften the blow of the current crisis. In New Zealand, the Reserve Bank’s response was swift, immediately lowering the OCR from 1% to 0.25%, and announcing (what would […]

Market Update and Impact of General Election

The past few months have been a wild ride for those involved in Property Finance. It was only a few months ago that NZ was reeling from nationwide lockdown and mainstream economists were predicting house price declines between 7 and 15 per cent.  However, the New Zealand housing market has fared far better than expected, and many economists and lending institutions (including the RBNZ) are now having to revise their forecasts upward.   It would seem that the strength of the government’s fiscal […]

Loan to Value Ratios: What You Need to Know

The loan-to-value ratio (LVR) is one of the most common and widely used metrics in the world of property finance. For financiers, it is broadly used to manage and mitigate credit risk when creating a loan facility. For property developers and investors, understanding LVRs and their application in credit analysis will provide insight as to the likely challenges you will face when seeking a loan, as well as assist in identifying the best finance partner for your project.   It is important to remember that the simple loan-to-value […]

The Ins and Outs of Lender’s Fees Explained

When developers are looking for a new build partner, they put their project out to tender. The evaluation process that proceeds is an intense and in-depth review of pricing, relevant experience, past performance, technical skills, resourcing, and other relevant factors. It is these factors that ultimately drive the decision-making process for the developer, ensuring that the right builder is chosen for the job.   Unfortunately, many developers forget to apply a similar […]

How Cost-to-Complete Funding Works in Development

At ASAP Finance, we work closely with our clients to understand their development finance needs, then craft bespoke funding solutions that transform property ideas to reality.   When we create a loan facility, we analyse each ‘input’ required to complete a project—considering elements such as planning, design, construction and delivery. In addition, we take into […]

Three Loan Repayment Types Explained by Experts

Whether you’re seeking a bare land loan or looking for a comprehensive development finance solution, structuring your loan repayments to meet your cash flow requirements will enable you to control your risk and maximise your return. Below is a comprehensive breakdown of the three repayment types; principal & interest, interest-only, and capitalised interest, and the […]

Notable Benefits of Non-Bank Lenders

ASAP Finance is an example of a reputable non-bank lender with strong business acumen and a history as a responsible lender. Our financial institution is the ideal place for those who want to accelerate development time frames and maximise return on equity. Unlike banks, we break down the barriers preventing your next project from getting […]

COVID:19: Investing in Property in a New Zealand Recession

Amid a widespread pandemic, the global economy is caught between cushioning the blow of a recession and planning for recovery. The impact on the property finance market will be significant, albeit mitigated by early policy responses from the NZ government and Reserve Bank. Comprehensive post-lockdown data is yet to be reported, and clarity as to […]

How COVID-19 is disrupting development finance

The COVID-19 outbreak will continue to cause significant adverse economic effects that will almost inevitably impair borrowers’ abilities to obtain and service mortgages. And unlike the mainstream banks – which can access new NZ Reserve Bank liquidity and funding support – non-bank lenders have a much more restrictive toolset to combat economic shocks. Billion dollar […]

Key Lockdown Issues for Property Developers in NZ

The impact of the four-week COVID-19 lockdown imposed by the NZ Government on non-essential services will be far reaching for Kiwi developers. We continue to urge our developers in NZ to focus on ensuring the success of their commercial development projects during these uncertain times. At a high level, property developers in NZ will be facing increased […]

Understanding Development Contributions

When attaining development finance, a key but often underestimated consideration for developers is accounting for Development Contributions (DCs). These costs are confirmed by a local council after lodging for Resource Consent. Getting a handle on what these costs will be prior to lodging for resource consent is key to understanding the profitability of your property project. Furthermore, for land bankers, understanding future DC […]

Ride the Property Tide Upward with Development Finance

Property finance in New Zealand has been a difficult market for the past few months owing to the current market conditions. However, there are now signs of renewed life in the New Zealand property market, with Auckland house prices rebounding quite strongly in the last quarter and average values now back above $1 million, according […]

Revised optimism for 2020

7 January 2020 By the end of 2019 the NZ property market was showing signs of improvement – one needed only to have attended a pre-Christmas auction to notice the stark contrast in mood as previously indifferent buyers appeared now excited and confident to freely ‘bid away’. The turn in sentiment can be traced back […]

RBNZ’s new capital ratios and what they could mean

The New Zealand Reserve Bank’s long-signaled move to increase capital reserve ratios has in the end proven slightly less severe than some banking sector experts predicted. But it remains unclear what impact the move will have on interest rates. Ultimately the banks will have to raise around $20 billion to reach the new safety requirements, […]