Category: Bridging Loans

Exit strategies

Formulating a robust exit strategy is a critical part of the development process. When assessing an application for a development loan, the credibility of a clients’ proposed exit strategy will be reviewed and assessed in detail. There are several ways a developer can exit a construction loan – the most common strategies being: to sell […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revised optimism for 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 to April 2019 […]