Joint Venture Development Finance

Find out how you can get 100% funding for a property development project.

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Pete Mugleston

Author: Pete Mugleston

Mortgage Advisor, MD

Updated: February 7, 2024

There are many types of development finance, and which one you choose will depend on a range of factors: how much capital you can personally contribute, the total cost of the project, project length, gross development value, and the rates you’re prepared to pay.

If you don’t currently have access to capital to put down as a deposit, you’ll need 100% project funding. Joint venture (JV) development finance is one way to get the money you need, if you’re willing to part with a share of the profits on completion.

In this guide, we’ll explain…

What is joint venture development finance?

In a nutshell it’s a way to get 100% funding for a property development project. It’s usually used for residential projects (multi-unit, new builds, or conversions) or mixed commercial and residential developments.

You won’t need to put in any capital yourself as the lender provides all the funds. They’ll cover the land purchase, material costs, and labour costs. They do this in exchange for a substantial share in the profits the project generates (usually 40-50%). The interest rates for JV development loans are also usually higher than other such loans.

You and the financer will set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) together. Funds will be released to the SPV in instalments, aligned with specific milestones in the development timeline. When the project is complete, you’ll sell the units according to your exit strategy, repay the loan, and split the profits with the financer.

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How it helps property developers

This type of financing is ideal for property developers who have a solid business strategy but don’t personally have the capital to get it up and running. It allows you to move quickly on an opportunity without spending a lot of time on raising funds, or to start a second project while your capital is still tied up in a first one.

Eligibility criteria

By offering a 100% joint venture loan, the lender is taking on all of the financial risk. If the project fails, they will be the only ones to lose money. So, naturally, they will only offer this type of funding to candidates they believe have a strong chance of success. You’ll usually need:

  • A history of successful property development projects
  • A strong business plan and exit strategy
  • Detailed financial projections and a profitability forecast of at least 25%
  • Detailed planning permission secured for the project

Beyond these basics, lenders will make their decision based on the individual merits of your case. Different lenders have different preferences regarding the size of the project, location, and property types, but there’s usually some flexibility if you have a good business plan.

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How to get JV development finance

You might think that this type of financing is incredibly difficult to secure. It’s true that it’s only available to a small minority of individuals, but if you’re an experienced developer and you get these three steps right, you have a good chance of success.

Find a JV development broker

JV development finance isn’t offered by the usual mainstream lenders, so you’ll need to find the right partner. Unless you have existing relationships with these types of investors, you’ll rely on a joint venture broker to connect you with them.

Which lenders offer joint venture financing?

You won’t get this type of financing from a high street bank or mainstream lender. Usually, brokers have a network of investors with whom they’ve built up relationships over time and who they’ll introduce you to if they believe your business plan is good enough.

Do you need a deposit?

No. With 100% JV development finance you won’t need to put down a deposit. This is ideal if your capital is already tied up in other projects that are yet to generate revenue. You’ll be able to move on to new projects faster and work with a greater maximum capacity.

Speak to a broker experienced in Joint Venture Development Finance

If you have an opportunity in mind and you’re keen to get moving, the first step is to find the right broker. This is a crucial decision that can be the difference between success and failure to secure funding.

We work with numerous brokers who are experts in joint venture development financing, so if you tell us a bit about the project you’re hoping to progress, we can match you with the person we think is best for the job. Just give us a call on 0808 189 2301 or enquire online.

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About the author

Pete, an expert in all things mortgages, cut his teeth right in the middle of the credit crunch. With plenty of people needing help and few mortgage providers lending, Pete found great success in going the extra mile to find mortgages for people whom many others considered lost causes. The experience he gained, coupled with his love of helping people reach their goals, led him to establish Online Mortgage Advisor, with one clear vision – to help as many customers as possible get the right advice, regardless of need or background.

Pete’s presence in the industry as the ‘go-to’ for specialist finance continues to grow, and he is regularly cited in and writes for both local and national press, as well as trade publications, with a regular column in Mortgage Introducer and being the exclusive mortgage expert for LOVEMoney. Pete also writes for Online Mortgage Advisor of course!

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