Investors are again turning to property with some looking at property development, hoping for better returns.
It can promise more riches than simple investing but has more potential traps for beginners, and a whole new world of knowledge to master.
Author, property developer and university lecturer Peter Koulizos says there is a great opportunity to make money in property development, “but there is also a great opportunity to lose a lot of money, because the risks are higher”.
“Most capital city house prices are still below their peaks of three years ago and interest rates are very low, so it makes property development more affordable for the average mum-and-dad developer.”
Koulizos says research is the vital first step. “That starts with the council,” he says. Every council has a development approvals process and plans that outline minimum block size, minimum street frontage and other issues.
Developers need to research prices and know how much a property is worth. Koulizos says long-term investors may pay an inflated price for a property but are still winners if they hold it for 10-15 years, but a developer looking to turn it over faster does not have as much time to make up for their mistake.
“Get a fixed-price contract from a builder, and one where they guarantee the build time,” he says. “In development, time is money. The longer it takes, the more your holding costs. And avoid changing plans once you have signed off on them.”
Koulizos recommends writing down the worst-case, best-case and probable scenarios, and you should aim to make a gross profit of 20 per cent on the project.
Metropole Property Strategists chief executive Michael Yardney says now may not be the best time to start a new development, because house prices have already picked up and developments usually have long time frames – often a two-year process.
“A good way for the beginners to start is through renovations. It has much shorter time frames and you also learn budgeting, dealing with builders and dealing with banks,” he says.
Yardney says it is vital to start small. “You are going to learn most of what you will learn in the first two or three developments. It’s going to cost you more than you thought.” But property development is a great strategy because you are not just waiting for the market to rise – you buy assets at wholesale prices and are able to create capital growth, he says.
Yardney says it is vital to surround yourself with a good team of experts. “If you are the smartest person in your team, you are in trouble,” he says.
SOL Results property coach and developer Stan Kontos says his top rule is to ensure you make your money when you buy the property, not upon sale.
“Undertake a feasibility study for costs such as demolition, subdivision and so on, based on today’s price, not a projected future price,” he says.
“Don’t depend on it going up and, if and when it does, consider this a bonus.”
Kontos says people who do not like risks should not go into property development.
“Find a mentor, be teachable and get taught. Don’t make the mistake of learning as you go.”
Kontos says beginners need equity of about $50,000 to $100,000, plus a steady cash flow, and should only pick developments they can afford.
“Start by researching a specialist area,” he says. “The risk is reduced when you understand the area and the council zonings, as well as any future changes.”
EIGHT STEPS TO SUCCESS
1. Before looking at land, work out your finance and team of advisers including real estate agent, solicitor, architect and development manager.
2. Check the local council’s policy toward development and come up with a concept.
3. Buy land at a price that allows you to make a commercial profit.
4. Get development approval, which can take months.
5. Get working drawings prepared so you can then obtain a building permit.
6. Obtain quotes from builders and finalise finance for the construction period.
7. Next comes the building stage, lasting 7-12 months. Most developers never get their hands dirty, and are more like a producer of a movie.
8. At final completion, the project is refinanced and leased, or sold. Be sure to always have an exit strategy before you start.
Source: Metropole Property Strategists
Original article published at www.news.com.au by Anthony Keane, News Limited Network 11/1/2014
Development Opportunity in Growth Corridor Hits the Market
A development site in one of Moreton Bay region’s fastest growing residential areas has hit the market.
Expressions of interest are being sought for the 3,295sq m site at 144 Station Road, Burpengary. The asset has district centre zoning that allows for multiple uses.
The site is marketed by Ray White Special Projects Queensland’s Andrew Burke and Matthew Fritzsche.
Burke said the asset offered multiple opportunities that included childcare, commercial, retail and medium-density residential.
“The site is in the middle of the Burpengary retail precinct with neighbours like 7-Eleven, McDonalds, Aldi, Coles, Woolworths, World Gym, Kmart and many more,” he said.
“With easy access to the Bruce Highway, you would be 40 minutes north of Brisbane and just 30 minutes south of Sunshine Coast.
“The site is offered clear and mostly level and is within walking distance of retail and schools with the nearby Burpengary rail station serviced by the Caboolture Line.”
Fritzsche said Burpengary was a rapidly developing growth hub within the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
“There are 19,000 residents in the northern urban expansion corridor between the master planned community of North Lakes and the long-established regional centre of Caboolture,” he said.
“The site is along Station Road, a prominent local feeder road in the region, with the site enjoying excellent exposure to around 8,900 vehicles per day.
“The asset is surplus to the needs of our client and they are genuine sellers.”
Strategic Land Parcels Hit the Market In One Line
Water supply statutory authority Unitywater is offloading three unique land parcels in Cashmere, west of Brisbane.
Subject to a reconfiguration of lots, the properties are offered to the market by way of expressions of interest closing 8 May, 2019, by Colliers International.
The properties, at Lot 1 and 3 Ira Buckby Road, are marketed both individually or in one line and combine a total area of 3.07-hectares with approximately 1.47-hectares of developable area, with excellent street frontage.
The properties neighbour the Cashmere Village Shopping Centre which comprises an IGA, medical centre, gym, veterinary, bottle shop and café deli.
Lot 1 is a 2.15-hectare parcel — subject to a ROL — and offers 5,896sq m of developable area. Lot 3 Ira Buckby Road is a separate parcel that totals 8,852sq m of developable land.
With rural residential zoning, within the urban footprint, all parcels are well-suited to specialist disability accommodation providers, residential aged care operators or residential developers and religious organisations.
Town planning reports reveal development possibilities for both properties under the council zone include dwelling house (considered acceptable as code) or the reconfiguration of lot considered with minimum lot sizes of 6,000 square metres.
The properties are located 16 kilometres south of rapidly-growing North Lakes and 8.5 kilometres from the new University of the Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay Campus project.
An excellent opportunity like this will be hard to turn down when the area it resides in is one like this.
The Moreton Bay local government area is in south-east Queensland, about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane. The Moreton Bay local government area is Australia’s third largest Council with 449,310 residents.
Moreton Bay has a number of game-changing infrastructure investment projects in the pipeline including the $1.6 billion Bruce Highway expansion and upgrade and the $300 million University of the Sunshine Coast’s Moreton Bay Campus. Both pieces of infrastructure are scheduled to be completed in 2020.
The parcels of land at Lot 1 and Lot 3 Ira Buckby Road West, Cashmere are extremely well-located strategic land parcels that will attract a wide range of buyers given the significance of the sites.
Boutique Development Sites in Brisbane Growth Corridor Hit the Market
A demand-driven market shift for affordable convenient living is expected to generate strong interest from builders and developers in two approved boutique development sites on the north side of Brisbane.
The sites occupy a prime boulevard setting across from the lake in one of Brisbane’s most successful masterplanned communities, Capestone Mango Hill, only 5 minutes to Westfield and North Lakes Town Centre.
CBRE head of metropolitan investments and development site specialist Jon Quayle is managing the sale of the “shovel ready” sites via a national expressions of interest campaign.
Zoned medium-density residential, the cleared and vacant Napier Avenue properties are 1,040sq m and 1,108sq m respectively with development and building approvals for boutique apartment developments comprising 17 predominantly 3-bedroom apartments in each.
Quayle said the Mango Hill and North Lakes region is recognised as one of Australia’s leading growth markets for population, infrastructure and employment.
“Which has contributed to a 25 per cent increase in median house prices in Mango Hill over the past 5 years,” Quayle said.
“This growth, coupled with the emergence of dedicated local industry, retail and lifestyle amenity and the soon to open nearby University of the Sunshine Coast campus, has seen a push by owners and investors for more affordable dwellings to cater for the demographic shift and second generation residents who want to stay in the region but with the benefit of affordability and convenience over a traditional house,” Quayle said.
The Capestone development sites are located within 300 metres of a future shopping village, 400 metres to a recently opened childcare centre and has easy access to 4 leading primary and secondary schools within a 1.5 kilometres radius.
Quayle said that a game changer for the success of apartments in the area was the opening of the Moreton Bay rail link, with the East Mango Hill Station only 500m away creating easy access to the new university, Brisbane CBD and beyond.
“There has been just one other apartment building delivered in the immediate area which was completed last year and is of comparable design, bulk and scale to what is proposed for the 56 & 64 Napier Avenue sites,” Quayle said.
“Individual apartments sold in that building for prices up to $462,000 including a resale late last year for more than its original purchase price.
“Evidently demand exists for new, good sized apartments in the area yet there is still a lack of this product.
“This is the opportunity that exists for a builder or developer to take advantage of by securing one or both of these rare approved medium density development sites.”
56 & 64 Napier Avenue, Mango Hill will be sold individually or as a pair with expressions of interest closing at 4pm, 2 May 2019.
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