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Australian Residential Property Development for Investors



Australian Residential Property Development for Investors

Ron Forlee

ISBN: 978-0-730-31510-0 January 2015 Wrightbooks 328 Pages


The all-in-one reference for the new residential real estate investor

Australian Residential Property Development for Investors is the practical, step-by-step guide for beginners and experienced investors in the real estate and construction industries. From site selection to sale, this book walks you through each phase of the property development process to show you how careful planning can considerably enhance returns on your investment. This practical and effective guide features the latest information on development economics, the impact of electronic media, new cost-effective building methods, and a collection of case studies that illustrate these ideas in action. With a focus on practical outcomes, you'll learn how to approach the property from an investor's perspective to minimize risk and maximize returns.

Australians have long had a love affair with residential property. We have one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world, and investing in residential real estate is a popular route to financial security. This book shows you how to make property development feasible within your time and budget constraints, netting you more profit and less headache.

  • Select the site with the most profit potential, and find dependable financing
  • Work more effectively with contractors, councils, consultants, and solicitors
  • Apply standard monitoring and risk management techniques to your investment
  • Cost and market the improved property appropriately to target the right buyers

Newcomers are understandably overwhelmed by zoning, financing, construction, marketing, and everything else that goes into property development, frequently resulting in mistakes and missed profit. For the fledgling developer hoping to make the most of a new investment, Australian Residential Property Development for Investors provides all-in-one reference, with proven systems, techniques, and tools.

About the author ix

Acknowledgements xi

Preface xiii

1 An overview of property development 1

2 Characteristics of a successful developer 23

3 The development process and participants 43

4 Development site selection 69

5 Negotiation and purchasing 95

6 Making the numbers work 113

7 Development economics 129

8 Utilising modern technology 153

9 Raising development finance 177

10 Raising equity finance 197

11 The development approval process 217

12 The construction process 235

13 Marketing and selling 251

14 Residential land development 271

15 Villas and townhouses 301

16 Apartment developments 325

Conclusion 349

Index 355