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Why Development Projects & Digitalisation Are Aligned | Connect 2023

Why development projects

Why development projects


In an era marked by technological advancements, often referred to as changes, it’s only natural that the digital transformation of the property development appraisal industry follows suit. While many of these changes stem from technological progress, not all can be attributed solely to innovations and technology. Some have emerged due to shifts in compliance and regulations. Although property appraisals have yet to be under intense scrutiny, we recognise digitalisation’s value to the property sector and have made it our immediate goal to champion this trend.

The unassailable truth is that no industry is immune to digital disruption, and the property sector is no exception. Property has been a latecomer in embracing digitisation compared to other sectors, with leisure/hospitality and retail leading the way in commercial property adoption. However, there have been notable advancements in the property field, such as the introduction of virtual tours, automated transactions, and personalised services. These digital technologies have enhanced the property buying experience and streamlined operational efficiency for real estate agents.

projectTo offer an analogy highlighting the need for embracing change, consider that spreadsheets lack the ability to support real-time decision-making. The process of gathering up-to-date information from various users and summarising it is time-consuming. Moreover, spreadsheets are susceptible to manipulation due to their inherent lack of controls and quality governance.

Similarly, let’s analyse the traditional method of manually collecting data and images, calculating sales figures, evaluating development properties, and then constructing a report. It becomes evident that transitioning to digital processes is easier, more efficient, and more accurate.

The landscape of the property industry is evolving rapidly, and to remain competitive, it’s imperative to harness digitalisation’s potential.  This is particularly true in property development. This entails adapting to changes brought about by technology and actively seeking ways to leverage these advancements for improved efficiency, accuracy, and overall operational excellence. By embracing digital transformation, the property development sector can ensure its relevance and resilience in the face of a rapidly evolving landscape.


The Imperative of digitalisation in property development


Digital transformation is the consequential shift occurring within the realm of the property industry, all driven by the widespread implementation of digital technologies. As these digital tools become integrated, various real estate sectors – from developers and property brokers to real estate agents, investors, and lenders – are fundamentally transforming. This shift isn’t just about adopting new technologies; it involves a comprehensive evolution encompassing skills, environmental changes, and operational strategies to address customers’ evolving demands.

The adoption of digital technologies has sparked a dynamic ripple effect, touching every facet of the property landscape. Developers embrace innovative platforms to streamline project management, improve collaboration, and enhance the overall development process. Property brokers are harnessing the power of digital media to provide virtual property tours, interactive property listings, and data-driven insights that cater to the modern buyer’s expectations.

Real estate agents navigate a landscape where personalisation and data-driven decision-making are paramount. Leveraging customer relationship management (CRM) systems and data analytics, agents can tailor their offerings to match individual preferences and streamline communication with clients. Investors are tapping into digital platforms that provide comprehensive market insights, enabling them to make informed decisions that align with their investment goals. Digitalisation

For lenders, digital transformation is reshaping the loan origination process, making it more efficient and convenient for borrowers. Online applications, automated underwriting, and digital document submission streamline the process while enhancing the borrower’s experience.

The evolving demands of customers are at the forefront of this transformation. Modern consumers expect seamless digital experiences, instant access to information, and personalised solutions. Consequently, the real estate industry embraces a cultural shift that places customer-centricity and digital innovation at its core.

The rapid pace of technological advancements means that staying ahead requires ongoing adaptation. Embracing digital transformation is no longer an option; it’s necessary for survival and success in a fiercely competitive landscape. By fostering a continuous learning and technological integration culture, the property industry can position itself to meet customer demands and anticipate and exceed them. Ultimately, the journey of digital transformation is a journey of empowerment, as it equips every stakeholder with the tools and strategies needed to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of property.


Development Finance in the Digital Era


Grasping the concepts of development and refurbishment is pivotal. Development pertains to creating new properties through ground-up construction or substantial building enhancements. Refurbishment, however, involves renovating or improving existing properties to enhance their value and appeal. These distinct approaches necessitate different strategies and financial considerations, making it imperative to comprehend their nuances before embarking on a project.

However, the path to success continues beyond conceptual understanding alone. Navigating the landscape of development finance adds another layer of complexity. The quest to secure financing for your project requires a keen sense of the various lenders available and how they align with your specific needs.

Just as every brushstroke contributes to the masterpiece, selecting the right lender is a crucial element in the canvas of development finance. Lenders are not uniform; they exhibit nuances in their offerings, criteria, and preferences. Matching your project with the appropriate lender involves presenting it in a way that captures their attention and ignites their enthusiasm to bring your vision to life.

project digitalThe process of selecting the right lender involves more than mere transactional considerations. It’s an art form that requires a deep understanding of lender preferences, risk appetites, and the unique aspects of your project. Crafting a compelling narrative around your project, backed by robust financial projections, demonstrates your commitment and ensures that lenders see the potential for success.

Much like an artist strategically chooses their medium, colour palette, and technique, you must strategically tailor your presentation to resonate with lenders. Delving into the specifics of your project, outlining the value proposition, and showcasing your team’s expertise can tip the scales in your favour. The goal is to evoke not just interest but eagerness from potential lenders to join your endeavour.

The journey of securing development finance is multi-dimensional, encompassing understanding development concepts, refurbishment strategies, and the art of lender selection. Just as an artist’s canvas evolves into a masterpiece through skilful strokes, your project’s success hinges on your ability to navigate lender nuances and present your vision in a compelling light. By embracing the art of lender selection, you secure financing and set the stage for realising your property development aspirations.


Advantages of Collaborating with Connect


The Connect Network stands out by delivering various advantages that distinguish it from other networks. These advantages encompass a vast spectrum, granting you access to an extensive network of over 200 diverse lenders and providers. This network spans conventional residential and buy-to-let segments, extending its reach to encompass specialised alternatives like commercial mortgages, bridging solutions, and development finance.

Our esteemed network of specialist lenders takes into consideration a comprehensive array of scenarios, including:


  • Land acquisitions, whether with or without pre-existing planning
  • Conversions from commercial to residential properties
  • Robust strategies for commercial development initiatives
  • Residential development schemes designed for success
  • Collaborative Joint Ventures that leverage shared expertise
  • Aspiring first-time developers backed by a skilled professional team


Furthermore, Development Exit finance presents an advantageous avenue for developers aiming to unlock equity in a project before its final sale. This offers access to more cost-effective financing and empowers developers to transition to their subsequent ventures with greater agility and momentum.

Your association with the Connect Network opens doors to unparalleled opportunities in the property development finance realm. The network’s breadth ensures you’re not limited to a specific avenue but instead empowered with a comprehensive toolkit covering many financial avenues.

Whether you’re venturing into residential projects, exploring buy-to-let endeavours, delving into commercial ventures, or navigating the intricacies of bridging and development finance, the Connect Network is your gateway to diverse possibilities.  LOGO CFI SQ

In a landscape where flexibility and adaptability are paramount, the Connect Network’s all-encompassing reach positions you to confidently explore various dimensions of property finance. With each lender and provider on board, your potential for securing the ideal financing solution aligns with your specific project and goals.

Embrace the unparalleled access and multifaceted opportunities that the Connect Network brings as it propels you toward success in the dynamic world of digitalisation and property finance.


How to work with connect


When it comes to shaping the path for your clients, the decision is in your hands. You can opt for the approach that resonates with your style. You can choose to directly advise your clients, leveraging the resources of Connect to furnish you with essential information and terms. Alternatively, you can opt to refer your clients to Connect, where we take the reins in advising them, all while ensuring you remain engaged and informed throughout the process.

The beauty lies in the flexibility of choice. This is a testament to our commitment to empowering you as a professional. Your approach is not restricted; it’s adaptable to your preferences and your client’s needs. The dual options on the table allow you to tailor your strategy according to the specific situation, ensuring that your client’s journey is seamless and aligned with their requirements.

With the refer or package choice, you can provide an experience that suits your client’s comfort level while aligning with your expertise. Connect complements your efforts if you choose to advise directly by furnishing you with the necessary tools and insights. On the other hand, opting for referral entrusts Connect to provide comprehensive guidance directly to your client while keeping you fully apprised of every development.

This choice exemplifies our commitment to your success in a world where customisation and adaptability are paramount. We understand that no two clients are alike; thus, your strategy should reflect their uniqueness. The refer or package flexibility allows you to maintain your signature approach while benefiting from the expert insights and support that Connect brings to the table.

Elevate your advisory journey with the power of choice. By embracing the refer or package option, you harness the capability to orchestrate a client experience that aligns seamlessly with your expertise and values. With Connect as your ally, your client’s path to property finance excellence becomes a collaborative and empowered endeavour.


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