Pros & Cons of Property Development

Pros & Cons of Property Development

Definition of Property Development

Property development (also known as real estate development) is the business of developing land or buildings into a higher use value.

It’s a multi-faceted business which can encompass any of the following:

  • Buying land and building property on it;
  • Renovating, extending or improving property;
  • Converting property from one use type to another.


Advantages of Developing Property

1. Potential for a high return on investment (ROI)

The biggest advantage of property development is the potential for high returns and significant profits.

However, it isn't always that simple, particularly for new developers. It can be difficult for first-time developers to correctly identify and then execute on profitable opportunities.

2. Shorter investment timeframe

Speed is important in property development as it leads to higher profits and faster returns.

A successful Development project can offer profits much faster than other types of investments such as bonds and shares.

3. Property offers greater stability over time

Historically, property has been more stable when compared to other investments with less volatility than the stock market.

This is largely due to its slower pace of sales and the consistent demand for property.

4. Investment leverage

Purchasing property allows you to invest more with less of your own funds, as banks typically loan additional funds in the form of a mortgage. This leverage can enhance returns in the event of growth.

Additionally, the willingness of banks to lend significantly more for property purchases indicates the security of investing in property compared to other markets.


Disadvantages of Developing Property

1. Property development has low liquidity

If you need access to your money right away, property development may not be the best option.

This is because it takes time to sell a property and get your money back. Unlike with shares, the property can't be sold at a moment's notice.

2. Unexpected problems will cost you

If you don't get expert advice, you may run into unexpected problems that increase the cost of your project.

When project costs increase, this lowers your return on investment or can even lead to taking a loss.

3. Projects can take longer than initially forecast

You need to calculate the time it will take to sell the property accurately with a reasonable amount of time for allowances.

The longer a property development project takes, the more you will have to pay for mortgage or financing which lowers your profit and returns.

4. It can be hard to get started as a property developer

First-time developers will generally have difficulties obtaining a development loan from a bank or non-bank lender.

Another issue to avoid as a new property developer is overlooking the costs of buying and selling a property, including the potential stamp duty charges.

This should all be considered in your initial cost analysis.



Before investing in property development in South East QLD, it's important to know what you want to achieve with your investment.

It can be a good way to grow your assets, but like any investment, it's crucial to do research and get professional help if you have questions.

This article may assist you if you are still wondering if it's possible to even get finance to develop a property.

About Assured Management

Assured Management (AML) is a flexible, non-bank lender with the ability and expertise to work directly with property developers to complete projects in a timely and profitable manner. 

We provide tailored construction finance solutions and property development loans for:

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