What is a Property Bond?

Property bonds, otherwise known as property investment bonds are a means for developers to raise money from investors in the form of a loan. The intention is to fund the projects during the earlier stages of development.

Generally, the bond it is a legally binding agreement between the investor and the property developer. The investors’ capital is offered as a loan to the development company and the contract between them explains how the investment will be used, the interest payable for the investment, how the capital will be secured and when the investment will be repaid to the investor.

From an investors’ perspective, the appeal is often the higher-rate fixed annual interest, backed by a certificate and security over the property they are helping to fund.

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    How do property bonds work?

    How do Property Bonds Work?

    Any company may issue bonds as means of raising finance. With property bonds, these are usually issued by developers, or construction companies for the purposes of funding property development.

    To protect the investors’ capital against loss, once the bonds are issued they are secured against the property, or land with a legal charge. These charges offer collateral and security for investors and are registered on the property title at the Land Registry Office.

    Depending on the terms of the agreement (usually 2-5 year) the lender (investor) will be paid a rate of interest after which point the bond matures and the loan amount is returned.

    What is a charge on a property?

    When a legal charge is applied to a property bond it brings with it a great deal of security. It ensures that the investors’ capital will be repaid even if there is a default and the development company can not fulfil their obligations, as expected. This is done by securing the loan against assets that will be sold to return the investors’ capital, in the event of the worst case coming to fruition. Where there is a legal charge within the bond, investors can feel more comfortable investing their money, given this degree of security provided.

    Usually, the firm that issues the bond will have the right to seize the development, or whatever assets have been pledged as collateral to ensure the investors’ capital is safe.

    Essentially, this type of charge is very similar and works in the same way to what you might have come to expect when taking out a mortgage on a house, for example.

    What if the development company becomes insolvent?

    Any property bond worth investing in will structure the asset-to-liability ratio so that the debt is covered. This means that in the event of a default from the development company, the investors’ capital will be repaid via sale of assets that were used as collateral. These measures ensure that your capital is protected, once invested.

    Why Wouldn’t Property Developers Simply Borrow from the Bank?

    Most developers do borrow from banks and other finance providers, however, in the case of large development projects, banks may not cover the full amount required.

    If traditional finance fills 50-75% of the required investment, there is still a significant gap to fill and this is where property bonds can be a useful tool for raising the remaining capital which is needed.

    Using private equity for development projects gives property firms access to greater funds, meaning they can take on ambitious projects and ultimately make more money.

    What makes a property bond a desirable investment?

    There are several factors that make property bonds attractive to investors. Some of these factors include the following:

    Fixed interest rates

    Property bonds usually have fixed rates of annual interest over a fixed term. The amounts repaid are usually regular income payments, or in one lump-sum at the end of the agreed term for investment.

    Asset-backed Investment

    Investors often look for options where their capital is protected and investments that are secured against property and land are considered some of the safest options available.

    Flexible Exit Options

    Typically, early exit options are available for investors within property bond agreements. This early exit ‘clause’ allows the investor to end the agreement before it’s due date for termination, allowing the investor to gain access to their capital earlier. However, taking advantage of this early exit clause will often mean that the investor will have to forgo any due interest payments that were due.

    The Convenience Factor

    Investing into property bonds can be a far simpler and hassle-free process, when compared with a standard investment into a property.

    When you look to invest into a property with the intention of acquiring a profit, there is often many things that need to be considered before you approach the UK property market. Some of the factors that you would typically have to address when investing directly into the property market would be council tax, involving estate agents and tenancy challenges, stamp duty, insurance repayments, maintenance fees, etc.

    Property bonds offer a far simpler option for investors, akin with stocks and shares, but offering far lower volatility and far more security. They allow investors to simply invest their capital and take a more hands-off approach to acquiring profits.

    Are Property Bonds Safe?

    The main risk factor with investing in property bonds is the history, credibility and terms offered by any particular provider.

    You need to source a property bond offered by a reputable company with a demonstrable track record of paying investors promptly, delivering successful projects on budget, and who offer a legal charge for security.

    Here at Business Expert we have established a reputation of offering alternative finance deals by partnering with some of the best companies in the UK, personally vetted by us. The same due diligence goes for our property bonds and capital management solutions. Our partner has one of the strongest development track records in the business, with over 1bn currently invested in construction projects. They have a legal charge on assets for security, to ensure the safety of your investment.

    Advantages and disadvantages of property bonds

    Advantages

    • Less day-to-day volatility and risk than stocks and shares;
    • They offer a relative certainty of a payment twice a year and a fixed sum at maturity;
    • Interest payments can be significantly higher than traditional dividend payments;
    • They come with asset-backed security;
    • The investor has a legal right to claim against the physical security offered by the lender, should there be any payment default;
    • Offers diversification for multi-asset investors.

    Disadvantages

    • You cannot redeem your investment before the agreed term;
    • Currently not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

    Are property bonds right for you?

    If you are looking for a way to generate passive income from your investment, that pays regular and attractive rates of interest this can be a good option for you. If you are seeking an investment that protects your capital, by securing it against assets, property bonds may be an ideal opportunity for you.

    Being one of the best ways to generate substantial returns, property bonds can be a very attractive investment opportunity for any prospective high net worth individual, sophisticated investor, self-certified investor.

    We recommend that you should always seek professional financial advice before investing into any type of investment.

    How to invest

    Business Expert currently has a fantastic property bond opportunity available for investors that brings a 12% annual return on savings, with bonuses for longer-term investments. We do, however, require that you fall within one of the following three categories to become eligible:

    High net worth individual

    You will need to confirm that you either:
    • have a net income that exceeds £100K or;
    • have net assets that exceed that value of £250K, not including any pension fund assets and private residence.

    Certified Sophisticated Investor

    You will need to confirm that have been one of the following:
    • A director of a limited company that has a turnover of at least £1m within the last two years;
    • You have made more than a single investment in an unlisted limited company within the last two years;
    • A member of a network, or syndicate of business angels for a minimum of six months;
    • Have worked in the past two years in a professional capacity in the private equity sector, or in the provision of finance for SMEs.

    Self-certified Sophisticated Investor

    You will need to confirm that you are an individual that has signed a certificate in the last 12 months confirming that you will not invest more than 10% of your net assets in non-readily realisable securities.

    Get in touch…

    If anything on this page has become of interest to you and you are considering a property bond investment and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will happily take you through your options carefully, to give you a better understanding of what to do next.