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Home Builders Federation backs LendInvest academy

The Home Builders Federation has backed the LendInvest Property Development Academy as it kicks off its second course.

The Academy course is a two-day intensive programme that takes 20-25 ‘students’ through seven hands-on, practical modules covering the full development project: from land valuation and acquisition, through to planning permission, supplier contracts, cost management and final sale.

Sessions are led by experienced advisers (e.g. solicitors, planners, valuers and surveyors) who know what it takes to get small-scale property developments delivered on time and on budget.

John Slaughter, Home Builders Federation’s director of external affairs, praised the course.

He said: “The cumulative undersupply of homes is a serious issue in this country. It is widely accepted that we need small house builders to enter the market and we need them to grow if we are to meet the challenge of delivering more homes.

“The housebuilding industry is not an easy professional endeavour and people coming into it as new entrepreneurs benefit from initiatives such as the LendInvest Property Development Academy.”

Ian Thomas, LendInvest’s CIO and co-founder, added: “Our Development Academy is providing property entrepreneurs with the tools they need to get their projects off the ground, supporting them to navigate the challenges of securing land, obtaining finance, and ultimately adding to the nation’s housing stock.

“The support of the Home Builders Federation for the academy underlines demand from across the industry to promote property entrepreneurship and reverse the decline of small scale house builders.

“With government set to publish a white paper on housing in the coming weeks, we encourage Housing Minister Gavin Barwell to support the small-scale property investors and developers who play a critical role in delivering the homes communities need most.”

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