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  • Profile photo of Suri007Suri007
    Join Date: 2012
    Post Count: 21

    I have access to some money. Some of my own and some of relatives who have given it to me to invest for them. I have found a land with pre-approved plans and permits for 2 double storey townhouses. The land is around 300k. how much would it cost me to build 2 townhouses of around 25sq each?

    I just trying to work out if this is profitable endeavour. 

    Can someone help?

    Recommend a good builder in Melbourne?

    How long will it take to build?

    I have the Sec32. What should I be looking for? 


    Profile photo of DWolfeDWolfe
    Join Date: 2009
    Post Count: 1,253

    Firstly find an architect/Draftsperson or hand holder to help you through this process.

    I recently met the team at Pillar and Post (Christianb and Breece are members of this forum) and the are great at holding a beginners hand through the process of due diligence and working out what will fit on a block.

    The problem is, you haven't told us what suburb, what zoning, are there overlays on the land, where is the sewerage, storm water, etc on the site. What is nearby? Are there any covenants on the block such as single dwellings in that suburb only.

    As for how much, as a percentage profit, I don't normally look at deals (for development) under 25% return, the risk of hitting snags and issues doesn't make it worth it. I know experienced developers who develop in the same suburb over and over work at 15-17%.

    How much to build? How long is a piece of string? IS the block level? What finish are we talking, 25 sq is a big townhouse, does it have to be that big? Double storey or single? the list goes on.

    You can do development, you just need to go in with your eyes wide open and knowing everything you can about it first, and don't rush! There is always another deal!!

    Hope this helps!


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    Profile photo of jmsracheljmsrachel
    Join Date: 2012
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    Hi Suri,

    Which suburb in Melbourne is the land? I might be able to recommend you a builder.

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