Today’s debt market is pretty healthy. Developers and investors have a broad range of lenders to choose from and, so far, there is no sign of a return to the reckless practices that caused so much havoc a decade ago.

Guy Montague-Jones

Today’s debt market is pretty healthy. Developers and investors have a broad range of lenders to choose from and, so far, there is no sign of a return to the reckless practices that caused so much havoc a decade ago.

But the proliferation of lenders, each with its own particular focus, has made it a difficult market to navigate. A number of debt advisory firms have sprung up to help borrowers identify the best funding partners and in this guide, we profile the key players to help you pick the right adviser.

We also take a look at some of the issues that continue to vex borrowers 10 years on from the crash. Progress has been made on a number of fronts. Development finance is now more readily available than it was and lenders are starting to get behind new sectors such as build-to-rent. But important challenges remain. More innovation is needed to help borrowers seeking small commercial property investment loans. At the moment, small investors are being held back by the lack of attractive funding options.

The guide also offers advice from leading experts to borrowers on issues such as how to secure funding for development projects in new and emerging sectors and what hedging options are worth exploring in today’s market. We hope it proves a useful tool to help navigate the ever-changing world of real estate finance.

Guy Montague-Jones is deputy editor of Property Week