Our six-stage real estate development process guarantees your project gets done faster and cheaper than if you did it yourself.

At Little Fish, we specialise in helping everyday landowners maximise the value of their land through real estate development projects. As leading residential developers Melbourne we manage the entire real estate development process for you step by step from beginning to end.

We add value to every project at every step in the development process.

Our expert team has broken down the real estate development process into six stages and populated each stage with every actionable step to complete each stage.

Our six-stage development management process will significantly reduce your project’s risk and maximises its returns. It guarantees the best outcome is achieved on every project.

It’s this exact step-by-step process we leverage as project managers and property development consultants to deliver real estate development projects for our clients and investors like clockwork.

Our development process

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1. Pre-purchase

We begin by conducting site-specific due-diligence; we have an internal ID checklist we work through to determine the site’s feasibility.

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2. Settlement & Pre-planning

After purchasing a site, we organise all the finance administration. We also work with designers and architects to maximise the site, and we initiate contact with local councils to obtain town-planning approvals.

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3. Town Planning & Demolition

We appoint a demolition contractor and proceed with demolition. We obtain other required permits, work on marketing assets, collaborate with solicitors to create new sale contracts, appoint agents, and launch the sales campaign.

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4. Construction Documentation

At this stage, we complete construction drawings; acquire engineering documentation, including computations, structural, drainage, soil tests, energy ratings, legal point of discharge, etc. then begin and manage the construction tender process.

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5. Construction

We engage the surveyor, obtain relevant insurances and documentation, and issue the job to the selected builder. We also manage street services, council requirements, and support the builder throughout the construction period.

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6. Sales & Marketing

We develop and execute a detailed sales and marketing campaign, including all visual, print and copy, as well as images and assets used within the campaign to maximise the sale prices.


property developers alice spriggs

“In the end it really allowed us to maximise our returns, and we’ve done a lot better than expected in the process”

Alice Spriggs - Williamstown
scott gordon property developer

“The feasibility was set around 14% on project, by the end of the project it wound up in the region of 30% and it wasn’t all market growth – it was an amazing result for us”

Scott Gordon - Carnegie
residential property developer melbourne

“We had prices that were considerably higher than we first anticipated with building costs at 2.3-2.4 million dollars, we recently signed the contract at 1.9 million without changing the fabric of what we were trying to achieve. We have no hesitations recommending Little Fish.”

Matt Bracken & Andrew Hall – Hawthorn East
residential property developers melbourne

“Little Fish over achieved on the first development which has lead to me referring other clients to them over the journey. Their project management style and pricing has actually saved us money over that journey which is a nice way to say that your project manager hasn’t cost you anything.”

Robert Rushford – Rushford & Mathison Advisory
residential developers

“Whether you are looking to purchase a property off the plan or you are looking to do a project that Little Fish can help and guide you through I don’t think you’ll find a better company out there to make it happen for you.”

Dean Stanley – Sweeney
alice spriggs developer
residential developers

Our custom portal

We keep you connected.

You’ll get access to our custom built 24/7 client portal which gives you 100% transparency about the progress of your development.

  • Access your personal portal 24/7
  • Follow along as much or as little as you like
  • Setup phone and email notifications
  • View the latest plans
  • View up to date financials
  • Access important legal documents
  • Keep score in relation to time and budget
  • Enjoy the interactive chat where we share regular real-time updates

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We’d love to catch up with you to discuss what you want to achieve. Click the button below to talk to an expert.

Find out how we can run your next development project like clockwork whilst reducing risk and maximising your return on investment.