Bridging loans are one of the most useful, multi-purpose, types of lending solutions available. You can get a bridging loan approved on almost any property for almost any reason.
And we can arrange them really fast.
What is a bridging loan?
A bridging loan or bridging finance is a short term secured loan or mortgage. The property used as security can be either residential, buy to let or commercial. These types of loans are temporary, allowing you some time to refinance or sell a property.
The bridging loan term can be for just a few days or months, upto 1-3 years maximum. At the end of the term the lender will require full settlement of the debt via an exit strategy.
Most lenders are happy to lend upto 75% loan to value but it is also possible for a 100% bridging loan to be granted in certain circumstances.
Loans are available to both Limited Companies, Special Purpose Vehicles and Individuals including landlords and property developers.
One major reason for choosing a bridging loan is speed. They can be arranged very quickly enabling bargains to be secured or problems avoided.
Bridging loans are short term by nature. From a few months up to 36 months maximum, so an exit plan will be needed to repay it.
Bridging is more expensive than regular secured finance. However, the opportunity to secure a project quickly and simply often means the return outweighs the extra cost.
A bridging loan is a great solution when you need quick access to capital
It is a short-term interest-only loan to ‘bridge’ the gap
The cost of a bridging loan
The interest rate charged for a bridging loan is a monthly amount that varies with the type of project it is to be used for.
The lenders will also require an arrangement fee, this is an upfront fee but most lenders will allow it to be added to the loan. There’s also the normal survey fees and legal fees to pay.
Bridging loan eligibility
Finance is available to both companies and individuals. Bridging lenders will look at all aspects of the deal when assessing eligibility.
This will include undertaking credit checks, looking at the property itself, your planned works or improvements and your ability to cashflow or pay for the project until exit.
Auction finance is a type of bridging loan which allows you to buy residential and commercial properties at a property auction. It can be arranged quickly, for almost any type of property, and suits the tight timeframes that apply to auction property transactions.
A bridge to let mortgage combines a short term bridging loan (for the purchase), with a buy to let mortgage (for the exit) in one convenient package. This solution creates a smooth transition from the specialist bridging finance over to the pre-approved buy-to-let mortgage.
Why use a bridging loan?
Bridging Finance can be used in so many different ways, to achieve so many different objectives
Here are some examples of what is possible:
Develop a derelict Barn, with full residential planning permission to convert into a house, to be sold, or retained as a buy to let investment property
Purchase of an investment property that is inhabitable, but could not be considered suitable for letting, because works are needed
Purchase of any property where speed and convenience is the objective. Once owned you can then apply for permanent longer term finance without deadlines (a popular option for investors who want to move fast)
A bridging loan is one of the most misunderstood types of property finance. A lot of people don’t feel comfortable using them as they don’t understand them. And yet they are actually quite simple in design!
Talk to the experts
Drake Mortgages is a bridging finance broker and we can source competitive rates from across the market. We have built relationships with specialist lenders who do not have a presence on the high street to secure finance where others cannot.
We can help arrange a bridging loan, a short-term loan that provides fast access to funding, or development finance for the specific purpose of building new properties or making substantial changes to existing properties.CONTACT US
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