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Once we've received terms from our select panel of lenders, We'll inform you of the options you have and then you'll let us know which offer to proceed with.
Once you've selected the perfect lender, we'll go ahead and package the application on your behalf, making it a seamless and easy process. We'll then instruct valuation and legals on the same day.
Once the case has been submitted and the valuation report is back the case will be formally offered and funds can be made available to drawdown, subject to the legal due diligence being complete – From start to finish, we can have deals ready in as little as 7 working days.
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Bridging Finance & How does it work?
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What is bridging finance & how does it work?
You may have heard about bridging loans in the context of property investment or moving house, but what exactly are they? Basically, bridging finance is a type of short-term loan that allows a buyer to purchase a property before their existing home or investment property is sold. As the name suggests, it ‘bridges’ the funding gap in the lag between purchase and sale – offering rapid access to the necessary purchase funds for a brief period of time.
Borrowers can access from £5,000 to £250 million, depending on applicant status, the value of the property and other lender criteria. Higher lending amounts are typically reserved for borrowers who can put up several properties as security. Quotes are provided on a Loan to Value (LTV) of 65%-80% in most situations.
What are the typical uses of bridging loans?
Bridging loans can be used in a number of situations. For example:
1. When people are moving home in a chain, with a gap between completion dates (e.g. needing to pay for the new property before receiving funds on the completed old property).
2. When property investors or private buyers renovate a home and want a rapid sell-on.
3. When an individual is looking to buy a property at an auction.
4. When property investors and developers are looking to pay a tax bill
5. When buyers want to secure finance against an uninhabitable property.
This type of finance can be used by homeowners, landlords and property developers alike.
Are bridging loans a good idea?
The bridging finance market has grown rapidly, with a number of small and focused lenders now on the market, catering for specialist property finance needs. The market has changed because large high-street lenders have become less willing (and sometimes less able) to lend ever since the financial crisis of 2008.
As to whether a bridging loan for property development, auction purchase or private home buying is a good idea, it depends on a variety of factors. Bridging loan requirements vary by lender, but each will have certain common features that need to be considered.
The most notable feature of this type of finance is that the interest rate is likely to be high. At the same time, there are typically high administration fees applied to the loan. Because of this, it is essential to proceed very carefully and with a full view of the facts. Borrowers have been burned by this type of loan in the past, in instances where transactions have fallen through, or where lenders have turned out to be unscrupulous and untrustworthy.
What are the various pros and cons of bridging finance?
Benefits of instant bridging loans
1. Rapid access to money
2. Ability to borrow large sums – often up to £250 million depending on applicant status
3. Options for flexible borrowing.
Possible downsides of bridging loans:
1. Failure to understand the unique features of these loans can result in financial risk
2. Bridging finance is secured against your property; meaning it can be sold if you can’t meet the repayment terms
3. A costly option with fees and higher interest
What is the interest rate on a bridging loan?
Bridging finance interest rates will vary by lender. However, interest costs of 1.5% a month are not unusual, which can equate to an annual percentage rate of 18%.
Fixed or variable rate?
Bridging loans may have fixed or variable interest rate features. Fixed interest rates are ideal for customers who want stability, as they offer the same amount of interest for the duration of the term. The rate is pre-agreed, but there may be a premium for this security.
The other choice is to have a variable rate bridging loan which can change with the base rate. However, you can save money if the base rate decreases. Borrowers who are less concerned about security sometimes prefer the variable rate option if they believe that the financial markets will travel in their favour. Knowledge and market insight is required here, along with a thorough understanding of personal risk tolerance. If interest rates appear to be rising, most customers will choose the fixed interest rate to lock it in and avoid further increases in the event of a base rate rise.
Repaying interest on a bridging loan?
Bridging loan periods tend to be for several months and there are usually different options for paying the interest portion.
The customer repays the interest every month as a separate payment, rather than adding it to the outstanding balance
Rolled-up bridging finance deals
The compound interest is calculated monthly but added to the outstanding loan balance and paid together when repayment is due.
The monthly interest payment due is covered up to a predefined date so that the full sum is only repaid when monies are due.
Fees and other costs?
As well as interest payments, there will be an arrangement fee for the set-up of the bridging loan, which is usually around 1-2%. A repayment fee for exit paperwork may also apply, along with valuation fees for the cost of the surveyor.
How long can you have a bridging loan for?
Remember, this type of finance is designed to be short-term. As soon as it extends beyond the agreed interim or bridging period, penalties can rapidly stack up. Typically, bridging finance is available for 1 – 18 months.
Are there different types of bridging loan?
Yes, there are two broad types: closed bridging finance and open bridging finance.
With closed bridging finance you will tell the lender how you will repay the loan – with what funds and when. These loans usually complete within a few months and the clear exit plan is required as a lending condition.
Open bridge finance won’t usually need this type of exit plan, and it is typically the loan of choice when funds are needed urgently to complete a property transaction. No detailed plan is needed to explain how the debt will be settled, and the finance tends to be offered for up to a year. Of course, it’s important to note that interest will keep being applied throughout this period.
There are also first charge bridging loans and second charge bridging loans.
If you have a loan against a property which is already mortgaged, you’d take out a second charge loan. An example of this would be if you were planning to finance a property extension to improve the property. The categorisation tells the lenders who will have legal priority for repayment if the loan was unable to be paid off at the term-end.
First charge loans apply if the new loan is the first secured on the property.
Can I get a bridging loan?
Bridging loan requirements will depend on the lender. Often, lenders will require that:
Customers must also take out their property mortgage with them too, providing the bridge finance as an interim measure before the standard mortgage comes into play.
Property is put forward as security against the loan. Some lenders expect applicants to have more than one property in order to be eligible for their bridging finance products, but this will depend on the lender and the size of the loan.
Applicants show proof of income – although, interestingly, as loan interest isn’t repaid monthly, some lenders do not request this.
The applicant shows evidence of their property investment track record if they are planning to develop their purchased property.
The applicant can show a business plan if they are using the bridging loan for commercial purposes.
What are the alternatives to bridging loans?
Development loans are another type of short-term property development loan. They are repaid in stages and calculated on the gross value of the development. Personal loans are another option, as are remortgages when timescales are more flexible and a long-term loan is desirable.
Tips for success when applying for instant bridging loans?
Use a bridge loan calculator
Ask for your lender to provide a tailored bridge finance example or illustration around your particular borrowing needs.
Think carefully about the type of bridging loan that you need – whether open bridge finance or closed bridge finance.
Know whether the loan is a first or second charge type.
Clarify whether the interest rate is fixed or variable.
Review products from several lenders.
Be clear on your security.
Read the small print!
Who provides bridging finance?
Bridging loans are offered by banks, building societies, specialist lenders and brokers. They aren’t widely advertised and usually require a direct application by the customer to find out the product features and offers.
Once you have made an application, a decision will usually be made within 24 hours. The funds then will take around two weeks to be issued, including time for checks to be carried out, the valuation and the actual transfer.
Keen to find out more?
Hank Zarihs are highly experienced and specialist financial intermediaries operating in the property development market. We work with a tried and tested panel of over 60 trusted lenders and can provide excellent bridging finance with attractive features. Contact us to find out more.
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