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Bridging loans are often used to fund property purchases, but there is no restriction on how funds can be used. So if you are faced with a sudden expense, or if you need finance to take advantage of an opportunity, a bridging loan secured on a property you already own could provide the answer.
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What is a bridging loan?
A business bridging loan is a short-term loan secured against property.
The property can be residential, such as buy-to-let flats, or commercial, such as offices, factories or warehouses. The loan can be used to buy the property itself, or as funding for any other business purpose.
It's called a bridging loan because it is designed to bridge a short-term funding gap. Bridging loans are usually repaid quickly, either by the sale of the property or by another finance product designed for the long-term, such as a mortgage.
The loan can be as short as one day and run up to a maximum of 12 months. Loan amounts start at around £25,000, and there is no maximum.
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Typically, you can borrow between £50,000 and £10 million with a bridging loan. The amount you can lend will depend on how much equity you have. The maximum loan is usually linked to 75% loan to value. The loan is then secured on the property or multiple properties to raise the required funds.
A bridging loan is either paid back by the sale of the property or by raining finances through a traditional mortgage route.
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Short Term Bridging Loans
Bridging loans are intended to let you deal with urgent needs or to take advantage of opportunities as they come up so will be ideal when buying a property at auction. It is essential that you can have the loan agreed and the funds you want in the shortest possible time. Bridging Loans can be arranged within a matter of hours, and funds released in as little as 72 hours, under certain conditions.
Large amounts are involved, and lenders offering bridging finance will carry out detailed checks and apply conservative lending criteria, but are able to make rapid decisions because they can work without the bureaucracy that slows down many traditional lenders.
Who can get a bridging loan?
Typically, bridging loans are aimed at landlords and amateur property developers. However, lenders will focus on the situation rather than the buyer.
A bridging loan would be ideal for people looking for the following:
A fast property purchase - Bridging funds can become available within a week, much shorter than a mortgage application process.
Property refurnishment - If a property has no kitchen or bathroom and needs a complete overhaul, it can be challenging to get a mortgage. A bridging loan will make it possible to apply for bridging finance then refinance on to a long term option.
Breaking the chain - a loan will be granted against the property you wish to sell for you to transfer your mortgage to a new property. Then, when the property sells, you'll redeem the loan.
Auction purchases - you should have the funds available before raising your number paddle when you purchase at auction. Bridging finance can be secured in a matter of weeks while long term finance is secured.
Quick cash - A bridging loan can be used to make actual payments such as tax and VAT and support the business in temporary cash flow requirements.
What do bridging loans cost?
Interest rates charged will vary, depending on your circumstances and your business, and the deal to be funded. Current rates can range from 0.7-1.5% per month, with even higher rates for more difficult propositions.
In addition, there may be a number of fees, including an arrangement fee which can be 2% of the loan amount, an exit fee which can equal one month's interest and surveyors' and legal fees. If the loan runs over the agreed term there will also be substantial penalty fees.
We can find many bridging solutions - from high value bridging loans to 100% bridging finance and other property and refurbishment finance. Our experts can work with you to understand your needs and use our network of contacts to find the lender with the most competitive solution.
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Types of bridging loans
There are different forms of bridge finance, and here are a few examples.
Closed bridge loans
A closed bridge loan is only available for a fixed period of time. However, these seem to be more accessible as lenders have a higher level of certainty regarding repayment of the loans.
Open bridge loans
Open bridge loans typically have no fixed repayment date. These will be desirable for those who don't know when they'll need to access the necessary funds to pay off the loan. However, interest rates will be higher due to uncertainty around the repayment terms.
First charge bridging loans
A first charge bridging loan is when an asset that is being used as collateral has no other encumbrance. For example, it may be owned by the borrower as the mortgage has been fully paid off.
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Debt bridging finance
This is when companies take out finance to cover short term costs while waiting for finance. The loan will bridge the borrowing company to debt capital.
Equity bridge financing
Some companies want to avoid high-interest debts, so they may decide to seek out equity bridge financing. The venture capital firm will provide the company with capital in the form of bridge financing to tide them over while they raise the equity.
IPO bridge financing
The IPO process can be expensive, so bridging finance is designed to cover expenses in the short term. The finance raised from IPO will be used to pay off the loan.
There are many options when it comes to bridging finance
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REAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE CAN DO
Find a bridging finance deal of over £1 million to let a developer secure a property bought at auction - ensuring he could move his project forward and protecting his deposit
Source funding to allow an engineering company to buy a competitor - in effect doubling the size of the business overnight
Found a lender to advance finance to allow a manufacturing company to buy a factory
Find the most competitive funding arrangement to let a chip shop buy their premises
Helped an industrial estate owner secure funds to buy an adjacent property at auction, ensuring scope for growth
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For property professionals
Professional landlords, investors and property developers all use bridging finance as part of their overall funding strategy.
For businesses with property needs
Bridging loans can provide help to support all types of property acquisitions, including your own business premises.
Funding for any purpose
Securing funds on your existing property can allow you to raise large-scale funding very quickly, offering a solution to deal with opportunities such as the purchase of another business.
Bridging loans can provide a funding solution for short-term development projects which can be refinanced at a higher value once work is completed.
A fast application
Bridging financiers will look at your credit profile, the value of the asset, and your exit strategy to make a decision in the shortest possible time.
A single repayment
In most cases, all fees, interest and charges can be rolled up into a single repayment made at the end of the loan term, when an alternative fund source has been arranged.
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How does a Bridging Loan work?
Is Bridging Finance classed as short-term finance?
How can a Bridging Loan support your business?
How do Bridging Lenders calculate the rate of interest on a loan amount?
What are the real costs - how do they vary between lenders?
Are all lenders authorised and regulated by the financial conduct authority?
What can a Bridging Loan be used for?
Is it a requirement that my business' registered office is registered in England and Wales?
The downsides of Bridging Loans
Bridging Finance options explained in more detail - including open and closed bridging loans, and pay monthly, rolled-up interest and retained interest short term loan
Completion dates for Bridging Loans explained clearly
What is the difference between a Bridging Loan, a Commercial Mortgage and a Buy to let Mortgage?
What paperwork do you need?
Are there administration fees with Bridging Loans?
What options have I for interest payments on a Bridging Loan?
Is it standard to make repayments every 28 days?
Guarantees and security
Key Terms to check
Can a commercial Bridging Loan be used for both commercial property and residential property if it is to be used for business purposes?
Is business finance the same as commercial finance?
How do interest rates vary between term loans?
How does the value of the property affect how much you can borrow?
Do I need an exit strategy in place before applying for Bridging Finance?
Does my company have to be limited, registered in England and have a Companies House registration number to be eligible for business finance?
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Frequently asked questions
Have a question?
Are bridging loans a good idea?
It's essential to weigh up the pros and cons of bridging loans before you apply.
You can borrow money to keep your property plans on track.
You'll be able to borrow large sums.
Repayment terms can be flexible.
It will be possible to secure lending on properties where high street lenders may not
Cons of bridging loans:
Bridging loans are a secure form of borrowing, so you'll need to put up an asset. If you don't make your payments, you'll be at risk of losing that asset.
You may pay higher interest rates.
Bridging loans can come with fees that make them more expensive.
How long does it normally take to get a bridging loan approved?
Depending on different factors, a bridging loan can take anything from 72 hours to a couple of weeks to complete. However, lenders are experts in this complex market and can speed things up significantly when they have the correct information.
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How much can you borrow on a bridge loan?
There isn't really an upper limit on the amount of money you can borrow. The sums of money will be dependant on your situation and the lending criteria.
If you're looking to expand your portfolio of commercial properties or if you're looking to buy an auction property, speak to Rangewell today.
Can you get a bridging loan with bad credit?
Bridging loans are always offered on a short-term basis. The most essential factor with bridging loans is the exit strategy (how you'll repay the loan at the end of the term). If you have a bad credit history, the main issue for the lenders is if that strategy is put in jeopardy.
It doesn't mean that it's impossible to get a loan when you have bad credit.
Our brokers have access to many lenders and can put you in touch with someone who specialises in bridging loans for bad credit.
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