A type of specialist short-term finance used to purchase or refinance land, fast
A land bridging loan is a short-term loan secured a piece of land that does not have any buildings or structures standing on it.
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What is a land bridging loan?
A land bridge, or land bridging loan, is a special kind of bridge that is secured against unimproved land with no buildings. So, this may actually be difficult to raise funds on. Its value will increase if it has planning permission.
A land bridge, however, may be used as a short-term solution to help you buy the land while planning permission is obtained.
Once planning permission is granted, this product then allows you to refinance with development finance or a similar product. This can reflect the increase in value of the land because of the planning permission and can allow you to raise extra funding to finance the build as well as the land.
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A bridging loan acts as a precursor to a self-build mortgage. It will provide the capital you need to secure the land you're planning on building on. Then, usually, a self-build mortgage would then be used to pay off the loan and fund construction work.
A land bridging loan is typically used to purchase land or refinance an existing loan. Some lenders may be happy to release equity if there is sufficient headroom. Land purchases are often bought at auction, given the exceptional nature of such transactions.
If you'd like to learn more about a land bridge loan, get in touch today!
Does a land bridging loan require planning permission?
Bridging loans against land without planning permission would usually be a maximum of 50% loan to value. With detailed planning permission is in place, there will be a higher loan to value, usually up to 70%.
To find out more about buying land with planning bridging, speak to Rangewell today.
How much will it cost?
The cost of providing a land bridge will depend on a number of factors - the location of the plot, its current value, and its value once the relevant planning permission is secured will all be taken into account.
If the land has no planning agreed, a rate of 1.25%-1.5% per month might be appropriate.
Rates will be lower if the land already has planning permission.
If the land has the relevant planning permission to build on and the location is deemed to be good, you could expect to pay a rate of around 0.95% per month.
Additionally to the monthly cost of the interest, lenders will charge a lender arrangement fee, which is a fee for setting up the loan. This is usually between 1.5% and 2% of the total loan amount, although this is sometimes discounted to as low as 1%, especially on larger loans.
Bridging loans have a relatively high cost and are intended to be repaid quickly, either by the sale of the property or by refinancing with another finance product designed for the long-term, such as a mortgage. They usually can cover around 70% of the total value of the property or land they are secured on.
If you're looking for a loan for land purchase, speak to our land bridging lenders today.
A bridging loan can be arranged fast
Bridging loans are intended to let you deal with urgent funding needs or to take advantage of business opportunities that have to be dealt with fast. All bridging loans can be set up within a matter of hours, and funds released in as little as 72 hours, under certain conditions.
Bridging lenders will typically require collateral in the form of property. Loans can be secured on the value of just one property or several properties combined. The lender and borrower will enter into an agreement where the service provider usually takes ownership if the loan is not repaid.
Looking to start a new building project? Get in touch today and we'll discuss the repayment charges you should expect to pay.
How quickly can I get a loan?
A bridging loan can take anywhere from 72 hours to a couple of weeks to complete. This isn't the quickest type of finance to get approved for, but specialist lenders will work hard to get your cash with you as soon as possible.
How much can I borrow?
Usually, the maximum amount you can borrow with a bridge loan is usually 80%, however, some lenders will be willing to lend more with additional security. Please be aware that each lender will have different standards.
What sort of rate will I get?
The average cost of a land bridging loan and the rates that go with it can vary depending on the lender and how high risk the borrower is. The key to getting the best rates is having whole-of-market access and meeting the lending criteria of as many lenders as possible.
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Our specialist bridging team can help you, whatever your funding need
While there are many lenders who may be prepared to offer funding that is secured on property, bridging finance is rather more specialised.
There are a number of lenders who can offer land bridges, but each has its own approach to interest rates and fee arrangements.
At Rangewell, we know which lenders are able to offer business bridging finance and we use our expertise to identify the deal that really is the most appropriate for you and your business' needs. Our knowledge can not only help you secure the funding you need for your development project - it can save you a great deal of cash.
Remember, bridging loans are designed for short-term use. We not only have the expertise to help you use them as a tactical source of funding for the short term, but we can work to find the most competitive source of long-term funding to replace them.
Find a Bridging Finance deal to let a developer secure a parcel of development land
Source funding to allow a builder to buy a plot for future use
Found a lender to create a package of short-term funding to buy a number of plots at auction
Find the most competitive funding arrangement to industrial unit owner buy adjacent land, ensuring scope for growth
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For property professionals
Professional developers use Land Bridging Finance as part of their overall funding.
For businesses with property needs
Land Bridging Loans can provide help to support all types of property acquisitions.
Funding for any purpose
Securing funds on your land can help you raise cash for use in other areas of your business.
Land bridges are a funding solution for development projects which can be refinanced at a higher value once work is completed.
A fast application
Bridging providers will look at your credit profile and the value of the asset, along with your exit strategy, in order 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?
Can you use a bridging loan to buy land?
Bridging loans offer a lifeline to property developers who are looking to get funds quickly. They can also be used for land purchases and land development.
If you're looking to buy a plot of land, get in touch with Rangewell today. We can find a loan term that works for you.
How much deposit do I need for a bridging loan?
Typically, the minimum deposit a lender would expect you to put down is around 30-35% of the property's value. But all lenders will have different requirements.
Want to know more about land bridging finance, speak to Rangewell today.
Can I get a mortgage on land without planning permission?
It's unlikely that you'll get a mortgage on land without planning permission. Residential mortgages are typically granted for legally habitable things. Commercial property mortgages are used for things where the viable business needs financing.
Is a land bridging loan hard to obtain?
Bridging loans aren't any more difficult than funding against property, but you should be aware that each application is assessed on its own criteria. Also, due to the planning risk, land without planning is more complex than sites with full planning permission.
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