How to buy land at short notice

Giving your farm the ability to seize every opportunity it can

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Versatile

  • Flexible funding secured on property
  • Use for any purpose on your farm
  • Auction Finance
  • Acquire additional land

Designed around your needs

  • Can be part of 'Jigsaw' Funding designed around your needs
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual repayments
  • Tailored around your cashflow
  • An adverse credit history need not be a problem

Flexible

  • Repayment and interest-only available
  • Roll-up repayments
  • Buildings as well as land
  • Refinance or acquire property assets

Talk to Rangewell – the business finance experts

Sometimes you need to snap up land fast. At Rangewell we can help provide it with Bridging Loans designed for the needs of farmers.

When a piece of land comes along that your farm business needs, you must buy it. When you don’t have cash available, a Bridging Loan can help

More land, and especially more land adjacent to your existing fields, can mean more profits. It can be the key to enjoying economies of scale, getting more use from workers, machines and facilities.

But land is a costly purchase. You may not always have the cash you need to hand, especially when it is a large-holding that has become available. You may need to move fast to secure the plots you want - especially if you are concerned that it could be lost to developers.

Most farmers find banks are slow to approve finance for agricultural borrowing - if they will lend at all.

The solutions can be found with Bridging Finance, which can offer you the funding you need fast.

What is a Bridging Loan?

The traditional answer for funding land purchase - an Agricultural Mortgage - may simply take too long to arrange when there is a bargain to be had.

Bridging Loans are large-scale, short-term loans. Like a mortgage, they are loans secured on the value of the land itself but, unlike a mortgage, they can be arranged quickly. They can be set up in a matter of days, and then can be used to seize an opportunity before a long-term source of funding can be arranged. They “bridge the gap” in funding until long-term finances can be put in place.

So, you could take out a Bridge Loan to buy land at auction, or whenever a quick sale is required. With your new land secured, you can then take your time to arrange an Agricultural Mortgage. Use this to repay the Bridging Loan, and repay the cost of your investment in the land over the years when it is already generating returns for you.

Bridging Finance has several advantages:

  • Quick: Bridging can be arranged and drawn down in days.
  • Versatile: loans can be tailored to your income and cash flow. Terms can be extended, interest rolled up repayment schedule planned on an individual basis.
  • Scalable: Bridging Loans can be from as little as £10,000, up to £millions.

Some lenders will accept a second charge security, meaning that the loan can be against a property which is already under finance, such as a mortgage.

How much will a Bridge cost?

The cost of bridging is relatively high compared with long-term lending solutions - but remember, they are only designed for short-term use, which makes the costs more reasonable.

Several factors will influence the cost, including the “exit strategy” - this is how you intend to repay the loan.

So you can use them for the short-term to buy additional productive acreage at an auction or at a private sale.  For the longer term, you can arrange a mortgage as an exit strategy. Bridging providers will work flexibly with their customers to determine whether their exit strategy is viable.

In addition to a monthly interest cost, lenders may charge a lender arrangement fee – a fee for setting up the loan - but all costs will be agreed when the loan is set up.

REAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE CAN DO

  • Find a Bridging Finance deal to let a farmer secure a parcel of productive land adjacent to his existing farm

  • Source funding to allow a farm to buy fields providing access

  • Found a lender to create a package of short term funding to buy a number of plots at an estate auction

  • Find the most competitive funding to buy agricultural buildings

Why you need Rangewell to set up a Bridge

Bridging Loans are intended to give you urgent funding solutions. Large sums of money are involved and getting the right solution is essential.

At Rangewell, we can help you to get the right arrangements and to find the most competitive deal for the loan you want. We have the expertise to help you use Bridging Loans as a tactical source of funding when you need to buy land at short notice, then we can work to find you the most competitive source of long-term funding to replace them.

Our knowledge of funding solutions for the agricultural sector can be an important asset for your business. Call us to find out more.

Rangewell helped us get a Bridging Loan in just 48 hours.
We needed to buy land at auction. Rangewell made it happen.
The land we bought at auction with a Bridging Loan was the basis for our entry into root crops.

Helping you build your profits

Buy land at auction

Bridging can provide solutions to buy land at auction.

Short-term funding

Bridge Loans can be the most cost-effective way to raise large sums for the short term.

Funding for any purpose

Securing funds on your land can help you raise cash for use elsewhere.

Flexible arrangements

Your income may be seasonal. We can help set up lending which reflects the nature of your income.

Fast applications

Bridging financiers know that time is crucial and will make a decision in the shortest possible time.

One single repayment

Fees, interest and charges can be rolled up and covered in a single repayment made at the end of the loan.

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  • How can a Bridging Loan support my farm business?

  • What are the real costs of lending and how do these costs vary between different lenders?

  • What can Bridging Finance be used for?

  • Are there any downsides to using Bridging Loans for my farming business?

  • What paperwork will I need to support my application?

  • What guarantees and security may I need to provide?

  • What are the key financial terms to check?

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You need to know how you will repay

You must have a clear exit strategy - showing how the loan will be repaid when entering into a bridging arrangement.

Some Bridging Finance may require a regulated lender

It is not always essential to use an FCA registered lender - but getting an expert view of which lender to use is essential.

Your property may be at risk

A Bridging Loan works like a mortgage. This can mean that property will be at risk if the loan repayments are not kept up to date.

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