Bridging finance

Bridging Loans

Use it to buy or refinance property at speed

Expert advice

Talk to one of our Bridging Finance Specialists.

Bridging loans

Use it to buy or refinance property at speed

Expert advice

Talk to one of our Bridging Finance Specialists.

Loan Amount

£50k plus

Loan Term

Up to 3 years

Time to Funds

As Little as 7 days

Interest Rate

From 0.5% per month

Bridging loans unlock opportunities for property professionals

  • Complete on the finance within a few weeks
  • Borrow up to 75% of the property value
  • Add interest costs to the loan

Bridging loans: What You Need to Know

A bridging loan is a short-term loan that bridges the financial gap between the purchase of a property and an exit event. Bridging loans are fast property loans designed to help property professionals take hold of opportunities.

What is a bridging loan?

A bridging loan is a familiar concept in the world of property sales but is one that causes a degree of confusion in the business world. Anyone who has been through an awkward house purchase where different parts of the chain do not quite match up knows what it is all about.

In business, the general principle is no different. Bridging finance is not a long term financial tool. It is a short term solution to a specific problem, usually one related to property or real estate. It makes cash available to facilitate a purchase while you arrange for either cash to arrive or a longer-term credit solution to be implemented, which will allow you to pay it off.

Due to the speed of arranging bridging finance it is commonly used to purchase property at auctions. This is otherwise known as auction finance.

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How do bridging loans work?

Typically lenders will lend up to 75% of the purchase price or open market value of the property, although often they will use a conservative valuation figure. A legal charge will be taken over the property being financed.

While a bridging loan can be agreed for 24 or even 36 months, it is often repaid sooner. This is advisable to minimise the cost of finance. The short-term nature of a bridging loan makes it quicker and easier to put in place than a mortgage. 

Here’s how it works:

Lenders will typically give an indicative offer within a day or two of application.

The lender will instruct a valuation. This can take a week or so, and the report is then reviewed by the lender.

Once the lender is satisfied with the valuation report solicitors are instructed.

If your solicitor is responsive and experienced in property transactions, completion can be quick. Often this can be within 2 or 3 weeks of application.

What can bridging finance be used for?

We mentioned earlier that bridging finance is most commonly used for property transactions. However, this is not necessarily a rule that is set in stone. The lender is mostly interested in understanding the exit strategy. As long as this is clear, the exact purpose is of secondary concern. If you need a short-term cash injection for some other business purpose, bridging finance could still be a solution.

How much does a bridging loan cost?

Bridging finance is a short-term mechanism to raise significant funds quickly. So it will come as no surprise to know that interest rates are typically higher than a mortgage. Therefore it is important to shop around to get the best deal and using a broker is a great idea.

Some lenders will allow you to defer the interest payment till the end of the loan. This can be a real bonus if money is tight during the financing period.

You should typically expect to pay:

  • Arrangement fee of around 2%
  • Monthly interest rate between 0.5% - 1.5%
  • A valuation fee
  • Legal fees (both your legal fees and the lender's legal fees)

Exiting bridging finance

The main thing that the lender will want to see is that you have an exit strategy in place. In other words, you need to show them how you are going to be able to repay it. Typically bridging finance is repaid by refinancing the loan, or by selling the property.

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