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Minimum Loan £500k
Minimum net income £100k
As at 8th February 2023
In the video below, our Head of Bridging, Sam O'Neil, explains what large bridging loans are, their costs, timescales, example uses, and how you can get one.
A bridging loan, also known as a bridge loan, is a type of short-term financing used to bridge the gap between purchasing a new property and selling an existing one.
It's common for them to be used by people or companies who need to secure financing for a property purchase quickly, but may not have all the necessary funds to hand.
There are many situations in which bridge loans can be helpful, but this article focuses specifically on large bridge loans, which are over £500,000.
These loans are typically used for commercial property purchases or expensive residential homes and are an attractive option for those needing significant financing for a property transaction.
While you're here, read some of our bridging loan case studies.
There are many different types of lending options when you're buying a buying property:
Mortgages, for example, are a common way for people to finance the purchase of a home, while commercial loans are often used to fund the expansion of a business.
On the other hand, Bridging loans are a unique type of short-term financing that can be used in various situations and are often regarded as the ultimate form of flexible finance.
Understanding the ins and outs of bridging loans is essential if you're considering one for a commercial or residential property purchase.
This article explores the basics of large bridging loans, including how they work, the pros and cons of using one, and how to secure a loan of this size.
To understand how large bridging loans work, it's important to understand the basics of property financing. When an individual or business wants to purchase a property, they may not have the entire purchase price available upfront. They may turn to a lender, such as a bank, to secure finance in these cases.
A mortgage is a loan used to finance your property purchase and is typically secured by the property itself. This means if you can't afford to repay your mortgage, your bank can sell your home to recover the money they've lent you.
You pay your lender a monthly payment that includes both the capital you've borrowed and the interest.
Unlike a mortgage or a commercial loan, a bridging loan is a short-term financing solution. They are typically only designed to be used for a few months or until you can secure more permanent financing (such as selling another property or asset or getting a standard mortgage for the long term).
Because of their short-term nature, bridging loans typically come with higher interest rates than other types of financing. Bridging loan interest rates are also displayed as a monthly rate, not an annual rate like a standard mortgage.
Related: Check out our bridging loan calculator.
When it comes to financing the purchase of a valuable residential or commercial property, it can be beneficial to work with a specialist in the field. An expert in large bridging loans can guide you through the process of obtaining this type of financing.
A few different types of lenders may offer large bridging loans for commercial property, including banks, credit unions, and online lenders.
Finding a reputable lender with a track record of success is essential. It would help if you also looked for a lender with competitive interest rates and fees and a reputation for excellent customer service.
In addition to traditional lenders, consider working with a mortgage broker.
A mortgage broker is a professional who works with various lenders to help you find the right financing for your needs.
Mortgage brokers can be a useful resource when finding a specialist in large bridging loans, as they may have relationships with lenders that are not available to the general public.
There are two types of bridging loans: "open" and "closed" bridging loans.
A closed bridging loan has a fixed end date, meaning the borrower must repay the loan by a specific date.
Borrowers often use these loans when they expect to sell an existing property or receive a large sum of money within the timeframe.
An open bridging loan does not have a fixed end date. While you must have an "exit strategy", I.e., a plan to raise funds to repay your loan, you might not have a fixed date for this event yet. These loans are often used when you're still determining when you'll be able to secure permanent financing. Most bridging loans have a maximum term of 18 months.
In the UK, all lenders, including those that offer large bridging loans, must be authorized by the FCA and follow strict guidelines regarding lending.
These guidelines are designed to ensure that lenders are fair and transparent in their lending practices and that borrowers are treated fairly and given all the necessary information to make informed decisions about their loans.
If you're considering a large bridging loan in the UK, it's important to work with a lender that the FCA regulates.
Bridging loans are designed to be a quick and flexible financing solution. As a result, it is possible to get a bridging loan in a relatively short period, often within a few days or weeks.
The exact time it takes to get a bridging loan will depend on various factors, including your lender, the amount of your loan and your exit strategy.
In general, however, bridging loans can be processed more quickly than traditional mortgages. They don't require the same types of affordability calculations that standard mortgages do, which are based on your income, debts and credit score, among other factors.
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