What is Bridging Finance?
Bridging finance is a short-term lending option designed to quickly access to funds for a specific purpose, typically for a period ranging from between a months up to 18 months. It enables borrowers to secure financing quickly, often within a couple of weeks, without the extensive and sometimes slow underwriting processes associated with traditional loans. Bridging loans are secured against property or assets, serving as collateral for the lender.
Benefits of Bridging Finance:
Speed: One of the primary advantages of bridging finance is its rapid approval and completion. This is particularly beneficial in time-sensitive situations, such as auction purchases, where you may only have a time window of 28 days to complete the property purchase.
Flexibility: Bridging finance offers greater flexibility in terms of repayment as most lenders do not charge and early repayment charge for exiting the loan early and a borrower can repay some or all of the loan almost straight away, reducing the amount of interest that they will pay. They may also be able to lend more whilst the bridging finance is in place should you need to and should it fit within the lenders criteria.
Bridge Gaps: Bridging finance effectively fills financial gaps, enabling borrowers to proceed with transactions even when faced with temporary funding shortages. It facilitates transitions between property transactions, preventing delays and missed opportunities.
Benefit from increased property values: Clients who buy property and then complete extensive work to it, for example, a property that requires work doing, possibly sold at auction. The clients can complete the work whilst the bridging finance is in place and once the work has been completed the property can then be re-mortgaged to another lender and some lenders will use the new open market value of the property for the new loan, this can enable some clients to buy a property, complete work increasing the value and then remortgage the property pulling out all of their original investment.
Considerations for Borrowers:
Cost: Bridging finance typically involves higher interest rates and fees compared to conventional loans, reflecting the short-term nature and associated risks. Borrowers must carefully assess the total cost of borrowing and ensure the financial benefits outweigh the expenses incurred.
Exit Strategy: It is important for borrowers to have a clear exit strategy in place before entering into a bridging finance arrangement. Whether through property sales, refinancing, or other means, a robust plan for repaying the loan upon its maturity is essential to avoid potential financial repercussions.
Due Diligence: Borrowers should conduct thorough due diligence on the terms and conditions of the bridging finance agreement, including interest rates, repayment terms, and associated fees. Engaging with reputable lenders and seeking professional advice can help mitigate risks and ensure transparency throughout the borrowing process. A good broker will run you through the facts and figures of the finance and explain how they apply to you and your purchase.
Bridging finance serves as a valuable financial tool for individuals and businesses navigating transitional periods or seeking expedited access to capital. Bridging finance is a quick way to secure a property and is flexible enough to allow heavy works to be completed on the property allowing you to increase its value. Bridging finance is expensive but it can accelerate your property investment journey.