The cost of properties in Surrey can be expensive, however there are opportunities to property developers.
If you are looking to buy a property that is classed as uninhabitable or you want to develop a property and convert a house or office it into flats for example, a bridging loan is a way to finance these projects.
Why do people need a bridging loan?
While there are many reasons people take out a bridging loan, property developers are often the most likely borrowers. When these businesses or professionals want to secure an asset, and a conventional mortgage or Secured Loan isn’t applicable, a bridging loan can help. Many property professionals in Surrey would be aware of bridging finance.
However, some of the other common reasons for arranging a bridging loan include:
Property buyers at an auction have 28 days to conclude the purchase, and a standard mortgage isn’t applicable, so a bridging loan is of assistance.
When a property isn’t habitable, mortgage lenders will not provide finance, but a bridging loan allows the buyer to purchase the home and make suitable upgrades.
Often, when a property undergoes a “change of use”, such as being converted from business premises into residential flats (Converting Commercial to Residential), a standard mortgage isn’t applicable, but bridging finance is.
Bridging loans have also been used to resolve breaks in property chains or other temporary matters when concluding a property transaction.
You should be aware that bridging finance can be expensive, especially for property in Surrey.
How long a bridging loan lasts for usually depends on the intent behind the loan.
When the applicant intends to live in the property, a regulated bridging loan is required, and this should be paid off in 12 months.
When the loan is for business purposes, there is a need for an unregulated loan, which can be paid off in 18 months.
When there is a property development loan, the length of time for repayment is up to three years. Mezzanine Finance is also an option to help developers fund a property development.
What are the costs with a bridging loan?
There are costs associated with bridging loans. Many lenders will charge an arrangement fee, which can cost up to 1% or 2% of the total loan. If you are buying a property in Surrey, this fee can be substantial. Additionally there will be valuation and legal fees to pay for.
If you fail to pay the loan off in time, there are likely to be penalties associated.
Make sure you are comfortable with the terms of the bridging finance in Surrey before you agree to it, and we can help with this.
Do all lenders provide bridging loans?
Not all lenders provide bridging loans, you require a specialist lender. Also, some lenders only arrange these loans through a broker, and this is where we can be of assistance.
We have assisted many Surrey residents and companies in arranging a bridging loan, and we are keen to help you if required.
How to explore your bridging loan options with The Money Hub
Call The Money Hub Limited on 0203 725 5830 and speak to one of our highly specialised and dedicated Mortgage Advisors or you can complete an enquiry form which will allow you to schedule a call time.
DISCLAIMER: These articles are for information only and should not be construed as advice. You should always seek advice prior to taking any action.