Bridging loans help you to buy a property, while you are waiting for proceeds from the sale of a current property you own.
They are a form of mortgage that is secured on the property you are purchasing.
They can be quicker to apply for than commercial mortgages
Bridging finance differs slightly from a commercial mortgage in two key ways:
Bridging loans can have a far quicker application process than a commercial mortgage – allowing you to take advantage of a property bargain.
Despite these key differences you should be aware that a bridging loan is still a mortgage in that it is secured on the property you are purchasing. That means that if you fail to keep up repayments on a bridging loan – the property could be repossessed.
The repossession process for a bridging loan can be much swifter than repossession on a regular commercial mortgage.
You should also note that bridging finance costs roughly the same amount to arrange as a commercial mortgage – and the finance you are receiving is going to be for a far shorter term. So only consider bridging if you will be unable to secure a commercial mortgage, or you expect to only need finance for a relatively short initial term (while you renovate a property to sell for instance).
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