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What is bridging / auction finance?
How does a bridging loan work?
Commercial bridging is short-term finance required for a specific reason or project when other finance is not available.
It’s often used by property developers who need funds to complete a short-term building project and have a clear exit strategy, such as selling the property or refinancing into a long-term commercial mortgage.
Bridging finance is also used by people buying properties from auction, who are required to complete the purchase within a short time (usually 28 days) of the auction.
Loan terms are usually 3–12 months, sometimes up to 24 months.
Capital and interest is usually rolled up into a single repayment once the property has been refinanced or sold.
Auction finance allows you to arrange the funding you require in advance with the lender giving you the flexibility to bid responsibly. A minimum 10% deposit is required to be paid on the day you win the auction, with the balance due within 28 days.
It’s important to remember that approval from lenders is conditional and you will have a set of criteria to follow for the property you are trying to win, although this is usually flexible for more experienced developers.
Potential auction buyers should draw up a shortlist of properties they are interested in, then present them to the lender. Repayment works in the same way as a standard bridging loan – principal and interest are rolled up and everything is paid back once the development / refurbishment has been completed and the property sold or refinanced into a longer-term mortgage loan.
£50,000 – £20,000,000
No monthly repayments
Interest is tax-deductible
Rates from 0.4% per month
Up to 80% LTV
Up to 24-month term
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