How to use a bridging loan to buy a house in London

04-May-2017 13:20
in Bridging
by Jennifer Stevenson

The London property market is notoriously competitive, which means when you find the perfect home or a good investment opportunity, you need to move fast.

Unfortunately, getting the right funding in place can often be a challenge when buying a house in the capital.

A bridging loan can offer an ideal solution, allowing you to quickly raise the money you need to make a house purchase so you don’t miss out.

Many property buyers are not familiar with bridging loans and how they work, however, so we aim to explain everything you need to know about using a bridging loan to buy a house in London.

Reasons for using bridging finance to buy London property

There are several common reasons people use bridging loans to buy property in London. Generally these can be broken down into three main categories:

  • When there is not enough time to apply for and secure a mortgage e.g. when buying at auction where there is a 28 day limit to complete the sale.
  • If the property is unmortgageable e.g. it has no working kitchen and bathroom or otherwise needs significant renovation work.
  • Where you already have a residential mortgage on a property which you cannot, or prefer not to, sell before purchasing the new property e.g. if you find a perfect house to buy, but have not yet sold your current home.

Bridging loans can often be agreed within a matter of days, can be secured against unmortgageable property and can be taken out by those who already have a residential mortgage on another property. This makes them a good choice for any of the circumstances described above.

How bridging loans for property work

A bridging loan works a lot like a mortgage, but with some key differences. Like a mortgage, bridging finance is usually secured on the property you are using it to buy, however a bridging loan can also be secured on an additional property as well, allowing you to borrow more or get a better rate of interest.

As stated above, bridging loan can also be arranged much faster than mortgages – often within days – and can allow you to borrow against property on which lenders would not offer a mortgage. The amount you can borrow will depend on the value of the property and may also take account of any renovation costs and the likely value of the improved property (where applicable).

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How to get a bridging loan to buy a house in London

Bridging finance is normally only offered by private banks and lenders or by dedicated subsidiaries of high street banks. All of these are normally available through specialist finance brokers.

The lending criteria for bridging loans are usually more flexible than those for mortgages, meaning that issues such as complex income streams or non-UK residency will not necessarily be an issue as they might be for a high street mortgage. 

The cost of bridging loans for London property

When you take out a bridging loan, there are three costs you will normally need to think about:

  • Arrangement fees (typically 1-2% of the capital, paid when your first take out the loan)
  • Interest (usually paid monthly or rolled up and paid as a lump sum when the loan is repaid)
  • Exit fees (not charged by all lenders, but also generally 1-2% of the capital where they apply)

All of these costs will vary from lender to lender, which is why it is a good idea to work with a whole of market who can find you the best deals from across the market.

Find a bridging loan to buy a house in London

Interested in using a bridging loan to buy London property? Clifton Private Finance can help you get the best deal available using a wide range of contacts throughout the bridging finance industry.

Our team of experienced, specialist bridging loan brokers have access to all the leading lenders, so can offer you the most attractive deals currently on the market. That way you can get the money you need to buy your London property at an affordable rate, quickly and with minimal fuss.

Looking for a bridging loan to buy a house in London? Call us on 0117 959 5094 or use our simple contact form to get in touch.