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How to Choose a Bridging Loan Broker?

How to Choose a Bridging Loan Broker?

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With so many lenders to choose from and substantial variances in eligibility policies, selecting the right bridging loan broker is essential to secure quick, affordable borrowing.

Revolution Brokers is an independent, whole-of-market broker with years of experience in the bridging finance sector.

Here we'll explore what you should look for in your broker, and what different services are available.

For more information, or to get your bridging loan application started, give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or drop a message to info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk.

What Type of Bridging Loan Broker is Right for Me?

There are lots of different brokers, and some of the categories we cover include:

  • Bad credit bridging loans.

Specialist brokers and lenders can offer alternative financing to applicants with bad credit history who need niche borrowing. In this situation, the strength of your exit strategy is key to securing affordable rates.

Our team works with applicants with all sorts of credit issues, including low credit score, missed mortgage payments, CCJs, DMPs, IVAs, repossessions and bankruptcy.

Provided you have a viable proposition and can prove how you will pay back the debt; you can usually find competitive bridging finance.

  • New property developers.

Many lenders steer clear of new property developers seeking a bridging loan and require a minimum number of years experience.

The Revolution teams work with first-time investors of all sizes, securing affordable bridge finance by negotiating with niche lenders who offer flexible lending policies.

  • Unusual bridging loan projects.

Just as with mortgages, non-standard properties are considered a higher risk - so if you need a bridge loan to buy commercial premises in a particular sector, you need a lender who has experience dealing with non-standard bridging loan applications.

  • Commercial property bridge finance.

In some cases, lenders will offer bridge loans for residential investments, but not for commercial properties. Others exclude particular types of commercial buildings, such as restaurants and petrol stations.

  • Second charge bridge borrowing.

First charge bridge loans are easier to come by since the lender has the assurance of holding first charge security against your property.

Suppose you have an existing mortgage and need a bridging loan as a second or third charge. In that case, you can find a bridging loan through a lender with a different risk policy but will need to prove you have sufficient equity, and usually require a higher deposit level.

  • 100% LTV bridge loans.

Should you not have a deposit available, you might struggle with some of the larger bridging loan lenders who offer LTV values capped at around 70% or 75%.

There are 100% bridging loans out there - so it's a case of demonstrating that you have sufficient security to make the loan an acceptable risk to a lender.

Where Can I Find the Cheapest Bridging Loan Rates?

There aren't standardised rates, and the terms you are offered will be heavily dependent on factors such as:

  • How viable your exit strategy is.
  • Your credit rating.
  • What security you are offering.
  • How much experience you have in the sector.
  • The deposit you have available.

Generally, a deposit will be required for at least 30% to 35%, but if you can offer 40% or above, the rates available will improve.

How Can I Improve My Chances of Approval for a Bridging Loan?

The lender will independently review and risk-assess your application and also explore how reliable your exit strategy is.

Some lenders will accept an application that others will refuse, so a specialist broker is essential to determine which lender's criteria you can comfortably meet.

Do I Need a Regulated or an Unregulated Bridging Finance Broker?

The critical difference between regulated and unregulated bridging loans is that regulated finance, with FCA oversight, is required for loans secured against your home, or a property you expect to live in.

Unregulated bridge loans apply to everything else, from commercial lending to buy to let investments.

If you're looking for residential property bridging finance for your home, you will need to select a bridging loan broker with FCA regulated advisers.

How Much Does a Bridging Loan Broker Cost?

Lots of clients come to Revolution having been turned down for finance, or quoted very high charges from another broker - and we'll ensure that you always get the best deal available!

The industry standard is around a 1% arrangement fee, but a lot depends on what sort of loan you need, how quickly, and what the circumstances are.

Whichever deal we recommend, our team ensures you secure the most affordable borrowing, whether that is through finding lower-cost lending, more flexible terms, or a bridging loan through a specialist lender, only available with an independent broker.

Give us a call to get started on 0330 304 3040, or drop a message to info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk.

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*Based on our research, the content contained in this article is accurate as of most recent time of writing. Lender criteria and policies change regularly so speak to one of the advisors we work with to confirm the most accurate up to date information. The information on the site is not tailored advice to each individual reader, and as such does not constitute financial advice. All advisors working with us are fully qualified to provide mortgage advice and work only for firms who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They will offer any advice specific to you and your needs. Some types of buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. As a mortgage is secured against your home, it may be repossessed if you do not keep up with repayments on your mortgage. Equity released from your home will also be secured against it.

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