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Property developments are one of the most common reasons to look for bridging finance. Some popular projects include:

  • Using a bridge to carry out building work where there is planning permission, but not the financing to fund the build.
  • Financing the end of a development to help the project be completed and sold or refinanced to raise capital.
  • Purchasing a land plot where fast completion is required.
  • Investing in auction properties for redevelopment.

These are just some of the regular development projects that Revolution finances through bridge lending. If you need an expedited solution, give us a call on 0330 304 3040, or email the team at info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk.

How Does Bridging Financing Work in Property Developments?

Bridging loans provide a bridge to cover the costs of capital required, and until the property is completed and can be remortgaged or sold at a profit.

This type of loan is flexible and can be used for small renovations through to complete builds.

It's worth remembering that bridge loans are higher in interest rates than mortgages, so it's important to acknowledge the loan's short-term nature and have a solid exit strategy to repay it.

What Deposit is Required for Development Bridging Finance?

The standard LTVs are 70% or 75, so you'll need a deposit of at least 30% to be accepted. If the development is considered a higher risk, you might need a higher deposit of up to 50%.

You can secure a 100% bridge loan without a deposit, but the lender will need substantial security to agree to this kind of risk exposure.

What are the Interest Rates on Bridging Loans for Property Development?

All bridge loans carry higher interest rates than mortgages. The exact percentage will depend on the lender and how they calculate the interest.

There are products where the interest is paid per month, and some where it is rolled up into the loan, and the debt consisting of the capital plus interest is repayable in full at the end of the term.

How Can I Get the Lowest Interest Rates on Bridging Finance?

Every lender will assess a bridge loan application against their own criteria, but the key elements include:

  • Having a good exit strategy that will cover the cost of repaying the debt - for example, having an agreement in principle for a remortgage when the development is complete.
  • Clean credit history is also a plus and brings down the risk level. You can get bridging finance even if you have adverse credit, but the rates aren't likely to be competitive.
  • If you have property development experience, this strengthens your application and will help negotiate down the interest rates.
  • The higher your deposit, the lower the LTV and the lower the risk. Applicants with a deposit of 40% or above will usually achieve the best interest quotes.

Can Bridge Loans Finance House Purchases for Development?

They can indeed - if time is essential, or you can't get a mortgage on the property. Some examples where bridging finance is the best option include:

  • Financing auction property purchases.
  • The property can't be mortgaged - for example, you can't qualify due to bad credit, or the home isn't habitable and therefore ineligible for a mortgage.

Bridge loans are only short-term, so are ideal where you want to finalise a deal quickly, then have time to remortgage, or need to raise the capital for an investment, and then sell the finished development at a profit.

Can I Use Bridging Finance for Developing a Buy to Let Investment?

You certainly can - particularly if you're buying a property at auction, bridge finance is significantly faster to organise than a buy to let mortgage.

The LTV is usually capped at 75%, so you'll need a 25% deposit, and most lenders will want to see an agreement in principle on a buy to let mortgage deal to repay the funds in due course.

Can I Get a Bridge Loan for a Property Development as a Limited Business?

This option is also possible, and the rates are comparable to private bridge loan applications. Most lenders will ask for a personal guarantee from the company directors.

Many businesses incorporate a Special Purpose Vehicle limited company to manage property developments.

What Income do I need for a Development Bridge Loan?

Bridging loans aren't as focused on your existing earnings, as they are on the viability of your exit strategy.

If you have zero income and apply for a bridging loan to purchase an investment project, you might be asked to demonstrate how you will finance the renovation works.

Regulated bridge loans, for a property you live in or will live in, need to see proof of income if you are reliant on a remortgage deal as your exit strategy.

How Quickly Can I Get a Bridging Loan for a Development Project?

This loan type is notoriously fast and can take just a few days to get in place - conditional on having a valuation or an agreement in principle to support your exit strategy.

Are Business Plans Mandatory for Development Bridge Loan Applications?

Not necessarily, but if you are developing a commercial property, then a lender might want to see your business plan to support the project's viability.

What is the Difference Between Development Finance and Bridging Finance?

In essence, these loans are very similar - but bridging finance is paid out in one lump sum, and development finance is released on stages at benchmarks in the build process.

Development finance can be used alongside a bridging loan, using the bridge to finance the property purchase, and development finance to cover the renovation or building work.

Lenders against development projects will review the property value - called Gross Development Value, representing the anticipated market value when the development is finished.

Interest rates vary - but for development finance, you need to be aware that you will need to cover inspection costs at every stage of the build before the lender releases the next tranche of funding.

As a positive, you only pay interest on the amount of development finance you have drawn down, not against the entire facility.

If you're interested in comparing development finance vs bridging finance for your project, get in touch with the team!

Development Bridging Finance Advice

Revolution Brokers are experts in bridging and development finance and can craft bespoke lending deals to offer you the fastest, and cheapest way to finance your construction projects.

Give us a ring on 0330 304 3040 or drop a message to info@revolutionbrokers.co.uk to arrange a good time to chat!

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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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