The problems experienced by the housing market since 2008 are well documented.
First-time buyers in particular face a hard time getting a foot on the property ladder, with mortgage lenders asking for sizeable deposits before granting mortgage finance.
There are various schemes in place to help those looking to purchase their first home, however, what if you are not a first-time buyer and you are keen to upscale?
If this applies to you, there are various finance options you can explore, including bridging finance, and mortgages.
Bridging loans are commonly used by those who want to buy a new home but have yet to sell their existing home.
These loans can take one of two forms – open and closed.
An open loan is available to those who find themselves in the situation outlined above.
You can secure the loan against your existing property and use it to buy the new home you are keen to secure. The loan is then repaid once you have sold your current home.
If this is something you plan to do, you must take into consideration the length of time it could take to sell your existing home. The housing market is going through a difficult time and it could take months or even years before you sell your house, meaning the final repayment figure could be much bigger than the amount you receive from the sale of your home.
Closed bridging loans are available to those who have exchanged contracts on their existing home but have yet to tie up the loose ends and receive the money. In this situation, a closed bridging loan allows you to buy the new home you want and you repay it with the proceeds of your house sale.
Bridging loans are also commonly used by property investors buying homes at auction. In such circumstances, bridging finance is used to buy the property and is then repaid once the buyer has sold it on at a profit.
The same is true of property developers. Bridging loans are often used to secure rundown or derelict properties which are then renovated and sold on.
Depending on the nature of your purchase, bridging loans could work for you. However, it is important you know all about bridging loans and their advantages and disadvantages before taking one out.
Mortgage lending may be restricted but if you are an existing homeowner, you stand a better chance of being approved for a mortgage on a second property.
The mortgage lender may request that you use your existing home as collateral and may require a deposit from you, which could run into thousands of pounds.
There are many advantages to taking out a mortgage, including the fact that the repayments will be made on a monthly basis as opposed to one lump sum as is the case with bridging loans.
Speaking to a mortgage adviser will help you learn more and help you make an informed decision either way.
You should also speak to an adviser at a bridging loan company to learn more about their loans and whether they represent your best option.
The property market is going through a turbulent time at the moment but there are some bargains to be had, so do not let a lack of finance hold you back.
Raising the money you need to start a business can be hard, however, there are alternatives to bank loans. Among them are bridging loans, peer-to-peer lending and borrowing money from friends and family, meaning you need to do plenty of research.
Before taking out a bridging loan, you must understand a number of key points. These include the rate of interest you will be charged, the length of time you have to repay the loan and whether there are any arrangement fees that apply.
You should only consider bridging finance if your funding needs are temporary. This is because the high rates of interest make bridging finance unsuitable as a long-term solution, so if you have long-term needs, you should look at other options.
Both banks and specialist bridging loan companies can provide the bridging finance you need, meaning you need to compare products from a range of providers. You need to look at factors such as interest rates and arrangement fees.
Some bridging loan companies will lend up to £5 million if you have sufficient equity in your home, however, what if your borrowing needs are more modest? If you need a sum of £10,000, bridging loans can still be an option.
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