What are the costs involved in taking out a bridging loan?

Thursday, 20 October 2011 09:15

Bridging loans incur a number of costs

Bridging loans incur a number of costs

Taking out a bridging loan can be a great way for you to raise the cash needed to meet a range of financial goals; however, it is a good idea to first be aware of the costs that are attached to such products.

As bridging loans see you borrow against the value of a property, this can be a significant financial commitment. And even though they can put you in a position to borrow several thousand pounds fairly quickly – you can usually get your hands on the money within a few days of applying – it is worth taking some time to ensure you have a proper understanding of the charges and fees you will be liable to pay once your application has been processed and the cash is in your account.

Perhaps the one factor that will have the most influence over how much the credit arrangement will cost you is bridging loan interest rates. Charged each month as a percentage of the initial sum that you have borrowed, the specific amount of interest you will pay will not only depend on the size of the loan that you want to take out, but also your credit rating and the particular company that you borrow from.

However, while the headline interest rate may represent the majority of the costs that are involved with taking out a bridging loan, you should remember that this is not the only charge that you will have to pay. As such, it is worth thinking about more than this particular figure when establishing the impact it will have on your day-to-day finances.

You will find you have pay to legal and administration fees, and certain loan providers will integrate these costs into your monthly repayments. In addition, you will discover that you have to pay a valuation fee in order to meet the cost of assessing the value of the property you have secured a loan on.

With the raft of charges and fees that you are liable to pay upon taking out a bridging loan, it is perhaps unsurprising that many people are inclined to repay their debts as quickly as possible. However, it is worth your while to first exercise caution about doing this as some loan companies impose an early repayment fee. This could be charged as a nominal percentage of the overall amount you have taken out or set at the equivalent of one month's interest.

Other bridging loan providers, however, take a much more flexible approach to how their customers repay their debts and you will discover some allow you to set your own borrowing term.

You should also bear in mind that while some companies will charge a fee simply for making an application for a bridging loan, others will allow you to do so for free.

To get an idea about what costs you may be liable to pay, it is worth your while getting in touch with a bridging loan company for advice.

By calling bridging loan telephone numbers, you will be able to speak to an expert adviser to not only find out about which particular fees they will impose but also the way in which they will be charged. In doing so, you can get a good idea of the scale of the financial commitment you are taking on.



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