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About Property Auction Bridging Loans

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If you are thinking of buying a property at auction you may want to buy in the knowledge that the finance is highly likely to be available in the form of auction bridging loans.

Why go for an Auction Bridging Loan?

Of course if you can arrange a standard mortgage this would be ideal as the rates are lower than bridging. However in an auction scenario getting a term mortgage may not be an option due to the condition of the property, affordability or time constraints.

Fortunately there are lenders which are prepared to make you an offer based on the purchase price of the property so you can bid in the knowledge that you have an offer in principle from the lender to cover a percentage of the purchase price.

Properties for sale at auction often need refurbishment or structural work and are generally bought by investors or developers/ builders to make a profit on resale or to rent out. Consumers looking to buy a cheap house to live in should be cautious as the property may have some flaws which are not immediately obvious. If you are not an expert take a builder or surveyor with you to view the property before you bid.

Auction Bridging loans / short term borrowing are not the cheapest form of credit so always weigh up the costs of bridging finance versus the benefits

Advantages of auction bridging loans

  • You know you have an agreed facility in principle
  • Bridging can complete quickly if you need to start work on renovations
  • You can add the interest to the loan so cash flow is unaffected
  • If you add the interest there are no affordability checks
  • Bridging lenders are less concerned about your credit history
  • Bridging lenders have different products to accommodate varying conditions of the property or property types.
  • You know your costs at the outset so can budget accordingly

Disadvantages of auction bridging loans

  • The rates /costs are higher than a standard mortgage
  • You must be able to demonstrate how you will repay the loan – e.g. sale
  • You need to repay the loan within the agreed term
  • All loan offers will be subject to final lender sign off and a valuation– make sure you have accurately declared the condition of the property and your circumstances.

Typical terms

  • You can borrow up to 75% LTV (loan to value) of the auction hammer price – to include all interest costs and fees you add to the loan. The LTV may be lower if the risk is higher e.g. poor property condition.
  • Rates are from 0.65% per month but may be higher subject to LTV and property condition
  • Lenders usually charge fees which can be added to the loan and range typically from 0 to 2%
  • There may be a brokers fee depending on the type of the loan and amount. Promise Money will make this clear as soon as it is known.
  • Exit fees – typically there are no exits fees although there may be a discharge fees to cover legal costs which is usually in the region of £100 to £150.

It should cost you nothing to get full terms from a reputable broker which will be tailored around your specific requirements and detail all of the costs involved. You can then decide if you want to proceed without incurring any costs.

Pitfalls to beware

  • Make sure the information you provide about the property and its condition is accurate – i.e. its not a plot, off plan or in need of major work.
  • Ensure you have enough additional cash to complete the purchase and any refurbishment
  • Ensure your timescales are realistic so your offer doesn’t expire or the loan goes over the agreed term.
  • Check your agreement to see what happens if you don’t pay the loan back by the agreed date – some lenders charge a higher interest rate
  • If you are intending to pay off the auction bridging loan with a new loan or mortgage, make sure you can get refinance – make an application now
  • Don’t borrow more than you need – check your numbers
  • Make sure you understand the cost of the finance over the expected term
  • Make sure you have the deposit available – normally 10% paid at the auction
  • Consult your solicitor to avoid any legal pitfalls – don’t wait until you are committed.

The great thing about auction bridging loans is that the lenders are open to all sorts of scenarios provided there is equity and the security is reliable – i.e. they can sell it and easily get their money back. If the property is quirky or it’s just a piece of land it’s always worth asking for terms.

Auction bridging loan on agricultural field delays “the taxman”

Our client was about to be forced to sell his house undervalue by “The Tax Man” to pay outstanding VAT. We obtained offers for a bridging loan on an agricultural field to keep HMRC at bay so the main residence could be marketed properly at full value.

Invoice factoring covers payroll

Our client had a cash flow problem and needed to raise £20K to payroll his business whilst he waited for a slow payer on a large outstanding invoice. With no equity he had limited options and not paying his staff was commercial suicide. An invoice factoring solution was proposed allowing our brokers’ client to borrow against his outstanding invoice and cover the temporary short fall in cash flow.

Loan secured on car pays tax bill

Outstanding tax is a common purpose for a loan. The borrower had no available equity but only needed the money short term. A short term asset loan secured on his car was cheaper and faster than a traditional bridging loan.

Money needed in days to secure lucrative business deal

Our client needed to raise £30,000 in a few days to buy bankrupt stock which he knew he could resell quickly and make very substantial profits. To avoid fees and exit charges he offered his luxury car as security for a three month loan, making the whole deal cheaper and faster than a bridging loan secured on bricks and mortar.

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    More than 50% of borrowers receive offers better than our representative examples

    The %APR rate you will be offered is dependent on your personal circumstances.

    Mortgages and Remortgages

    Representative example

    Borrow £270,000 over 300 months at 7.1% APRC representative at a fixed rate of 4.79% for 60 months at £1,539.39 per month and thereafter 240 instalments of £2050.55 at 8.49% or the lender’s current variable rate at the time. The total charge for credit is £317,807.66 which includes £2,500 advice / processing fees and £125 application fee. Total repayable £587,807.66

    Secured / Second Charge Loans

    Representative example

    Borrow £62,000 over 180 months at 9.9% APRC representative at a fixed rate of 7.85% for 60 months at £622.09 per month and thereafter 120 instalments of £667.54 at 9.49% or the lender’s current variable rate at the time. The total charge for credit is £55,730.20 which includes £2,660 advice / processing fees and £125 application fee. Total repayable £117,730.20

    Unsecured Loans

    Representative example

    Annual Interest Rate (fixed) is 49.7% p.a. with a Representative 49.7% APR, based on borrowing £5,000 and repaying this over 36 monthly repayments. Monthly repayment is £243.57 with a total amount repayable of £8,768.52 which includes the total interest repayable of £3,768.52.



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