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Bridging market improves in face of uncertain mortgage market

Bridging market improves

They say it is a brave man who makes predictions and there is plenty of evidence of even getting the “dead certs” badly wrong. Just ask Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Gary Lineker and Michael Fish; to name a few. The UK housing market is no exception and, after years of turbulence, we can no longer take it for granted that house price rises will just happen and property will just sell. The traditional house purchase model of sell, buy and move is being tested to the limit every day and failing to work more and more regularly. Bridging finance is becoming an accepted and in many cases preferred route to property purchase.

Indeed, according to figures from the Bank of England there was a 500% growth in monthly bridging lending between December 2014 and December 2016.

Who would have predicted five years ago that lenders would be offering bridging rates below 0.5% per month? How long will it be before lenders are offering bridging products matching true mortgage rates? Of course we cannot predict this but is it really that unrealistic?

In a price driven society brokers and borrowers could easily get hung up on interest rates instead of the desired outcome and many still do. Focus on a higher interest rate, which will only be in place for a few months, can often distract from the main purpose which is to get a deal done and realise the benefits of raising the required capital quickly.

Lenders have spotted the opportunity, tried to lower the barriers in bridging. The fact that more and more lenders are entering the bridging market with ever more flexible products suggests that they are predicting bigger and better market growth for bridging products. Not only has pricing improved but forward thinking lenders are seeing bridging as the natural route into a term product so “bridge to term” products are evolving to give borrowers greater surety of exit, lower setup costs and a longer term relationship between borrower and lender.

Historically viewed as the “loan of last resort”, bridging is now being recognised and accepted by more enlightened sellers, buyers, estate agents, financial advisors and even solicitors as a better solution for more circumstances. With the ever reducing cost of bridging, the speed of the transaction and the reduced pressure of having to get the sale across the line to complete, it’s easier to justify why bridging is a more suitable route, whether giving buyers time to achieve the sale price they really need or facilitating a lucrative business deal.

For brokers new to bridging, forget the rates and fees to begin with. The main questions should be “What do you want to do? When do you need to do it? What are the upsides and downsides of not doing it?” From then on it’s a Cost versus Benefit decision which factors in the rates, fees, speed and ease of the process. The cheapest bridging loan in the market is of little benefit if it doesn’t complete in time.

As more advisers overcome historic prejudices about bridging and get to grips with selling bridging based on the outcomes, not just the price, I think it is safe to predict is that bridging is growing, becoming a much more accepted proposition and available to more and more capital raising or property related scenarios.

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