To understand the level of regulatory protection bridging borrowers get, you need to establish a few things. Firstly, find out whether the loan you are proposing to take out is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. A regulated loan gives you much more protection. Mainly in how it is sold, and in your ability to complain if it is not sold correctly.
What you should expect
Your broker will normally inform you at the outset. But in the case of regulated loans, it is mandatory for your broker to explain the scope of their service. This will include the types of products offered, the likely fees involved and information about how to complain etc.
The key point is that, in the case of a regulated bridging loan or mortgage, your broker should give you full advice. Including loans which are suitable to your circumstances and needs. This means carrying out a detailed fact find and only offering products which the broker deems suitable. You should be able to rely on this advice, provided you have given accurate information. If you have a material complaint which the broker won’t resolve, you can refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Scheme.
Is my bridging loan regulated?
Your broker will tell you. But as a guide, regulated loans are aimed at consumers who may not be familiar with taking finance of this nature. The following are examples of loans which are typically regulated and should be offered on a fully advised basis:
A first or second charge loan secured on your main residence taken out by the homeowners in their personal names.
A first or second charge loan taken out on a buy to let property where the property is or will be occupied by family members.
Borrowers taking out regulated loans enjoy a higher level of protection against taking out an unsuitable loan.
Is my bridging loan non-regulated?
Non-regulated bridging loans usually have some business or commercial element. This could depend on the type of property being offered as security, who is borrowing the money (perhaps a business) and the purpose of the loan. The loan may be offered on a non-advised basis, which is faster and gives business people more flexibility. The broker will offer products which closely match the requirements or given circumstances together with the relevant information to allow borrowers to decide themselves which they feel is suitable.
Borrowers taking out a non-regulated loan on a non-advised basis are taking responsibility themselves to ensure the product is suitable.
Promise Money is a broker not a lender. Therefore we offer lenders representing the whole of market for mortgages, secured loans, bridging finance, commercial mortgages and development finance. These loans are secured on property and subject to the borrowers status.
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
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
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
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.
THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME
REPAYING YOUR DEBTS OVER A LONGER PERIOD CAN REDUCE YOUR PAYMENTS BUT COULD INCREASE THE TOTAL INTEREST YOU PAY. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON A MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT.
Promise Money is a trading style of Promise Solutions Ltd – Company number 04822774Promise Solutions, Fullard House, Neachells Lane, Wolverhampton, WV11 3QG
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority – Number 681423The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate some forms of commercial / buy-to-let mortgages
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