Bridging Loans

Bridging Loans provide short-term finance to cover funding gaps, particularly in property transactions. They are often used in scenarios like buying property at auction, funding renovations, or bridging the time until long-term financing is secured.
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Loan Example:




12 months

Interest Rate

from 12% APR

Monthly Interest


Total Repayable

£224,000 (including interest)

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Types of Bridging Loans

There are various types, including residential bridging loans (for buying or renovating residential property), commercial bridging loans (for commercial property purchases), and IPO bridging loans (to fund Initial Public Offerings). Additionally, these loans can be open or closed, with open loans offering more flexibility in repayment terms.

Loan Amounts and Terms

Loan amounts can range significantly, from around £35,000 to £250 million, with a typical loan-to-value (LTV) ratio up to 75%. The terms are generally up to 12 months, making them suitable for short-term financing needs.

Eligibility and Application

Eligibility for a bridging loan is often based on the equity available in the property and a credible exit strategy. The application process involves assessing the property's value and the feasibility of the exit plan.

Advantages and Challenges

Bridging loans offer flexibility and speed in funding, suitable for time-sensitive opportunities. However, they usually have higher interest rates compared to traditional long-term loans and can include various fees, such as arrangement and exit fees.

Interest Rates and Costs

Interest is typically higher for bridging loans and is often calculated monthly. Besides interest, other costs include arrangement fees, valuation fees, and legal costs associated with the loan.

Risk Considerations

As with other secured finance types, the property used as collateral is at risk if repayments aren't met. It's crucial for borrowers to have a solid repayment plan, whether it's through the sale of the property, refinancing, or another reliable exit strategy.


Bridging loans can be used for a variety of purposes, including property purchases, renovations, or providing a cash flow boost for other business investments.

Frequently asked questions

What is a bridging loan?

A bridging loan is a short-term loan used to ‘bridge’ a financial gap, typically used in property transactions like buying a new property before selling an existing one, or funding renovations.

Who can apply for a bridging loan?

Bridging loans are available to individuals, investors, and businesses in the UK who need short-term finance and have a viable exit strategy to repay the loan.

What are common uses for bridging loans?

They are commonly used for buying property at auction, funding property development, covering urgent business expenses, or facilitating quick property purchases.

How quickly can I get a bridging loan?

Bridging loans are known for their quick turnaround, often being arranged within days, making them ideal for time-sensitive transactions.

What are the typical terms for a bridging loan?

The loan term is usually short, ranging from a few months up to 12 months, though some lenders may offer longer terms.

Are bridging loans secured or unsecured?

Bridging loans are typically secured against property or land, meaning the property may be at risk if the loan is not repaid.

What kind of interest rates are charged on bridging loans?

Interest rates on bridging loans can be higher than traditional loans and are often charged monthly. Rates vary depending on the loan amount, property value, and the borrower’s circumstances.

What are the costs associated with bridging loans?

Costs may include arrangement fees, valuation fees, legal fees, and potentially exit fees, in addition to interest charges.

Can I repay a bridging loan early?

Most bridging loans can be repaid early, but it’s important to check if there are any early repayment charges.

What is required to apply for a bridging loan?

Applicants typically need to provide details about the property being used as security, a clear exit strategy, and evidence of their ability to repay the loan.

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