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Bridging Loan Calculator

Our simple to use bridging finance calculator will allow you to quickly work out the potential cost of a bridging loan.

Simply enter the loan amount, the monthly interest rate and the term in months to calculate the monthly interest and total repayable interest on the loan. Our bridging loan calculator is for reference use only.

Using the Bridging Loan Calculator

Our bridging finance calculator is quick and easy to use, simply enter the amounts you would expect to borrow and simulate repayment amounts based on an interest rate. This is to calculate the loan interest only and not any additional fees / charges that may be added to your loan for arrangement.

If you have any questions about arranging a bridging loan or if you would like to understand fees & other associated costs in more detail then simply give us a call or fill out our enquiry form.

For Residential Development Tiger Financial can offer

  • UK inc NI
  • Maximum LTC: up to 90%
  • Minimum Loan: £100k
  • Maximum LTGDV: up to 75%
  • Maximum Loan: none
  • Rates: from 4.99% PA
  • Term: up to 48 months +
  • No PG or Debenture Option

For Commercial Development Tiger Financial can offer

  • UK
  • Maximum LTC: up to 85%
  • Minimum Loan: £100k
  • Maximum LTGDV: up to 70%
  • Maximum Loan: none
  • Rates: from 6.75% PA
  • Term: up to 48 months +
  • Senior term loans also available

What is a Bridging Loan?

A bridging loan (sometimes referred to as bridging finance) is a form of short term finance that is secured on a property asset. The difference between bridging finance and a mortgage is that the loan can be secured against a property that may not be suitable for a normal term loan i.e an uninhabitable property that is to be refurbished, a property who’s title will be changed, or if the class of use of the property is to be changed throughout the course of the loan. In fact there are many different uses for a bridging loan.

Who would qualify for bridging loans?

  • Individuals either employed or self employed
  • Individuals who cannot prove their income
  • UK Ltd Companies
  • LLP’s
  • Trusts
  • Individuals with Poor Credit
  • Individuals with Equity in their Property
  • UK Ltd Companies with Poor Credit
  • Individuals with almost any credit status good or bad

SEVEN TIPS FOR FINANCING PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

When looking for property development finance for your property project, it’s important to do your research and to really understand the options that are available to you.
From our experience in sourcing funding for both refurbishment and ground-up developments over the years, here are some tips to help you make the best choices for your property development finance.

1.Do YOUR RESEARCH

The first rule of any property development project is to really understand the local area and the property market there. Which are the up and coming areas? If it’s a university town or city, where do the students live? Where are the best schools? What’s the public transport like? What are the traffic patterns? For larger and more complex schemes, a feasibility study will need to be conducted by a major surveyor, in order to ascertain a detailed understanding of the local micro factors and larger macro factors that could affect the project’s viability.

This way you won’t be building 5-bedroom family homes in an area that really needs affordable homes for first-time buyers, or building student accommodation in an area already saturated, or with a committed pipeline of projects that will satisfy the local demand.

If you are building to rent with a buy-to-let mortgage, study the local economy to make sure that there will be consistent rental demand to cover your repayments.

2. Be Realistic

Be realistic, on everything, because if you’re not, it will come back to bite you later in the process.

Be realistic on your experience level. If you try to get funding for a project that is significantly outside of your past development experience, then the chances of securing funding will be slim.

Be realistic on the valuation. Both for the land value, and the end sales value. We all like to “hope” for the best when it comes to sales, but you should really “plan” for the worst. If you don’t, the RICS valuer doing the residual valuation will, which could end up in disappointment if the profit margins are squeezed, making the project unviable.

Be realistic on the build cost. Again, hope for the best, but plan for the worst. This includes using a sensible contingency, usually around 10% of build cost.

Be realistic on timescales; getting development funding can take up to 3+ months for highly complex large scale developments. For smaller developments, 6 weeks is normal.

3. USE AN EXPERIENCED DEVELOPMENT FINANCE BROKER

Okay okay, we know what you’re all thinking now – “well you guys would say that”. Well, yes we would. But it’s also true.

It is impossible for anyone other than a specialist development finance broker to truly exploit the full opportunities found in such a complex and fragmented funding market. There are a myriad of niche lenders, private lenders, family offices, hedge funds, venture capital firms, private equity funds, peer to peer networks, banks and alternative lenders, that without being fully immersed in the sector, you would never know you are getting the best funding option possible for your property development project.

There are other benefits too. The amount of paperwork required for a full development finance application can be daunting. An experienced broker can prepare a well put together and professional funding pack, to ensure your project is seen in the best light possible by the lender, as well as highlighting any areas that may be a cause for concern.

See our section on Why to Use a Broker to see some other good things about us.

4. PLANNING PERMISSION

Many residential refurbishments and conversions can take place under Permitted Development Rights, especially if the work is internal only; although this will still require specialist consent, it is much easier than submitting a fresh planning application.

If you do need planning permission, it is advisable to arrange it before looking for funding, as it will be much easier to get a loan and negotiate a better rate once this has been granted.

There are specialist lenders who will consider lending on land without planning, or indeed, some venture capital firms will lend on land without planning in a JV partnership with you, on the understanding that you share the upside. However, these options are niche and quite difficult to get, so the best option is to do the hard yards with planning before you start the development finance process.

At the very least you should obtain Outline Planning Permission to provide evidence that it will be possible to build there. However, should you do this, you will only be able to get an acquisition bridging loan until full consent is granted, whereupon you can then access regular development finance.

5. CHOOSE YOUR MAIN CONTRACTOR CAREFULLY

Next to your profile as the developer, the lender will pay critical attention to who you elect to use as your main contractor. The wrong choice of contractor could have a terminal effect on your development finance application, especially for larger schemes.

The lender will want to ensure that the main contractor is:

  • Experienced in the type of construction that you are proposing
  • Has completed schemes of a similar size in the past
  • Is familiar with the challenges that your scheme may face; i.e building in Central London in a restricted space with a party wall, is totally different to a straight forward ground up build in a green field.
  • Has an established track record, 3 years accounts and a strong balance sheet
  • Has sufficient cashflow to float 1 or 2 months costs if so required

6. Consider a Joint Venture with a Land owner

If you know someone who has ownership of a suitable plot of land, then a joint venture could be an option, whereby the landowner puts up the land, and you, as the developer, build out the site.

In many cases, if you (or your joint venture partnership SPV) own the land, the lender will fund 100% of the build cost. This then presents a win/win situation for the land owner and the developer, with an equitable 50/50 split of the profit.

7. PLAN YOUR EXIt carefully

Of course, you will be planning to market your properties from the moment you buy the land and get planning. Or, you may be planning to hold the asset and refinance on a mortgage once the build is complete.

However, if you are building a larger number of units, then getting them all sold by the end of the development finance term may be a challenge. In this instance there are a couple of options.

There are companies who will block purchase large numbers of new build properties, sometimes off plan. This not only gives you surety that you can get your development sold, it also de-risks the project in the eyes of the lender, so increases the chance of a successful financing outcome. This is particularly the case for larger speculative developments. Of course, in return for doing this, the purchaser will require a discount from the full market value, but often this is a fair price to pay for the confidence the scheme will be sold.

Another option is what’s called a “Development Exit” bridge. This is a bridging loan that can be used to redeem the last of the development finance, and replace it with a fresh bridging loan facility, pending the sale of the remaining assets.

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