Using bridging loans to
buy your next home
More about buying a home:
Buying and selling a home at the same time can be a stressful and financially tricky time. Bridging loans are designed to help borrowers buy a new house before they’ve sold their current home.
Bridging finance can reduce time pressure, meaning you don’t have to juggle settlement dates.
What is a bridging loan?
Bridging finance helps you ‘bridge the gap’ between buying your new home and selling your old one.
When you sell your home (often because you have moved to a retirement home) or pass away, the lender will recoup the loan balance (including accrued interest) from the sale price.
How does a bridging loan work?
Due to their short–term nature, the repayment structure of these loans is interest-only. Bridging finance can sometimes be quite expensive because you are paying your own home loan plus the short-term loan, pending the sale of your property.
The interest will be calculated at your lender’s advertised floating rate.
What risks are involved in bridging finance?
Because there are lots of moving parts to bridging finance there is also increased risk. If your existing home ends up with a delayed settlement for any reason, you’ll be servicing the bridging loan for a longer period than anticipated and there’s also a risk of your lender’s interest rate increasing during this time, which will incur further costs for you.
Are there alternative ways to finance your next purchase?
There are alternatives to bridging loans, and we can help you explore these with your lender. The alternatives offered by some lenders can include:
- Borrowing more against the equity in your current home, creating a separate loan that covers only the additional amount drawn. This allows an existing fixed-interest rate loan to go undisturbed
- If you’re in the middle of a fixed-term loan when you sell your home and don’t want to incur break fees, some lenders will allow you to keep the loan and transfer it to your new home, using it as the security
Our knowledgeable advisers are here to help, so get in touch to talk more about bridging finance and any alternatives that may suit your situation.
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