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Understanding Bridging Mortgages – Bridging Loans

In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the intricacies of bridging mortgages, explaining how they work, what they can be used for, their costs, the application process, eligibility criteria, borrowing limits, and how to obtain one.

How do Bridging Mortgages Work? 

Bridging mortgages function as a temporary source of funding, allowing homeowners to complete a property purchase quickly without worrying about selling their existing property first. The process can be summarised in a few key steps: 

  • Assessment
  • Approval
  • Repayment/exit strategy
  • Consideration of interest and fees.

Lenders assess the homeowner's financial situation, including the equity in their existing property and the expected sale proceeds. If the loan is approved, the borrower can proceed with the purchase, and the loan is secured against the borrower's existing property.

Repayment typically occurs within a 12-month term, and bridging mortgages come with higher interest rates and fees compared to traditional borrowing options.

Versatile Uses of Bridging Mortgages

Bridging mortgages offer a wide range of applications beyond standard property purchases. They are commonly used during the transitional stages of buying and selling a property. The most common use is using a bridge loan for a house purchase, but they are can be used for so much more:

  • Property refinancing
  • Facilitating debt repayment
  • Property improvements
  • Taking advantage of lower interest rates.

Bridging mortgages also serve as a viable option for property development, including funding development ventures, self-build projects, and land purchases. They can be a fast and accessible way to finance for both seasoned property developers, and new developers.

Additionally, a business bridge loan can help with expanding a business, acquiring equipment, or covering operating costs. 

Moreover, bridging mortgages provide financing options for auction purchases, allowing buyers to secure properties within the limited timeframe auctions offer. 

These mortgages can also be employed in niche scenarios such as funding extensions while awaiting tax-free pension drawdown. With the assistance of a knowledgeable bridge loan broker – such as us, at Bridging Loans Direct - borrowers can find tailored solutions that align with their unique circumstances.

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Understanding the Costs of Bridging Mortgages 

When it comes to the cost of bridging mortgages, several factors come into play. In short, these factors include:

  • The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio
  • The loan term
  • The chosen lender 

These can all impact overall costs, but interest rates will vary among lenders, taking into account creditworthiness, LTV, and property value. 

In addition to interest rates, borrowers need to consider various additional fees. Arrangement fees, either a percentage of the loan amount or a fixed fee, may apply. At Bridging Loans Direct, we charge a standard broker fee – typically 2% of your loan amount.

Additionally, lenders will often require property valuations to assess the value of the borrower's existing property, with costs depending on property value. It is possible to obtain cheaper online or drive-by valuations with the assistance of a broker. 

While bridging mortgages come with higher risks, and higher interest rates due to the shorter-term repayment, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of the loan's terms, conditions, and exit strategy before making a decision. 

Seeking advice from a qualified bridging mortgage broker is highly recommended to navigate the complexities and work directly with lenders on your behalf. Comparing costs and consulting multiple lenders ensures finding the most cost-effective bridging mortgage option.


"Seize opportunities: Our bridging mortgages offer more than just quick financing. They're a strategic tool for property development and business expansion. To get an initial quote, you can use our free bridge loan calculator." - Sam O'Neil, Head of Bridging

Eligibility Criteria and Borrowing Limits 

To qualify for a bridging mortgage, borrowers need to meet specific requirements set by lenders. During the application process, certain factors will be considered by the lender, including:

  • Credit history/score
  • Income
  • Employment stability
  • Property valuation
  • Equity in the property
  • Your purposes for the loan.

Importantly, having a solid exit strategy is vital for a short-term bridging loan, typically involving the sale of the property or alternative assets.

Each lender evaluates risk and feasibility differently, making it crucial to consult with a qualified bridging mortgage broker who can guide applicants through the application process and liaise with lenders. 

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How do Bridging Mortgages differ from Traditional Mortgages? 

Unlike standard mortgages, affordability calculations for bridging mortgages are not solely based on income. Borrowers can typically secure a loan amount up to 80% of the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio, provided they can demonstrate their ability to repay through their exit strategy. 

For example, if the property value is £300,000, borrowers can borrow up to £240,000 (80% LTV), requiring a secured asset or bridging deposit of 20%.

Bridging mortgages offer valuable flexibility and serve as alternatives to traditional loans. They have diverse applications, ranging from property purchases and refinancing to property development and business purposes. Whereas a traditional mortgage can take much longer to facilitate, and is more restricted in its purposes.


"Exit strategy matters. Bridging mortgages focus on your plan, not just your income. Unlock up to 80% LTV with a solid strategy." - Sam O'Neil, Head of Bridging

Why Choose Bridging Loans Direct for a Bridging Mortgage?

Bridging Loans Direct is committed to connecting borrowers with the right lenders and providing them with the best bridging mortgage solutions. With our extensive network of lenders, personalised service, expert guidance, and efficient processes, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your financial goals.

Whether you require a bridging mortgage for residential or commercial property purposes or bridging finance for property development, we have the expertise and resources to support you every step of the way.

At Bridging Loans Direct, we understand the importance of finding the optimal financing solution for your bridging mortgage needs. Our professional team is ready to answer your questions, provide personalised advice, and guide you toward the ideal bridging mortgage solution. 

Trust us to be your reliable partner in obtaining the optimal financing for your bridging mortgage requirements. Contact Bridging Loans Direct today at 0800 368 9344.


What is the maximum duration for a bridging mortgage?

Bridging loans typically have a term of 12 months, but some lenders may consider extending the term up to 18 months or even 2-3 years in specific cases.

Are bridge loans available from traditional banks?

Traditional banks in the UK generally do not offer bridging loans. Instead, bridging loans are typically provided by specialist lenders who may require the assistance of a bridging broker to access their services.

What is the minimum deposit required for a bridging mortgage?

In most cases, bridging loans require a minimum deposit of 25% of the property's value. However, the specific minimum deposit can vary depending on the lender and the circumstances of the loan. Alternative options, such as 0% deposit bridging loans, may be available if additional assets or properties can be provided as security.

Is it possible to obtain 100% bridging finance?

While rare, it is possible to secure a 100% bridging loan, which means you can borrow the full value of your property without a deposit. However, these loans often have stringent criteria and require additional assets as security. Interest rates and fees may be higher to compensate for the increased risk.

Can individuals over 80 years old qualify for a bridging loan?

Bridging loans are designed to be short-term, and there is generally no maximum age limit for borrowers. While some bridging lenders may have upper age limits, there are lenders available in the market who offer bridging loans to individuals aged 70 and over.

Bridging Mortgages

A bridging mortgage, also known as a bridging loan, is a short-term property loan that offers greater flexibility than standard mortgages. While some people are unaware of their versatility as alternatives to traditional loans, others are deterred by the perceived costs and charges associated with them.

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  • Downsizing
  • New Build
  • Investment
  • Refinancing
  • Renovation
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