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Hi, my name is Graeme Shevas.
I help businesses who need assistance with Bridging Finance and I wanted to give an update on the Bridging Finance Market as a result of Coronavirus and any impacts that it may have had. The first thing to note, really, is that there are still plenty of bridging lenders out there willing to lend, but there have been a couple of impacts.
The main impact really is that some lenders have been withdrawing from the market, and other lenders are actually finding that the funds that they have available to lend are reduced. This is as a result of people who are coming to the end of a bridge and not being able to refinance, due to the current situation. They are finding that the bridges are lasting a little bit longer, so the funds aren’t coming back into the coffers in order to be able to loan them back out again. There are some lenders who have not completed on deals, or who have had deals that were not completed and have now withdrawn the offer of finance. So, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.
The main thing to note, really, is that the amount of money that is loaned out on a bridge has actually reduced as a result of the value decreasing. So, if you’re looking at a property transaction for the bridge and the loan-to-value against which it will be secured is probably, on average, about 10 percent down, largely to do with the valuations, in terms of getting a desktop valuation done and reducing the amount of risk involved in that.
So, the bottom line is that they are still available, there are lots of lenders, and if you have a funding gap and it wasn’t necessarily property related, maybe it was to do with business, as long as you can prove an exit, (i.e. a way of actually repaying it in a period of time, so maybe you’ve got other funds coming in our you’re waiting for some finance against a commercial property or you’re trying to sell something and the money has not come in yet but you desperately need it now) it’s still available.
Bridging Finance is a flexible bit of finance which will suit many needs. If this is something that is of interest to you or you want to discuss it further, you can reach me on 07776 257 342, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the ‘Contact Us’ section on this website.
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