Why You Should Get a Bridge Loan When Buying Real Estate

If you’re looking to move, but are still paying on your current home, it may be time to consider a bridge loan. A bridge loan is a homebuyer’s allowance that allows them to take out an investment against their old home for a down payment on their new home. This may be a good option for you if you want to purchase a new home before you sell your old one. If you own a business, financing in this way can help businesses cover operating expenses while waiting on extra funding, such as from a job in a new location.

There are restrictions and rules regarding bridge loans. If you’re using it for real estate, for example, the bridge loan requires you to pledge your current home or other assets as collateral to secure the debt. The borrower must also have at least 20% equity on the previous home that they were trying to sell. While this means you can get out of one place and into another more effectively, this incurs more costs than simply waiting for your home to sell. Bridge loans have high-interest rates but traditionally only last anywhere from six months to a year. 

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Can you Get a Bridging Loan with Bad Credit?

A bridge loan is a short-term loan of a year or less used to cover the time between when long-term financing is needed and when it will be available. Bridge loans are typically high-interest loans that require some sort of collateral. The best and most common example is when a homeowner wants to purchase a new home before their existing home sells. They can use the equity in their current home as collateral and use the bridge loan to proceed with their new home purchase giving them time to sell their house.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need a bridge loan, but your credit is bad, you have options. The biggest concern for lenders in a bad credit situation is the exit strategy for your bridge loan. If you have a solid exit strategy, lenders may work with you.

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