Selling your home and buying a new property at the same time can be a little tricky.
It can sometimes take a while to sell your home, leaving you without the sales proceeds to buy your new property.
With a bridging loan, you can avoid the stress of matching up settlement dates, move quickly to buy your new home and give yourself more time to sell your existing property.
A stort-term bridging finance is also known as ‘relocation loan’.
Bridging loans explained: How does it work?
A bridging loan is basically finance that allows you to buy a new property without having to sell your existing property first.
Banks work out the size of the loan by adding the value of your new home to your existing mortgage then subtracting the likely sale price of your existing home.
What you’re left with is your “ongoing balance” or “end debt” which represents the principal of your bridging loan. Banks will assess your ability to make mortgage repayments on this end debt.
Lenders use both properties as security and you’ll have one loan (peak debt) to cover both the existing debt and the new purchase.
Between when your bridging loan is advanced until you sell your existing home, most lenders capitalise interest-only repayments on the peak debt which means that you’ll only have to worry about continuing to make principal and interest (P&I) on your current mortgage, rather than trying to manage repayments on two home loans.
After your property is sold, you simply continue to make normal home loan repayments, plus the compounded bridge loan interest, on the new loan.