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Have you been researching bridging loans to get you from point A to point B? Need a loan to tie you over for a small period? Well, we’re glad you stopped by! These types of loans can often be quite complex, so we thought we would explain. Today we will run you through what is a bridging loan, when you can use one and what to consider before applying for one. As a matter of full disclosure, Nifty does not offer traditional mortgage bridging loans, but we can offer some short term solutions that may bridge the gap between other financial circumstances, which we will discuss a little later. As always, we strive to keep our customers informed of all things finance. So, let’s get stuck in!
By the way, if you are curious, you can find details on loans from Centrelink here.
The Moneysmart website describes A bridging loan or bridging finance as short-term finance that covers the period between buying a new property and selling your existing property. It usually refers to a type of home loan that you take out when you are looking to move homes. Say you have an existing home that you are planning on selling, and you plan to buy another home with the intention of moving into it. You may need a second mortgage to purchase the second home. This is your bridging loan; aptly named as it is bridging the gap between your current home and your future one. In this scenario, you would have two home loans until you move and sell your first home.
When we say you could have two active mortgages, don’t fret, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be paying the normal repayments for two mortgages. Both mortgages will still incur interest, but you will not often have to pay the full interest and capital amount for each loan during the bridging period. Often the bridging loan will only require you to pay the interest component on your new mortgage, and some bridging loans only require you to make repayments on the original mortgage until the moving process is complete and your old house is sold. So in essence, your bridging loan is often an interest only loan! This makes your regular repayments affordable during the transition period so you can get on with moving. Clever, right?
Bridging finance often involves only paying the interest on their new loan or reduced repayments. In terms of your weekly or fortnightly pay cycle, this can make the repayments very affordable. Especially when comparing this to the costs of having two normal mortgages running at the same time or renting (which we touch on below).
There is always going to be a slight (or big) gap between when you want to sell your first home and move into your second one. But how long that might be? Well, that could be anyone’s guess! You can’t always predict how long it will take to sell your old home or tell if you are going to run into any other unforeseen issues. The good thing about some bridging loans is that you can move into your new home while your old one is still being sold.
There is always going to be a bit of an unknown time between selling the old home and the new one settling. So renting is not always a practical option. A lot of rentals will want to lock you in, often for a long period. Not only that, but you now need to move from your old house, to the rental, and then again to the new home. We know what you’re thinking, no thanks!
You do have the option with some bridging finance loans to purchase your new home before your old one has sold. While this does have advantages, it can be a double-edged sword. If your first home takes longer than you anticipate to sell, this can cause you to incur much more interest. Due to the long loan terms of home loans, which can be decades, this extra interest can add quite a large amount to the total you have to pay, especially due to the interest compounding. So make sure you also do your research into your local housing market.
Different loans and different lenders all have varying terms and conditions. One of these may be termination fees or exit fees and charges. If your mortgage has any of these fees or charges, you may not be able to apply for a bridging loan, or you may have to pay much more in fees. Again, this is something you will need to check carefully with your lender to make sure if a bridging loan is a good option for you or not.
Bridging loans are complicated (if you hadn’t already realised)! That is why you should always consider seeking independent legal, financial, taxation or other advice before taking out one of these loans. Taking out a mortgage bridging loan is not a small decision and should not be made lightly. To make things easier, we have prepared a list of questions that you can ask one of these specialists:
While Nifty does not offer traditional mortgage bridging loans, we can offer short term loans to get you from point A to point B. Some examples of the types of moving house personal loans we offer can be found in the table below.
|Loan Type||Amount||Term (Months)||Common Loan Reason|
|Small Personal Loan||$300 – $2,000||6 – 9||Rental Bond Loan|
|Medium Personal Loan||$2,100 – $4,600||9 – 24||Moving Expenses Loan|
|Large Personal Loan||$5,000||9 – 24||Renovation Loan|
We are glad you asked! To apply for a fast personal loan, our application can take only minutes to complete! This is because our smart form uses the latest in technology to help you accurately fill out the required information. Once you have completed your application, we will get to work assessing it to make sure it is suitable for your situation. When you apply during normal business hours, this should be within 60-minutes! Finally, the best part! Once you sign your contract, you can even receive your funds instantly at no extra cost! Just make sure you have an NPP enabled bank account, which covers 90% of Australian bank accounts!
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** WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate with the lender that finances your loan. Different loans may include other payable fees and charges. All fees and charges will always be displayed on your loan contract.