Cash buyers get better deals. They can negotiate substantial discounts on the asking price for properties, sometimes even as much as 50% below market value if there’s a really motivated seller.
The need to get a mortgage slows things down and can take months, so the ability to get the deal done in under a month can be very attractive to a seller who wants to get money out and move on.
I’ve explained how bridging works in many of my blogs, but to really see how it operates here’s a fairly typical case study.
The investor: An experienced investor, but not with bridging finance. He had about £38K in actual cash available.
The property for sale: A former care home, originally a terrace of six houses, that had closed due to the owners being unable to afford to meet the Care Quality Commission standards. It had been on the market for some time – with no interest.
The asking price: £350,000
The plan: To apply for...
I am considering buying a flat that was converted in 2008 – without planning permission. The landlord tried to get retrospective planning permission two years after conversion (2010), but the Council rejected the application.
Now the property is up for sale and I think a bridging loan wouldn't be a problem, but a mortgage company would ultimately require an indemnity policy. Is there a helpful solicitor willing to scan through the papers for me before I spend ludicrous amounts of money on a no-go?
Bridging finance would certainly work in terms of securing the purchase.
A mortgage lender would require a legitimate conversion, not the current illegitimate one – in other words, a Certificate of Lawfulness.
To get a mortgage you, as the new owner, will need to get planning approval (CoL) for the flat. No planning approval = no mortgage = no way to repay the bridging loan. An indemnity policy is a red herring.
We are converting a 4-bed house into 2 x 1 bed flats and 2 x 2 bed flats. We were going to sell, however we are now thinking about forming a company, keeping and renting them through this. Which lenders lend on a development which has just started please? Should we put one property into a company or four separate units?
We bought it in joint names personally with a mortgage. We have done the footings and part of the build.
If you want to keep a property converted into four flats that will be a commercial mortgage and it will be possible to keep the property on a single title post conversion.
One point to clarify; presumably you have obtained planning permission to convert into four flats, or you bought the property with existing planning permission? No mortgage lender will touch an illegal conversion with a bargepole and it is the first thing any lender’s surveyor checks with the local planning office when valuing converted flats.
I have been sourcing properties now for nearly 12 months and now I am looking to buy my first property to flip or rent, but I would like to clarify the processes I need to go through.
I am looking to buy a 3-bed terrace and split it in to two 1-bed apartments. Can I split the title through permitted development? What costs are there in this?
I want to use a money in/money out strategy via bridging – what is your advice?
First things first, this is not a Permitted Development deal; to convert a house to flats requires Planning Permission. Many landlords have just gone ahead and carried out a conversion without planning approval, unaware that they have just made their property unmortgageable; no lender will give a mortgage on an illegal conversion. (This is one of the goldmine categories of unmortgageable properties that I teach investors to make outrageous offers on at my workshops, as it is cash buyer territory only.)
So the first step...