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Property: a side hustle or a full-time career?

bridging finance Sep 25, 2020

A property career often starts as a way to supplement your full-time income, these days known as a ‘side hustle’ or ‘the 5-9 job’. 

Some people keep it that way, finding a couple of properties and letting an agency manage them, so the rental income pays for holidays and the occasional new car.

Some start off with that intention and then get bitten by the property...

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Too good to be true?

bridging finance Sep 10, 2020

THE QUESTION

I am about to view a two-bed apartment, which has a low asking price and an impressive yield.  What are the pitfalls to watch out for?  Is it hard to raise finance for this kind of purchase as a buy-to-let (BTL)?

This is one of a row of flats that are above commercial properties, mostly shops (this on is actually above a kebab shop).  There is pub next door....

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‘Honey, I shrunk the deposit!’

bridging finance Aug 25, 2020

When you’re ambitious about your property career, but your bank balance isn’t quite ready to start buying properties, it can be frustrating.  You want to get started, but saving that all-important deposit to get started is holding you back. 

After all, there’s only so much money you can put away each month - and if you’re in a job with a family to look after,...

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Leveraging your equity

bridging finance Aug 10, 2020

THE QUESTION

If you own a property that was mortgaged and not owned outright, could you still put that as security for a bridging loan?

THE ANSWER

This is a good question and a good opportunity to examine what I teach on the Ninja Investor Programme. The answer is ‘yes’, but let me explain more.

An unencumbered property is highly advantageous if liquid cash is not available or is...

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5 steps to successful bridging

bridging finance Jun 25, 2020

Most property investors rely on mortgages to purchase properties.  Bridging as a means of financing a purchase tends to be treated with suspicion; it’s unknown territory.

The problem is that most people take their knowledge of mortgages and apply it to bridging and that’s where disaster lurks!  Here are five core facts about bridging.

1. Interest rates

With a mortgage, the...

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Second charge borrowing to expand a portfolio

bridging finance Apr 09, 2020

THE QUESTION

I have a property worth £170K with a mortgage of £105K.  How much would I be able to borrow on bridging finance for another property?

THE ANSWER

The first important thing to consider is what the second charge bridging market looks like.

Not all bridgers lend if you cannot offer them a first charge.  You can’t do that, because your mortgage lender already...

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Cash buyer territory

bridging finance Feb 25, 2020

If you’re nowhere near being in the position to buy properties outright, read on - there’s a way you can benefit from all the advantages of being a cash buyer, without having a huge wad of cash.

Cash buyers have advantages:

  • They don’t have to mess around applying for and getting approval for a mortgage
  • They don’t have to do battle with the mortgage lender about whether...
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Bridging for beginners

bridging finance Nov 10, 2019

Like most things, the devil is in the detail!  It is easy to get bridging wrong, and many do, largely because they blunder in thinking it is easy.  It is a simple way of funding deals, but you need to understand how it works.  I have been teaching how it works and how to use it intelligently at my Ninja Investor Programme workshops since 2013.

I call bridging counter-intuitive -...

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The keys to successful bridging

bridging finance Oct 25, 2019

THE QUESTION

I've taken out a fair few mortgages in the past and I’m comfortable with that kind of finance.  I have no experience with bridging, so my questions are:

What are the key things to look for?

What would be considered a 'good' bridging deal?

What term would you normally look at, 3 months? 6? Is it easy to extend?

THE ANSWER

There are lots of advantages to using bridging...

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Why bridging works

bridging finance Oct 25, 2019

Property investment tends to depend on you having worked hard to save a nest egg that will provide you with a deposit to buy your first property.  If you’re planning to get into property seriously, you’ll need cash for refurbs too.  Saving up takes time.

The challenge is that you need at least 25% of the cost of your chosen property as a deposit, in order to get a...

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