A Bridge Loan is a Stepping Stone

A Bridge Loan is a Stepping Stone

A bridge loan is not a loan used to build a bridge but rather is used as a sort of ‘stepping stone’ loan for borrowers. Using real estate as collateral for a bridge loan, most bridge lenders lend on houses, commercial buildings, and land. Bridge financing comes not from a bank lender but rather from a non-bank source of financing. Particularly for those who need a quick financing solution, and don’t have the luxury of time, a bridge loan can close much quicker than a bank loan. Also for situations where a borrower may have bad credit, a vacant property, or issues with property occupancy, a bridge loan is a viable alternative to a bank loan. But why is this type of loan referred to as a ‘stepping stone?’

Unlike a bank loan, a bridge loan is a temporary loan that allows a borrower to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B.’ Whether it be due to timing or for another reason, sometimes borrowers cannot qualify for a bank loan and will need an interim financing option. Bridge loans serve as a stepping stone to another form of financing such as a bank loan, or to the sale of the property being used as collateral for the loan. Sometimes a bridge loan can be a term as short as 30 days, or up to as long as 5 years. This depends on how long a borrower needs to get an exit on a bridge loan.

Many real estate investors are new to the concept of bridge financing. Up until the crisis of 2008, many borrowers only took out bank loans. There was never a need for a bridge loan because banks were readily lending on investment properties. These days, getting an approval on an investment property at the bank can be a long, arduous trial that usually results in no loan. For this reason, many real estate investors are having to seek out new forms of financing, and a bridge loan is a top choice.

If you are seeking out alternative financing, learn more about the approval process involved in obtaining a bridge loan. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Take a look at our programs here.

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Corey Curwick Dutton, MBA Park City, Utah - 2005 MBA Graduate with 10 years experience in Business Management including International Management. Corey is a Private Money Lender and Loan Officer. In her spare time Corey enjoys writing on topics in the private money lending industry. She also enjoys hobbies such as mountain biking and skiing in the great outdoors of Utah.