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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Commercial Bridging Finance

The commercial sector has endured some tough times in recent years- with macroeconomic events such as the EU referendum, UK elections, and Donald Trump’s presidency disrupting the market- there is renewed confidence and demand is continuing to grow.

Commercial property in particular is becoming more popular with private investors, many of whom are being driven away from the residential buy-to-let market by the increasing regulation and rising taxes.

Auction house, Allsop, recently announced they had seen three times the number of buy-to-let converts dipping in to commercial property since the cuts to mortgage interest relief for residential buy-to-let properties were announced.

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Yet, the sector is greatly under-served by mainstream lenders, mainly because of the risks involved due to the volatility of commercial property prices.

Commercial finance is a multifaceted form of finance- there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, as each loan must be assessed individually and priced according to the risk. The underwriting process is complex and some lenders can be inflexible in their decisions.

Borrowers seeking commercial finance need more innovative options, tailored to meet their needs and one such source that has become a critical tool to fund this community, is bridging finance.

Bridging finance has presented a real-time solution by providing a quick and flexible injection of liquidity to fulfil funding needs.

mtf’s bridging loan products are designed to meet the many diverse needs of commercial property investors and SMEs, whether funds are needed to purchase commercial premise, acquire stock, to facilitate a new venture or provide additional capital to stimulate growth.

As a non-status lender, we do not require evidence of trading history, accounts or proof of income and do not require personal guarantees. This allows us to take a practical, common sense approach to lending.

As an example, a property development company needed funds to purchase a £4m commercial asset based in Peterborough, which they intended to convert into offices.

The developers had a specific completion date and were unable to obtain a commercial mortgage in the time frame required.

mtf provided a £1.8m commercial bridging loan, at 45% LTV based on open market value. Interest was retained at 0.95%, over a 12-month term, with no exit fees or ERCs.

In just under 3 weeks, the clients were able to purchase the asset and the 12-month term gave the client plenty of time to refinance with a commercial mortgage.

A commercial bridging loan can be secured on many property types, including residential, semi-commercial, commercial property, and land. In addition, many income sources ranging from employed, self-employed and sole traders to partnerships and limited companies will be considered. Funds can be used for all existing investments to re-finance and improve its cash-flow, or to purchase business’s such as hotels, land or retail units.

What’s more, because bridging loans are now much cheaper, they are more appropriate for a wider range of borrowers and a wider range of circumstances.

For more information on our commercial loan offering or if you have an enquiry you wish to discuss, call us on 0203 051 2331. We are here to listen.

 

Specialist lenders step up to help property investors

According to mtf’s latest Property Investor Survey, 75 per cent of property investors were unable to secure mainstream funding in the past 12 months, with nearly half (44 per cent) attributing affordability as the main barrier.

 

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34 per cent of those surveyed said they were unable to obtain mainstream funding due to adverse credit and 22 per cent blamed stricter lending criteria.

 

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However, 75 per cent of investors revealed they had managed to raise alternative finance.

 

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47% of investors got a secured loan as an alternative, while 39% opted for a bridging loan.

 

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Three quarters of investors intend to expand their portfolio in 2017, with 67% targeting London and 33% looking to buy in the South East, in an encouraging move despite changes to tax relief for residential landlords.

A majority of respondents said scrapping an additional 3% stamp duty hike on buy-to-let and second homes would greatly help, when asked how the UK government could improve the private rented sector.

The results from our Q1 Property Investor Survey reflect the impact of stricter affordability and stress testing from lenders on professional property investors’ ability to obtain mainstream funding.

It’s certainly been a tough 18 months for landlords but alternative lenders are stepping in to meet the needs of borrowers.

For more information on how a bridging loan could help, call mtf on 0203 051 2331.

Bridging finance demand increased in Q1

Demand for bridging finance soared in the first quarter of 2017, with 59% of brokers experiencing  a rise in bridging loan volume, up from 31% in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Broker Sentiment Survey conducted by mtf.

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The South East saw the biggest demand for bridging loans in the UK at 40%, up from 29% in Q4 2016. The second highest area of demand was London, at 30%.

 

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The most popular reason for taking out a bridging loan in the first quarter was to fund a development project at 30%, followed by the purchase of an investment property, at 20%. Demand for financing investment purchases grew from 6% in the fourth quarter, showing healthy appetite from landlords to take on new properties, despite recent changes to tax relief.

 

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Some 45% of the 100 brokers surveyed said competition was the key issue currently facing the bridging finance sector, while 30% cited delays, followed by regulation at 15%.

 

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When asked ‘where would you like to see more product enhancements in the bridging finance sector?’ The majority (40%) of the brokers surveyed said they would like to see higher Loan-To-Values.  Some 25% wanted greater flexibility from lenders on commercial lending and 15% wanted greater flexibility on adverse applicants.

 

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When it comes to choosing a bridging finance lender for their clients, 40% of brokers said interest rates and pricing was most important, while 30% said speed of completion was paramount.

 

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The feedback from brokers points to a strong need for specialist lending, particularly from developers who continue to support the housing market by providing further supply to meet the ever-constant demand. Bridging finance is increasingly being used as a viable financial tool to provide real time funding to plug any gap before longer term finance can be put in place.

BRIDGING TRENDS: Bridging activity down in Q1

Gross bridging lending activity slowed in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest Bridging Trends data.

Data from Bridging Trends revealed contributor gross lending reached £118.79 million in the first quarter of 2017, constituting a 5.5% decrease on Q4 2016 (£125.66 million).  The figure is also down on the corresponding data for Q1 2016 by 5.23% (£125.35 million).

Bridging Trends is a quarterly publication conducted by bridging lender MTF, and specialist finance brokers Brightstar Financial, Enness Private Clients, Positive Lending, and SPF Short Term Finance, designed to monitor the general trends in the bridging finance market.

Regulated bridging loans outperformed unregulated bridging loans for the first time since Bridging Trends was launched (April 2015). The number of regulated loans transacted by contributors increased from 37.3% in Q4 2016 to 50.7% in Q1 2017.

Mortgage delays were again the most popular reason for the use of a bridging loan in Q1 2017 at 31% of all lending, dropping from 35% during Q4 2016. Refurbishment was again the second most popular reason for getting a bridging loan contributing to 23% of all lending.

First charge lending for the quarter rose to 86.6%, from 82.6% during Q4 2016. Second charge transactions dropped slightly from 17.4% in the previous quarter, to 13.4%.

Average LTV levels dropped to 46.2% in Q1 2017 whilst the average monthly interest rates were up to 0.83%, representing an increase of 0.05% on the previous quarter.

The average completion time on a bridging loan application increased by 2 days to 50.

The average term of a bridging loan hit a new high at 12 months.

The significant swing towards regulated lending marks an interesting shift which, in turn, we consider has impacted the average time it takes to complete a bridging loan.  Also, whilst the level of regulated activity is up it is interesting to see rates increase for the first time in 5 reporting cycles.

Whilst it is too early in the year to draw any firm conclusions from this first quarter of data, it is these key parameters we are most keenly observing as we move forward in the year.

For more information, please visit www.bridgingtrends.com

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Global Institutional Investment Manager partners with MT Finance

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MT Finance Limited (“MTF”) an award winning independent bridging loan lender today announces it has entered into a relationship with a Global Institutional Investment Manager with over $1.4 Trillion of assets under management.  Under the agreement the Fund has committed to initially acquiring up to £125m of bridging loan assets from MTF with an option to acquire a further £125m.

Established in 2008, by co-founders Joshua Elash and Tomer Aboody, MTF has grown over the last 8 years from establishment to having successfully completed in excess of £250m in loans in the last few years predominately funded from their relationships with high net worth individuals.

Throughout this time MT Finance has assisted property professionals, business owners, and individuals with their finance requirements. MTF’s reputation in the market excels for delivering fit for purpose bridging loans at sensible rates, and its approach to lending is something that has been consistently recognised within the financial services industry with the company winning various sector awards including Business Moneyfacts Best Bridging Finance Provider 2016.

Joshua Elash, co-founder, said,“We are delighted to be partnering with an institution of such significant standing and this additional funding will enable the company to drive forward the ambitious growth plans we have in place to grow MTF into the market leading bridging finance provider”

Tomer Aboody, co-founder, said, “This is an exciting day in MTF’s history and starts a new chapter of growth.  We look forward to continuing to engage with our highly valued client and broker relationships. We move forward into 2017 with significant optimism for the future”

MTF was advised by the Financial Services Corporate Finance team at EY.

Joshua Elash said, “We would like to give our thanks to Nick Parkhouse and the team at EY who spent the time to understand the shareholders goals, worked with us to devise a long term plan and then set about executing the transaction supporting us through the entire process.”

Nick Parkhouse, Executive Director and head of Financial Services Debt Advisory, said, “The team here is absolutely delighted for Joshua and Tomer and the whole team at MTF and look forward to continuing to support them in their future successes.”

Charles Bischoff and Katie McMenamin at the finance legal team at Travers Smith LLP provided Legal advice to MTF.

MTF scoops another award for service excellence

Last night, MTF once again won the award for Best Service from a Bridging Finance Provider at the Business Moneyfacts Awards 2017. The prestigious accolade was presented by comedian, Romesh Ranganathan at the Lancaster London Hotel.

This is the second time MTF has won this award, having previously scooped the award for Best Service from a Bridging Finance Provider in 2014. It is also the fifth accolade we have received in recognition of the service we provide to our clients and introducing brokers.

Providing an excellent service is at the heart of our business model. MTF is committed to building strong relationships and delivering the very highest standards of service, and we are honoured to have been acknowledged with such a prestigious award as a result of votes cast from our peers in the UK finance industry.

On behalf of the whole team here at MTF, we would like to thank all those who voted for us! We greatly appreciate your continued support.

MTF would also like to extend its thanks to Business Moneyfacts for hosting an exceptional celebration- we had a great night!

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT…

Voting is now open for the Bridging and Commercial Awards 2017!

If you have a spare moment, we would be grateful for your help to achieve the following awards:

  • Service Excellence- Lender
  • Bridging Lender of the Year
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year

If you feel we are deserving of any of these accolades, simply click here and vote.

This really does mean a lot to us and as always, thank you for your continued support.

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Short-term refurbishment finance

Did you know a bridging loan could help you enhance the value of your investment property?Refurbishment-Loans

With mainstream lenders implementing tougher restrictions, it has been harder for property investors to get a buy-to-let mortgage, faced with more hoops to jump through in a time-consuming process. This can hinder those requiring fast access to funds.

Bridging finance has been able to fill the void, gifting investors the ability to make the necessary renovations by providing funds with speed and agility.

Bridging loans for refurbishment purposes are available to property investors, landlords and developers looking to upgrade their residential, commercial or mixed use investment asset, before renting it out or selling on at a higher value.

As an example, MTF was approached by a developer focussed on an investment property worth £330,000 in London that had a good letting potential.

He wanted to buy, refurbish and then rent it out but was unable to get a buy-to-let mortgage as the property was uninhabitable.

MTF provided a £214,500 bridging loan within a week, at 65% loan-to-value, over a 12 month period with no exit fee or early redemption penalty.

Our bridging loan gave him the funds to buy the property and the time needed to carry out the works in order to significantly increase the value of the property. The borrower will then refinance out of the bridging loan with a long term buy-to-let mortgage from a bank, against the higher value.

MTF are here to get your short-term refurbishment finance loan completed in a matter of days. As a non-status lender, we will take a view on CCJs, defaults and arrears and do not require evidence of credit history, accounts, or proof of income.

Don’t miss out on an investment opportunity, call us on 0203 051 2331 or apply online to see how MTF could help turn your aspirations into achievements.

2016 Bridging Trends Revealed

Bridging loan volume rose £50.1m (11.5%) to £482.61m in 2016 compared to £432.51m in 2015, according to the latest Bridging Trends data.

Volume rose overall despite a volatile year that saw issuance levels rise and fall against a backdrop of major geopolitical and economic events including Brexit and Trump’s US election win.

The year kicked off to a strong start with £125.35m of bridging loans completed by Bridging Trends contributors in Q1, before cooling off during Q2 to £91.11m, due to uncertainty in the run up to the referendum. Volume picked up again in Q3 rising to £140.49m, before dropping in the fourth quarter to £125.66m.

Volume during the first, second and fourth quarters of 2016 all exceeded levels compared to the same quarters last year, highlighting a strong increase in demand for bridging finance, the data shows.

Bridging Trends is a quarterly publication conducted by bridging lender MTF and a number of the industry’s specialist finance brokers: Brightstar Financial, Enness Private Clients, Positive Lending and SPF Short Term Finance, to offer a general snapshot of the UK bridging loan industry as a whole.

The split between 1st and 2nd legal charge loans remained fairly consistent throughout 2016, with first charge loans accounting for over 82% of the market in all four quarters.

A significant percentage of bridging loan activity was unregulated in 2016 at an average of 55.5% of all deals, although regulated business increased to 44.4% of all deals in 2016 compared to 36.5% in 2015, due to changes in regulation and the introduction of Consumer Buy-To-Let.

Average Loan-To-Value (LTV) ratios were steady throughout the year at around 49%, maintaining responsible lending levels.

Interest rates were under constant downward pressure throughout the year, averaging 0.89% in Q1 before rounding off 2016 at an average of 0.78% in Q4, demonstrating how bridging finance has become more affordable.

Mortgage delays were again the most popular reason for taking out a bridging loan in 2016, like in 2015. Pressure on banks, prompted by increased regulation, acted as a bridging finance demand driver. Refurbishment was the second most popular reason for accessing a bridging loan in 2016, according to the data.

Average loan terms remained consistent at 10-11 months throughout 2016. Average completion time averaged 45 days in 2016, up from 40 days in 2015.

The final figures for 2016 show strong demand for bridging loans. Interest rates were again under consistent downward pressure throughout the year, as the bridging sector continued to be highly competitive. We are certainly witnessing consistency in the key market parameters we are seeking to benchmark.

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Borrowers struggle to secure BTL mortgages

According to our latest Broker Sentiment Survey, 84% of brokers revealed they were unable to source a buy-to-let mortgage for some of their clients in Q4 of last year, with over a quarter (27%) attributing affordability as the main barrier.

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20% of the brokers surveyed said they were unable to get buy-to-let mortgages for clients with adverse credit and equally, 20% blamed consumer buy-to-let regulations.

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69% of brokers said they opted for bridging finance after being unable to raise a buy-to-let mortgage for their clients in instances where time is of the essence. Some 8% of brokers opted for secured loans as an alternative.

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Bridging finance had a good fourth quarter, with 31% of brokers noticing a rise in bridging loan volume, up from 13% in the previous quarter. The South East saw the biggest demand for bridging loans in the UK at 50%, up from 29% in Q3.

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Refurbishment was the main reasons borrowers took out a bridging loan in the fourth quarter at 31%, followed by development projects at 15%, highlighting how bridging loans are being used to increase rental income, due to the interest cover ratio increasing from 125% to 145%.

Three-quarters of brokers experienced a rise in overall bridging loan volumes in 2016 compared to 2015, with 69% expecting a further rise in 2017. None of the respondents expect bridging loan volumes to decrease in 2017, showing its growing prominence as a loan product.

However, brokers remain uncertain over wider market conditions in 2017. When asked if market conditions will improve in 2017, the majority of brokers (38%) said they didn’t know. 56% highlighted the economy as their greatest concern, followed by property prices at 19%.

The results from our Q4 survey reflect the adverse impact of stricter affordability and stress testing from mainstream lenders on professional property investors’ ability to obtain buy to let mortgages. Despite uncertainty in the wider markets, we expect strong demand for bridging loans to continue in 2017.

If you have a bridging loan enquiry you wish to discuss, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0203 051 2331 or fill in our online form.

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