property finance - bridging loans

Get a bridging loan for your business

If you’re looking to purchase a new property, but need a short term solution to bridge a gap, a bridging loan could help your business.

  • Get funds in as quick as 72 hours 

  • Facilities range from £25,000 up to £40m 

  • Interest rates from 0.68%

  • 12 - 18 month terms

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What is a bridging loan?

For most businesses, there isn’t a large pot of cash that can be freely dipped into when an opportunity comes up. To help businesses be able to make a large purchase, whilst waiting for funds to be available, a bridging loan can come in handy. 

A bridging loan means that a business can access a large amount of funds in a relatively short period of time.

Bridging loans are a secured type of business loan and act as a short term financing option used to bridge the gap between accessing a longer term solution. 

A business owner checking a bridging loan

How does a bridging loan work?

Bridging loans work by providing the borrowing business with the money needed for a specific purchase, while waiting for funds to be freed up. 

As a bridging loan is a short term solution, term lengths are a maximum of 12-24 months. 

A bridging loan will require an exit plan, so that the lender can see there is a clear plan in place to pay off a large amount of funds in a short period of time, for example by getting a commercial mortgage or selling a property. 

Step by step image that explain how a bridging loan works

Why use bridging finance?

Pros and Cons of a bridging loan

Key points you should be aware of


  • Flexible form of business finance as you can choose from fixed or variable rates 
  • Speed - you can get a bridging loan in a couple of days, much quicker than a commercial mortgage which could take months 
  • You can access more funds than an unsecured loan  
  • Allows business owners to purchase an auction property where completion time is too short to secure a mortgage.


  • Higher interest rates - as a short-term form of finance, the cost of a bridging loan could be higher as rates are likely to be more than a long-term loan
  • Increased fees - you will have to pay more fees than most business loans such as arrangement and exit fees
  • Risk to your assets - a bridging loan requires security so your assets or property will be at risk if you do not meet repayments
  • You will need an upfront deposit 

What can I use a bridging loan for?

There are many uses for a bridging loan. Businesses will tend to opt for a bridging loan when they need a fast form of short term financing. Below are some examples of what your business could use a bridging loan for: 

  • Buying a property at auction 
  • Purchasing land for development 
  • To purchase an unmortgageable property 
  • If the property chain breaks whilst trying to buy a new property
  • If you have a short term cashflow gap

Buying a property at auction

Purchasing land for development

To purchase an unmortgageable property

If the property chain breaks whilst trying to buy a new property

If you have a short term cashflow gap

What types of bridging loan are available?

Who is a bridging loan for?

Bridging loans can be used by almost any developer or business in need of quick funds to invest in the purchase of a commercial premises.
Sourcing traditional short term loans for use within the property market can prove difficult to get, which is why specialist bridging loans have become so widely used in this sector.
Unlike development loans, bridging loans can be taken from anywhere between £25,000 - £40m, helping both first time developers and experienced property owners to take advantage of new opportunities.

Women that received a few offers for bridging loans

How does bridging finance work?

From warehouses and factories to office and conversions, commercial bridging finance can be used to facilitate the purchase of most business property types as long as there is an adequate exit strategy in place.

Loans are issued for between 1 and 24 months, however they are typically taken for 12 months with the view to either selling the purchased property at a later date or converting the loan into a more traditional commercial mortgage option.

If you already own a commercial property then bridging loans can also be used to secure additional funding for your business, effectively placing a short term mortgage on your existing assets to release capital.

How can I apply for a bridging loan?

The process of applying for a bridging loan can be a quick one. There’s a few pieces of information you’ll need to put together for the bridging lender. 

Here’s a step by step of the application process:

1. Give the background details 

The lender will need to know a few key details for a bridging loan. You should provide information on what your business does, what you need the bridging loan for, how much of a deposit you have and how much you’re looking to borrow.

2. Gather your documents

You’ll also need to provide some documentation. It’s best to gather up your business’ latest annual financial statement, details about the property you want to purchase and details on the property or asset you’re using as security

3. Answer the funding questionnaire

To put your application together, log into your Capitalise account and complete the questionnaire.

4. Send your application to 4 lenders

One of our specialists will help you put together the application and send it to the 4 lenders most likely to approve you for a loan. 

Frequently asked questions about bridging loans 

Like all business loans, a bridging loan will charge interest on the funds, but there are additional fees associated with bridging finance. These include an arrangement fee (typically 1-3% of the total borrowing), a fee to value the property and legal fees to take a charge against the property. Some lenders may also charge an exit fee to repay the loan. 

To be eligible for a bridging loan, a lender will need to see a clear exit plan for the bridging loan. For a commercial property for example, this would be to refinance onto a commercial mortgage. Up to the discretion of the lender, they will also likely require a business to have a good credit score, be profitable in their last set of accounts, have experience with property or development and have a deposit. 

Bridging loans tend to be a quick form of finance. From application, you could get a bridging loan in as little as 72 hours.

Yes you can get a bridging loan with bad credit. Because the loan is secured against a property, there is less risk of the lender losing out on the investment, so it is possible to get a bridging loan with bad credit. However, it's worth bearing in mind a bad credit score will reduce your chances of getting approved and will mean your business will have to pay higher interest rates.

Commercial bridging loans tend to be for the purpose of buying a large asset, so most lenders will have a minimum loan amount of £50,000. Some lenders will have a minimum of £25,000.