In these tough and volatile economic times, most people are aware that both secured and unsecured loans are on the rise, mainly as people look to make up for any drops in income through borrowing money. What is less known though is the rise in the amount of bridging loans that are also being issued, with a number of specialist companies now having to employ extra staff to cope with the demand being placed on them by members of the public eager to use their services.
It has been estimated by one company
West One Loans – that the UK bridging lenders will be issuing loans to the tune of A1 billion by the middle of 2013. In 2010 the bridging marker was worth approximately A700 million, but rapid expansion has seen an A50 million increase in this valuation just in the first quarter of 2011. What are the reasons for the large increase in demand to bridge loans and do each industry sector share the same optimism?
Well, the main increase for this increase is due to housing shortages which currently grip the country. People are reluctant to sell their homes for the current valuation – which is very low – and therefore there is more competition for each home that enters the market. To win an offer, a potential buyer must be able to make a good offer, which can often only be achieved with the help of a bridging loan. This is further made clear by the fact that many homes are bought by those who can afford to buy at current prices easily, such as property investors and those who want to buy. This means that competition for homes is increasing.
Another reason for the increase in bridging loans is the fact …» Read more