Jonathan Sealey

Opinion: Managing risk in today’s bridging market

Although the mortgage market has had an unsettled year so far, we are seeing a rise in bridging loan volumes, with gross annual bridging lending in the UK increasing to £4.6bn in April. The size of the typical bridging loan has also continued to grow over recent years, showing how more property developers are incorporating […]

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Bridging Watch: Refurb clients are good prospects

The purposes for property refurbishment are extensive and bridging can be the flexible friend that enables it to happen Refurbishment is a key area of demand for bridging loans. Increasing numbers of people recognise the money to be made from the refurbishment of a property – and the value a short-term bridging loan can add, […]

Comment: Flexibility is here to stay

Political and economic changes have enabled bridging to play to its strengths by doing what it does best – bridging the gap Reports have shown the UK housing market is softening, particularly in London. But at the crossroads of change comes opportunity. This is particularly true for the bridging finance market, which is evolving and […]

What brokers really want from bridging lenders

When choosing a bridging lender, brokers look for speed of response, transparency, flexibility and certainty of completion Figures from the Association of Short Term Lenders show that demand for bridging loans soared in the last quarter of 2016, finishing the year at £2.88bn. As volumes look set to rise again this year, low rates and […]

Bridging Watch: Bridging is good for troubled waters

There is a lot of negativity around the economy at the moment, in particular the housing market. Outside the UK there is an impression the country is in disarray, but it is proving far more resilient than the headlines would have us believe. So let’s get back to what we do best and focus on […]

Comment: Bridging loans can handle inflation

Property investment can still produce good returns as long as developers factor in rising inflation and refurbishment costs The annual rate of Consumer Prices Index inflation increased to 1.6 per cent in December – its highest level for two-and-a-half years. The resulting increase in costs of materials will make refurbishing a property, whether residential or […]