Buyer's Bridge Loans: What They Are and How They Work

Monday, February 27, 2023

If you're in the market to buy a new home but you haven't sold your current one yet, you might be wondering how you can finance the purchase of your new home. This is where bridge loans come in. In this blog post, we'll go over what bridge loans are, how they work, and whether they're right for you.

What are bridge loans?

A bridge loan is a short-term loan that's used to bridge the gap between buying a new home and selling your current one. It's a type of financing that's designed to help you "bridge" the gap between your current financial situation and your future financial situation, when you'll have more money available to pay off the loan.

How do bridge loans work?

Bridge loans work by providing you the funds you need to buyyour next home before you've sold your current one. Once your current home issold, you can use the proceeds to pay off the bridge loan. Our bridge loanoffers a six month term, which begins on the date of your first monthly bridgeloan payment.

Bridge loans are secured by the equity in your current home, which means that the lender will use the equity in your home as collateral for the loan. However, if you're unable to sell your home, the full bridge loan amount will still be due at the end of your six month term.

Are bridge loans right for you?

Bridge loans can be a good option if you're confident that you'll be able to sell your home quickly and for a good price. They can help you avoid having to make two mortgage payments at the same time, which can be a financial burden.  Plus, you may be able to move into your new home on your own schedule without the hassle of selling and buying simultaneously or making multiple moves.

However, if you're not sure when your current home will sell, or if you're not confident that you'll get a good price for it, a bridge loan might not be the best option for you.

It's also important to note that bridge loans typically come with higher interest rates and fees than traditional mortgages, so you'll need to weigh the cost of the loan against the benefits of being able to purchase your new home.

In conclusion, bridge loans can be a useful tool for homebuyers who need to bridge the gap between buying a new home and selling their current one. But they're not without risk, and it's important to carefully consider whether a bridge loan is the right option for you before applying for one. As always, it's a good idea to consult with your financial advisor or mortgage consultant before making any major financial decisions.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to qualify for both my new primary residence and my current, departure residence?

A: Yes, however your bridge loan will have interest-only payments during the six-month term.

Q: Does my departure residence have to be listed for sale?

A: Yes. You must have an active, bona fide listing agreement for your departure residence.

Q: Can I get a bridge loan before I find my new primary residence?

A: No, you must have a new first lien, primary purchase in process with HomeServices Lending, LLC. Bridge proceeds must be used for a down payment on the new primary home.

Q: What are the minimum and maximum bridge loan amounts?

A: Minimum loan amount is $60,000 and the maximum loan amount is $1,000,000.

Q: Do I need an appraisal on my departure residence?

A: You can use the value based on an AVM (Automated Valuation Model) unless an appraisal is requested.

A bridge loan may not be the right option for all borrowers. Not all borrowers will qualify. Bridge loans are not available in Hawaii and Vermont. Contact your local mortgage consultant to discuss each of the home financing options available to you.
Additional requirements for participation; subject to full credit underwriting. Minimum FICO 700, maximum loan term 6 months, maximum CLTV 80% and maximum loan amount $100,000. Bridge loan only eligible in connection with a purchase transaction for a primary residence through HomeServices Lending, LLC, where a simultaneous applications for both are made. Borrower(s) must have occupied the current Primary Residence a minimum of 12 months prior to applying for the Bridge Loan.
1. Bridge loans utilize the available equity in a borrower’s current primary residence prior to the property being sold, and funds must be applied toward the down payment for a new primary residence. The max combined loan-to-value for a departure residence is based on the requested loan amount but may not exceed 80%. The purchase transaction for the new primary residence is limited to 90% loan-to-value.

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