Comment from Ian Broadbent, Director at Holme Finance Bridging Solutions.
It is unusual in the short term lending market to have been established pre 2000 however such experience, whilst resulting in many grey hairs for it’s directors, does give HFBS a unique perspective on the market. The greatest period of growth in our market has occurred over the last 12 years and been sustained, in part, by a strong property market. Is it inevitable this will end?
This sounds like a negative opening but it is not intended to be! At HFBS we would answer the primary question, of course and so what? The property market has always been cyclical and it is perfectly possible ( even probable ) that we are entering a period of much steadier growth/ demand and even some modest potential softening of prices within our underlying assets. This is not brexit, fear of Corbyn or taxation changes to investment property, although these all have an impact, it’s a cycle!
As always good quality, professional intermediaries and lenders will be best placed to work in this more ‘staid’ environment. Some more naïve players may ultimately pay a price and the market may contract a little but the best will continue to provide a valuable service to clients. Good preparation is simply ensuring that those important relationships are formed with experienced parties who understand the need for a long term sustainable market. At HFBS we have the experience to meet those demands and will continue to view applications in a positive and prudent manner.
With three key members of staff sharing almost 100 years of experience between them and a unique bridging proposition we intend to be here a very long time.
When an interest only mortgage came to the end with no funds to pay the final sum it looked like an important family asset was about to be repossessed, until Holme Finance Bridging Solutions approved a loan to recover the situation.
The client had mistakenly ignored the due date for final repayment and latterly failed to secure refinance due to poor credit. Now, with the realization that a sale was the obvious exit, the mortgagor had lost patience and was due to repossess.
HFBS recognized that the client, albeit belatedly, had acknowledged the need for a sale and the best outcome for them was to secure this themselves with a sensible marketing period (avoiding significant legal costs and the potential for a sale to be completed by the mortgagor at a lesser price). Approached for the mortgage redemption sum of £216.900, HFBS were able to complete very quickly providing the client with the best outcome.
Ian Broadbent, director at HFBS says: “The property was valued at £385,000 so the LTV looked good enough to allow for a satisfactory end to what was a very stressful situation for the client.
“We always look for the best outcome for clients. It was clear that allowing their property to go into possession with the monthly accrual of costs and fees wasn’t going to help but only compound the situation. Properties in possession typically don’t achieve the value required. This way we’re confident of a successful sale at the market rate.”
HFBS provided the loan over a 12 month term and a rate of 0.95% per month to be paid once the property is successfully sold.
With an average completion taking less than seven days from enquiry to money in the bank, no solicitor involvement, no minimum valuation, and entirely privately funded, no bank mandates, no fixed rules, HFBS really mean business.