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Property Investors Using Bridging Finance To Renovate Properties

Property Investors Using Bridging Finance To Renovate Properties

£640 Million (GBP) Bridging Finance Used By

Property Investors In Just 12 Months

There is a fresh warning being issued to property investors that the current UK financial system is not set up to help them develop or renovate property because mortgage lenders are not prepared to take the risk.

Property investors are finding it virtually impossible to secure a mortgage from mainstream mortgage lenders for a property that requires renovation or refurbishment, especially if the property was previously used for commercial purposes, e.g it was previously an office or a flat and requires alterations to allow the change of use from commercial to residential, or it is a property that does not have an existing bathroom or kitchen.

As has already been reported by Spotlight over recent months, there are promising signs that the UK’s economic recovery is building in strength, thanks to the implementation of the Government’s financial initiatives such as the Funding for Lending scheme, designed to encourage business and the Help-To-Buy scheme, which was launched at the start of the year in an effort to help more first time buyers to get onto the property ladder.

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National Empty Homes Loan FundNational Empty Homes Loan Fund To Bring
Empty Properties Back In To Use

A new scheme has been launched to bring almost ¾ Million empty residential properties back into full time use in a bid to tackle the UK’s current housing shortage.

Over 710,000 residential properties are currently lying derelict and empty across the UK, because the owners have not been able to afford to renovate or refurbish them back to a habitable standard.

In a joint venture initiative between Government, 39 participating local authorities, the Empty Homes charity and the Ecology Building Society, the scheme aims to provide loans of up to £15,000 (GBP) to owners of empty residential properties to help bring them affordably back into use.

The fund was one of the demands of last year’s Great British Property Scandal campaign led by architect and broadcaster George Clarke.

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