Financing a flip

A flip is buying a property and then selling quickly, hopefully at a profit. It may be a refurbishment to increase the value or you may just be trading property. There are only two ways to finance these:

  • Cash, which maybe from a remortgage of another property.
  • Bridging Finance.

Don’t use a mortgage to finance them. A mortgage is long term finance  and using long term money for a short term purpose can seriously affect your future prospects of getting finance.

Lenders look at your credit file to see when mortgages are taken out and repaid. If they identify that you are using mortgages for the wrong purpose they will refuse to lend to you.

If you are applying for a BTL mortgage for this type of transaction don’t as it’s mortgage fraud. We have a large panel of lenders who can provide bridging finance for this type of purchase.



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