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57 thoughts on “bridge-loan-calculator

  1. We are currently building a new home in another state but our first home has not sold. It is a larger home which tends to sell more in the spring season. The builders want us to close in December. We have over 300k in equity in this house and are planning to put down 160k for the down payment of the second. My husband and I are retired but my husband is still doing contract work. Would a bridge loan be a good option for us?

    • A bridge loan is certainly designed for this scenario. However, I’m not the one that should be answering the question. Interest rates and laws, just to mention two variables, change from location to location. It is best to get local advice. That’s why I try to limit support to how a calculator is used.

  2. I’m not quite sure what the calculator means by cash available. Is it asking if you have any extra cash to put down on the new home before closing or is it asking how much equity is in the old home?
    Also, for the first mortgage blank, are they looking for the original mortgage agreement? House was originally purchased at 473k but we have 300 in equity at this point.

    • Good questions. I certainly need to update the documentation.

      The "cash available" is any cash you might have that you want to put toward the new property. This is cash-on-hand (or perhaps extra cash, though I don’t know what that is ;-), not cash from the sale of another property.

      The "first mortgage" is the new, primary mortgage amount on the property being purchased. It is called the "first mortgage" with the balloon loan being the second mortgage.

      If this doesn’t clear this up, please let me know.

  3. We are wanting to borrow about 130K to 150K to purchase a ranch style home while we sell our other house (in WV). We own two houses without mortgage except a 50K home equity on our residence property in Florida. I’m not sure seller will wait on our home to sell so we should pay cash. ——couple possible problems: the house we want to buy is just over a flood zone boundary and it will not be our primary residence (summer home). We have great credit in high 700’s and enough money in IRA to do this 4x. BUT hubby does not want to withdraw IRA money because of taxes.

  4. The house we own now is paid in full and is valued at 121,000 and we have it listed for 106,900 figured it would be a quick sale but that hasn’t happened . We found a double wide and some land for 40,000 we want. Both houses r in wv . What do I need to do first with doing a bridge loan and how much will the payments be on the bridge loan .

    • It’s not clear to me that you need a bridge loan. Do you plan to have a mortgage on the new property after you’ve sold and settled on your current house? If not, then you don’t need what is considered, in a traditional sense, a bridge loan. A "Bridege Loan" is a 2nd loan or mortgage on the NEW property that will be paid off when the 1st property is sold.

      If you plan to pay off the loan after the first property is sold, you can use this Reply

      • You say can use this . . Please, use what instead of a bridge loan??

        • You can use "this", that is, this bridge loan calculator.

          If you are paying off a 2nd loan on a new property after the first property is sold, then a bridge loan is appropriate.

          Lets approach this in a different way, what do you need to accomplish?

  5. I own a home in Florida, no mortgage, paid cash back in 2003. I want to buy a smaller home in Georga, however, to do so I would need a bridge loan. I plan on selling it but not yet, it is valued at $265,000. The idea is to get a bridge loan to purchase a condo in Georgia and pay it off when my house in Florida sells. Is there a specific amount of time that the bridge loan must be paid off?

    • The bridge loan is paid off when the house that is providing the security for the bridge loan is sold.

      You could also look into getting a home equity line of credit on your first home to pay for the second home. It too would be paid off when the first home is sold. The HELOC loan is, in essence, a bridge loan.

  6. I am currently looking at a property to renovate. ill be buying it for £80,000. Ill spend about £20,000 on it and it should be worth around £130,000 when i’m finished. I don’t know how to use the calculator but im looking on getting a bridge loan to buy the property then hopefully pay back with in 6 months. Can you give me details on how much ill be able to loan and how much repayments will be.

    • Do you have another property? A bridge loan is for when you are buying one property and selling another property and you want to close on the property you want to buy before you sell the 2nd property. The 2nd property, the one you are selling provides the collateral for the bridge loan.

      If the 20,000 is for renovations, then it sounds to me as if you need to borrow the full 80,000, unless you have other cash or collateral that you did not mention.

  7. My wife and I did a bridge loan to buy our new home. The home we were selling had over $50,000 in equity based on the appraisal and the amount of money we had paid since owning the home over the course of 6 years. However, the real estate market tanked and we lost every bit of equity in the home we were selling due to it being a “buyer’s market” and getting low ball offers. We were advised to “stop the bleeding” and sell before we lost anymore money. That’s what we did. After paying the real estate agent her commission, the closing fees, and prorated taxes, we basically just broke even. Now, here is the issue: We are getting ready to close on our new home and do not have the 20% down payment anymore due to having to sell our home for less than what we bought if for 6 years ago. For the last 6 months, we have been making interest only payments on our new home, while also making the regular house payment on the home we were trying to sell. We used a great deal of our savings to be able to do both. We are soon to be in the process of closing on our new home, but not sure how it’s all going to work out without having the 20% down payment. The banker says we can do a second loan for 5% down vs. the 20% (we hate the idea of having 2 payments on the same house). I also have money in a deferred comp account that I can borrow against, but that also gives us another payment to make because I would have to pay that back as well. Plus, now that we do not have the 20% down payment, we will have a heightened payment due to the PMI. So, at this point, my wife and I are not sure that staying in our new home is even affordable at this point. We will have a very large house payment, a possible second payment for the 5%, and then PMI on top of that. Clearly, this did not work out as planned. I know that was a lot of information to take in, but do you have any advice? Should we sell the new home? Are there any other options for us? We have excellent credit and I am about to retire with a nice pension, but we don’t want to be “house poor.” Another question: will the interest payments we have made for the last 6 months on the new home go toward any of our new home debt or was that just money thrown out the window? We are quite disappointed at this point in the game and desperately need advice. Thank you for your assistance. Mike

    • I’m sorry, but I’m not a lawyer nor a financial planner. I limit the questions I will answer to "what calculator should I use?", "how do I use a particular feature?", or "what does a result mean?".

      One question I can answer:

      "Another question: will the interest payments we have made for the last 6 months on the new home go toward any of our new home debt?"

      An interest only payment does not reduce the principal loan balance due. The interest is the cost one pays to borrow money. Sorry I have to tell you that. I know it’s not what you want to hear.

    • Which market are you in Mike? That’s unfortunate and wish you the best.

  8. Once the second house sells does the higher interest rate on the final mortgage drop to a lower, more standard rate?

    • I would expect the bridge loan to have a slightly higher interest rate. The bridge loan is paid off when the house is sold.

      The interest rate for the mortgage on the new home would stay the same unless the term of the loan dictates something else.

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