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  • Why is your amount for bridge loans cut off at $30,000? My understanding is that I can get a bridge loan to buy condo, secured by my paid-off home of which I am told $175,000 will sell quickly. I am up in years and need to get moved while I can; but can’s sell without place to go—no place to go until I have money to buy it. How on earth do you think $30,000 or $50,000 would be a bridge? Also, rates go up from 3.5, current, up to 8—and why set for 24 months—not just the 6 months I read—or even 2 months if one wants it that way? Everything seems to be such a rip-off these days. I have no place to even lay my head if I were to put everything in storage while trying to find a place after selling. Condos are not coming available quickly and new ones are being built for younger 40ish folk with ceilings too high and too much sq. ft. for older to care for in latter years; thus reason for down-sizing; but clearly builders do not understand this. Thanks for listening, I have been trying to get moved for several years; but government is not loaning to elderly even with 833 credit score and no debt—trying to put healthy elderly into hi-rise infernos which cost $3,000 to $5.000 a month—not many elderly people can do that and thus are being forced into our graves. No one bears another’s burdens these days.

    • Hello, none of the limitations you mention are accurate. Please click on the "Help" button for the instructions on how to use this calculator. If, after reading them, if you have a question, please ask. The calculated "bridge loan amount" is the amount you need to close the deal on the 2nd home, given your current cash available and the purchase price. You are always free to borrow more. In that case, use the loan calculator on this site to create the schedule for what you want to borrow. Hope this gets you started.

  • Hi Karl,
    Nice calculator. We may be building a bridge loan website. Is this calculator available for use on a site?
    What would you charge for that?

  • The house we want to purchase is $215000,the house we currently have is valued at $365000 we owe $225000. How does each of these numbers fit in the calculator?

    • A bridge loan calculator doesn’t consider the value of your current home. The purpose of the calculator is to tell you when purchasing the new home if a bridge loan is needed. You have approximately $145,000 equity in your current home (365,000 – 225,000). If you need a bridge loan, the equity can potentially be a collateral source to secure the needed bridge loan. A credit card could potentially be the source of funds too. Funds do not need to be secured by your current property.

  • my wife and I are selling our home for $370,000 and purchasing a home for $447,000. We are going to make about $154,000 on the sale of our first house. We plan on using $120,000 as a down payment for the new purchase. We had everything lined up to close on both the purchase and the sale on the same day, however, our buyer is having finance issue which is causing us to delay the purchase. To get our new home, would a bridge loan be a good idea to get the $120,000 for the down payment of the new home? My current mortgage payment is $1400 FYI.

  • I don’t understand how a bridge loan works fully. I’ll post my understanding/questions below and maybe you can clear it up as I can’t find any answers as of yet.

    We have a current mortgage that’s only 2 years old so we don’t really have an equity in it other than the upgrades we’ve made to it. While it hasn’t been appraised yet, I’m estimating maybe 15,000-20,000 value in upgrades. So if the house appraises higher now than what we purchased it for, the difference is considered equity correct?

    Second and biggest question: Say we take out a bridge loan to cover remaining (98%) of previous mortgage plus a down payment for new house, what happens when the first house is sold? Do we then take out a mortgage on the new house? I don’t really understand how a bridge loan is supposed to help you get into a house faster when all it’s really providing is a down payment. Do you actually have 3 loans to pay all at once (supposing the bridge loan requires payments as opposed to allowing nonpayment for a few months); 1 loan for old house, 1 loan for bridge, and 1 for full amount of new house. The first two being paid off by previous home being sold?

    Signed: totally confused on transition from bridge to new mortgage.

    • Regarding "if the house appraises higher now than what we purchased it for, the difference is considered equity correct"? Almost, but not exactly. Equity is actually the difference between the appraised value and the principal balance (or remaining balance) of the mortgage (not what you purchased it for).

      Let’s say your equity is $25,000.

      Say you want to buy a new home from $300,000 and you need to put 20% down ($60,0000). If, besides the equity in your home, you have an additional $50,000 in cash and investments you are $10,000 short of the required 20% down. You would, therefore, not be able to buy the new house.

      This is where the bridge loan comes in. Borrow $10,000 from the equity in the existing home and use that to make the $60,000 ($50,0000 cash + $10,000 bridge loan) cash down payment when you go to closing on the new home.

      Then, when you sell the first home, the proceeds from the sale will be used to pay off the bridge loan. You’ll get to keep $15,000 cash from the sale because you’ve used $10,000 of the $25,000 equity for the down payment on house #2.

      So, you are NOT taking out a bridge loan "to cover remaining (98%) of previous mortgage". That mortgage is paid off when the first house is sold.

      The big question is, can you afford to make payments on all 3 loans at the same time?

  • We own our house outright. Current value $300,000. It is up for sale. We have a contingency contract on a new home for $396,000. We want to get a bridge loan to buy the new home so we don’t lose it. Is that a good idea?

    • Are you looking for cash for a down payment on the new home? You should be able to use the equity you have in your current home to raise the funds for the down payment. That’s what a bridge loan is.

  • Hello,
    We want to buy a new home. One of them is $450K. We bought our current home for $315K 10 years ago and have $264,867.97 left on our mortgage at 3.625%. Homes have increased in price in our NYC area. They rarely go down in price. I have one appraiser that hasn’t seen the inside of our home, and states if we didn’t change anything (which we have a new kitchen, roof, hot water heater, driveway, etc) then our home would be worth $330K. Similar homes in the area are going for about $400K. We really don’t have much to put down for a new home. Should we sell our current home first? Or can we somehow take the equity out of our home to buy a new house? I would love to move by the fall for the kids.

    Thank you!!

    • Hi, if I understand you, this is how you would use the calculator to answer your question:

      Purchase Price?:            $450,000.00
      Cash Available?:             $10,000.00
      First Mortgage?:            $355,000.00
      First Interest Rate?:           3.6250%
      First Term? (Months) (#):           360
      Bridge Loan Interest Rate?:     3.6250%
      Anticipated Bridge Loan Term? (#):   24

      You didn’t mention how much cash you had, you only said "we really don’t have much to put down", so I estimated you have $10,000 free cash.

      I also estimated that the first mortgage (the mortgage on the new home) would be 80% of the purchase price. That is, you would want to put 20% down – eventually, That’s where the $355,000 comes from for the new mortgage.

      Feel free of course to adjust these numbers as needed.

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