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Bridge Loans & When You Need to Use One

A commercial real estate bridge loan is a short-term financing option used by property investors to quickly finance the purchase or refinance of a commercial property while they secure a longer-term, permanent financing solution or exit strategy. The term "bridge" refers to the loan's function of bridging the gap between the investor's current financial situation and their long-term goals for the property.

Common scenarios where an investor would use a bridge loan include:

  1. Acquiring a New Property: When an investor wants to purchase a commercial property but needs to move quickly, a bridge loan can provide the necessary funds to complete the acquisition. This is especially common when there is an opportunity to acquire a property at a discount or when the property is in high demand.

  2. Refinancing an Existing Property: Investors may use a bridge loan to refinance an existing commercial property, typically to take advantage of better terms or to free up equity to use for other investments.

  3. Renovations or Improvements: When an investor wants to make significant improvements or renovations to a commercial property, they may use a bridge loan to fund the project quickly. Once the renovations are complete, the investor can seek long-term financing to pay off the bridge loan.

  4. Stabilizing a Property: In some cases, a commercial property may not be generating enough income to qualify for long-term financing. In these situations, a bridge loan can provide the necessary funds to stabilize the property and make it more attractive to long-term lenders.

Overall, bridge loans are often used in situations where speed and flexibility are critical. While they typically have higher interest rates and fees than traditional loans, they can be an effective way for investors to quickly access the capital they need to achieve their investment goals.


If you have any questions about this article or would like to discuss a scenario of your own with our team, please feel free to contact Colin Dubel at colin@harborwestcommercial.com or 949-735-6415.

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