What is bridging finance?
Bridging finance is short term finance that you need normally because your money is locked in a property deal. The repayment is made in full when the property deal concludes.
For example if you are a property seller and have money due to you when the property transfers from your name to your buyer’s name, Rodel can assist with an advance on this money – we call that bridging finance.
The conveyancing process to register the transfer of a property in the deeds office typically takes 60 to 90 days from the date the sale agreement is signed to when the sale is registered. The property seller would only receive their money from the sale when registration occurs, but may need their money beforehand.
Real estate agents or commercial brokers may also need bridging finance on their commission because of the time required to transfer a property.
Watch our brief video to get a better understanding of bridging finance.
Is it like a personal loan?
Although you may spend the money on similar things to a personal loan, bridging finance is very different.
Firstly you don’t have the burden of paying it off monthly for a number of months (e.g. 12 to 24 months.)
Secondly it relates to a one-off property transaction so is settled in full when the deal settles.
Thirdly it is normally out for a much shorter time – on average only 45 days.
How much can I apply for?
There is no transaction too large or too small. Rodel can advance up to 85% of the amount due to you when the property registers in the deeds office.
Example: If you are a seller
You have sold for R1,000,000
Your bond and agents commission and other costs total: R600,000
Net due to you on registration: R400,000
Rodel can advance up to 85% of the R400,000 or in this case R340,000
Example: If you are an agent or broker
If the commission due to you is R50,000 (excl. VAT), you could access 85% of the R50,000 or R42,500
Example: If you are a bond applicant
You have been granted a further bond of R500,000
Your bond registration and legal costs are say: R15,000
Thus the net amount due to you on registration is: R485,000
Rodel can advance 85% of the R485,000 now, which is R412,250
How much does it cost?
The cost is 0.150% per day, which amounts to R1.50 per R1,000 per day.
Rodel does not charge any administrative or penalty fees, but the minimum total cost will equal the higher of R250 or 18 days’ fees.
For natural persons, should the term of the funding extend beyond 120 days , the daily fee will reduce to 0.049% per day or R0.49 per R1,000 per day from day 121 onwards.
So if we advanced R50,000 for 30 days the cost would be: R2,250
or R50,000 x 0.150% x 30 days = R2,250
How do I apply?
If you need any assistance completing the form please contact us on 031 303 7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Property Seller Finance
Normally the Rodel application form is completed by the seller’s transferring attorney and signed by the seller. Thereafter Rodel’s credit department will assess the transaction and depending on the value may need to view certain transaction documents. Once the deal is approved payment can be made.
Agent Commission Finance
Complete the one page application form
Once completed please ensure it is signed by you and the principal of the agency. Then send this with the sale agreement to email@example.com
Rodel’s credit department will quickly assess the deal and once we have an undertaking from the transferring attorney will be ready for payment.
The key criteria are purchase price secure and suspensive conditions met.
Bond Applicant Finance
Normally the Rodel application form is completed by your attorney and then signed by you. Thereafter Rodel’s credit department will assess the transaction and depending on the value may need to view certain transaction documents. Once the deal is approved payment can be made.
How quickly can I get my money?
We strive to pay out your deal as quick as possible because we know how important it is to you.
80% of our deals are paid within 24 hours.
Can I obtain bridging finance against a pension pay-out?
Unfortunately we don’t offer bridging finance against pension pay-outs. Have a look at our asset-backed option though as it may meet your needs.