Buy a new home without selling your current residence and leverage your equity for the down payment.
Our Bridge Loan takes you from a contingent buyer to the equivalent of a cash buyer who can close in as little as 14 days. Don’t get stuck in your current home with no hope to buy a new home in today’s hot housing market. We can help!
With home bridge loan financing from Sammamish Mortgage, you’ll have the following benefits:
Utilize the equity in your home for the down payment on a new home before selling.
Avoid having to put your family in short term housing or live with family while trying to find/close on a new home.
Avoid having your offers rejected by sellers because of a contingency.
Become a cash buyer that can close in 14 days.
Be able to buy a new home without needing to sell your current home first.
Avoid selling your home only to have housing prices skyrocket before you buy a new home.
Not sure exactly what a bridge loan is, how it works, or how Sammamish Mortgage bridge loans are different? Here’s everything you need to know about home bridge loan financing.
What is a Home Bridge Loan?
A home bridge loan allows a move up buyer to purchase a new home without having to sell their current residence until after closing. In real estate terms, this allows you to buy a new home non-contingent on the sale of your current residence.
When you make an offer on a house that you can’t back up without selling your existing home, you usually have to include a contingency clause. This states that you can back out all the way up to closing if your current home doesn’t sell by that date.
What’s Wrong With Contingent Offers?
There’s nothing really “wrong” with contingent offers, from the homebuyer’s point of view. It lets you try and coordinate a home sale and a home purchase so you aren’t stuck in limbo after selling your house, trying to find someplace to live while you purchase a new one. It can also prevent you from closing on a new home and having to manage two mortgages until you can sell your other house.
The real issue is how sellers see your offer in a market as hot as they are right now. When the market is cold and homes are slow to sell with low competitiveness between buyers, a seller might just be glad to have an offer on the table that could come through. However, in a market low on inventory, offers for each available home are usually simultaneous and multiple, and this means sellers look at the ones with the least strings.
An offer with a contingency clause is likely to be passed over quickly, as no seller wants to tie themselves up with a buyer who reserves the right to back through at the last minute based on circumstances out of their control. This means that a contingent offer can kill your chances in a seller’s market.
How Does a Typical Bridge Loan Work?
There are many different types of second mortgages or home equity lines of credit (HELOC) that are marketed as bridge loans. These are tied to your current home equity, and most buyers take them out to access capital for a down payment and closing costs on another home. A HELOC or second mortgage also usually can’t get rid of the necessity for a contingency.
In addition to not being particularly useful for solving the contingent offer problem, interest rates can be staggering for this kind of short term loan. A typical Seattle bridge loan lender will also take both the current and new mortgage into account for qualifying, which can significantly affect your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio and make it hard to qualify for a loan amount big enough to realistically meet your needs.
How Are Sammamish Mortgage Bridge Loans Different?
The Sammamish Mortgage bridge loan is a new short-term first lien on the new home you are purchasing. We are more flexible, and only take the new mortgage into consideration when calculating the debt-to-income ratio. This dramatically increases the reach of our home bridge loan financing as an option for buying a new home while selling your current one.
Once your new purchase closes, Sammamish Mortgage will begin the process of setting up your permanent financing. As soon as your previous property sells, we will finalize a refinance of the bridge loan into a long-term conventional mortgage. This means everything happens seamlessly and you can go from living in your previous home to living in your new one with a minimum of hassle.
Our home bridge loan financing program is currently available for properties located in Seattle as well as the rest of Washington State, Oregon and Idaho. You can reach our expert team of Seattle bridge loan lenders at 425-401-8787.
Realtors: if you have buyers that are currently stuck making contingent offers, give us a call and we can discuss this option in greater detail.
Very glad to have found this lender. The responses were quick and communication was excellent throughout. Everything happened through email which made it less stressful but they were available for call as needed. What happens next section in emails were helpful and kept me informed of next steps to better prepare for it. Glad that we were ahead of timeline throughout. Will recommend working with Sandra and Janas teams.
May 17, 2022
I can't begin to thank Sammamish Mortgage, specifically Ryan and Karen (my loan processor) for all of their help in making this process stress-free and fast. Ryan did a great job of explaining everything, and Karen walked me through every step of the process. I highly recommend them to anyone who is buying a home and looking for a high-quality mortgage company. You won't be sorry!
May 16, 2022
The experience was wonderful end-to-end, and we felt supported throughout the entire process. The advice given was invaluable in helping us to be comfortable when going about this major life decision of buying a home. The entire team was patient and responsive towards all the question we had, no matter how minor they might have ended up being.
Sammamish Mortgage is the place I will be recommending to anyone I care about (and even people I do not care as much about if I felt like being nice) looking for mortage support.
May 14, 2022
Our experience was fantastic. Everyone we worked with responded quickly and knew the answers to our questions. They made a traditionally stressful process, relaxing and easy. Thank you to our Sammamish Mortgage team!
May 5, 2022
I narrowed down my choice to 2 lenders and ended up going with Sammamish because their rates and fees were transparent. Other lenders quotes higher rates and lowered then once I told them I found a lower rate. Sammamish quoted the lower rate right off the bat. I was prequalified through both lenders and once I chose Sammamish, they got my file to underwriting in 2 days and underwriting approved in 3 days. We got clear to close in 2 weeks. Nick is great and knowledge. I highly recommend this team.
May 5, 2022
Couldnt be happier! This is our 3rd transaction this last year and Im go grateful for true professional service! Trevor and Suzanne are the best!
April 28, 2022
Shane is one of the best mortgage brokers in the PNW. Super easy to work with, transparent on costs and closes on time 100% of the time. I've done at least 10 deals with him and all have close smoothly.