What is a Bridge or Fix and Flip Loan?
A fix and flip loan—also referred to as a bridge loan, swing loan, interim financing, or gap financing—is a short-term loan that provides you with the working capital you need to meet the immediate financial obligations of your fix and flip project. This kind of loan is typically for a 12-month term or less and can be obtained in a matter of days. Like most other types of property loans, collateral is required for an underwriter to back the loan. What’s so interesting about a bridge loan—and what makes it such a good option for those who are new to the business—is that the collateral can be the projected value of the rehabbed property. This can be organized in two distinct ways: by basing the amount you can borrow on the after repair value (ARV) or by basing it on the loan to cost (LTC) ratio.