Aspen Bridging sees influx of overseas enquiries following mini-budget


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Aspen Bridging has completed its latest foreign national purchase bridging loan in just 20 days, having seen an influx of overseas investment enquiries since the Government’s mini-budget on September 23.

The Chinese applicant required a £1,486,250 gross loan to purchase a £2m two-bed luxury apartment at the prestigious St George: London Dock development in E1W.

The case, which was taken from start to finish by underwriter Laura Randall, was completed on the lender’s popular 0.39% per month stepped interest rate over eight months.

Exit will be through refinancing of the property.

With the weakened pound and the large reduction in short-term lending and term-based mortgages, Aspen has seen overseas investors reach nearly 30% of all new enquiries.

Foreign nationals have made up 20% of its client base over the last 12 months.

Jack Coombs, Director, Aspen Bridging said:

“Many investors are looking at the fluctuating value of the Pound against their local currencies, as well as the US Dollar, and there is no denying they see the UK as a good place to develop their portfolios right now.

Of course time is critical which is why we have seen a large increase in overseas enquiries, where we are today may look different following the Treasury’s Medium-Term Fiscal Plan (October 31).

This is why overseas applicants turn to us, they know we have the experience and processes to complete quickly.”