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15 Hour Completion

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR CRYSTAL CLIENT WITH RECORD 15-HOUR TURNAROUND Christmas has come early for a client of Crystal Specialist Finance (CSF) after a stalled £748,870 deal was picked up and turned around in just 15 hours. The broker’s client, who required the funds to redeem a second charge bridging loan and to raise capital for business purposes, contacted CSF at 17:30 on a Friday evening with the money drawdown on Tuesday afternoon. Early on the Monday, specialist lender Together took the short-term commercial loan case to offer immediately after which all searches were undertaken with the client signing the mortgage documents at his solicitor’s premises on the evening. A fresh valuation was undertaken on the Tuesday morning with the lender agreeing to accept verbal...

A Speedy Re-Bridge

CRYSTAL SPECIALIST FINANCE COMPLETES RE-BRIDGE IN JUST 4 DAYS A broker came to us with a client who needed a bridging loan to be completed quickly in order to repay a previous bridging loan that was coming up to term soon. The Property comprised of a recently converted 12 Bed HMO that would be fully let to students. The exit for the current loan was via sale of another asset which hadn't yet sold. Going over term would have meant higher fees and charges which could be avoided with a quick re-bridge. THE SOLUTION: We immediately got to work and managed to turn around the valuation in 4 days.The solicitors were then instructed straight away and the case was ready to complete in under a week....

Bridge Secured Despite Complex Estate Inheritance Issues

CRYSTAL SPECIALIST FINANCE SECURES PRECISE MORTGAGES’ BRIDGE DESPITE COMPLEX ESTATE INHERITANCE ISSUES Crystal Specialist Finance (CSF) used all their expertise to overcome a myriad of inheritance issues and secure a second charge bridge for a client needing finance for light refurbishment and moving costs. The applicant’s father recently passed away and she took state administration of his estate, but the property she had inherited did not have her name against the land registry and probate was yet to commence. Though the client could provide a copy of will, CSF requested to make direct contact with the solicitor who ultimately confirmed her as sole beneficiary and provided the additional assurance of having the property assented if required. Wishing to upgrade the subject property and then be...

Ireland-based Ex-Pat Refurbishment

IRELAND-BASED EX-PAT KEEPS UK FAMILY HOME REDEVELOPMENT ON TRACK WITH CRYSTAL SPECIALIST FINANCE There was no luck needed for a mother and daughter in the Republic of Ireland who required a solution to finish development of the old family home in Surrey, thanks to Crystal Specialist Finance (CSF). At the outset the daughter contacted her broker and explained that her mother had moved in with her in Charlestown, County May as the father had recently passed away, and the property was in the process of refurbishment to increase the value ahead of sale. The relocation meant the incumbent lender required full repayment of the existing residential mortgage and the builder required extra funds to complete the work. The broker contacted CSF who secured a £133,095,...

An Explosive Development

AN EXPLOSIVE DEVELOPMENT A development project in Manchester has proven to be a highly explosive proposition after the developer found a live World War 2 bomb being used as a doorstop! The deal – which was sourced through Crystal Specialist Finance and funded by Affirmative – required the removal of a number of dilapidated buildings prior to the construction of new residential houses. A visit from the bomb squad ensured this task was not completed quickly. But the 300mm long by 150mm diameter bomb was only one of a barrage of problems faced by KAD Developments, with the deal taking over two years to complete. CSF first became involved in June 2017 after the applicant was let down by another lender. Due to initial limited...

£5.4m Ex-pat Re-bridge in 15 days

CRYSTAL SPECIALIST FINANCE COMPLETES £5.4M EXPAT REBRIDGE IN 15 DAYS An ex-pat borrower has boosted the value of a luxury apartment in central London after completing a £5.4million re-bridge with Crystal Specialist Finance (CSF). The Monaco-based businessman required the funds to clear an existing £5m bridging loan, with the remainder paying for a substantial refurbishment of the flat. Once completed, the work should see the property’s value rise from £10m to £12.5m. As the client is an ex-pat and the asset owned by an offshore limited liability company (LLC) Crystal worked with specialist lender Together which approved the application following an offshore opinion within 15 days. Jo Breeden, Managing Director of CSF, said: “The deal was in an area of strong purchase demand. The client...

A Tasty Deal with The Food Group

UTILISING SECOND CHARGES ON BOSSES RESIDENTIAL HOMES Nine directors of the same company have secured a £1million funding package - through second charge loans secured against their homes - to expand their growing food business. The bosses at The Food Group needed £750,000 to clear an existing bridging loan and another £250,000 to invest back into their business, a supplier to the catering industry based in the West Midlands. They brought the complex deal to specialist distributer Crystal Specialist Finance (CSF) which approached Together. The lender recommended its homeowner business loan product for the directors, allowing them to borrow against residential property for commercial purposes. Their application was split into two linked cases to make sure all the company directors received the lowest possible rates,...

Large Residential Development

LARGE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT We take a look at a large development project case converting commercial offices into residential homes. Crystal secured deals totalling over £9.1m to ensure the successful purchase and development of a largescale residential project for an established property developer. The overall gross development value of the project was over £18m and included a change of use from office (Class B1) to residential (Class C3), which comprised of 33 one, two and three bed dwellings. Solution A £3m bridge was agreed to ensure a successful acquisition of the Grade II listed building, despite a pending planning application decision which was ultimately agreed. This was followed by a further development finance loan structed to clear the existing finance agreement with an extra £1.9m released...

Complex land titles

DEVELOPMENT SAVED WITH NEW LENDER A broker approached us with a client who was looking to finance a development project in South Birmingham. Planning permission for 7 houses and 1 apartment had been granted and the construction had already started. During the initial solicitors’ enquiries, it came to light that there were two areas of unregistered land that fell directly on the dwelling. Even though the client had the relevant indemnities in place to cover this, the lender refused to progress the case and the development was at risk of being aborted. Solution Our development finance team arranged for the new lender’s solicitor to review the land titles prior to the new valuation at no cost to the client. The solicitor advised us to obtain a valuation...

Commercial Bridging Loan

MAXIMUM NET ADVANCE, MINIMUM COST One of our brokers contacted us to help him arrange a commercial loan for a client who had been let down by a lender at the last minute. The client needed the loan to repay an investor who lent him the funds to buy six retail units at an auction. The deadline was fast approaching and failing to repay on time would have meant substantial penalties. Solution The quickest option was to arrange a bridging loan. We managed to find a lender that was willing to take a comfort charge on another property, even though this was already mortgaged to 70% LTV. The solicitors were instructed within 3 working days and the bridging loan arranged was on 4 months retained and 8 months serviced...
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