Walter Road – Finding funds
Walter Road was not within our original plan for Invest 1 in the first 6 months, but we decided to take it on because we had a keen investor who was interested in a bigger project, so we created Invest 2.
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That investor then decided that it was not what they wanted at the time, leaving us with a big hole. We managed to find a bridge investor to cover part of the purchase price, which leaves us with more equity in the project than we originally planned but more cash flow, which is great for our position.
The bridge is at 0.9% per month for 5 months, but no set up or brokerage fees as it is through a personal connection that we have. A typical bridging loan in the UK would have a 2% setup fee, a 2-3% brokerage cost and lender’s legal costs and the like additional. So with our relationships we saved a 5% setup fee.
It did bring out an understanding of why a P2P can charge a 5% setup fee, as they are doing all that work of brokering and setting up the deal, so makes for a good model.