A data survey by the Association of Short Lenders (ASTL) has found that Bridging Loan applications have increased by 61% to £3.5 billion in the quarter ended 30 June 2016. The value of loans written increased by 6% quarter-on-quarter, while the total value of members’ loan books increased by 39% over Q1 this year. ASTL members wrote £2.85bn of bridging loans in the year ended 30 June 2016. This is an increase of 17% compared to the year ended 30 June 2015.
Benson Hersch, Chief Executive of the ASTL said, “Bridging finance shrugged off pre-referendum doubts with a brilliant performance in Q2 2016. Members are cautiously positive about their firms’ business prospects, but very concerned about the economy as a whole. There is a strange mixture of positives and negatives in the press, with negatives by and large predominating. The Bank of England’s actions last week show that they feel that the economy requires stimulus, although some commentators are sceptical about the effects of these actions.” “In my opinion the need for bridging finance is likely to continue to grow, especially if other finance providers tighten criteria.”
These figures are taken from the responses from the ASTL’s members, which include most of the key lenders in the bridging market.