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The basics of bridge loans for foreign nationals

By Milo

September 19, 2023 6 min read

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The basics of bridge loans for foreign nationals

Dive into the world of bridge loans, where foreign nationals unlock a realm of financial possibilities and opportunities. These aren't your regular loans; they're the adrenaline-filled, game-changing alternatives that redefine real estate financing.

The basics of bridge loans

At its core, a bridge loan is a short-term loan, designed to 'bridge' a temporary financial gap. While traditional loans might take months to secure, bridge loans are quick and flexible. They usually last for a few weeks to a year. Importantly, these loans are often synonymous with private financing, enabling the borrower to sidestep some of the bureaucracy associated with traditional banks.

The ideal customer: While bridge loans can be advantageous for various individuals, they especially shine for those who might not have a steady monthly income but have substantial reserves or assets. Whether you're an entrepreneur with fluctuating profits or an investor with significant holdings, bridge loans cater to those who prioritize speed and minimal documentation over income scrutiny.


Why would a foreign national investor want a bridge loan?

Recent years have witnessed a surge in foreign nationals gravitating towards real estate investments and business opportunities. According to the National Association of Realtors, there's been a marked increase in cross-border investments in the last decade, with $53.3B invested in U.S. residential real estate in the last year alone.

Here's why bridge loans stand out:

Swift approval: In the fast-paced investment world, where every second count, getting access to funds quickly is paramount.

Minimal documentation: Foreign nationals, who might find the documentation for traditional loans daunting, will appreciate the streamlined requirements of bridge loans.

Advantages for foreign nationals

When dissecting the perks of bridge loans:

Speed: Nothing matches the approval rate of bridge loans, making them invaluable for time-sensitive investments.

Documentation: Bridge loans are asset based loans, meaning your income and debt-to-income ratio are not evaluated, reducing the amount of paperwork required, fueling a faster process, especially beneficial for foreign nationals unfamiliar with extensive documentation processes.

How does a bridge loan differ from a traditional loan?

Loan Duration: Bridge loans are short-term, often lasting 1-3 years, while traditional mortgages can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years.

Approval Time: Bridge loans are known for their rapid approval, often within days, whereas traditional mortgages may take weeks or even months depending on the lender.

Documentation: Bridge loans, with their roots in private financing, have a streamlined documentation process, particularly beneficial for foreign nationals.

Loan-to-Value (LTV): Bridge loans often offer an LTV ratio between 65% to 80%, while traditional mortgages might go as high as 80% to 90%.

Interest Rates: Bridge loans generally come with higher interest rates, given their short-term and riskier nature. In contrast, traditional mortgages have relatively lower rates due to their longer-term and secured nature.


How to apply for a bridge loan as foreign national

Embarking on the bridge loan journey? Here's your roadmap:

Documentation: Even though it's minimized, ensure you've gathered essential documents such as ID, proof of assets or reserves, and specifics about your investment.

Understand the lender's process: Each lender, like Milo, will have its unique process. Familiarizing yourself can speed things up.

Inquire about fees: A transparent discussion about any associated costs will prevent surprises down the line.

Choosing the right lender for your bridge loan

When you're on the hunt for the perfect bridge loan lender, there are several criteria to bear in mind:

Experience with foreign nationals: Not all lenders have the expertise to navigate the unique challenges foreign nationals face. A lender's experience with international clients can make all the difference.

Speed of Approval: Time is often of the essence with bridge loans. Lenders who can close quickly should be high on your list.

Flexibility: Seek lenders who offer adaptable loan structures and understand diverse financial scenarios.

Transparency: The terms, fees, and requirements should be clear from the outset. Hidden fees or ambiguous terms are red flags.

Reviews and Reputation: Take the time to read reviews from other borrowers and consult industry ratings. In light of these criteria, one lender often stands out for foreign nationals: Milo.

Why Choose Milo's Bridge Loan Program?

Milo's program is tailored for foreign national investors. Their offering includes: High Loan-to-Value (LTV): Up to 70% LTV, providing more flexibility with your assets.

Duration: Short-term 1-2 year loans aligning perfectly with the bridge loan spirit.

Exceptional Speed: Capability to close in as little as 10 days.

Case Study: Swift Financing with Milo's Bridge Loan

The Challenge: An ultra high net worth investor from Latin America urgently needed to access equity from a luxury $19 million Miami condo for an imminent business venture. Traditional jumbo loans were impractical due to their lengthy approval processes, especially for a foreign national with a complex income structure.

Milo's Solution: Leveraging Milo's optimized bridge loan program, the investor secured a $2.5 million cash-out refinance on their property. What typically takes banks 45-60 days, Milo accomplished in just 10 days.

The Result: The investor seamlessly met their business investment's tight deadline, underscoring the unmatched efficiency of Milo's bridge loan for time-sensitive scenarios.

For financial advisors looking to harness Milo's expertise for their clients, contact Milo's Business Development team at

Common FAQs

What's the difference between private financing and traditional bank loans? Private financing offers swift approvals and minimized paperwork. Traditional bank loans, while possibly having lower interest rates, involve a longer, more bureaucratic process.

How long does it take to secure a bridge loan? It varies, but many lenders offer approvals within a week or even a few days, especially if the applicant is well-prepared.

Are bridge loans risky? All loans come with risks. It's about managing them. With the right lender and clear understanding, these risks can be effectively navigated.

What's the difference between a bridge loan and a hard money loan? Both are types of private financing, but bridge loans are specifically short-term and often used for real estate transitions. Hard money loans, on the other hand, are backed by the value of the property, not the borrower's creditworthiness, and can have longer terms.

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The opinions expressed in the Blog are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual or on any specific security or investment product.


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