Offshore Trust Finance on Belgravia Property. THE BRIEF: OBJECTIVES/PROBLEMS/CHALLENGES: A professional introducer in London approached us to finance a £10 Million loan on a property in Belgravia worth upwards of £100 Million. The complexity was that the property was owned in the name of an offshore trust in Jersey and that the funds were to be placed into an investment for the beneficiary of the trust. The beneficiary occupied the property. To complicate matters the beneficiary of the offshore trust was an older applicant and would fall foul of most lenders maximum age restrictions. The introducer had already tried several banks he knew of and they had declined to lend. THE WORK: From the initial enquiry it was obvious that this was a private banking solution rather than anything the high street could offer. The funds were not being used right away and would instead be invested and so it made sense for the same private bank to lend and to invest the funds for the client. The introducer had approached the clients own private bank and one other he had a relationship with and they had both declined to lend. We knew that we would need a [...]
Fox Davidson Win Best Mortgage Broker in London Award Ceremony. Fox Davidson are delighted to have won an award recognising them as the best small broker in the UK. The award for 'Best Small Broker' was awarded to the team earlier this year at the prestigious Mortgage Strategy awards in London. The judges thoughts: The winner provided an excellent submission and a strong presentation to the awards’ judges. It offered evidence of its customer-focused approach to business, with a clear vision for the future. The company proved it could adapt to various changes in the market so that, as a small business, it could do things better. The award follows on from our 2017 Money Age award for best UK Mortgage Broker. Sarah Fox-Clinch was presented the award on the night by Alex James from Blur and was really made up to have won the award. Watch the video below of the award presentation and her interview. To discuss your property finance requirements with our award winning team of mortgage brokers do get in touch, we would love to work with you. We arrange residential, buy to let, commercial, [...]
Bridging Finance Bristol. THE BRIEF: OBJECTIVES/PROBLEMS/CHALLENGES: Fox Davidson were contacted by an accountant in Bristol that regularly refers business to Fox Davidson. The introducer needed some quick, short term finance for some family of theirs. We were introduced to his mother and aunt whom had very respectable ages of 92 and 93! Both had houses in the same street in a town about 10 miles south of Bristol. They needed more care and our client had found them the perfect property near his house in North Bristol where they could receive better care and attention from the family. They needed to move very quickly in order to secure the purchase as the vendor was not well and he also wanted a quick sale. THE WORK: Fox Davidson approached a regulated bridging lender to discuss the situation and how we might help to get the ladies moved into the new property as quickly as possible. Once the existing properties were sold the bridging finance would be cleared. One house already had an offer accepted on it, so the bridging finance would not need to be in place for long. Just long enough to allow completion on the purchase and for [...]
100% Loan to value Commercial Mortgage of £1.6 Million. Wandsworth, London. THE BRIEF: OBJECTIVES/PROBLEMS/CHALLENGES: Fox Davidson Commercial Finance were asked to finance a leasehold property with B1 office use in SW18. The property was currently a shell and would allow our client to expand his business to the new premises. Our clients business involved a non-UK-resident director that would not sign any personal guarantees. The lending would be made to an SPV Ltd company and the clients business would occupy the premises. The client required 100% funding and a VAT loan and a period of interest only for the fit-out period. THE WORK: We first took the enquiry in 2016 and discussed terms with the client and agreed to work together. It was not until 2017 that a suitable property was found. One of the unusual things about this case was that the client’s business required the premises, but the client wanted to own the property personally through his own separate SPV limited company. The SPV owned several commercial rental properties already and would purchase the new premises and rent it to the trading business. Most commercial mortgage lenders would treat this as an owner occupier loan as [...]
Our top 5 areas to live in Bristol Looking to move to Bristol but unsure of where you should be buying? It’s fair to say that Bristol is a large and bustling city, but individual areas have their own distinctive character and qualities, much like the local residents. To help streamline the process of finding your ideal neighbourhood, here is a list of our top 5 locations to live in Bristol. 1. Clifton Overlooked by the beauty of the suspension bridge, and on the banks of the River Avon, Clifton is a truly prestigious post-code in the Bristol area. If you’re looking for cosy cafés and boutique shops, Clifton village is exactly where you need to be. Spend your weekends wandering past the stunning Georgian terraces and garden squares as you get to know the city and your new neighbourhood. This area also benefits from the prestigious Clifton College boarding school, making it perfect for families looking to settle down. Average house prices have recently been valued at around £530,000 according to Zoopla, which may seem pricey. According to recent sales, a 2-bed house in the Clifton area sold for around £250,000, while renting often costs up to £1,400 a [...]
£2.25m Bristol Development Finance. Senior Debt & Mezzanine Finance. THE BRIEF: OBJECTIVES/PROBLEMS/CHALLENGES: Our client required development finance on a site in Bristol with minimal initial cash input to enable them to convert an existing public building into 6 bespoke, high-end, residential apartments in Bristol. The funds needed to be in place within a few months to meet an exchange deadline. THE WORK: The call was taken late on a Friday evening and we worked over the weekend with the client and the senior debt lender to agree terms. The mezzanine funder was briefed the following Monday and we had terms in place for total funding within a week. Fox Davidson oversaw the application process including completion of the lenders application forms. We worked with the client to produce a full development package for the lender to give them the confidence to lend to our clients and to demonstrate that the development was financially sound and could be completed on time. Over several months we liaised with the client, the lenders, the various surveyors and the lawyers to bring about the drawdown of funds. THE RESULT: By approaching the right development finance lender, first time, within hours of taking the [...]
“ I would not hesitate to recommend Fox Davidson to family and friends. I am a first time buyer and therefore the house buying process was a little daunting to start with but I was kept fully up to date throughout the whole process to the point where I would receive an update email at least twice a week.
I was also extremely pleased to find that as well as assisting with the mortgage I was also being provided assistance with home and life insurance. The service I have been provided is definitely good value for money and I am very grateful to everyone at Fox Davidson who has helped me.“
Miss R Power , Bristol
“ Having been let down by another mortgage broker (who seemed to only want to assist with a mortgage if we took other products too) I stumbled across Fox Davidson. As I am based half in London and half in Bristol, they seemed the perfect fit. Having connected with them and receiving prompt, relevant and helpful advice at the outset of our property search, I had no hesitation in coming back for the mortgage itself.
The mortgage application process was rendered painless and they bent over backwards to help with the sale. They also were extremely helpful and supportive when our first purchase collapsed, also managing to make mortgage application #2 equally as smooth. Thank you so much! “
K Gibson, London
“ After using Fox Davidson for my first buy to let purchase I didn’t hesitate to get in touch again when the time came to buy a second property. Being an expat living and working in Thailand I had found through my own research that the options available to me would be limited, however I needn’t have worried. Fox Davidson found me a mortgage that suited my circumstances perfectly. They have helped to make what could have been a complicated process very simple and stress free.
Great people, Great knowledge, Great service.
Thank you Fox Davidson. “