To enable people to improve their finances by borrowing and lending between each other, secured over property.
The company was recently incubated in a previous family-owned bridging company before expanding to become BridgeCrowd. The partners and directors have been involved in bridging for many years, investing their own money into many deals historically and now via BridgeCrowd. Recently, there has been an appetite from individuals and companies to lend directly into their own deals and bypass the poor returns from the banks. This has only recently become possible due to an advance in technology and speed of communication. By keeping the old principles of safe bridging loans secured over property and combining it with advanced technology, BridgeCrowd is able to help both borrowers and lenders improve their finances by lending secured.
MD - BridgeCrowd, Social Money Limited
Due Diligence and Underwriter
New Business (North)
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Director - Social Money Holdings Trustee Ltd
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
We always obtain an independent property valuation from one of our panelled valuers that is local to the area. Each of our valuers is a RICS approved surveyor that has passed our due diligence and compliance procedures. We check their experience and the level of their indemnity cover to insure against any negligence or under-valued properties. The valuer will physically visit and inspect the property and provide us with a comprehensive report and photos of the property that we are lending against. This will include details on the local market, and evidence of comparable recent sales as well as any other specific requirements that are of importance.
We use JMW Solicitors a top tier Manchester firm. JMW advise on property and title matters for the loans and liaise with the borrower’s solicitors for the due diligence and execution of the loan agreements. The bridging department is headed by Warren Martin. Warren Martin has 14 years of experience in property and bridging specifically having worked at Boote Edgar Esterkin Limited a specialist bridging legal firm in which he was Head of Property. From a lender perspective he has gained extensive experience, developing close ties with regular lender clients over many years.