Businesses and real estate investors turn to bridge loans when they are waiting for long-term financing and need money to cover expenses in the interim or cash to purchase, refinance, or rehab real estate. For example, imagine a company is doing a round of equity financing expected to close in six months. It may opt to use a bridge loan to provide working capital to cover its payroll, rent, utilities, inventory costs and other expenses until the round of funding goes through. For example, a real estate investor may have a commercial building that is only 50-60% leased up and the current net operating income does not support the debt service coverage ratio required by lenders offering permanent financing. The investor may use a bridge loan during the lease-up period, then refinance into a permanent loan or sell the property.