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Buy To Let Investment Beating Pension Investments

Buy To Let Investment Beating Pension Investments

Buy To Let More Popular Than Traditional Pension Saving

There has been a lot of editorial commentary in the media focusing on the surge in UK Buy To Let property investment over recent weeks.

There are numerous reports that the total value of properties owned by 2.5 Million buy-to-let investors is fast approaching the total amassed in workers’ pension schemes built up over decades of employment.

The Telegraph reckons that a total of £1.25 Trillion (GBP) has been invested in buy to let property and this figure is still increasing compared to £1.6 Trillion (GBP) that has been invested in pensions.

Changes to pension legislation announced by Chancellor George Osborne in the Spring 2014 budget, could see more money taken out of pensions and put into the UK’s Buy To Let (BTL) market.

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Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lenders Reducing Rates As Demand Soars

Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lenders Reducing Rates As Demand Soars

Buy-To-Let Mortgages Improving To Meet Increased Demand

UK mortgage lenders are offering more Buy-To-Let mortgages, with better rates on smaller deposits, in response to soaring demand from property investors and portfolio landlords over the past year.

Buy-To-Let mortgage lending increased by 18.6% in 2013 compared to 2012, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

The last quarter of 2013 also saw Buy-To-Let mortgage lending finish strongly, despite a predictable seasonal dip in December, with lending up 20% against the same period of 2012.

Demand for Buy-To-Let mortgage loans is picking up as landlords in the UK seek to expand their rental property portfolios, with over 30% aiming to buy more properties in the next 12 months and more than 80% of UK private rental sector (PRS) landlords are making a full-time living from their lettings activity according to the latest BM Solutions/BDRC Continental Landlord Panel.

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Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lending Increases By 31%

Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lending Increases By 31%

UK Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lending Hits £5 Billion (GBP)

The resurgence of property investment in the UK means that landlords are extending their rental property portfolios and cashing in on the strong demand for rental property from “generation rent”.

The buy-to-let boom has seen mortgage lending reach another milestone as latest figures released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show that mortgage borrowing has hit a five-year high, and the Bank of England’s (BoE) historically low interest rates are predicted to fuel even more growth in the sector.

Buy-to-let mortgage lending has continued to excel expectations as the latest CML data shows £5.1 Billion (GBP) was advanced to landlords in the second quarter of 2013, that’s 21% up on the first quarter of the year and up 31% on 2012 figures.

The new governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has indicated that interest rates are expected to remain low until at least 2016, encouraging further growth in the UK private rental sector (PRS).

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Fresh Warnings Over Rent-To-Rent

Fresh Warnings Over Rent-To-Rent

Rent-To-Rent Contracts May
Breach Mortgage Agreements

National newspapers are claiming that the Rent-To-Rent strategy for maximising profits from rental properties is immoral and illegal

Private rental sector landlords who utilise a rent-to-rent strategy, by which a property investor agrees to rent a property from the owner with the intention of sub-letting it to tenants for a profit, are being urged to check with their mortgage lenders that the practice will be allowed.

The warning was printed in The Sunday Times and follows last week’s news published by The Guardian newspaper and landlord news portal LandlordToday.co.uk, on the rent-to-rent phenomenon, which drew a mixed reaction.

Some lenders will not allow sub-letting, including The Mortgage Works (TMW), although BM Solutions does permit sub-letting.

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Property Investors Celebrate Removal Of Income Requirement From Buy-To-Let Mortgages

Property Investors Celebrate Removal Of Income Requirement From Buy-To-Let Mortgages

Buy-To-Let Mortgages On Offer
Based On Rental Income

There is good news for UK based property investors looking for a buy-to-let mortgage as lenders are beginning to understand how landlords make profit from property. Now one lender is taking the lead and offering buy-to-let mortgages based on rental income without worrying about a borrowers personal income.

Mortgage lender, BM Solutions, part of the Lloyds banking group, has removed their minimum £25,000 (GBP) income requirement from all of their buy-to-let mortgages.

Instead, the lender will make a buy-to-let mortgage offer based on the potential rental income expected to be generated by the rental property purchase, rather than being based on a borrower’s employed earnings.

The BM Solutions Buy-To-Let mortgage affordability calculation remains at 125% of the rental income, but the overall lending criteria have been tightened.

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UK Private Rented Sector Survey by BM Solutions

Buy To Let Landlords See Increasing Rental Yields

Demand for good quality rental properties in the UK is still increasing despite the doom and gloom reported by the media about the UK property market.

New data from BM Solutions shows that UK landlords with rent guarantee insurance in place are seeing an average 4.8% growth in monthly rental yields.

Buy to let property investors across the UK saw a rental yield of 6.1% during 2011 with the average monthly PRS rent climbing up to an average of £716 per month.

While 2011 rental yields were marginally lower than the 6.2% observed in 2010, landlords with rent guarantee insurance remained optimistic as residential property rental values continued to increase across much of the UK.

The research shows the North of the UK saw higher rental yields than in the South.

The highest was 7% in the North followed by the North West and Yorkshire and Humber both at 6.3%.

In Wales yields increased 6% and in the West Midlands and the East Midlands there was a rise of 5.9%.

The South of the UK saw rental yields rise, but increases remained below the national average.
• In Greater London rental yields were up by 4.8%,
• Up 5% in the South West
• Up 5.3% in East Anglia
• Up 5.2% in the South East.

While the national average monthly rent increased by 4.8% overall, there were more significant gains in regional areas. The largest increases were in East Anglia at 8% and the North at 6.9%. The South East and Greater London recorded rises of 5.8% and 5.6% respectively. In contrast, rents increased by just 0.1% in Wales and 0.7% in Scotland.

Average rents in London were more than twice the national average at £1,212 per month. The average monthly rent in the capital is 69% higher than UK average of £716 and 41% above that in the South East at £858, the next highest region.

The lowest average rents are in Wales at £474 per month, and in the North and Yorkshire and the Humber both are £488 per month.

Phil Rickards of BM Solutions said: “There is a very healthy demand for rental properties across the UK right now, which in part may be driven by the costs associated with buying a home: costs which, for some, will only increase as the stamp duty holiday has ended. Average gross yields on a buy to let property have been just over 6% for the past two years, driven by growth in rental values. However, with house prices likely to remain broadly flat again this year, buy to let landlords can again expect little capital gain on their investment in 2012”.

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Despite the economic downturn still affecting the country’s economy during 2011, private rental sector landlords witnessed increasing rental yields in all parts of the UK.

Monthly Buy To Let property rents increased by 4.8% in 2011, giving property investors a rental yield of 6.1%.

The average monthly private rented sector (PRS) residential property rent climbed up from £682 in 2010 to £716 in 2011.

Figures from BM Solutions (part of Lloyds Banking Group), show that in East Anglia residential property rents increased by 8%.

In the North of England rents were up by 6.9% but property rents in Greater London saw slower growth and only increased by 5.6%, although the average residential property rent in London ended the year 69% higher than the national average at £1,212 per calendar month.

The areas with the lowest average PRS residential property rents in the UK during 2011 were:

  • Wales – £474
  • The North – £488
  • Yorkshire & Humber – £488

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