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Demand For High Risk Mortgages Reaches New High

Demand For High Risk Mortgages Reaches New High

More property buyers with small deposits are taking out high risk loans worth over 3.5 times their take home income

The number of residential property buyers who can only raise a small deposit of less than 10%, and who don’t qualify for the Government’s Help To Buy scheme, are taking out high risk loans worth over 3.5 times their take home income, has risen to its highest level for over five years.

New figures published by the Bank of England (BoE) show that the number of high risk mortgages being taken out by property investors and existing landlords has increased in the first three months of 2014.

Mortgage lending to new borrowers who had less than a 10% deposit and a Loan-To-Income (LTI) multiple of more than 3.5 times a single person income, or 2.75 times for joint income borrowers, has increased to 2.6%, the highest recorded figure since the last quarter of 2008.

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Buy-To-Let Opportunities For Pensioners

Buy-To-Let Opportunities For Pensioners

Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lenders Set To Offer Retiree’s Mortgages

Buy-to-let mortgage lenders are reconsidering their age restrictions following the Government’s announcement to give pensioners unlimited access to their retirement savings.

The move has prompted a specialist mortgage lender to offer pensioners under the age of 70 35-year mortgages, while retired people are being targeted with targeted  by buy-to-let adverts with senior appeal.

Managing Director of The Mortgage Works (TMW), Henry Jordan, said they have recognised that buy-to-let is a popular source of retirement income, stating “The recent budget announcements could see even more pensioners considering buy-to-let as an option for their retirement savings.”

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Property Repossessions Fall As Prices Increase

Property Repossessions Fall As Prices Increase

Property Repossessions Make Great Investments

Latest figures from the Land Registry show that property repossessions have dropped in every region of the UK with falls in the past year ranging from 10 – 39% whilst property prices have continued to climb.

The December 2013 data from Land Registry’s House Price Index (HPI) shows an annual property price increase of 4.4% which takes the typical average property value in the UK to £167,353.

The monthly change from November to December 2013 showed a property price increase of 1.1%.

But behind the good news there is a large North-South divide in property repossession volumes, with the number of property repossessions far greater in Northern England than the number of repossessions in the South, even after the recent falls.

Property repossessions are a fantastic opportunity for would be property investors as the mortgage lender in possession of the property are only seeking reimbursement for their initial mortgage outlay, presenting below market value (BMV) opportunities for investors.

Repossession volumes decreased by 31% to just 1,129 in October 2013 compared to 1,636 property repossessions in October 2012.

The UK regions with the greatest fall in the number of repossession property sales were the East Midlands and the South West.

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UK Residential Property Prices Continue To Increase

UK Residential Property Prices Continue To Increase

UK Residential Property Prices Up For Seventh Month In A Row

Residential property prices in the UK have continued to increase for a seventh straight month in August, according to the latest house price index released by mortgage lender Halifax.

The growth in property prices suggest that the government initiative designed to kick start the property market is indeed working, to support the demand from willing first-time and next time residential property buyers, although there are fears that the UK could see another property bubble emerging, because property prices are rising so quickly.

Halifax said that residential property prices increased by 0.4% from July 2013 and were 5.4% higher than 2012, providing the UK residential property market with the biggest annual price increase since June 2010.

In July, residential property prices increased 0.9% from June 2013, and were up 4.6% from July 2012.

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Rental income down valuations affecting

buy-to-let mortgage applications

Buy-To-Let Mortgages Refused As Surveyors Down Value Rental Income

Buy-To-Let Mortgages Refused As Surveyors Down Value Rental Income

Approvals for buy-to-let mortgages are failing because surveyors are ‘down valuing’ the expected rental income from the private rented sector and are advising mortgage lenders accordingly.

In some cases, surveyors are even down valuing the value of rent already being received by landlords.

The claims were made last weekend in a Sunday Times feature, which says that some buy to let mortgage lenders are rejecting landlords’ rental estimates.

Most buy to let mortgage lenders want to see monthly mortgage repayments covered by rent with a 25% excess, to cover expenditure and void periods. Some lenders want to see 130% of rental cover, while others are happy with 100%.

Down valuation of the potential rental income could result in the refusal of the buy to let mortgage application, or lenders may limit the amount they will offer, often below the borrower’s expectations.

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Help To Buy Could Boost UK Property Market

Help To Buy Could Boost UK Property Market

The Help To Buy mortgage indemnity scheme proposed by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in the budget announcement made last week is expected to raise both property transaction levels and property prices.

The Help To Buy mortgage indemnity scheme which kicks in next January is designed to generate £3.5 Billion (GBP) of new lending, could be administered by ‘bad banks’ Northern Rock Asset Management and Bradford & Bingley, now in the umbrella of UK Asset Resolution.

Lenders would have to pay to participate in the scheme, but the price has not yet been set.

Estate agents expect Help to Buy to enable people to buy both existing properties and new build homes with 95% mortgages.

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Residential property prices increase by 0.8% say Land Registry

Property Values Rise Again...Just!

Property Values Rise Again…Just!

Property prices across England and Wales grew by an average of 0.8% in July 2012 to stand at £162,900 (GBP), the Land Registry has reported.

Meanwhile, Nationwide reported that residential property prices shot up by 1.3% in August 2012.

Although the uplift sounds sizeable, it translates into a £340 (GBP) difference between July’s average price of £164,389 (GBP) and August’s £164,729 (GBP).

The data from the Land Registry means that UK residential property prices are now just 0.3% ahead of where they were in July 2011.

But the UK statistics were boosted by a monthly price rise of 2.7% in London, bringing annual house price inflation in the capital to 6.5%. The average house price in London now stands at £367,785 (GBP).

In Wales residential property prices also went up 2.3% during July, and there were also rises in East Midlands (1.2%) and theSouth-East and East (both 0.4%).

Contrastingly, property values fell by 0.1% in Yorkshire & the Humber , 0.6% in the South-West , 1.7% in the North-West  and 2.1% in the North-East during July.

The Land Registry’s latest data also shows an increase in property sales transactions. From February to May 2012, there was an average of 49,343 sales a month, up from 46,531 for the same period in 2010.

UK residential property appears to remain stuck in a buyers’ market at the moment, with average residential property asking prices falling for the first time since January 2012, but there are a number of regions in the UK where residential property is becoming less affordable for working would be home buyers.

A study by the UK mortgage lender, Halifax, compared residential property prices with localised pay levels and found that the London Borough of Brent to be the least affordable place to buy a house in the UK, followed by Oxford in second place.

The average price of a residential property in Brent is 8.8 times the average local income, while in Oxford it is 7.6 times greater.

Estate agents in Oxford say a shortage of suitable housing stock in the city has pushed prices up, while residential home buyers have struggled to secure an affordable mortgage since the onset of the credit crunch.

Landlord Night mare as tenant causes malicious damage to property

Investing in specialist Landlord Insurance is vital for UK Landlords

Investing in a specialist landlord insurance policy is something all buy-to-let property owners should do, but it is the one vital area where people mistakenly try to curb their financial expenditure, it has been claimed.

The statement comes at a time when a recent Paragon Mortgages report revealed that during the last 3 months, UK BTL landlords have increased the size of their rental property portfolio’s by an average of 1.8 properties each.

Sim Sekhon, spokesman for Legal4Landlords explains: “Property investors put a lot of time and effort into finding the right properties for their Buy-To-Let property portfolio’s and need to ensure that they have the right insurance cover in place to adequately protect their property assets. If property investors choose the wrong insurance policy, it can have disastrous financial consequences as they discover that they are not covered for malicious damage. Standard buildings insurance cover will not protect landlords in the event of malicious damage to the property by tenants or any loss of rent if the tenants leave unexpectedly. Unfortunately landlords only discover that their insurance is completely inadequate after they try to claim, leaving them with damaged property and a huge bill to make it habitable again. A situation that many landlords simply cannot afford to be in. Landlords should always read the small print and make sure they are comprehensively covered by a specialist landlord insurance policy”.

Regular home insurance will not cover a residential property unless the owner actually resides at the property.

Many residential buildings insurance policies actually state in the small print that the policy will be deemed void if the property is used for rental purposes, so it is vital landlords get the correct level of insurance cover.

Landlord insurance provides a more comprehensive level of protection and it is important that all property investors who are landlords of buy-to-let properties invest wisely in it.

Laura Howard from Moneysupermarket.com explained how a good landlord’s insurance policy should include third-party liability in case of damage caused to the structure of a property by a tenant and includes covering the cost of re-housing tenants if a fire or flood makes the rental property uninhabitable.

Ms Howard also advised landlords to make sure the policy takes in to account any furniture provided by the property owner and provides liability cover in the event that a tenant or their visitor is injured at the property and claims against the landlord.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) advises landlords that failing to seek permission from or not informing their current mortgage provider that the property is to be rented out could also invalidate any subsequent claim.

Residential property affordability is at its most favourable in almost a decade, according to the latest Lloyds TSB Affordable Cities Review.

My home town of Salford, in the North West, is the most affordable UK city with an average property price of £102,391 that is 3.81 times the average gross annual earnings.

This partly reflects a 32% fall in house prices in this part of Greater Manchester since 2008.

The average price for a home in a UK city is £173,202 equating to 5.5 times the average gross annual earnings.

This is an improvement on 5.7 times the average gross annual earnings in 2011 and is significantly below the peak of 7.2 times the average gross annual earnings observed in 2008.

10 most affordable UK cities, 2012

UK cities

Region

Price to Earnings ratio

Salford

North West

3.81

Londonderry

Northern Ireland

3.87

Bradford

Yorkshire and the Humber

3.98

Lancaster

North West

4.00

Stirling

Scotland

4.04

Belfast

Northern Ireland

4.08

Durham

North

4.08

Lisburn

Northern Ireland

4.09

Hereford

West Midlands

4.26

Birmingham

West Midlands

4.43

UK cities average

 

5.51

Sources: Lloyds Banking Group, ONS

The marked improvement in affordability in UK cities over recent years has been driven by the significant fall in residential property prices.

Since 2008, the average house price within a city has fallen by 18% (£37,403) from £210,605 in 2008 to £173,202 in 2012.

  • 7 out of the 8 most affordable cities are in Northern Ireland and the North of England.
  • Ely in the East of England is the most affordable city in the south of England (4.60).

The least affordable city in the UK is Truro in the South West where the average property price (£250,489) is nearly ten times (9.71) the average gross earnings in the area. The benefits to the quality of life associated with living in this picturesque part of Cornwall have supported residential property prices in this area for the past decade.

Oxford (8.80) is the second least affordable city, followed by Winchester (8.76). Inverness (5.97) and York (5.95) are the least affordable cities outside Southern England.

Suren Thiru, housing economist at Lloyds TSB, commented: “The improvement in housing affordability within many of our major urban conurbations has been significant during the past few years and reflects the decline in house prices over the period. There is, however, a distinct north-south divide to the locations of the most affordable UK cities. Looking forward, the marked improvement in city affordability is likely to help support demand for those able to enter the housing market. Much of this benefit, however, maybe offset by the continuing difficulties many households face in raising a deposit and uncertainty over the outlook for the UK economy.”

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