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Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lending Up 20% Over The Last Year

Buy-To-Let Mortgage Lending Up 20% Over The Last Year

UK Buy-to-let mortgage lending has increased by 20% year-on-year during 2012 to reach its highest level since the UK property crash of 2008.

The appetite for buy-to-let mortgages has been boosted by strong demand from frustrated first time buyers, who end up as tenants as they are unable to get themselves on the property ladder. This strong tenant demand has in turn pushed up private rented sector rental prices as tenants find that they have become financially trapped.

£16.4 Billion (GBP) worth of buy-to-let mortgages have been taken out over the last year, showing a 19% annual increase, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said.

Around £4.6 Billion (GBP) worth of buy-to-let mortgages were advanced in the last three months of 2012, representing a 10% increase on the previous quarter.

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Buy-to-let has bounced back as a valid investment vehicle following a freeze in major investor activity as the credit crunch started to tighten its grip and lenders stopped lending.

Today, falling house prices, high rents and low interest rates are mouth watering dream conditions for property investors and the financial prospects are tempting many people into buy-to-let, however is it the right thing for everyone to do?.

Property investment experts warn that investing in Buy To Let is not a get rich quick scheme or even one-way ticket to riches, it is a get very rich slowly investment vehicle and is definitely for the long term investment strategist.

Cheaper house prices and rising rents mean better income returns, but the potential for further house price falls could still hit novice investors unless they are genuinely in for the long haul.

Professional landlords who understand their local market and have cash to invest are some of the main players taking advantage of such a strong financial position. These savvy landlords have expanded their rental property portfolios from an average of 12.9 properties in the first quarter of 2012 to an average of 14.1 properties each, in the past three months, according to specialist mortgage lender Paragon.

Data released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) the first quarter of this year showed landlord mortgage borrowing was up 32% since 2011, with almost half of the money used to purchase new rental properties.

Buy-To-Let is alive and well but property investor activity is still nowhere near the levels seen at the peak of the property boom in 2007. The CML said that buy-to-let lending is still only around a third of its 2007 levels.

The property investors are out there, finances are improving, albeit slowly, and the amount of Buy-To-Let mortgage products being offered to investors are also increasing.

Is now a good time to invest in property – YES!!!

A weak housing market can allow cash-rich landlords to snap up a bargain property – as long as educate themselves wisely and do their research carefully.

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