New home registrations at highest level since 2007

"Steve Wood, NHBC CEO, comments: “It is great to see the resilience of housebuilders over the 2019 year. This momentum needs to be maintained as we enter a new decade, with the industry ever-more focused on quality and fire safety." https://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/property/new-home-registrations-at-highest-level-since-2007-reports-nhbc.html read more

Why funding a BTL investment with a pension pot could be a mistake

"Royal London suggests that savers should think twice before raiding their pension as not only would they have to pay income tax on any pension withdrawal; they would also incur costs such as stamp duty. These taxes can bite huge chunks out of the initial sum meaning people may need to radically rethink what type of property they can afford." https://www.financialreporter.co.uk/retirement/why-funding-a-buy-to-let-investment-with-a-pension-pot-could-be-a-costly-mistake.html read more

Regulatory changes to the BTL market may decrease the number of ‘pension pot’ landlords.

"In a survey at this week's Financial Reporter Later Life Lending Roadshow, 49% of respondents said that less people will plan to fund their retirement with a buy-to-let property due to recent regulatory changes in the market such as stamp duty increases and cuts to mortgage interest tax relief." https://www.financialreporter.co.uk/later-life/advisers-predict-fall-in-pension-pot-landlords.html read more

Impact launches specialist referral service.

"The service will cover regulated and non-regulated referrals across bridging, commercial, later life lending, specialist residential, buy-to-let and other areas of the specialist lending market." https://www.financialreporter.co.uk/specialist-lending/impact-launches-specialist-referral-service.html read more

Landlords PLEASE RAED

I have completed reading an article stating that Buy-to-let lenders are not ready for new energy efficiency laws that may put the brakes on new business. The regulations – which come into force on April 1 – make it illegal for landlords to start new tenancies without the property having an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘E’, or higher. Read here https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/new-energy-laws-trip-buy-let-lenders/ Landlords who own older properties may have problems when ew tenancy need to be read more

The face of Buy to Let Mortgages is changing

If you are a landlord you, most likely, have had to get a buy to let mortgage. Over the years these mortgage have been fairly easy to arrange through an experience mortgage broker. They usually required very little in documentation and the lender were mostly interested in the rental value. All this is about to change. Over the coming weeks the banks and building societies will require not only income verification but also verification from inland revenue, copy of leases, letters from letting agents and bank read more

UK rents fall for the first time in over 8 years

UK rents fell by -0.3% in the year to May – the first time there has been an annual reduction in eight years, HomeLet’s May Rental Index has found. Rents in London have fallen by -3% in that time, followed by the North East (-2.3%) and Scotland (-1.9%). Rents have risen by the most in the East Midlands (3.3%), North West (2.2%) and the South West (2.1%). London rents fall for first time in eight years Martin Totty, chief executive officer of HomeLet, said: “May 2017 saw average rents nationally fall for the read more

A welcome reprieve for BTL re-mortgage customers

Santander has amended its buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage prisoner rules to take advantage of the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) flexibilities. From 19 April, the bank will assess eligible buy to Let (BTL) remortgage applications, where no increase in borrowing is taking place. A minimum of 125% rental cover at a 5% affordability rate will be used. It said this aimed to prevent borrowers who already had a BTL mortgage before the new guidelines were implemented on 1 January from being adversely affected when read more