First time buyers increase hit all time high BUT landlord purchase hits a all time low

First-time buyer activity rose to from 28% to 36% of market activity in February, as buy-to-let purchases fell below 10% for the first time in five years, per data from Connells Survey & Valuation. First-time buyers now account for a third of activity in the property market – the highest proportion since July 2011. In contrast to the resurgent market for first-time buyers, the buy-to-let purchase market fell to a new low in February. Continuing the decline seen in recent months, buy-to-let purchases almost halved in read more

3% house price increase for 2017

House prices in the UK will see an average increase of 3% in 2017 as the number of transactions stabilises, per the latest RICS housing forecast. This is slightly above Nationwide's prediction of 2% growth for next year, however the Bank admitted that "house price prospects will depend crucially on developments in the wider economy". The Institute says East Anglia is likely to continue its trend during 2016 and alongside the North West and West Midlands is likely to record gains higher than the national average. read more

The Good, The bad and the Ugly of buy to let mortgages

THE GOOD Interest rates on buy-to-let mortgages continue to fall, while the variety of deals on offer rises. Skipton Building Society is the latest to cut its rates, shaving up to 0.18 percentage points off its two-year fixed rate deals. They now start from 2.19 per cent while its five-year deals now start from just 3.69 per cent. 'I’ve been investing for years - there are ups and downs' Long-term landlord and buy-to-let commentator Sanjay Arora sees clouds on the horizon for some buy-to-let investors – but believes read more

We need a government that will stop doing this

Mortgages for homeowners and buy-to-let landlords could become more expensive under new rules being imposed by international regulators, an industry trade body has warned. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said the global rules were likely to have “unintended and negative consequences” for buy-to-let borrowers and those borrowing to finance the purchase of their own home. It warned that the Basel committee on banking supervision – which sets rules to be adopted by national banking regulators – could require read more

Landlords Beware. Better check those immigrants B4 letting

Landlords will have to start checking passports and visas of new tenants from Monday February 1 as "right to rent" legislation comes into force. Families taking in lodgers also have to make sure the person has the right to live in the UK. Fines of up to £3,000 apply where tenants are not entitled to live in Britain. The legislation, which came in under the http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/12124995/Buy-to-let-warning-Immigration-checks-apply-from-February-1.html Act 2014, is read more