Percentage deposit needed for a buy to let mortgage

It’s common knowledge that learning all about residential mortgages is essential if you’re going to be purchasing a property to begin with. However, that isn’t the only type of mortgage out there – there is also the Buy to Let mortgage to contend with. The main difference between an ordinary mortgage and Buy to Let is the fact that this type is for landlords who purchase a property with the intention of renting it out to tenants. This is the main reason why it’s important to be specific with your broker when it comes to the properties that you’re purchasing. […]

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What is a consumer buy to let

When it comes to owning properties in general, it pays to know the ins and outs of the different types of mortgages available today. This is especially important for landlords out there who want to rent a property as a business – for these individuals, the regular mortgage will not do. Instead, it’s all about the Business Buy to Let mortgage, a risky but also a very rewarding form of mortgage that can vary quite a bit from lender to lender. Aside from the normal Buy to Let mortgage, there is also another form known as consumer Buy to Let […]

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How much deposit for a buy to let

All things considered, mortgage can be a rather overwhelming process if you don’t know how to properly tackle it. However, traditional mortgage is definitely much easier when compare to something like a Buy to Let mortgage. Compared to simply purchasing a property, the Buy to Let mortgage has to do with renting out the property that you purchase. It might be simple in theory but it’s a tricky venture – risky enough that lenders themselves often have a set of difficult criteria before you can apply for one. There are benefits to be gained from Buy to Let mortgages, enough […]

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Is a Buy to Let mortgage the right option for me

In the last couple of years, the buy to let market has been presented with challenges, including changes in the tax breaks making it less viable to the investor. Add to it the three percent additional stamp duty along with more stringent lending regulations and the market has become less lucrative to the mass. This has led to is the departure of “casual” landlords from the buy to let market and left the ones willing to be properly committed to it. The upside of this is of course less competition in the market. However, as with anything to do with […]

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What is a Buy to Let Mortgage?

The housing market is always in demand. This is true for large congested cities where home ownership may not be an option for most people. In addition to this, there is a big requirement for flats and apartments for rent in commercial areas. Real estate companies aim to tap this market by offering properties for rent. If there is no capital to build, companies look to banks for buy to let mortgage. Since this type of mortgage is considered a business loan, borrowers should expect that interest rates are higher than residential mortgages. Obviously, you’ll be required to put down a […]

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Can I get a mortgage with bad credit?

Can I get a mortgage with bad credit? Lenders are reluctant to offer mortgages to those with poor credit score as they would not want to be portrayed as encouraging you to take on more debt where there is potential of repayments not being made on time.  It may be an idea to improve your credit score before applying for a mortgage. This can be done using a “credit builder” credit card in which you pay off the full amount owed each month to show you can manage your debts responsibly. However, these cards often how low credit limits and […]

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How to get a mortgage

The first step in how to get a mortgage would be to sit down with us and discuss your circumstances and what type of mortgage you are looking for. There are several types of mortgages, each suiting different people’s circumstances. Fixed Rate Mortgage With fixed rate mortgages, your interest rate and monthly repayments will be fixed for a certain amount of time. This will mean you will know exactly how much you are paying each month for the term of the fixed rate. This would mean however, that your interest rate will stay the same even if other rates go […]

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Different Types of Mortgages

Getting the right mortgage can be a confusing, if not a scary process and whether you’re applying for one the first time or planning for a remortgage, the different types of mortgages available make it harder to decide on the right one. The first step to figuring out the right mortgage for you is to understand the different types of mortgages that are available. The second step is to narrow down to a couple of options that seem suitable and enquire about them. Step One: Types of Mortgages explained There are different types of mortgages, including: Repayment Mortgages Interest-Only Mortgages […]

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What do I need to apply for a mortgage?

In order to apply for a mortgage, there are specific documents that will need to be readily available. We will ask for these before we submit the full application to the lender.  The specifics will be dependent on your circumstances and the lender of which you are applying to. What do I need to apply for a mortgage? A great place to start would be getting a copy of your credit report. Ensure you are registered on the electoral roll at your current address Ensure your address history is accurate Avoid payday loans and overdrafts where possible Different lenders will […]

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How long does it take to get a mortgage?

How long does it take to get a mortgage? Well, that depends on a variety of different factors including: The type of mortgage being applied for i.e. a remortgage or a purchase The time it you takes to gather the necessary documentation for the application The turn-around time of the mortgage lender The turn-around time of your conveyancer The complexity of the mortgage application   Typically, the process begins by getting a Mortgage Agreement In Principle. The mortgage lender will perform a credit search and agree a figure that they would be willing to lend you for mortgage purposes. However, […]

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What is a mortgage decision in principle and how long does one last?

A mortgage in principle is an agreed figure from the lender that they would be willing to lend you. In order to do so they will gather basic information and perform a background credit search. A mortgage in principle is not a guarantee and a full application and assessment will have to be made before the lender can issue you with a mortgage offer. A mortgage in principle can last between 60-90 days depending on the lender. Because a credit search is needed, multiple decision in principles could have a negative effect on your credit score.

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Mortgage in Principle & Mortgage Offers

What is a mortgage in principle and mortgage offer? A mortgage in principle is an agreed figure from the lender that they would be willing to lend you. In order to do so they will gather basic information and perform a background credit search. A mortgage in principle is not a guarantee and a full application and assessment will have to be made before the lender can issue you with a mortgage offer. A mortgage in principle can last between 60-90 days depending on the lender. Because a credit search is needed, multiple decision in principles could have a negative […]

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What is a mortgage offer and how long does one last?

What is a mortgage offer? A mortgage offer, otherwise known as the “offer of advance” is the formal document issued by the lender to the borrower to confirm that they are happy to lend the agreed amount. So, what is a mortgage offer? Well, it is a binding contract between the borrower and a mortgage lender. This confirmation that the lender will provide you with a mortgage comes after the lender has fully assessed your circumstances and a full application is made alongside a valuation of the property. Typically that means that: you as a borrower have the appropriate income […]

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Finding the best buy to let mortgage

The buy-to-let mortgage market is a specialised one. In April 2014 the mortgage industry implemented the changes that came from the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Mortgage. However, finding the best buy to let mortgage does not need to be a complicated process. So, is a buy to let mortgage cheaper than a standard mortgage? Not always. Most buy-to-let mortgages are interest-only loans and therefore the monthly repayments can be cheaper than a repayment mortgage. However, you’re likely to need a deposit of at least 15% before you’re able to borrow and overall fees tend to be higher.  The amount you […]

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Niche Mortgage Products

Niche mortgage products are mortgages that are not run-of-the-mill and are modified to take into account special circumstances or properties. Examples of niche mortgage products are: Sub Prime Products Sub prime products are for people who do not fit high street lender’s lending criteria. This tends to be due to past credit problems such as missed payments, county court judgements or bankruptcy, which makes the borrower ineligible for standard mortgage deals. Sub prime products tend to have higher interest rates as the borrower is considered a higher risk. If you feel that you have credit issues or have been refused […]

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The buy to let market

The introduction of assured shorthold tenancies in 1997, which made the rights of tenants and landlords more equal, created the buy-to-let market that exists today. Some say buy-to-let has forced up property prices but there is no doubt it has a part to play as first time buyers are getting older and younger people are renting. The whole point of buying-to-let is for its investment potential – both capital growth on the value of the property and the income it generates in rent. Buy-to-let lending is to support investment, not home ownership. It is important to note that lenders carry […]

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Choosing the right buy to let property

When choosing a the right buy to let property, your main considerations are different to those you might apply when choosing a house in which to live. For example, you might not choose to live in an area heavily populated by students, but when looking for rental potential that same area may be exactly what you’re looking for. Choosing the right property with the right rental yields is important. This is true not just for your income but also because you want the rent to more than cover the cost of your buy-to-let mortgage. The Association of Residential Letting Agents […]

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New Build Mortgages

It is vital to get your timing right when it comes to new build properties and related mortgages as it is unlikely that you will be moving in straight away. You need to bear in mind that you will need a mortgage before you exchange contracts. It may be worth starting to plan your mortgage even before you find a property. The mortgage lender will need to be made aware that it is a new build property as there could be delays between exchanging contracts and completion.  Without doing so, your mortgage offer could expire and the whole process will […]

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What is a tracker mortgage?

A tracker mortgage is dependent on the Bank of England Base Rate, meaning when this fluctuates, your monthly repayments will also change accordingly. The interest payable on a tracker mortgage is usually a certain margin above the Bank of England Base Rate – for example the Base Rate plus 1.00% with some trackers having a “floor” of which the rate will not fall below. Lifetime trackers track the Base Rate for the full life of the mortgage. They tend to be at a higher rate than other trackers however due to not having to switch lenders or products every couple […]

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What information do I need for my life insurance application?

In order for us to submit your life insurance application we will need the following information from you: Your height and weight GP details – including name and address Your medical history including details of any current or previous illnesses Details of any current medication or previous medication taken in the last 5 years Details of any family history of serious illnesses Your existing policy information – including provider, sum assured, term of the policy and policy number. Bank Account Details – for the account you wish the monthly premiums to be taken from. Once your application has been submitted […]

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What is a variable rate mortgage?

The interest on a variable rate rises and falls as changes in interest rates occur. There are different kinds of variable rates offered by lenders including a standard variable rate, a tracker rate or a discounted rate mortgage. Your monthly mortgage repayments are most likely to fluctuate whilst being on a variable rate unlike those on a fixed rate for example meaning your mortgage repayments could be different each month. The rate you will pay is entirely dependent on your mortgage lender, with changes to it not necessarily being affected by the Bank of England Base Rate. Standard variable rate […]

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Deposit

Lenders are no longer happy to take all the risk of buying your next property, and so do not lend 100% of the value of the property. If you are unable, in the future, to pay your mortgage, the lender needs reassurance that it can take your home and cover the loan by selling it. Less risk taking means lower loan-to value (LTV) ratios, and personal deposits need to be larger than in the recent past. The source of the deposit may come from your current property, savings, inheritance or a gift. Be aware that deposit loans from family and […]

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House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)

If your property will have multiple occupants, you must check to see whether you require a license (www. propertylicence.gov.uk). You will find that this will limit the number of lenders willing to consider your application.

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Letting agreement

The type of tenancy agreement will influence the number of lenders who will consider lending to you. A six month assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) is acceptable to most providers. Your choice will narrow if you are considering letting to a local authority, a company or housing association.

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Let-to-buy

A variation on a theme, where you let the home you are currently living in, so that you can facilitate the purchase of your new home. You need to obtain permission to let from your current lender, and they may not agree depending on their appetite for risk. They may also alter the interest rate you pay. You may need to review the market for other options. Your let-to-buy is then treated like a traditional buy-to-let application, and your new home purchase would be a related, but isolated, application. The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate Let to Buy mortgages

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Limited company

Whether you choose to buy the property in your own name, or that of a company, will have tax implications for you. You may also find that some lenders will not lend to a company, or still require a personal guarantee. You should seek professional advice from a tax specialist.

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Regulation

Buy-to-let mortgages are not regulated. There are best practices that any reputable mortgage adviser or lender will follow and these are based on the practices and processes that apply in the residential mortgage market. The Mortgage Credit Directive (2016) has also included Consumer buy-to-lets as a regulated product. Consumer buy-to-let is defined as a contract which is not entered into by the borrower wholly or predominantly for the purposes of a business carried on, or intended to be carried on, by the borrower. The legislation sets out a series of circumstances that would constitute a buy-to-let customer acting for the […]

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Rental voids

You need to ensure you have enough personal income and resources to maintain payments if your property becomes vacant. This is because your monthly payments to the lender will continue irrespective of your rental situation.

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Rental yields

What may be a suitable return for you, may not be seen the same way by a lender. Typically minimum rental yields are formulaic and driven by two things: the rate used to calculate the mortgage payment a percentage over-ride to allow for any rental void or increases in short-term interest rates which might impact your personal finances (these range between 100 – 130%).

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Rent guarantee insurance

A tenant that falls into arrears can jeopardise your ability to meet your mortgage repayments. If you fall into arrears with your mortgage repayments you risk losing your property. Rent guarantee insurance covers you if tenants default on their rent and protects your ability to pay your mortgage. Some policies also cover any associated legal costs.

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Risks

As with all investments, the value of a property can go down as well as up. Past performance is not a guide for the future. If your mortgage loan exceeds the property value, you will have negative equity. Also factor in the costs of selling, such as using an estate agency, into your net value. However, if you pick the right area, and are realistic about returns, you can reduce the risks. Unforeseen structural problems could prove expensive, so budgeting for regular maintenance is crucial, as is having the right level of buildings insurance. Rental income from buy-to-let properties can […]

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Tax implications

The UK Government in 2015 announced a new way that tax relief on mortgage interest payments and expenses will be treated for buy-to-let investors. This starts in April 2017 and will be phased in. The disposal of a buy-to-let property may be subject to capital gains taxation. You should seek professional specialist tax advice about this.

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Tenants

Not all lenders will allow students or DSS tenants, so consider carefully the type of occupant you wish to attract, as it may limit the number of lenders willing to lend to you.

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