Buy-To-Let Mortgage Broker

With buy to let becoming a popular form of investment the UK market could not be stronger. More lenders are reducing rates and improving their lending criteria almost on a daily basis. Some favour buy to let as their preferred pension, whilst others use this for income. Below we give some pointers to help.

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Can you afford it?

To buy a property valued at £200,000 you will required a 20% deposit of £40,000. The mortgage arrangement fee for this exampled is £2,000. Buildings insurance plus landlord insurance (estimate £500 per annum). For this example you would need £42,500 upfront for a £200,000 Buy-to-let mortgage.

Letting agent fees

To find you a tenant an agent will charge you approximately 7 percent of the annual rent. If the agent is managing the let for you will be looking to pay 12%.

Taxes

If you make an income, however small, you will be required to declare this.

Capital Gains Tax

When you come to sell the property any gains in value may be charged capital gains tax. You can make £11,000 in 2014/15 before paying capital gains tax which would be charged at 18% or 28% depending on your income tax rate. This allowance includes ALL of you capital gains which includes the sale of shares. If you are a couple and buy the property jointly you each have an allowance of £11,000 which doubles the total to £22,000.

How much can you borrow?

To get the best rates you should aim for 25% deposit however some lenders may lend up to 80%. The rate decreases in 5% increments from 80% Loan to value down to 60% LTV.

What rental income is required?

For interest only buy to let mortgages your rental income should be 125% of your standard variable rate mortgage payments. For example if your monthly payment is £500/month on standard variable rate you would need to rent the property for £625 per calendar month.

If you choose a repayment buy to let mortgage the 125% rule will be calculated against the interest part of the mortgage payments.

What will the lenders look for?

The rental income must be confirmed. A valuation will compare rental incomes against similar properties in the area. This will then determine the maximum loan amount.

Most lenders require you to be a home owner. Nearly all lenders will require you to own a property first (you may still have a mortgage on your property)

First time Landlords. Some lenders will not lend to first time landlords so your choice may be limited by this. Our mortgage brokers can help determine this quickly.

Minimum Income. Even though the rental income must cover the mortgage payments most lenders require you to have a minimum income. If you are self-employed some lenders will lend providing you are not declaring a loss.

Good credit score. As with all mortgages, brokers will complete a full fact find of your financial status then present you to the most suitable lender.

Proof of deposit. You will be required to prove you have the required deposit to complete the transaction. I.e. Sale of property, gifted or savings.

Age Limit. Some lenders have upper age limits of 70-90 years old, this is the age when the mortgage is due to end therefore future planning is essential. Your mortgage broker can help with planning.

Fees and Interest rates

Arrangement fees vary more than residential mortgages; you can expect to pay from 0 to 3.5% on a buy-to-let mortgage. Interest rates are slightly higher than a residential mortgage. Don’t be tempted to apply for a residential mortgage to cut costs; this would be committing mortgage fraud. If a lender finds out you may face a penalty charge, moved to a more expensive product or the mortgage being withdrawn altogether.

It is important to note that the market is moving constantly. Some types of income may not be acceptable whilst other lenders do not require an income if you own a property. We recommend speaking to our independent mortgage brokers based in Thame. Although our brokerage head office is in Thame our brokers cover the whole of the UK.

Let to Buy

This is a product that allows you to let their existing property, as an investment, and move to a new home. You may be able to release funds from you property (if need be) to use as a deposit to purchase a new residential home. Our independent, whole of market, brokers will explain the full details giving you examples of all costs applicable.

Your new lender will take your let to buy mortgage into consideration when assessing affordability for your new loan. Some will require an offer or consent to let whilst other lenders will use this as a debt until 6 months’ rent can be demonstrated. The latter being near impossible for most.

What type of mortgage repayment strategy should you use?

Interest only. The majority of landlords choose interest only as the monthly repayments are lower and therefore easier to meet the lending requirements and a lower monthly liability. However if things go wrong and the property value falls you will still have to pay back the original amount.

Repayment Mortgage. On this type of mortgage you will pay interest plus a proportion of the loan each month so at the end of the term your entire debt is cleared.

Types of buy-to-let mortgages:

Fixed Rate: Rate is fixed for typically 2-5 years before moving to the lenders standard variable rate. For longer fixed periods, the interest rate may be higher.

Tracker: Your interest will be linked to the Bank of England base rate and will only change when they change (up or down). This may be for 2 years or the term of the mortgage.

Discounted: The interest rate is slightly lower than the lenders own Standard Variable Rate, and then reverts to the standard variable rate after an agreed period.

How to get the best deal?

Our aim is find you the most competitive and suitable mortgage available where you match the lenders acceptability criteria.

If you are considering a buy-to-let mortgage speak to one of our mortgage brokers today. We have access to the whole of market to find the right deal for you.

Buy to let mortgage lenders

Abbey Accord Aldermore
Bank of Ireland BM Solutions Cambridge Building Society
Clydesdale Bank Coventry Building Society Halifax
Kensington Kent Reliance Leeds Building Society
Leek United Metro Bank Mortgage Trust

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YOUR PROPERTY MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE