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News Flash – 80% LTV available on New Build Flats!! Buy to Let News, Commercial Finance, Landlord News, Latest Articles

Ever since the Credit Crunch it has been very hard to finance new build flats on Buy to Let mortgages with lenders criteria either a straight No, or at a reduced Loan to Value.

However Aldermore commercial have now released new criteria allowing 80% maximum LTV on new build flats for individual, company applicants and Scottish borrowers ūüôā

There is also no minimum income required, no maximum portfolio size and Ex-pats will be considered!Aldermore

Basic Criteria includes:

  • Loan size: Minimum ¬£50,000 (Minimum ¬£100,000 for HMOs and ex-pats)
  • Maximum ¬£1,000,000.
  • Maximum age: 85 years at end of mortgage term.
  • No minimum income (applicants must have a verifiable income source.)
  • Non-homeowners or first-time landlords not accepted.
  • Minimum property value ¬£75,000 for Standard Buy to Let property
  • Minimum property value ¬£200,000 for HMO property (exceptions may apply).
  • Ex-pats will be considered. They must have evidence of UK buy to let experience (tax returns & SA302s); proof of UK citizenship; proof of residency abroad (not PO Box) within last three months; proof of residency in UK within last five years; proof of UK mailing address (not security address); provide a copy of overseas contract and proof of salary (last three months‚Äô bank statements; and, have a UK bank account for rent payments.

Product Range for 80% LTV with a 2.5% arrangement fee starts at:

  • 3 year discount 5.29% reverting to LIBOR+5.00% stress tested at 125% of pay rate
  • 3 year fixed 5.79% reverting to LIBOR+5.00% stress tested at 125% of pay rate
  • 5 year fixed 5.99% reverting to LIBOR+5.00% stress tested at 125% of pay rate

If you need any help with a Buy to Let application you can call me on 01603 489118 or email npatterson@property118.com

Or if you would like to add your own requirements and search for the most popular available Buy to Let products please click here

Buy to Let Mortgage sourcing system and calculator

Buy to Let Mortgage sourcing system and calculator


Loan To Value or Loan To Purchase Price? Buy to Let News, Conveyancing, Financial Advice, House Prices, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, UK Property Forum for Buy to Let Landlords

Hi everyone

Are there any BTL lenders that lend against the property valuation rather than the lower purchase price? For example, if the valuation is £100K and the price paid is £90K, will any lenders lend against the £100K? Or is it a case of lending against whichever is lower?

Interested to hear Howard Reuben’s feedback.¬†Loan To Value or Loan To Purchase Price?

Many thanks in advance.

Andrew


Kent Reliance Buy to Let no minimum income and 85%! Buy to Let News, Landlord News, Latest Articles

Kent Reliance Buy to Let have withdrawn their minimum income criteria of £25,000 even for 85% Loan to Value.

However this does not mean there is no criteria as a borrower would have to demonstrate a “reasonable” income and be able to prove it with payslips or 3 years accounts if self employed ie this is not non status.

It does mean that if an application stacks up on rental income and the borrower looks like they will be able to afford their ongoing commitments then Kent Reliance will consider the mortgage rather than just declining straight away as before if income was even £1 below 25,000.

To get figures and check how much you can borrow on Kent Reliance Buy to Let 85% LTV products you can use our Mortgage Calculator and quote engine.

Andrew Ferguson who is Head of Sales and Distribution for Kent Reliance, said “we have become increasingly confident in the BTL sector and having examined the way in which our book has performed, allied to the growing evidence of the strength of the rental market, we felt that insistence on a minimum income requirement was becoming less and less relevant as a measure of affordability. We shall however keep it under review.”

85% LTV Products:

  • 4.89% 2 year discounted variable rate, 2.5% Product fee and No Early Repayment Charges. Reverts to SVR currently 6.58% (ouch!)
  • 4.99% 2 year fixed, 2.5% Product fee and 4% year 1 and 3% year 2 Early repayment penalty. Reverts to SVR currently 6.58%.

The amount you can borrow on both of the above products is Stress Tested at 125% interest cover on a Notional rate of 5%. In short that means you can borrow 192 times the monthly rental income.

Lending Criteria:

  • Minimum Property value ¬£75,000 or ¬£250,00 for HMOs
  • No more than 20% exposure in any one block or development
  • Maximum of four properties on one Freehold
  • Studio Flats minimum of 30 square metres
  • HMOs maximum of 8 beds
  • Student properties maximum of 6 beds
  • Limited company applications accepted, but must be a Single Purpose Vehicle.
  • Flats above commercial will be considered except where above noisy, smelly or out of hours businesses.

If you require any assistance with a Buy to Let mortgage or any type of property finance just give us a call on 01603 489118 or email: info@property118.com if we can’t get to the phone straight away and we are always happy to help or know someone who can ūüôāKent Reliance Buy to Let


Consent to Let – Should I tell my residential lender I am now letting the property? Landlord News, Latest Articles

Should I obtain consent to let” has been a very common question over the years asked by both accidental landlords and portfolio landlords who are moving, but wish to keep their property as an investment.

The very easy answer is yes you are contractually obliged to tell your lender and I would not give any advice other than to do so.

However, I understand that some people find themselves in the position where they have already let the property and fear lenders declining the request with no ability to remortgage due to a high loan to value, or being unable to afford an increase in interest rate. Other borrowers also do not realise they have a responsibility to tell the lender, or don’t think they will ever find out.

From conversations I know that many people have “got away with it” for some time, but that does not mean they could be unlucky and the lender finds out tomorrow!

It has been reported in the press recently that mortgage lenders are launching a new crackdown and in an effort to catch borrowers are trawling the electoral register, social media websites and online letting portals such as Rightmove for evidence that a property has been put up for rent.

Having worked in the banking industry myself I know many lenders have quite large fraud departments often headed up by ex-police officers that would probably be used for this type of exercise. This risks of getting caught are not just the issues that may be caused with the property in question, but also being black listed with all lenders using their shared Hunter system.

Some lenders are more helpful than others though, allowing borrowers to let with a “consent to let” form allowing a 1- 2 year period of grace with no increase in interest rate under the understanding that the loan will be repaid or remortgaged to a Buy to Let within this period. However some lenders will charge and increase in interest rate by as much as 1.5% in the case of the Nationwide.

The Chelsea Building Society actually impose a 1% penalty if a borrower has not told them on top of the standard 1% interest rate increase.

I do not want to panic anyone in this situation, but it is important to understand the implications and risks involved.

We already have a very well read and commented on article concerning this called “Letting my house out without telling the lender“, so for continuity I would be most grateful if you could post any comments on that thread please CLICK HERE to commentconsent to let


Shared Appreciation Mortgages for Buy to Let Landlords Advice, Buy to Let News, Commercial Finance, Commercial Finance Broker Blog, Financial Advice, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, Property Investment News, Property Investment Strategies, Property News

A radical shared appreciation mortgage product for buy to let landlords is soon to be launched.

The detailed criteria is yet to be released but we do have details of a product launched a few years ago by the same mortgage lender into the residential mortgage market. If we assume that the key features for the buy to let version will be similar, then landlords will be able to borrow 20% of the value of the property with no monthly payments or interest charges whatsoever against the security of a second charge. Up to a further 60% LTV would be able to be borrowed from a different mortgage lender which would take first charge.

In other words, you have to put down 20% deposit in cash on a purchase yourself and if you are refinancing, your total mortgage exposure (including the Shared Appreciation Mortgage), cannot be more than 80% of the value of the property.

Shared Appreciation Mortgages for Buy to Let Landlords

The mortgage lender offering this product (Castle Trust) is well funded via venture capital and is a credible and trusted lender. They only operate via an exclusive panel of mortgage packagers and their network partners.

The way Castle Trust will make their money is by sharing in any capital growth when the property is sold, or in 25 years, or when the borrower reaches age 75, whichever is the sooner.

The product for residential borrowers is based on the lender taking a 40% share in the growth in the value of the property whilst the owner takes 60%. Not bad considering each party is only putting in 20% is it? In fairness though, the property owner does carry the lions share of the risk as the shared appreciation mortgage provider is secured with a second charge.

As an example, based on a property value of £100,000 the figures would work as follows:-

  • Traditional mortgage ¬£60,000
  • Shared Appreciation Mortgage ¬£20,000
  • Owners equity ¬£20,000

Now let’s assume the property is eventually sold for ¬£200,000 – the following is what each party would get back …

  • ¬£60,000 to the traditional mortgage lender (assuming it was an interest only loan and no fees were added)
  • ¬£60,000 to the shared ¬†appreciation mortgage lender (i.e. ¬£20,000 original capital plus 40% of ¬£100,000 growth)
  • ¬£80,000 to the property owner being the balance.

In this example the property owner would quadruple his capital invested and only be paying interest on 75% of his total mortgage liability.

I can see several reasons why this may be attractive to landlords if the BTL product is similar to the version available to residential mortgage borrowers:-

  1. Deals may not stack up on rent to ordinarily qualify for an 80% LTV mortgage but may do so on this basis
  2. Improved cashflow due to only having to service interest on a maximum of 75% of the debt
  3. At 60% LTV many BTL mortgages are significantly more competitive
  4. Landlords will be able to increase their borrowing without affecting their cashflow
  5. Use of other peoples money to increase leverage and returns on capital invested
  6. Castle Trust will rely upon the mortgage valuation of the traditional mortgage lender. Therefore you only have to pay for one valuation.
  7. Castle Trust do not legal or valuation fees and their arrangement fees are only 1% of the advance. This means that total fees could be less than if you arrange a traditional mortgage for a higher Loan to Value.
  8. Castle Trust do not require the consent of a lender providing the first charge. Therefore, the product is technically available to any landlord with borrowings of 80% LTV
  9. Some landlords will wish to borrow 20% LTV via Castle Trust to partially redeem their mortgage with another lender and thus benefit from improved cashflow.

Downsides

  1. The property owner gives away a substantial share of any capital gain
  2. The improved cashflow, in comparison to an higher traditional mortgage, will increase taxable income
  3. Remortgaging may prove difficult
  4. The product is only available on properties located in England and Wales (not Scotland or Northen Ireland)

Questions I can’t answer yet

  • In the example above, has the property owner made a ¬£60,000 capital gain or a ¬£100,000 capital gain?
  • Which buy to let lenders will allow a second charge to be taken over the property for a new purchase?
  • Whether the BTL product will be a mirror of the residential mortgage conditions
  • There are also rumours of 85% overall exposure being offered

We are expecting to receive full details within the next few weeks and funds are expected to be limited. Therefore, if this is of interest we recommend you to get in quickly.

We will be arranging introductions to brokers on our panel of specialist advisers which I have personally hand picked. The role of the adviser will be to review your portfolio and provide you with bespoke advice and quotations based upon your personal circumstances.

The fee for arranging an introduction is £200, payable to Innovative Landlord Solutions LLP (the legal owner of Property118.com) either by credit/debit card or via PayPal. You will then be contacted within 7 days of the product being launched with a view to arranging a priority appointment.

To register please complete the form below.

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Rics want a 5% annual price rise cap House Prices, Latest Articles

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) want a 5% annual price rise cap for houses that triggers restrictions on mortgage  income multipliers or maximum Loan to Value.

Although Rics did say that sellers  under their plans would not face a limit on how much they could sell their homes for.

Joshua Miller, senior economist at Rics, wants to halt a debt-fuelled house price advance and said “the Bank of England now has the ability to take the froth out of future housing market booms, without having to resort to interest rate increases. Capping price growth at, say, 5% is one way of doing this.”

“This cap would send a clear and simple statement to the public and the banking sector, managing expectations as to how much future house prices are going to rise. We believe firmly anchored house price expectations would limit excessive risk taking and, as a result, limit an unsustainable rise in debt.”

Sir Howard Davies,¬† a former deputy governor of the Bank, does not think this kind of cap would work and said “The problem is that we are not building enough homes.”

This is a good point as it is clearly the lack of supply that is pushing up house prices especially in the capital rather than increased demand because we are all better off now than before the recession started.

Then there is the question of regional differences. Do you smother any potential housing market recovery in areas outside London that have not seen the same rises and if not how do you tell an National high street bank to have different criteria and systems in different parts of the country.

This would be clearly unrealistic, unworkable and unpalatable for lenders.

The Housing Market is very mature and almost free to work on the pure economic principles of prices being dictated by supply and demand. It is therefore very difficult to control directly without looking at all the factors that influence it.

Rics may be naive in thinking simplistic one sided controls like this are the answer to the problems of a very complex housing market and its demographic and social issues.Rics


Buy to Let mortgage products and criteria – market update Buy to Let News, Latest Articles

After updating and writing the article on our Buy to Let mortgage sourcing system and calculator I thought I would give readers an update of what is still available and popular in the market.

You can find all these products on our system and get a quote (CLICK HERE), but many people ask me what has changed since they last took out a Buy to Let mortgage normally pre-credit crunch.

Loan to Value (LTV):

The industry standard maximum LTV is now 75% as opposed to 85% up to 2008.

You will find the cheapest rate products and and fees around the 60 Р65% LTV region with sub 3% short term rates or products with no arrangement fees and fees assisted such as Valuation and Legal cost.        Eg. 2.49% 2 year fixed with 2.5% fee

80% products will tend to have higher rates around the 5% point, with increased arrangement fees and stress testing to cover the perceived increase in risk compared to lower LTV products. A popular market provider of 80% LTV products is The Mortgage Works with rates starting from 4.14% 2 year fixed with a 2.5% arrangement fee to 5.29% with a £995 fee.

85% is still available with Kent Reliance but at a cost to rates fees and criteria Р4.99% 2 year fixed product fee 2.5% and reversion rate after initial term 6.58% SVR (ouch). Minimum property value £75,000 and £25,000 applicant earned income with proof.

Stress Testing:

How much you can borrow based on the rental income aka Stress Testing has actually changed very little over the years since 2008.  With reduced Loan to Values, lower property prices and increased rental income the amount you can borrow based on rent is not normally an issue unless the property is particularly poor yielding or the Loan to Value is high with a high stress testing.

The average stress testing figure is based around 5% notional rate and covering the interest by 125%. This in plain English equates to being able to borrow 192 times the monthly rental income. However at lower LTVs and interest rates this could be as much as 300 times or as little as 154 times for 80% products.

Criteria:

You can still borrow on Buy to Let mortgages for non standard properties such as HMO’s, new build flats, Multi-Unit, flats above none smelly or noisy commercial, however you have to be prepared depending on lender and the property for a lower LTV, higher interest rate and higher stress testing to cover the lenders perceived risk again.

Borrowing on Buy to Let mortgages in the name of a Limted company is still possible with Lenders such as Keystone, but it is preferred to be a Single purpose Vehicle rather than a Trading Ltd company and the options are vastly reduced. Therefore the tax advantages of purchasing using a Limited company can often be negated by difficulty and cost in finding finance.

Example Products:

Some other products not mentioned that I noted when updating the system as potentially stand out were:

3.99% 2 year Tracker Libor Tracker No Fee and Free Valuation 75% LTV

4.98% 5 year fixed £1,999 fee 80% LTV

3.49% Flexx variable mortgage for the term Fees £999 with no early repayment charge and free remortgage service and Valuation 65% LTV

4.74% Standard variable for the term No fees No early redemption penalty free valuation 65% LTV

2.99% 2 year fixed 2.5% fee 75% LTV

To Search for all the products on our own in house Buy to Let mortgage sourcing system and calculator please CLICK HERE

For any assistance you may need with a Buy to Let mortgage please email info@property118.com

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Our own Buy to Let Mortgage sourcing system and calculator Buy to Let News, Latest Articles

I have just finished updating all the products on our own in house Buy to Let Mortgage sourcing system and calculator. This takes quite a bit of time, but it is definitely worth it and I wanted share with readers what it can do as it is our own in house design specifically based around the needs of property investors.Buy to Let Mortgage sourcing system and calculator

The first Key inputs are:

  • The Value of the property or Purchase Price
  • The amount you want to borrow
  • The Rental income pcm

This will then work out if the rental income is enough for every lender and product on the system to agree a Buy to Let mortgage. This is called Stress Testing and is commonly worked out (but not always) by the rent covering the interest only mortgage payment by 125%.

It will also consider the amount you want to borrow against the value of the property as a percentage. This is called Loan to Value and some products or Lenders will vary from 50% LTV to 65%, 75%, some up to 80% and even one still at 85%

Another factor from these figures are the Lenders’ maximum and minimum loan amounts (most lenders will not lend below ¬£25,000) and also minimum property values ( most lenders will not lend on a property below ¬£40,000 and some higher).

Other key inputs are:

Income – many lenders have a minimum income level for applicants although this does not affect the loan amount as it is based on rent.

Preferred rate type Fixed or Variable – Do you want it to search for products where the interest rate will remain the same for the term of the product or are you happy to take the risk of a rate that may change up or down. The system will then only show results for the type you choose (although you can easily change your mind).

You will then get a list of results (see below) which will show:

  • A list of the available products based on your criteria
  • Interest Rate
  • Product term
  • reversion rates
  • Fees
  • Early redemption penalties
  • How the Stress testing is worked out ie the amount you can borrow for every ¬£1 of rent pcm
  • If you could borrow more how much you can borrow as a maximum and get a quote based on that figure

Buy to Let mortgage search results

Then just click on the Get quote Link for the loan requested or the maximum possible loan.

You will then get an full illustration of the product you selected along with a financial summary showing:

  • The interest only Buy to Let mortgage costs per month
  • A table showing the Capital and Interest Buy to Let mortgage costs per month
  • The minimum amount the rental income would need to be for the loan requested
  • Yield (i.e. annual rental income expressed as a percentage of property value)
  • Rental Return on Equity Invested (net of mortgage costs)
  • The LTV (i.e. the loan expressed as a percentage of valuation) is

And much more see below:

Buy to Let mortgage Illustration

You can find The Buy to Let Mortgage sourcing system and calculator under our Finance tab see below or CLICK HERE to start your search

Buy to Let mortgage tab

 

 


The Mortgage Works reduce BuytoLet rates Buy to Let News, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Mortgage News, Property News

TMW BuytoLetIt was announced in the press that The Mortgage Works has today launched a 2.49% 2 year fixed rate, which is correct, but now I have uploaded all their product changes to our BuytoLet mortgage calculator I can see that is not the real story.

More importantly to most BuytoLet investors the products with a higher Loan to Value size have also been significantly reduced. The less you put in the greater your return on capital!

The 2.49% fixed is only a 60% LTV product with quite a high arrangement fee of 2.5%, however for the experienced investor who knows it is better to have cash saved in the bank than tied up in equity you can not reach on a rainy day, there is better news.

Below are examples of the recent product reductions:

2 year fixed        75% LTV     fee £995     WAS 4.49%    NOW 3.89%

2 year fixed        80% LTV     fee 2.5%     WAS 4.69%    NOW 4.14%

2 year tracker    75% LTV    fee £995       WAS 4.29%    NOW 3.79%

If you would like to use our BuytoLet mortgage calculator to work out how much you can borrow on each product and the costs please CLICK HERE

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Leeds Building Society BuytoLet rates cut by up to 0.7% Buy to Let News, Landlord News, Latest Articles, Property News

Low Value Buy to Let mortgagesThe Leeds Building Society has cut its BuytoLet rates buy up to 0.7% on selected products whilst keeping low fixed fees and continuing to offer products at 80% Loan to Value.

Headline rates include:

3.29% 2 year discount followed by a 3 year discount at 4.99%. (This is based on the Leeds variable rate of 5.99% minus 2.7% for 2 years and minus 1% for the next 3 years) Reverting then to the Variable rate at 5.99% for the term of the loan.Maximum LTV 70%, Completion fee £800 and booking fee £199, Tapered early repayment charges of 4% year 1 and 3% year 2 only.

4.99% 2 year fixed 80% LTV until 31/08/2015 followed by 4.99% discounted until 31/08/2018 reverting to the variable rate at 5.99% for the term of the mortgage. Completion fee £800 and booking fee £199. Tapered early repayment charges until 31/08/2015

Kim Rebecchi, Leeds Building Society Sales and Marketing Director said: “We are very pleased to support landlords and with interest rates at a historic low, we believe it’s a good time to lock into a low fixed rate for greater certainty of cash flow.”

“Our 2 Year fixed rate buy to let deal has no higher lending charge, and allows 10% capital repayments each year without penalty.”

“Landlords are faced with a plethora of mortgage products and many lenders have chosen to introduce lower rates at the expense of higher product fee. I’m delighted to be making genuine reductions that support our customers – our fees remain unchanged.”

Standard Leeds Criteria:

  • Rental stress testing at 125% interest cover on 5.99% notional rate = You can borrow 160.26 times the monthly rental
  • Min Property value ¬£50,000 or ¬£85,000 with a London postcode and ¬£70,000 in the South East
  • Maximum portfolio size regardless of Lender = 4
  • Minimum income for applicants of ¬£20,000 per annum

To search for more of the most popular BuytoLet products and Lenders including how much you can borrow please feel free to use our BuytoLet Mortgage Calulator CLICK HERE

If you require assistance on a BuytoLet purchase or remortgage please email info@property118.com or call us on 01603 489118


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