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Airbnb: A good idea but approach with caution

Airbnb: A good idea but approach with caution

🕔10:00, 7.Mar 2017

You are a tenant or a landlord and you come across Airbnb. What a great idea, you think. You can make more money out of subletting or renting out your property on this website than you are paying in rent

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The Landlord Association: More than 25,000 evictions during 2016 leads to formation of regional panel of solicitors

The Landlord Association: More than 25,000 evictions during 2016 leads to formation of regional panel of solicitors

🕔11:13, 20.Feb 2017

Members of The Landlord Association reported more than 25,000 tenant evictions during 2016, the highest on record since the association began in 2006. The Landlord Association provides free advice to landlords on the 600,000+ properties currently under let to tenants

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Rent Guarantee and Loss of Rent – Knowing the difference

Rent Guarantee and Loss of Rent – Knowing the difference

🕔10:39, 18.Feb 2017

What is the difference between Rent Guarantee and Loss of Rent? Which one should I have? Should I have both or neither? These are questions that Source Commercial’s brokers hear every day, so here is a brief insight to both

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The Landlord Demographic – Who Are Britain’s Landlords?

The Landlord Demographic – Who Are Britain’s Landlords?

🕔07:25, 15.Sep 2016

An Englishman’s home is his castle, except sometimes, it’s not his castle, it’s his landlord’s castle. One in five families living in the UK now rents their home – and the number is rising. Recent estimates based on data from

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Landlords overtake first-time buyers as Britain’s most enthusiastic house buyers

Landlords overtake first-time buyers as Britain’s most enthusiastic house buyers

🕔17:04, 1.Jul 2016

Landlords borrowed more to buy houses in the first three months of this year than first-time buyers, the first time this has happened since the financial crisis. Buy-to-let investors’ (BTL) new purchases accounted for 21pc of all loans in the

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North Easterners gloomiest about house prices

North Easterners gloomiest about house prices

🕔14:44, 20.Jul 2015

North Easterners are the most pessimistic people in the UK when it comes to property prices 11% of homeowners in the region believe the value of their house will fall this year –five-and-a-half-times the national average, and almost double the

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Scottish house prices resilient in face of tax disruption

Scottish house prices resilient in face of tax disruption

🕔13:06, 14.Jul 2015

Scottish house prices up 10.3% since May 2014 – twice the annual growth seen in England & Wales But 2.1% monthly correction in wake of new LBTT in May, with only one £1m+ home sold in two months Home sales

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Number of UK property millionaires tops 1/2 million

Number of UK property millionaires tops 1/2 million Updated

🕔12:38, 11.Jul 2015

524,306 Britons are now property millionaires, up 8.3% on last year 10,958 streets in Britain with now have average property values of £1m+ Kensington & Chelsea takes top 3 most expensive streets prize again  The number of homeowners in Britain

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Return on HMO’s for working professionals outperformed standard Buy to Let investments by 40% from 2010-14

Return on HMO’s for working professionals outperformed standard Buy to Let investments by 40% from 2010-14

🕔13:05, 9.Jul 2015

Over 2010-14, HMOs for working professionals achieved a total return on equity of 108% compared to 77% for standard buy-to-let investments Every £1,000 invested in these HMOs in 2010 would have grown to £2,080 by 2014, compared to £1,770 in

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The next 5 years will see ‘Alternative Investment’ growth boom

The next 5 years will see ‘Alternative Investment’ growth boom

🕔10:56, 30.Jun 2015

The alternative investment industry, which includes hedge funds, private equity and real assets, is expected to grow fivefold to at least $13.6 trillion (£8.65 trillion) in the next half decade, professional services firm PwC said in a report released on

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Property price discounts hit five-year low

Property price discounts hit five-year low

🕔13:15, 23.Jun 2015

Average property for sale now only discounted by 6.05%, lowest figure since 2010 Rotherham has most properties (43.6%) where asking price has been reduced Largest price discounts found in Blackpool, with prices slashed 9.8% on average Homebuyers are finding haggling

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Where’s the best UK town to invest in buy to let?

Where’s the best UK town to invest in buy to let?

🕔12:38, 19.Jun 2015

Latest data on rental returns highlights the best UK cities and towns for landlord investment Buy-to-let is booming, with growing numbers of professional and amateur investors seeking to pour yet more cash into a market worth £1 trillion. But where

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But to let in the UK responsible for the lowest number of properties on sale since the 70’s!

But to let in the UK responsible for the lowest number of properties on sale since the 70’s!

🕔12:31, 19.Jun 2015

Figures mark significant drop from 60 properties per branch one year ago One in seven outstanding UK mortgages are now on buy-to-let properties Rise of overseas investors is also believed to have fuelled buy-to-let boom The number of homes for

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House prices hit new highs in May despite slower growth

House prices hit new highs in May despite slower growth

🕔12:19, 23.May 2015

·         Average house prices in England and Wales at new high of £277,178 – fourth price record set this year ·         Monthly property price growth picks up to 0.4% – but still only a third what it was a year

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UK landlords buy with sitting tenants say Countrywide

UK landlords buy with sitting tenants say Countrywide

🕔08:49, 19.May 2015

The proportion of properties bought by landlords with a sitting tenant has reached the highest level since 2005, according to Countrywide. The agency group, which has analysed over 65,000 rental properties, says that in 2014 some 11 per cent of

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Buy to let mortgage deals you need to see!

Buy to let mortgage deals you need to see!

🕔08:46, 19.May 2015

If you want to rent out a property as a landlord, you need a buy-to-let mortgage Typically landlords need higher deposits than normal buyers and will pay higher mortgage rates too. Affordability is calculated not on the borrower’s income, but

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UK buy to lets best places to invest revealed

UK buy to lets best places to invest revealed

🕔08:43, 19.May 2015

If you want more bang for your buy-to-let buck each month, you need to steer clear of pricey London and head for more rewarding destinations in Birmingham, Glasgow, Ipswich, or Liverpool. Postcodes in these areas have been named as best places

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First-time buyers flying through the Prime London property market

First-time buyers flying through the Prime London property market

🕔14:54, 7.May 2015

One in three (29%) Prime London property purchases made by investors in last three months  But spike in first-time buyers during Q1 2015 means they now also account for 28% of sales One-bedroom properties have risen in value by £75

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Pre-election nerves have anchored house price rises temporarily…

Pre-election nerves have anchored house price rises temporarily…

🕔14:21, 7.May 2015

Adrian Gill, director of Your Move and Reeds Rains estate agents, comments: “Pre-election nerves have anchored house price rises temporarily. London and the South East are the only regions where property values continued to make headway in March, but growth

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North East house prices have risen by 11.1% in the last year – but are all-but unchanged this month

North East house prices have risen by 11.1% in the last year – but are all-but unchanged this month

🕔13:49, 7.May 2015

North East house prices have risen by 11.1% in the last year – but are all-but unchanged this month. Prices have fallen by 1% over the first four months of the year, and have slipped by a further £49 over

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Housing market momentum continues in face of looming election

Housing market momentum continues in face of looming election

🕔13:43, 7.May 2015

April has seen housing market activity stronger across the board than at the same point last year, regardless of the looming General Election, according to the latest research from Connells Survey and Valuation.  There were 13% more property valuations conducted

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The Digital Landlord Magazine has arrived – 158,000 subscribing landlord readers help launch the UK’s number 1 topical magazine for landlords

The Digital Landlord Magazine has arrived – 158,000 subscribing landlord readers help launch the UK’s number 1 topical magazine for landlords

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House prices £34,000 above pre-crisis high

House prices £34,000 above pre-crisis high

🕔12:22, 13.Mar 2015

At £273,528, home values now £34,192 higher than at height of the housing boom in February 2008 But over half of that value (£17,340) added in the past year, following annual rise of 6.8% London buyers at top-end brace for

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UK buy to let mortgage lending rocketed in last 1/4 of 2014

UK buy to let mortgage lending rocketed in last 1/4 of 2014

🕔21:46, 26.Feb 2015

Lending for buy-to-let soared by 26% during the last three months of 2014, far outstripping the growth in lending to first-time buyers, according to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Banks and building societies handed loans worth £7.7bn to

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‘Revenge Eviction’ plan slammed by private landlords

‘Revenge Eviction’ plan slammed by private landlords

🕔09:20, 24.Feb 2015

The UK’s private landlords have slammed the government’s new plans to tackle so-called ‘revenge evictions’, claiming the legislation will become a “charter for anti-social tenants”. The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) says the plans risks stunting the “only part of the

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London is no longer the UK’s property hot spot

London is no longer the UK’s property hot spot

🕔23:01, 5.Feb 2015

Birmingham will overtake London this year as the UK’s most attractive city for property investment this year as Asian and American funds buy up more of Britain’s buildings. A shortage of available assets and high price tags on office buildings,

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Bank of England to rein in property market as government grants more power

Bank of England to rein in property market as government grants more power

🕔22:51, 1.Feb 2015

Britain’s property prices are set to be reined in after the government confirmed it would grant more power to the Bank of England to curb and tighten mortgage lending practices. UK Chancellor George Osborne said in a statement that, after

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160 families a day became property millionaires last year as house prices in the UK continued to soar

160 families a day became property millionaires last year as house prices in the UK continued to soar

🕔22:42, 28.Jan 2015

400,000 Britons are now homillionaires (that’s owners of homes worth £1million or more): 160 families a day pass barrier as property prices continue to soar Around 10,000 streets in UK have average property price of £1m or more Now more

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UK Landlord avoided guarantee restrictions by opting for a bond

UK Landlord avoided guarantee restrictions by opting for a bond

🕔15:38, 22.Jan 2015

A housing association which secured a record-breaking bond last week snubbed the cheaper government guarantees programme to secure greater flexibility and less restrictive covenants. Paragon Community Housing cashed in on low gilt rates to raise £250m at an all-in cost

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Half of Buy to Let investors anticipate an interest rate rise in 2015 yet 2 in 5 plan to expand their portfolio

Half of Buy to Let investors anticipate an interest rate rise in 2015 yet 2 in 5 plan to expand their portfolio

🕔11:08, 17.Dec 2014

Confidence in the health of the buy-to-let (BTL) market will encourage significant investment in the sector by UK property investors in 2015, according to new research from Platinum Property Partners, the specialist buy-to-let business. This comes despite the fact that

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More than 50% of UK Landlords will invest in more properties in the next 12 months

More than 50% of UK Landlords will invest in more properties in the next 12 months

🕔11:05, 17.Dec 2014

Over half of landlords in the UK are looking to buy more property in 2015 and are feeling bullish about the new year, according to a new study. The optimism is fuelled by the growth in demand for rental property,

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European legislation will make it harder for “accidental landlords” to borrow

European legislation will make it harder for “accidental landlords” to borrow

🕔13:11, 5.Dec 2014

Buy-to-let investors and mortgage lenders remain angered and bemused by EU legislation that could leave some owners of second properties struggling to find a loan. This undefined group could include those home owners unable to sell their property or financing

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Britain’s first “buy-to-let” investment fund will be listed on the stock exchange

Britain’s first “buy-to-let” investment fund will be listed on the stock exchange

🕔14:35, 18.Nov 2014

Britain’s first listed “buy-to-let” investment fund will start raising money from private and institutional investors on Monday. Mill Residential plans to float on the London Stock Exchange before Christmas. It will be the first real estate investment trust (REIT) in

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UK housing shortage has seen a sharp rise in buy to let investors

UK housing shortage has seen a sharp rise in buy to let investors

🕔16:02, 23.Sep 2014

There has been a rapid acceleration in buy-to-let mortgage lending as investors hoover up an increasing amount of the UK’s insufficient supply of housing. According to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), buy-to-let lending hit £2.4bn (€3bn, $3.9bn) in July 2014,

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Good news for UK Landlords as buy to let lenders cut mortgage rates

Good news for UK Landlords as buy to let lenders cut mortgage rates

🕔15:50, 23.Sep 2014

Buy-to-let investors have had a bumper year according to data published this week. Landlords are making a 12.7pc total return in a year, taking rental income and a property’s capital gain into account. This year, landlords have seen a gross

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It’ll be much harder to become accidental landlords within the next 2 years as a result of EU legislation.

It’ll be much harder to become accidental landlords within the next 2 years as a result of EU legislation.

🕔15:38, 23.Sep 2014

Many of Britain’s small army of landlords ended up letting out a property originally purchased with a mainstream mortgage – often when they decided to hold onto it as an investment after a change of circumstances, such as moving in

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The UK biggest landlords are selling off their portfolio

The UK biggest landlords are selling off their portfolio

🕔15:14, 23.Sep 2014

Fergus and Judith Wilson, Britain’s biggest buy-to-let landlords, are a step closer to selling their entire property portfolio for a minimum £250m after receiving interest from three Chinese investors in the past few days. Mr Wilson, a former maths teacher

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Buy-to-let: creating bedsits for 20pc returns is just a response to the market

Buy-to-let: creating bedsits for 20pc returns is just a response to the market

🕔14:12, 17.Aug 2014

Buy-to-let: creating bedsits for 20pc returns is just a response to the market Comment: Many readers were unimpressed with the tactics of millionaire property developer Jim “HMO Daddy” Haliburton but he is just responding to the market, says Richard Dyson

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Why now is the right time to invest in UK Property

Why now is the right time to invest in UK Property

🕔12:44, 17.Aug 2014

Investing in a property market that is improving in health is always a tempting prospect, but at the same time it can be one that is fraught with the potential for failed investments and a drop in returns to a

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40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed.

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed.

🕔12:17, 18.Jul 2014

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed. In addition, over half of Britons would consider playing an active role in managing their investments, with 38% saying they

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UK property investors still hungry for Overseas bargains

UK property investors still hungry for Overseas bargains

🕔12:13, 18.Jul 2014

Conti, the overseas mortgage specialist has recently reported that the number of enquiries received from British buyers increased by 38% in the second quarter when compared with the same period in 2013. The mortgage brokers also said that over the

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5 reasons why now is the time to invest in UK property

5 reasons why now is the time to invest in UK property

🕔11:07, 7.Jul 2014

The first half of 2014 saw an upward curve in UK property prices and with the Office of National Statistic’s reporting that the Government had hit their 2.0% inflation target at the end of Q4 2013 as well as the

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Investors in search of yield scramble to invest in London

Investors in search of yield scramble to invest in London

🕔01:26, 2.Jul 2014

The commercial property market is booming. Annual investment in UK property hit £42bn in the first quarter of 2014, the highest level seen since the height of the last peak in late 2007, according to figures from Real Capital Analytics,

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Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investmen

Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investmen

🕔01:22, 2.Jul 2014

A report published recently by investment specialists Assetz has revealed the UK’s hotspots for student property investment and some other interesting data regarding the increasingly popular investment sector. According to the report, the 5 leading towns and cities for investment in

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Top areas in London for property investment

Top areas in London for property investment

🕔01:19, 2.Jul 2014

Most boroughs in London have performed exceptionally well over the last year according to latest Land Registry figures, but which ones are topping the list? The newest figures have reported annual price rises ranging from the bottom of the scale at6.1% in

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40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns

🕔01:12, 2.Jul 2014

40% of Britons still think that property is the best investment for generating returns, a survey by YouGov has revealed. In addition, over half of Britons would consider playing an active role in managing their investments, with 38% saying they do not trust

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Property investments have increased by more than 400% in the past year.

Property investments have increased by more than 400% in the past year.

🕔00:57, 2.Jul 2014

A new report published by trading platform Cofunds shows that net inflows into the Investment Management Association’s (IMA) Property sector reached £77m, knocking the Mixed Investment 20-60% Shares sector off the top spot after 15 months. According to the IMA, net

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Landlords adding to buy-to-let portfolios, says CML

Landlords adding to buy-to-let portfolios, says CML

🕔12:10, 4.Jun 2014

The expansion of Britain’s rented sector means that a sixth of the population – around 10 million people – now live in accommodation rented from private landlords. With properties in short supply and both rents and prices rising, more people

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Concerns voiced over effects of new mortgage rules in the UK

Concerns voiced over effects of new mortgage rules in the UK

🕔12:05, 4.Jun 2014

The new mortgage market rules introduced last month in the UK are still bedding down but some experts believe they will lead to a slowdown in lending and therefore market activity. Housing market observers are keeping a close eye on

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Protect your loans and finance agreements with loan insurance

Protect your loans and finance agreements with loan insurance

🕔09:11, 25.Apr 2014

When you apply for a loan there is a good chance that you will also be offered loan protection insurance. Personal loan insurance is designed to meet your loan repayments for a period of 12 months or more in the

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Buy-to-Let boom won’t last forever

Buy-to-Let boom won’t last forever

🕔10:26, 4.Apr 2014

With interest rates having been at a historic low for more than five years and with cautious optimism over signs of a possible economic recovery, many are predicting this will be the year the Bank of England decides to increase

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You might not automatically think “Building Society” for your Buy to Let financing needs…

🕔15:21, 24.Mar 2014

              At the Chorley we have many years’ experience in helping our customers, both locally and nationally, to manage their Buy to Let portfolios with: A flexible, no-nonsense approach to lending. We don’t rely

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Pros and cons of buy-to-let property

🕔10:34, 4.Mar 2014

But a property lawyer is advising would-be landlords to be aware of all the pros and cons before they take the plunge. In an era of record low rates for buy-to-let mortgages, with some rates fixed as low as 2.4

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Buy to let lenders reducing rates as demand soars

🕔12:40, 17.Feb 2014

Lenders are offering more buy-to-let mortgages – with better rates on smaller deposits – in response to soaring demand from landlords over the past year. Buy-to-let lending for house purchases increased by 18.6 per cent in 2013 compared to the

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Brokers optimistic about buy-to-let in 2014

🕔22:15, 13.Feb 2014

A sample of 501 intermediaries were asked their views on how the Buy-to-let sector was measuring up and the results proved to be optimistic. Two-thirds (67%) of the brokers who took part in the survey said that they had experienced an increase

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Rents and sale prices rise which is good news for UK landlords

🕔11:59, 24.Oct 2013

The buy-to-let market is in rude health as landlords benefit from record high rents, rising house prices and increasing yields. Average monthly rents across England and Wales rose to a record high of £757 in September, up 2.1pc from the

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UK Buy-To-Let Charts: Where Is Best To Invest In Property?

🕔11:22, 7.Oct 2013

Scotland has recently been named the best UK location for student buy-to-let investments, with Glasgow in particular topping the chart with annual returns of close to 5% on investments. To put it into perspective, the UK average is 3.8%. Edinburgh,

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Two-fifths of UK landlords felt optimistic about the prospects for their portfolio

🕔09:55, 11.Sep 2013

Two-fifths of landlords felt optimistic about the prospects for their portfolio, a Paragon study found. By contrast, only 30% felt optimistic in the first and second quarters of 2013. Meanwhile, average yields remained strong at 6.1%, Countrywide research revealed. Wales

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Is the property market recovery good or bad news for buy to let investors?

🕔06:22, 11.Sep 2013

Kate Faulkner investigates whether the property market’s recovery is good or bad news for buy-to-let investors. Over the past few months talk of a recovery in the property market has boosted buyers’ confidence. This, coupled with the government’s Help to Buy Scheme

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Finding a buy to let mortgage to cater for long term renting demands proving difficult!

🕔12:52, 7.Aug 2013

Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that in the first quarter of 2013 buy-to-let lending accounted for 13.4% of total outstanding mortgage lending in the UK – up from 13% the previous quarter and 12.9% at the end

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Buy to let mortgage lending rose by £500million over the year say the CML

🕔11:21, 31.May 2013

The Council of Mortgage Lenders said its members gave landlords 33,500 mortgages worth £4.2bn in the first three months of 2013, compared with lending of £3.7bn in the same period of 2012, an increase of £500m. The proportion of the mortgage market taken by

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Buy to let shows, courses and seminars: Are they worth the time and money?

🕔07:56, 10.Apr 2013

The footballer Robbie Fowler, who owns at least 80 rental properties worth an estimated £28 million, has just launched his buy-to-let academy offering free workshops for landlords. He promises to teach property skills “to change your life and secure your

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Government efforts has given buy to let investors "arbitrage of immediate return"

🕔17:26, 24.Mar 2013

Rightmove says government efforts to bolster lending had created an “arbitrage of immediate return”. Britain’s biggest property listings website today said investors were piling into buy-to-let for “blindingly good returns” after the government’s efforts to bolster lending had created an

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Property Investment is a free for all Buffett

🕔13:07, 20.Mar 2013

We are hard-wired to run from danger, which made sense when our principal concern was not getting eaten but is less helpful today when trying to make money in the markets. The first reminder came in Warren Buffett’s annual letter

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Top 5 tips for buy to let investors

🕔08:54, 16.Mar 2013

Robbie Fowler, the former Liverpool and England footballer, set up a “property academy” for would-be investors after becoming one of the biggest private landlords in the North West. He is estimated to be worth £28m. But you don’t necessarily need

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Anyone can be part of the latest buy to let boom, from single mothers to accountants…

🕔09:12, 13.Mar 2013

Capital to spare? Then you have almost certainly considered buying to let. It is as popular today as it was in the heady years leading up to the credit crunch. But if it was controversial then, it is even more

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Buy to let school set up by Robbie Fowler

🕔12:49, 10.Mar 2013

Robbie Fowler, the former Premier League footballer, has launched a “property academy” to teach the secrets of buy-to-let investing. The former Liverpool star, who is said to be worth £28m, built a portfolio of properties across the North West during

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Banks and Building Societies seem to favour landlords

🕔10:49, 5.Mar 2013

This month, a reader in Yorkshire submitted the following question to our Personal Effects column: “I wish to avoid my investments being used to support the buy-to-let racket. Is there a building society that only loans for owner occupation rather

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Buy-to-let lending grew by a fifth year-on-year reaching highest level since 2008

🕔13:27, 18.Feb 2013

Buy-to-let lending grew by a fifth year-on-year across 2012 to reach its highest level since 2008, lenders have said. The appetite for buy-to-let lending has been boosted by strong demand from tenants who have been unable to get on the

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New Bank of England lending scheme gets UK landlords active again

🕔14:25, 23.Jan 2013

The Bank of England’s £80bn Funding for Lending scheme, designed to boost lending in the wider economy, is seemingly encouraging established buy-to-let landlords to add to their portfolios. According to the Association of Residential Letting Agents the number of buy-to-lets

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Buy to let borrowing is currently the highest it's been in four years

🕔11:36, 10.Dec 2012

  Some £4.2 billion worth of buy-to-let mortgages were taken out in the third quarter of this year, representing the highest amount seen since autumn 2008, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said. Lending to this sector has been almost

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Can we become a buy to let landlord as first time buyers?

🕔11:17, 10.Dec 2012

Question: My boyfriend and I would like to buy a flat together, but don’t want to live anywhere that we can actually afford. Are you allowed to buy a flat you don’t intend to live in, and is this a

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House prices falling slowly

🕔09:07, 29.Nov 2012

Its latest monthly survey says average prices have been unchanged this past month at just under £164,000, and are 1.2% lower than in November last year. The annual rate of inflation has now fallen for nine months in a row,

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20% rise in number of buy to let mortgages is evidence of further growth

🕔07:49, 19.Nov 2012

Buy-to-let is back, as cheap mortgages and strong tenant demand encourage more people to invest in property again. The number of new buy-to-let mortgages rose 20 per cent in the first nine months of 2012, compared with the same period

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Buy to let mortgage arrears reach record low

🕔11:27, 14.Nov 2012

Out of 42,000 live mortgage accounts 572 (1.36%) were in arrears of three months while those accounts one month in arrears dropped below 900 to 896 (2.13%) for the first time since mid-October 2008. Over the month this meant a

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1-in-8 mortgages now a buy to let deal – reaching record high

🕔10:43, 9.Nov 2012

Britain is issuing the largest number of ‘landlord loans’ since records began, official figures have revealed. One in eight mortgages now a buy-to-let loan deal – an all-time high, the report said. Of the 11.3million mortgages in this country, 1.44million

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New mortgage range launched for smaller-scale landlords

🕔07:23, 6.Nov 2012

Paragon has launched a raft of new buy-to-let mortgages for professional and smaller-scale landlords. The loans include fixed and tracker rates offered under both the Paragon Mortgages and Mortgage Trust brands. Eighteen are targeted at professional landlords (12 trackers and

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UK House prices rise fastest for 2 years reaching record high

🕔09:16, 29.Oct 2012

The 1.1 per cent rise in September for England and Wales was the biggest year-on-year rise since November 2010. It took typical prices to £162,561. The annual increases were concentrated around the South –  with the South West, the South

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Buy to let investors advised: Grab the bull-market by the horns

🕔10:01, 17.Oct 2012

Rising unemployment, government spending cuts, falling house prices, mortgage meltdown, doom, gloom… will the last person to leave the UK please turn out the lights? We’ve been saturated with bad economic news from morning to night since 2007, and for

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Rental yields continue to go up as property prices fall

🕔10:06, 15.Oct 2012

Gross yields on complex buy to let property in the third quarter of 2012 rose on all property types apart from semi-commercial, according to the Mortgages for Business Complex Buy to Let Index. The driving factors behind the increase were

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Private rented sector to grow further as more landlords invest

🕔08:34, 12.Oct 2012

With high prices, unrealistic deposit requirements and mortgage constraints making homeownership unattainable, the expansion of the private rented sector (PRS) looks likely to accelerate with UK landlords looking to benefit from increasing rental demand. James Davis, CEO of online lettings

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Buy to let landlords warned: Get-rich-quick property schemes in UK & US are risky

🕔07:28, 10.Oct 2012

Britons sick of plummeting pensions and rock-bottom savings rates are being targeted at presentations that promise to reveal the secrets of the property market. They are convinced to sign up, and pump thousands of pounds into properties they’ve never seen,

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Falling mortgage costs and soaring rents have left homeowners better off than those renting

🕔09:24, 19.Sep 2012

  The gap widens The gap between buying and renting has widened – in 2011 the cost of buying was £78, or 11%, lower than renting. This is due to the cost of buying falling and continued rent rises. In the past

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The 'stock market' is out and 'buy to let' is in for young investors

🕔08:58, 19.Sep 2012

  After watching their parents and grandparents lose money in pension funds as a result of stock market crashes, many young savers are choosing to keep their money in cash, or invest it in property instead.   Although pension investment

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The 2nd quarter of this year saw buy to let lending grow by 5%

🕔19:58, 5.Sep 2012

  According to the data, lenders advanced 33,200 loans worth £3.9bn on the previous period. Year-on-year, the volume of loans in the buy-to-let market was up 14 per cent and value rose by 18 per cent. Paul Smee, director general of

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Half of UK landlords think now is a good time to invest in more buy to let properties

🕔19:49, 5.Sep 2012

  The findings showed that half of landlords think it is a good time to invest, while less than one per cent think they should be reducing portfolio size. Of those landlords who are bullish about the market, 82 cite

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Landlords believe now is perfect for buying more property

🕔09:01, 2.Sep 2012

Current house prices and demand for rental properties – why investors think that the time is now. In summary: 48% of investors believe that now is a good time to buy 53% talked about strong tenant demand 82% want to

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First time buyers are competing with landlords

🕔08:55, 2.Sep 2012

The Bank of England stated: “Foreign investors [have] branched out of commercial property in the capital and begun also to invest in the London residential lettings market.” While growth in buy-to-let demand had helped “to put a floor under prices”,

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Buy-to-let lending increased by 5% in the second quarter of 2012

🕔12:20, 28.Aug 2012

The volume of loans are up 14% (from 29,100) and the amount advanced up 18% (from £3.3 billion).Growth in buy-to-let lending was evenly split between loans for house purchase and remortgaging, with both showing a 3% increase by volume over

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Property investment is bucking the economic trend

🕔16:03, 19.Aug 2012

  There are now more than 1.4 million buy-to-let loans according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) with director general Paul Smee saying: “The rental sector has grown strongly over the last decade or so, and buy-to-let continues to

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31% rise in buy to let mortgage valuations

🕔12:31, 13.Aug 2012

The report also found:-    The overall mortgage market slowed in July.-    While the total number of residential valuations conducted during July rose by 8 per cent compared to a year ago, valuations fell 13 per cent compared to June.-    Buy-to-let

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Buy to let mortgages on the increase as it stays difficult to buy

🕔12:21, 13.Aug 2012

  Suggestions have also been made that many people are choosing to rent because of uncertainty surrounding the housing market. However, the CML cautioned that buy-to-let lending is still recovering from a low point in 2009 and lending volumes remain

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Buy to let mortgage market at war as companies drop rates

🕔12:55, 1.Aug 2012

Building societies across the UK are increasing competition within the buy-to-let mortgage market after a number of companies dropped their rate levels. Leeds Building Society has become the most recent to reduce its rate, cutting the cost of a two-year

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It's a good time to be buying more investment property

🕔08:59, 2.Jul 2012

Figures are good for buyers making their first investment or for current buy-to-let investors. Although the news is filled with property woes at the moment, with the UK economy being in some turmoil in the light of the economic downturn

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Barclays Bank say it costs nearly £200,000 more to remain a tenant for life than it does to buy.

🕔11:14, 19.Jun 2012

  The ‘mortgage famine’ – or the credit crunched banks’ reluctance to lend – is a major reason why both the number of people renting and the average age of first time buyers are rising. High house prices are another massive obstacle to home

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UK property prices stagnate for first time 11 years say Rightmove

🕔09:43, 21.May 2012

The average asking price of property coming to the market remains virtually unchanged at £243,759, up just £22 (+0%) on the previous month last month. This indicates that the market is losing its traditional spring momentum earlier than usual this

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London property values will increase by 22% over the next 3 years

🕔10:47, 9.May 2012

  Prime central London will continue to outperform the wider housing market with values increasing by 6% in 2012 and by a total of 22% over the next three years. ‘Despite the market being characterised by monthly fluctuations, the longer

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Buy to let lending out performed the rest of the market

🕔10:42, 9.May 2012

The CML also criticised the Government for ‘less helpful’ policies towards the housing and mortgage markets, which it says will increase repossessions.Martijn van der Jeijden, chairman of the CML, says in his introduction to the CML’s annual report for 2011,

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'Buy to let' is out and 'Build to let' is the future say Grainger

🕔10:39, 9.May 2012

  As projections for the average age of first-time buyers enter the early 40s, the private rental market is set to grow, and the government is looking for ways to encourage new construction to support this. With homebuilders traditionally shying

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The rise of the buy to let mortgage and fall of the first-time buyer

🕔13:27, 5.Apr 2012

Richard Sexton, business development director of e.surv chartered surveyors, looks at the rise of buy-to-let mortgages and the fall of the first-time buyer First-time buyers’ pain is landlords’ gain, and so it has proved since the implosion of the sub

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