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Number of BTL Mortgate Market Deals Breach 2,000 for the Firt Time

Housing-Market / Buy to Let May 01, 2018 - 03:10 PM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

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The past couple of years have been turbulent for both landlords and buy-to-let (BTL) providers, given the significant changes to regulations and taxation that have occurred. Yet despite this, the latest research from moneyfacts.co.uk shows that the number of buy-to-let products has reached an all-time high – passing the 2000 mark for the first time on record.


Charlotte Nelson, Finance Expert at moneyfacts.co.uk, said:

“The buy-to-let (BTL) market has seen quite a rollercoaster ride over the past year, including multiple changes that have required both landlords and providers to rethink their options. However, this hasn’t appeared to deter providers, marking an increase of 464 deals in just one year, which has seen the BTL market break yet another record and rise past the 2,000 mark for the first time on moneyfacts.co.uk’s records.

“The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) rules launched at the end of September 2017, which saw lenders having to apply stricter standards to those with four or more properties, could explain the boost to product numbers. Providers may well have opted to offer two different products to cater to the different borrower types.

“Last week, moneyfacts.co.uk reported that the number of limited company fixed rate options were on the rise. These extra products, which cater for landlords looking to reassess their options after the tax changes, are yet another reason why the overall product numbers have been boosted.

“Amid this upheaval, the market has seen many landlords and aspiring landlords take a step back to assess their options and figure out whether they are making the right choice. As a result, BTL providers are now competing for a smaller pool of customers. Offering variety in their range is one way in which they can compete.

“While it has been a tough time for the BTL market, the fact that the number of available deals is still growing shows it is still a viable option. However, any borrowers considering becoming a BTL landlord should seek the advice of a financial adviser, to ensure this is the right choice for them.”

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