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Buy-to-let Mortgage Providers Slash Interest Rates

Housing-Market / Buy to Let Apr 11, 2016 - 11:34 AM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

Housing-Market

The buy-to-Let (BTL) market has recently been under extra pressure thanks to stamp duty changes and recently-announced affordability tests, so a sudden rise in mortgage rates would not have been unexpected. However, research from Moneyfacts.co.uk can reveal that, in fact, the opposite has occurred.


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

“The BTL market has faced intense pressure recently, but despite this, rates have continued to fall across all fixed rates. For example, the average two-year fixed rate has fallen by 0.71% in just two years, while the average five-year fixed rate has dropped by an equally significant 0.76% over the same period.

“While the new rules and stamp duty changes could potentially take the shine off BTL investment, property is often seen as a safe bet, and with rental properties in demand and rent high, BTL remains an attractive proposition.

“A year on from pension freedoms and almost £3bn* has been paid out in cash lump sum withdrawals, so it’s highly likely that some of this money has been accessed with BTL in mind. Savings rates are currently so poor that many are looking elsewhere to fund their retirement, so lenders have tried to capitalise on this new pool of cash by offering some of the best rates the BTL sector has ever seen. In addition, providers also cut rates in the run-up to the stamp duty changes in order to attract those keen to buy before they were implemented, which has further aided the downward slide in rates.

“However, while the current pressures on the market are not yet causing rates to rise, borrowers should remember that they will now be facing tighter lending rules, including stricter affordability checks, so it is even more important for potential landlords to seek financial advice to see if BTL really is the right option for them.”

*Source: Association of British Insurers: Pension freedom statistics - one year on – 28.3.16.

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