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Buy to Let
Buy to Let Mortgages
Buy to let is no longer the hot property it used to be, and many investors who bought in recent years have struggled as mortgage rates increased.
Existing investors should now be benefitting from lower rates if they have fallen on to their lender's standard variable rate, however, new mortgage deals remain expensive and industry experts acknowledge that now is a tough time for buy to let.
However, with lower property prices, it's still tempting for those who stick to the tried and tested method of investing for rental returns rather than capital growth.
If investors are willing to see the value of their property slide in the short term and ensure their property meets the criteria of at least 75% to 80% loan-to-value and returning 125% of monthly mortgage payments, buy to let might continue to be a good long-term investment. However, it should be noted:
- The value of a property is generally a matter of opinion and the true value may not be recognised until the property is sold. It may be difficult to sell or realise the value of the property in adverse market conditions.
- Borrowers will still be responsible for maintaining the payment of any mortgage in the event that the property is not rented out and therefore may wish to make suitable provision for this event.
- Legal advice and advice on tax issues may be required before purchasing a property to let.
Like any investment, buy to let comes with no guarantees, but might be more reassuring for those who have more faith in bricks and mortar than the stock market.