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BTL landlords continue to benefit from ‘healthy capital growth and high yields

Investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform most major asset classes, at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility. Despite the government’s decision to introduce a number of measures to curb the growth of buy-to-let landlords, many people believe that buy-to-let remains an attractive income investment. The introduction of higher stamp duty purchasing […]

The number of BTL landlords registering to buy property is down 30% y-o-y

There has been a sharp decline in the number of buy-to-let property acquisitions, following the government’s decision to introduce the 3% stamp duty surcharge and phase out mortgage interest relief, fresh research shows. The latest data exposes the scale of the decline in buy-to-let property purchases by revealing that the number of buy-to-let investors registering […]

Trade body fears mass sell-off of buy-to-let properties

A growing number of buy-to-let landlords are planning to sell-off their properties as the government’s punitive new tax changes cause investors to quit the market, new research shows. The pending removal of landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief from next month, coupled with the 3% surcharge on stamp duty introduced last year, is deterring many buy-to-let […]

Rents fall for first time in six years

The average monthly rent for newly-let properties has fallen for the first time since late 2010, according to estate agency Countrywide. The drop has been due to a big recent increase in the supply of properties becoming available, mainly in London. That was due to some landlords rushing to buy last year before a 3% […]

New guide to investing in a leasehold property

The leasehold system is a feudal form of property ownership in England and Wales, which many investors believe is a flawed form of residential tenure, as it is the freeholder who continues to own the important underlying interest. Many properties across the country are sold as leaseholds, with the buyer paying significant sums in the […]

Buy-to-let landlords are ‘suffering from recent tax changes’

The government is being urged to reconsider punitive tax relief changes for buy-to-let income which is set to be introduced in April in order to prevent landlords from being “forced to either sell up or increase rents”. The existing rules that permit landlords to offset all of their mortgage interest against tax will, from April, […]

Confidence in UK housing market remains strong

The UK housing market remains remarkably solid, as reflected by the 4.9% increase in the volume of residential property transactions between December 2016 and January 2017, according to the latest HMRC data. The seasonally adjusted figure for the month is 0.3% higher compared with the corresponding month last year. The increase between December and January […]

The Government’s first-time buyer scheme explained

Being a first-time buyer usually means forking out rent, saving for a deposit and playing catch-up with ever-rising house prices all at the same time. No easy feat. But the good news is there are a range of Government schemes available which could provide just the boost you need to make it to the first […]

Buy-to-let landlords undeterred by stamp duty surcharge

The number of second homes liable to pay stamp duty increased to 62,800 in the final quarter of last year, up from 56,200 in Q3 and 30,400 in Q2, suggesting that many people believe that investment in buy-to-let property is still worth pursuing. The introduction of the 3% levy on stamp duty in April 2016 […]

Landlords boosted as buy-to-let mortgage rates remain steady

The Bank of England’s decision to keep the base interest rate at the record low of 0.25% has kept buy-to-let headline mortgage rates steady. Mortgages for Business reports that while swap rates rose strongly in the final quarter of 2016, buy-to-let rates were largely unaffected. The firm’s latest Buy to Let Mortgage Costs Index found […]