What are landlords planning to do in 2013?

Alex Johnson

0e6f1ab078325db2d3a77711b8650f5e2c934a9d 300x199 What are landlords planning to do in 2013?Further expanision in the buy to let market looks likely in 2013 as 55% of landlords plan to increase their property portfolios over the next six months.

According to research released this morning by specialist mortgage broker Mortgages for Business which polled 218 investors, landlords are particularly keen on what is known as ‘vanilla’ (residential) investments. High gross yields on residential property – which stand at 6.7% – are encouraging landlords to expand their portfolios further. Of those investors who intend to expand their portfolios this year, almost nine in ten plan on buying more residential property. Around 26% of landlords plan to purchase houses in multiple occupation.

Only 6% of landlords say they are planning to reduce their portfolios over the next six months, the same percentae as six months ago.

Two-thirds of landlords planning to buy more property say they will need to refinance in order to do so. Just over 40% of landlords say they will look to remortgage in the first half of 2013, up from 36% six months ago. Even though 45% of landlords don’t aim to increase their portfolio in the first six months of 2013, a quarter of them still plan to remortgage.

On the other hand, 11% of the landlords who want to expand their portfolios over the next six months say they won’t be able to refinance because of lack of equity and the difficulty in securing a mortgage with a loan to value ratio of more than 75%.

Over three quarters of investors say lenders should be doing more to help them get the finance they need. The biggest issue for landlords was lending criteria. 45% of them felt criteria should be eased, with more preference given to experienced landlords and a greater willingness to lend on more complex property types. The second most suggested improvement (27%) was to reduce rates, with some landlords proposing buy to let rates should become similar to residential mortgage rates.

The research also found that four in ten investors rely entirely on rental income, illustrating the rise of the professional property investor who has no other income other than rent. This is despite most buy to let lenders stipulating landlords must have an additional annual income of around £20,000 to £25,000 in order to get finance.

David Whittaker, managing director at Mortgages for Business, said: “Tenant demand for residential property is ballooning thanks to the lack of mortgages available to first-time buyers. Every month more and more would-be buyers are being forced to rent, and this is pushing up demand to astronomical levels, producing very attractive gross yields for landlords as a result. Not surprising, then, that well over half of investors want to expand their portfolios to take advantage of these high yields. The first half of 2013 will see a spate of purchasing and remortgaging as landlords try to put themselves in a position to take full advantage of a buy to let sector which is in very good health.”

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  • julianzzz

    They’ll get a shock as housing benefit cuts destroy the market. For too long this speculative bubble has diverted funds from productive industry and job creation in favour of unearned and undeserved income. The tax payer shouldn’t be taxed to keep a dependent and idle rentier class in luxury.

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