BTL boom sees FTB enquiries drop 3.7%

BTL boom sees FTB enquiries drop 3.7%

The latest research from comparethemarket has suggested that the buy-to-let market has "gained a chokehold" over first-time buyers, as many struggle to get out of rented accommodation and on to the housing ladder.

According to the analysis, the proportion of buy-to-let mortgage enquiries grew by 4.4% to 18.2% of all mortgage enquiries during 2015, while the proportion of enquiries for first-time buyers dropped by 3.7% annually to 23.5%.

During January, there were no signs of a reducing market, as the first month in 2016 showed year on year growth of over 16% and a 62% increase compared to December.

However, with the new stamp duty on buy-to-let purchases, comparethemarket says there is 'little expectation' that the number of BTL enquiries will outstrip the number of first-time buyer enquiries.


Yet the initial cut on tax relief did little to reduce the swelling of the buy-to-let market, with enquiries rising by 14% in the three months after the Chancellor made the announcement at the Summer Budget.

Jody Baker, Head of Money for comparethemarket.com, said: “The buy-to-let market has been subject to both extensive discussion and criticism over the past year with even the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee labelling it a risk to the UK’s financial stability. This data only reinforces the view that over the past year, families and others looking to get a foot on the housing ladder are being priced out by landlords. It was great to see the Government take action in the Autumn Statement but time will tell as to what the material impact will be on the market after 1 April.”

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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