First-time buyers outnumber BTL landlords by 3 to 1

First-time buyers outnumber BTL landlords by 3 to 1

Data released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows lending to first-time buyers continues to outnumber buy-to-let purchases by three to one.

Lending to buy-to-let investors in 2015 totalled £37.9 billion, however, in 2015 only 41% of buy-to-let mortgages were for house purchase, a total value of £15.6 billion.

Compared with first-time buyer activity, which is back to pre-crisis levels, loans for purchases totalled £46.7 billion – the highest level of activity since 2007.

John Heron, Managing Director of Paragon Mortgages, said: “A common accusation levelled at buy-to-let landlords is that they have an unfair advantage over home-buyers. The data released today would suggest this is not the case, with buy-to-let purchases making up only 11.6% of all purchases. First-time buyers accounted for three times as many transactions as buy-to-let purchasers.


Total lending for buy-to-let whilst up 28% by volume on 2014, remains lower than it was in 2006, with remortgages accounting for 58% of all lending. In 2015 lending for new purchases was only marginally higher than it was in 2003.

The information from the CML also indicates strong credit quality in buy-to-let lending, with average loan to values moving lower, affordability strengthening and arrears at the lowest levels since before the financial crisis.

Despite claims of over-heating, effectively the sector is still recovering from the financial crisis and if we could draw the attention of Government and policy makers to any one argument this would be it.”

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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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