What is the biggest challenge for property investors in 2016?

What is the biggest challenge for property investors in 2016?

Regulatory changes are predicted to be at the forefront of challenges facing property investors this year, according to the latest Shawbrook Broker Barometer, which captured the views of over 300 brokers.

Half (50%) of brokers see regulation as the issue that will impact their clients the most, while around a fifth (21%) think that a change in interest rates could be the most important issue. Additional licensing is also expected to be an issue for brokers and clients, with a tenth (10%) expecting the changes to present their biggest challenge for the year.

When thinking about their own business, brokers are most apprehensive about increased FCA governance and further lending restrictions in the market, 39% and 26% respectively. Unsurprisingly brokers are viewing the new stamp duty levy with apprehension with 80% expecting the changes to have a negative impact on the housing market and the lending environment generally.


Despite these challenges the mood amongst brokers remains positive with 85% stating they are confident about business growth in the New Year. Over half (54%) believe that the new help-to-buy shared ownership scheme will have a positive impact on the housing market. Nearly two thirds (63%) are also in favour of the new London help-to-buy programme and three quarters (75%) believe the Government’s pledge of 400,000 new homes by 2020 will provide a boost to the market and lending environment.

Karen Bennett, Sales & Marketing Director Commercial Mortgages comments: “While it is obvious that 2016 will see some big changes in the Buy-to-Let (BTL) market, it appears that brokers are not buying in to the commentary that the market will suffer. The majority of our broker partners are confident that the market is one in which their business can grow and BTL presents many opportunities to investors. Lenders, brokers and customers will have new factors to consider but the outlook for 2016 remains positive.”

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Kelvin Lloyd
Kelvin Lloyd 09 Oct 2017

IT is up, to the Planners. If they will only give permission for bungalows on certain (suitable) sites, they will be built.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

It's just the beginning of the shocking rise.

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maggie swift
maggie swift 09 Oct 2017

I have recently read that the bungalows can provide social housing for elderly residents in London.

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zoe glover
zoe glover 05 Oct 2017

Update! Worst company I have ever dealt with. Undervalued a Cambridge property by over 100k, wont take on any evidence of valuation including a RICS valuation done 3 years ago for the very same value...

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Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards 27 Sep 2017

Its nonsense articles such as this that make it harder to get clients to realise just how difficult the market is out there. When you see Rightmove and there are more 'price reduced' then 'new' most days...

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Tom Allen
Tom Allen 20 Sep 2017

Absolutely agree with you!

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RyanGeo
RyanGeo 18 Sep 2017

A sharp correction would be a less dramatic expression to use. That is already underway in certain sectors in Reading where I practice as Chartered Surveyor

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sean benton
sean benton 01 Sep 2017

Identity theft is a thread for any profession. So,people should stay alarmed. I once take help from a letting agent and came to know that letting agents are taking every precaution to prevent fraudulent...

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Mark N.
Mark N. 30 Aug 2017

We have seen a surge in instructions over August and that should continue into September too.

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Chris
Chris 30 Aug 2017

Unfortunately, all the legislation bears its force on Landlords and ignores, naively, the effect of Rogue Tenants on the ability of landlords to keep houses in repair and offer properties for rent at reasonable...

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Christian Donovan
Christian Donovan 18 Aug 2017

The write-down on house values, combined with the fall in the GBP saddled the fund?s property portfolio with a 1.4% loss in the second quarter. The shocking amount of $240 million.

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Samantha Goodman
Samantha Goodman 11 Aug 2017

Interesting point of view.

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