Will 2016 see the end of BTL? Don't count on it......

Will 2016 see the end of BTL? Don't count on it......

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Scott Hendry | Together

The property investment landscape is subject to constant change and, as a result of new legislation, some of the biggest changes ever to hit buy-to-let and auction property investors are just around the corner.

In April, the Chancellor’s stamp duty on second properties is due to kick in. But are property investors prepared? What does the news spell for buy-to-let and auction buyers? And will we see the number of bidders dropping in 2016? These are the questions that have been preoccupying industry commentators.

A recent report by the Bank of England  confirmed that buy-to-let lending is approaching its pre-crisis peak, whilst recently-released figures state that house prices have increased a whopping 10% in the year to January .

With demand outstripping supply, investors are keen to seize the opportunities, although many commentators are expecting the 3 per cent increase in stamp duty payable on a second property after April 2016 to be a deterrent.

However, following the summer and autumn statements last year, here at Together we saw a 28% increase in buy-to-let lending cases in Q4 of 2015, compared with the previous year. Auction houses have also reported significant growth in 2015 , with the anticipation that this will continue in the months ahead.

This suggests that George Osborne’s changes have, in fact, spurred property investors to enter the market before the April stamp duty hike and looks likely to continue, at least for the first quarter.


While it is possible that April might be followed by a cooling off period and a potential dip in auction bidding, we don’t envisage the measure deterring investors for long. Given the pace at which prices are currently rising, any upfront cost could be mitigated very quickly – particularly in London and the South East.

Obviously property investors and landlords will need to adjust their models to take the new stamp duty into account, but it is unlikely to stop seasoned auction house bidders from buying altogether.   

Beyond this, investors will start exploring other options. For example, we could see an increase in bidding for commercial or semi-commercial properties, as the stamp duty increase is specific only to purchases of residential property. This tactic could save savvy investors thousands upfront.

One thing is sure – Together is ready to help landlords and investors to secure properties that match their investment aspirations at auction, and 2016 looks set to be an exciting year.

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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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