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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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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NathanGreen
NathanGreen 16 Jun 2016

Seeing that the tenants are quite satisfied with their landlords and the properties is indeed great. I wonder, though, what is the situation in London alone? The tenants face sky-high rent levels in the...

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AndiMur
AndiMur 15 Jun 2016

TheGuardian published the same forecast. But on the other hand, professional brokers express different opinions. According totranio.com, an exit from the EU would not affect the demand/supply imbalance...

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Gary Holmes
Gary Holmes 14 Jun 2016

Having a professionally completed inventory at check-in and check-out is clearly (to me at least) of minor value. Tenants make un-authorised modifications and/or walk off with items that belong to the

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Violet Gibson
Violet Gibson 14 Jun 2016

Cautious people think buying off-plan is reckless, but over the past few years investors have literally made fortunes.Pre-release prices have obvious benefits for the developer, who gets instant finance...

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Kate Windleton
Kate Windleton 14 Jun 2016

An interesting research indeed. I guess that is in complete contrast with the United States where people often move from one coast to another. It will be interesting to hear the trends for people moving...

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NathanGreen
NathanGreen 14 Jun 2016

I think it all depends on the market conditions and how well your company is doing. You will agree that you can't demand more when you're killing yourself just to hang in there. Sometimes you need all

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