"The launch of these new products in the two-year fixed-rate space for landlords, utilising the new stress test calculation, should open up new maximum loans for a number of borrowers wanting shorter-term products."
According to the intermediary-only specialist lender, the new specials include F1 two-year fixes with rates starting at 5.39%, a 1% fee and one free standard valuation, F2 two-year fixed rates starting at 5.49% with a 1% fee, and F2 HMO two-year fixed rates starting at 5.54% with a 1% fee.
Foundation said the new products were designed to support the introduction of its simplified ICR stress tests for shorter-term products below a five-year term including fixed and discounts, which will now be based on the higher of either the pay rate plus 2% or a flat 8%.
Earlier this month the lender launched other special buy-to-let rates including F1 five-year fixed rates starting at 5.54% with a reduced fee of 1.5% and one free standard valuation, and owner-occupied specials rates with reductions of up to 0.35% on F1 products, now starting at 5.74%.
Foundation’s current service levels continue to average turnaround times of one day for DIP referral, application and underwriter review for all cases.
George Gee, Managing Director (Commercial) at Foundation Home Loans, said:
“While the Bank of England chose to increase Bank Base Rate (BBR) last week, overall, we have seen an improved outlook for what BBR might be over the next two- to five-year horizon, so we remain committed to offering advisers a range of shorter-term options for their landlord clients.
“To further support those looking for shorter-term products we have chosen to improve our ICR stress test for shorter-term rates, simplifying it to either a pay rate plus 2% or a fixed 8%, whichever is the higher. Our stress test on five-year products is unchanged – calculated at pay rate.
“The launch of these new products in the two-year fixed-rate space for landlords, utilising the new stress test calculation, should open up new maximum loans for a number of borrowers wanting shorter-term products. The products all come with a 1% fee, while the F1 offering also has a free valuation, with all of them competitively priced.
“We anticipate there will be significant opportunities for us over the coming weeks to look at our existing buy-to-let product offering and to reflect some of the shifts we are seeing in the market, and our own appetite to lend in this product sector. That will be further good news for advisers and their landlord clients and we would urge advisers to contact us to see how we can support them in writing more business in this area.”