Confidence grows in BTL as landlords take out larger loans

Property Reporter
30th March 2021
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Despite having a rough ride over the last few years in terms of tax measures imposed on them, it seems that confidence among UK landlords is growing, with the latest data revealing that they're putting their money where their mouth is.

Mortgage products designed to offer exclusive rates for higher loan amounts are now the most popular product among buy-to-let landlords, according to newly released data from Keystone Property Finance. Figures show that 58% of Keystone clients have applied for their Larger Loans range since December 2020. The specialist BTL lender’s Larger Loan range caters for loan sizes of £250,000 - £1 million and offers rates from 3.09%.

The rise in popularity for larger loans could be attributed to landlords looking to take advantage of the Stamp Duty Land Tax incentive and being able to afford more expensive properties as a result of the tax saving. Indeed, data shows that landlords made up 15% of all sales agreed in November 2020, the highest level for four years, as a result of the SDTL incentive.

Today’s figures also signal growing confidence in the market, as landlords continue to take out larger mortgages in expectation of a continued uptick in future property prices and of positive rental yields post-pandemic.

The data also reveals differences in the types of landlords applying for the specialist lender’s larger loan products, with nearly two thirds (62%) of applications coming from Limited Companies compared to 38% of applications from individual landlords.

Elise Coole, Managing Director of Keystone Property Finance, comments: “Our data shows that landlords remain confident about the BTL market, with the majority of customers looking to secure a larger loan to purchase their property. Undoubtedly, the SDLT incentive has played an important part in this and has presented landlords with an excellent opportunity to bolster their portfolios and invest in higher-value properties.

"The private rental market plays a critical role for millions of people and at Keystone Property Finance, we’re committed to supporting our brokers and their landlord clients by offering a wide range of innovative solutions."

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