New research* for the specialist lender Precise Mortgages reveals shows nearly two out of five (38%) landlords will use limited companies to buy properties over the next year compared to 28% as individuals, highlighting the continuing rise of the professional landlord.
Among landlords with more than four properties the percentage buying new property via a limited company rises to 42% while among those with up to three properties it drops to 31%. Landlords operating in London are the most likely to be planning to purchase through a limited company.
The findings underline the continued growth in popularity of limited companies among landlords. According to recent research** by Precise Mortgages, 89% of brokers expect the number of landlords setting themselves up as a limited company to increase with the ability to continue to claim tax relief on mortgage interest seen as the main motivation.
Around 15% of landlords questioned intend to add to their portfolios over the coming year buying an average of two new properties, the BDRC study found. Around 23% of those planning to buy will add three or more properties to their portfolio.
The specialist lender has a dedicated portfolio team and proposition to ensure the application process for brokers servicing professional landlords is straightforward. The team’s role is to do the heavy lifting for mortgage intermediaries and their customers, so the process is as efficient and smooth as possible. This has been supported by the launch of an online calculator and access to dedicated portfolio teams.
BDRC’s research found landlords with larger portfolios are significantly more aware of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA)’s lending criteria and portfolio application process changes. Less than half (45%) of all landlords are aware of PRA changes but that rises to 67% among landlords with four or more Buy-to-Let Mortgages. However, 74% of those with larger portfolios say the changes have made it more difficult to secure BTL finance, underlining the growing demand for specialist lenders.
Alan Cleary, Managing Director of Precise Mortgages, said: “Buying property within a limited company structure has become increasingly popular, particularly among larger professional landlords. Given the predicted rise in landlords switching to limited company status this year, we can expect this trend to continue.”
“The contrasting levels of awareness of the PRA’s recent changes to lending criteria and the application process between small and larger portfolio landlords points to the growing professionalisation of the latter group who stand to be the most affected.”
“Precise Mortgages is currently one of the most recommended specialist mortgage lenders***, helping landlords to find solutions and supporting them through the process.”
Precise Mortgages offers an extensive range of Buy to Let products designed specifically for applications within limited companies. Full details are available at www.precisemortgages.co.uk.
*BDRC Q1 2018 Landlords Panel syndicated research report prepared for Precise Mortgages. Fieldwork was conducted online between 9th and 20th March among a sample of 1,043 National Landlords Association members
**Research conducted by Pure Profile among 104 mortgage brokers specialising in buy-to-let conducted between February 13th and 21st 2018
***Research conducted by BDRC Mercury, Q1 2018
- Yields on houses in multiple occupation are 1.3% higher than Q1 market average
- Precise Mortgages offers HMO tracker rates from 2.75% and fixed rates from 3.09%
New syndicated research* for the specialist lender Precise Mortgages reveals landlords running portfolios comprising houses in multiple occupation (HMO) and multi-unit freehold blocks (MUFB) are achieving the highest rental yields despite market averages dipping slightly in the first quarter of the year.
Average rental yields for HMO are the highest across all types of property at 7.1%, 1.3% above the market average. Yields for multi-unit freehold blocks are the second highest at 6% highlighting the opportunities for landlords to refocus portfolios, the study by BDRC Continental found.
Across all property types average yields dipped slightly in Q1 2018 to 5.8% from 5.9% in the last quarter of 2017 and are now at the same level as Q1 2017. The highest average yields of 6.7% were achieved on portfolios of between 11 and 19 properties, underlining the continued rise of the professional landlord. By contrast those with just one property achieved yields of 4.8%. Precise Mortgages’ dedicated portfolio team and online proposition ensures that the application process for brokers servicing professional landlords has been made as straightforward as possible.
On a regional basis, landlords with portfolios in the North West reported the highest rental yields at 6.7%. Central London portfolios produced the lowest average yields at 4.8%.
Precise Mortgages, which launched its HMO range more than two years ago, is focused as a specialist lender on responding to market changes and is enhancing its range to specifically address the needs of landlords looking to expand portfolios or invest in the North.
Alan Cleary, Managing Director of Precise Mortgages, said: “As HMOs attract multiple tenancies, gross rental income tends to outstrip single lets and rental income is more secure even if one tenant leaves a void.”
“Experienced landlords are looking to rebalance their portfolios and there is a real opportunity for brokers to support them to work with specialist lenders who are prepared to be flexible and have expertise across the widest product set.”
Precise Mortgages’ HMO product range includes two-year tracker rates from 2.75% and two-year fixed rates from 3.09% as well as lifetime trackers from 3.50% and five-year fixed rates assessed on pay rate from 3.69%. The portfolio lending limit has been increased to £10 million with a maximum of 20 properties with Precise Mortgages and unlimited with other lenders.
Full details regarding the Precise Mortgages buy to let range are available at www.precisemortgages.co.uk
*BDRC Continental Q1 2018 Landlords Panel syndicated research report prepared for Precise Mortgages. Fieldwork was conducted online between 9th and 20th March among a sample of 1,043 National Landlords Association members
New research* from the specialist lender Precise Mortgages shows product innovation and more consistency on criteria are at the top of Buy to Let brokers’ wish-lists for helping to address the remortgage challenges facing landlords.
Its study found 50% of Buy to Let brokers want to see more innovative product approaches from lenders while 43% say increased consistency is needed on the criteria offered by lenders and the industry as a whole when assessing remortgage applications.
Other key changes brokers want to see from lenders, to help remortgage customers, include the launch of online rental cover calculators which was chosen by 41% of brokers. Enhanced service standards would also help address remortgage challenges according to 26% of brokers surveyed.
51% of brokers believe the introduction of stricter rental cover requirements is the biggest issue facing remortgage customers. On the subject of rental cover requirements, lack of clarity from lenders was chosen by 31% of brokers, while 29% pointed to a lack of consistency from lenders.
Precise Mortgages has introduced a number of product innovations to help landlords underserved by high street lenders. As well as a top slicing option, which enables landlords to use their earned income to top up any rental shortfall, the lender offers bespoke ICRs which reflect a customer’s tax position more accurately, helping them achieve the loan size they want. It also offers an online calculator and a submission guide to help provide a smooth application process and improve turnaround times.
Alan Cleary, Managing Director of Precise Mortgages, said: “Buy to Let brokers and their customers face a number of possible issues when remortgaging following the regulatory and tax changes in the market.
“Specialist lenders need to respond to their concerns with solutions for borrowers that the High Street will no longer service.”
*Research conducted by Pure Profile among 104 mortgage brokers specialising in buy-to-let conducted between February 13th and 21st 2018