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BUY TO LET MORTGAGE

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Whether you are looking to purchase a Buy to let (BTL) in Bristol or you have a portfolio that needs refinancing, Lloyd Wells Mortgages are here to help.

If you are asking how can I borrow as much as possible on my Buy to let (BTL)? We’re here to give you the answer and make sure that the whole process is as easy as possible. We know that life is stressful enough, so we are here to take that stress away so you can concentrate on the more important things.

Buy to let (BTL) mortgages are specifically for individuals or companies who wish to buy residential property which they intend renting to tenants. Although a Buy to let (BTL) mortgage is similar in a number of respects to a standard residential mortgage, there are some significant differences between the two. Get in touch so that we can save you time and save you money and make the process as easy as possible.

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MOST BUY TO LET MORTGAGES ARE NOT REGULATED BY THE FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about first time buyer mortgages.

What is the eligibility and lending criteria?2020-04-26T13:20:11+00:00

Most banks and building societies (and some other financial institutions) offer BTL mortgages, but terms, conditions and costs vary enormously.

Some mortgage providers will not lend to individuals who are under 25 years of age or earn less than £25,000 a year. Lenders may impose an ‘upper’ age limit on the term of the mortgage by insisting that the mortgage is repaid in full before the borrower reaches a certain age — 70 is not untypical.

Flats, newly built property, former local authority-owned properties — or properties which are priced below a certain value — can be unacceptable to lenders. Lenders may also restrict the number of BTL mortgages a borrower can have with them at any one time. Or the lender may impose a ‘cap’ on the total amount of BTL funding they are prepared to advance to a borrower.

What about my credit record?2020-04-26T13:21:07+00:00

In common with a standard residential mortgage, the potential lender will take account of your personal credit rating. If you have any unpaid debts, County Court Judgements — or you have failed to make previous or existing loan repayments on time — the lender may not want to take you on as a BTL borrower.

How is affordability assessed?2020-04-26T13:22:30+00:00

When considering their decision to make an advance or not, lenders will also take into account the amount of rent the borrower is hoping to realise from the property. Unlike a standard residential mortgage, most lenders view the property’s rental potential — rather than the borrower’s salary — as the primary source of income for servicing the loan.

For that reason, BTL lenders like to see a situation where the rental income covers at least 125% of the monthly interest payment. In other words, if your monthly mortgage payment is £1,000, the monthly rent should be a minimum of £1,250. (The borrower’s projections in terms of rental income must be verified by an independent source.) The difference between the two figures should help you meet your mortgage repayments when no rent is being received, or when repairs need making to the property.

What deposit do i need?2020-04-26T13:23:22+00:00

Typically, the highest loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage available on a BTL basis is 75% — i.e. you will need a deposit of at least 25% of the property’s purchase price to proceed. Borrowers who are able to put down substantially more than the minimum 25% deposit (40%+ for example) will usually qualify for more favourable rates of interest.

What interest rate is there on a BTL mortgage?2020-04-26T13:26:47+00:00

Because BTL mortgages represent more of a risk for lenders than standard residential mortgages, BTL borrowers tend to be charged higher rates of interest.

Are there any associated fees and costs?2020-04-26T13:31:33+00:00

Survey: A surveyor will be appointed (at the borrower’s expense) to assess the property’s condition, market value and potential rental income. The surveyor will also identify any issues which could affect the property’s future value.

Conveyance: Conveyancing — which is usually conducted by a solicitor or conveyancer — is the process by which the ownership (legal title) of the property is transferred from the seller to the buyer. The seller pays for this cost.

Stamp Duty for Buy-to-let property: The purchaser may have to pay stamp duty land tax which is calculated as a percentage of the purchase price of the property — see the table below for the 2019/20 tax year.

(These rates are based on the assumption that the purchaser is currently a homeowner).

PROPERTY PRICE STAMP DUTY RATE
£0 – £125,000 3%
£125,001 – £250,000 5%
£250,001 – £925,000 8%
£925,001 – £1.5m 13%
Over £1.5m 15%

TAX TREATMENT DEPENDS ON INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Other costs: The borrower may also have to pay arrangement and booking fees to the mortgage provider, which tend to be higher than those associated with a standard residential mortgage.

Which type of BTL mortgage is best for me?2020-04-26T13:29:36+00:00

Depending on the lender, the types of mortgages available to the BTL borrower are usually the same as those available to the standard residential mortgage borrower — i.e., tracker, discount, fixed rate, capped rate and variable rate.

Given that most BTL borrowers buy for reasons of investment, some mortgage options may be more appropriate than others. With a fixed-rate mortgage for example, the borrower knows exactly what their monthly repayments are going to be; other borrowers prefer tracker or variable rate loans where the monthly repayment can sometimes be lower, but the cost can vary from one month to the next.

(Many BTL buyers have a preference for interest only mortgages, as distinct to a capital and interest repayment mortgage. An interest only mortgage, is a mortgage where the monthly repayment is used solely to pay off the interest on the loan but none of the capital, which is repaid only when the property is sold.)

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Excellent guys who made the process simple and understandable. Pete was in constant contact throughout and always kept us in the loop with any changes. Easy to talk to and didn’t mind answering the ‘silly questions’! I will 100% be using them in the future.
RYAN & LAUREN HARRIS
As a first-time buyer I was pretty clueless about the mortgage process. Lloyd Wells Mortgages have helped me navigate the house buying process step by step and provided options that have allowed me to get a foothold on the property ladder.
ROB OTTEY
Pete was superb when sorting my first time buyer’s mortgage. I never had a problem contacting him and was grateful for Pete’s patience in explaining the details of all the choices I had available. His professionalism is second to none and I’d never have ended up with such a good deal without Pete’s hard work. I would highly recommend using Lloyd Wells Mortgages. I’ll certainly be in touch when remortgage time comes round.
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