Date Published 05 March 2012
Confidence among property investors is high as three in five plan to expand their portfolios over the next six months, according to specialist mortgage broker Mortgages for Business.
The strength of the private rental market and the poor performance of property prices over the last year has given professional landlords and property investors the platform upon which to build their portfolio of properties.
While the majority of investors (63%) will need to remortgage existing properties to fund their expansion, a similar proportion (62%), believe lenders are not doing enough to support landlords and property investors. The results come from Mortgages for Business’ inaugural quarterly Property Investor Survey in which 185 landlords and investors were surveyed.
One in five (20%) feel that lenders should reduce their fees in order to support property investors. 18% believe lenders should increase LTVs and 15% feel that lenders should grow the number of case by case lending decisions rather than rely on computers and credit scores.
While four fifths (81%) of property investors intend on investing in vanilla buy-to-let property over the next six months, 22% plan on expanding their portfolios with Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and 15% with Multi-unit Freehold Blocks (MUFB), both of which provide higher average yields for investors. 14% intend on investing in commercial or semi-commercial property which also average higher yields than vanilla investments.
David Whittaker, managing director at Mortgages for Business, commented: `Although overall mortgage and lending to first time buyers is finally starting to increase, landlords remain confident about the future of the private rental market and plan to expand their portfolios over the coming months. However, more and more investors are exploring which options will give them the best returns on their investment. While vanilla buy to let properties remain popular, more complex deals are offering higher yields on average and are growing in popularity, particularly because of the shortage of housing stock currently on the market.`