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With rental demand continuing to rise, a growing number of investors are actively capitalising on the booming rental market by acquiring properties with a view to letting them out.
The latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) shows that gross mortgage lending of £4.2bn across 33,500 mortgages was advanced to buy-to-let landlords in the first quarter of 2013, up from £3.7bn in the corresponding quarter of last year.
There was a surge in the number of landlords trying to raise enough capital to take advantage of high gross rental yields by adding to their portfolios during the first quarter of this year, according to detailed research released by Mortgages for Business, the specialist buy to let broker.
Average rents increased, rent arrears fell and lettings times became faster in the first quarter of this year, according to Countrywide's latest quarterly lettings index.
The data reveals that rents rose across much of UK, led by Wales and the East of England, where rents increased to £616 and £814 per month respectively.
A serviced apartment scheme in Bristol has made its mark on property investors in the city with owners of 18 apartments signing up since January 2012. Owners of apartments at Finzels Reach are promised guaranteed returns and a full management service on the new homes.
Country & Metropolitan Homes (C&M) is offering property investors the chance to benefit from a guaranteed 6% return on a sale and leaseback deal on the show house at Redhouse Park, its development of new homes in Milton Keynes.
Britain's economy might be flirting with a ‘triple dip' recession, but a growing number of landlords in the UK believe that now is a great time to invest in property and are looking to add to their property portfolios as a consequence.
Cheap mortgages, high rental yields, a growing supply-demand imbalance, low bank saving rates - there is an endless list of reasons to currently consider investing in property.
Are you looking to join the buy-to-let boom? Now could be the time to invest, as new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show that there was a surge in buy-to-let lending in 2012. Lending to landlords accounted for 11.5% of all mortgage lending last year, up from 9.8% in 2011.
Both so-called ‘virgin' landlords and experienced investors are taking account of soaring rents and falling mortgage rates to benefit from property investments, as we see next.
Homebuyers and remortgagers are set to benefit from an even greater choice of competitive home loan rates thanks to a new batch of rate cuts and new products from several lenders. Interest rates have been falling regularly over recent months as the government's Funding For Lending Scheme gives lenders access to cheaper borrowing.
Halifax has cut rates on a host of two-year rates available through intermediaries, including those for new-build and affordable new homes and luxury properties. Among the best new rates are:
With its strategic position, river views, quality specification and good potential rental returns, Taylor Wimpey's City Vizion scheme in Newport, South Wales has become a popular option for property investors. Annual rental yields of up to 7% have attracted the interest of buy-to-let investors looking to add to their portfolio with a high-quality new-build home.