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Specialist BTL brand enhances lending criteria

Specialist buy to let lending brand Keystone Property Finance has made a series of criteria enhancements aimed at helping both portfolio and non-portfolio landlords. The maximum individual loan available has been increased from £750k to £1m on borrowing up to 65% loan to value. The increase has been...
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Revealed: the extent of the buy-to-let market collapse

New research has exposed the scale of the fall in buy-to-let purchases in the year that the Government hiked stamp duty by 3pc on such transactions. The number of properties sold to buy-to-let investors has fallen 63.7pc in the year to November in England and Wales, according to...
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Hammond ditches Osborne’s help-to-buy homes scheme

Philip Hammond has confirmed that the government’s help-to-buy mortgage guarantee scheme will be closed by the end of the year, another of former chancellor George Osborne’s flagships now abandoned by the Treasury. In a letter to Bank of England governor Mark Carney, the chancellor said the scheme had...
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Landlords predict rent rises to tail off

After a recent spurt of rent growth, landlords anticipate that rent rises will taper off over the next twelve months, according to a sentiment survey of more than 1,200 landlords conducted by Your Move and Reeds Rains. On average UK landlords anticipate that rents will increase by 1.7%...
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£300 billion of buy-to-let investment goes unmeasured

A quarter (23%) of UK landlords do not measure the return on their buy-to-let (BTL) investments at all, according to new research from Platinum Property Partners. This means that £300 billion of investment in BTL is left unmonitored, leaving UK landlords unaware of the current or ongoing health...
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Low maintenance, big benefits

Low maintenance equals high value for both landlords and tenants alike and one of the best ways to ensure maintenance costs are kept to a minimum is to buy correctly at the very beginning of your investment journey. “Buying a low maintenance property means that deterioration will be...
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Concern for potential impact of buy-to-let regulation

Tenant referencing and eviction firm Landlord Assist, is concerned at plans to regulate part of the buy-to-let mortgage market at a time when there is a desperate need for more rental accommodation to satisfy growing demand. As part of the Government’s plans to adhere to the European Mortgage...
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