BTL surge set to continue

Sam Cordon

August 15, 2013

Of those intermediaries who took part in the quarterly confidence tracking survey, 18% expect to do up to 10% more buy-to-let mortgage business. There were no respondents expecting to do less.

John Heron, director of mortgages, said: “There has clearly been a surge in buy-to-let activity just as we have seen in the wider mortgage market. The primary driver for this growth would appear to be strong rental demand which should ensure a sustainable future for buy-to-let.”

The majority of intermediaries surveyed, 81%, said they would describe the current level of landlord demand as strong or stable. Just 10% said in their view demand was weak.

Of the total mortgage business completed by intermediaries in the second quarter, 22% was buy-to-let, 36% residential remortgages, 23% next-time buyers and 18% from first-time buyers.

On average intermediaries expect to do 5% more mortgage business in the third quarter then they did in quarter two.

In 76% of cases in quarter two, the most popular mortgage products by interest rate were fixed rates products followed by trackers at 20%, the least popular, in the 3% of cases, were standard variable rates.

Intermediaries were asked for their views on what factors they thought would be most important for the prospects of the private rented sector in the next 12 months.

Two thirds, 70%, said rental demand, 67% said interest rates and 66% said buy-to-let mortgage availability.

Heron added: “The fact that so many advised sales are for fixed rates would also suggest a continuing caution about the prospect of rate increases.”

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