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BTL, loft conversion and the 6 month ‘rule’

THE QUESTION

I am looking to buy a decently priced (BMV) house which also has a value add opportunity to convert the loft to raise the value a bit more. My mortgage advisor says I cannot get a BTL mortgage until I've owned the property for 6 months, but I'm hoping to purchase it in August-September via bridging, get the loft converted in October, and be ready to refinance at the highest value...

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When to say ‘No’

buy to let Feb 10, 2022

THE QUESTION

I’ve had an offer on a flat/bedsit accepted. The estate agents floor plan shows the total floor space as 26.8m2.  Will this be a problem when I apply for a BTL mortgage? Am I right in thinking lenders have a minimum 30m2 minimum figure?

The other option is to decorate throughout and sell it on.  Are residential mortgages easier to acquire on flats this size making...

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Fee or free? - The best approach to BTL mortgages

buy to let Aug 10, 2021

THE QUESTION

I’m in the market for a buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage, should I use a free mortgage broker (who gets commission from the lender only), or a broker that charges a fee?

THE ANSWER

If you take a balanced view, whether a broker chooses to charge a fee or not is not the main decisive factor in whether they are any good or not. The decision to charge a fee, or not to, will be driven by...

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How equity is calculated to raise finance

buy to let Apr 09, 2021

THE QUESTION

I have a BTL property that is worth £325k and has a mortgage of £227k. I was recently trying to raise finance to purchase another property and wanted to see if I could release some equity from this BTL to raise the equity.  

My lender asked me how much rent I charge (£1150 pcm) and said I wasn’t able to get any equity.  I asked how much the rent...

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Finance for a Buy-to-Let deposit

buy to let Mar 10, 2021

THE QUESTION

Can you use a business bank loan as mortgage deposit on a BTL purchase?

THE ANSWER

It’s a simple question that invokes a less than simple answer. The key issue is transparency between borrower and lender. If you engage in any type of misrepresentation of the true source of the deposit and you will stray into the area of mortgage fraud. This can be defined as follows:

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How to fast track your BTL portfolio

buy to let Feb 10, 2021

 THE QUESTION

My husband and I own our own property and now we would like to purchase a buy to let property in the area we live.  We would like to purchase more properties in future, maybe between 5-10. 

Is there a way to fund your next property using the first one you’ve purchased or is it best to wait until you have the deposit for a second? 

THE ANSWER

You face the...

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Getting Off The Starting Blocks in Property Investment

buy to let Nov 10, 2020

THE QUESTION

I've had three very different opinions from three brokers on a First-Time-Buyer-First-Time-Landlord BTL mortgage.  I've got JV experience (through a Ltd Company), I don't have a mortgaged property (I rent at present), I’m recently divorced and have a smallish cash pot.

I can't afford to buy where I live, but this is where my kids go to school, so I want to stay...

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Limited Company mortgages and personal guarantees

buy to let Oct 10, 2020

THE QUESTION

Are there lenders who do not require a personal guarantee on limited company mortgages?

THE ANSWER

Look at it from the lenders point of view.  You, as the shareholder and the owner of your company, can decide to shut your company down overnight.  There is nothing the lender can do to stop you.  That potentially weakens their security.  If you stop making the...

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Faster, faster

buy to let Jun 20, 2019

Property investment takes time. 

If you put down a 25% deposit and get a buy-to-let mortgage for the rest that’s the first step.  Then you probably need to do some work on the property to improve it and wait until you’ve owned it for six months.  Only then can you apply to refinance it with a different lender and get a proportion of your money back out.

What’s...

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Flats in concrete high-rise blocks

buy to let Feb 20, 2019

THE QUESTION

Has anyone managed to get a mortgage on an ex- local council concrete-built block?   I own a flat in one of these in London and I managed to get a mortgage when first purchased, but I am now struggling to remortgage it. 

THE ANSWER

Historically, lenders have had issues with lending on high rise ex-council concrete blocks.  It is less about which floor the actual...

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