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  • loanarranger
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    What goes up Can come down

    An interesting article has appeared today in a Finance Trade publication which may be of interest.


    Prices almost flat in June: Nationwide

    Average house prices across the UK were almost flat in June with an increase of just 0.5 per cent on last year to £216,515, while London saw another decline, Nationwide Building Society’s latest index has shown.

    Prices in the capital were down by 0.7 per cent to £465,722 for the three months to June compared to the same period last year, which was below the previous quarter’s annual fall of 3.8 per cent.

    But Nationwide points out that London prices are still only around 5 per cent below the all-time highs recorded in 2017 and about 50 per cent above their 2007 levels, while UK prices are 17 per cent higher over the same period.

    Northern Ireland posted the strongest performance this quarter with an annual increase of 5.2 per cent, bringing average prices to £143,343.
    In Wales prices rose by 4.2 per cent to £160,407 and in Yorkshire and the Humber prices were up 3 per cent to £158,780.
    Nationwide chief economist Robert Gardner says it was the seventh consecutive month in which UK annual house price growth remained below 1 per cent.

    He says: “Survey data suggests that new buyer enquiries and consumer confidence have remained subdued in recent months. “Nevertheless, indicators of housing market activity, such as the number of mortgages approved for house purchase, have remained broadly stable.”

    He adds: “While healthy labour market conditions and low borrowing costs will provide underlying support, uncertainty is likely to continue to act as a drag on sentiment and activity, with price growth and transaction levels remaining close to current levels over the coming months.”

    Garrington Property Finders managing director Jonathan Hopper says: “London’s market is turning into a supernova. After years of burning with stellar brightness, its slowdown is now exerting a gravitational force on the national average.
    “That gravity has even turned the South East’s markets inside out – with the outer London boroughs and the commuter belt now suffering the sharpest price falls while central London values settle.”

    But he says the price correction is prompting increasing numbers of buyers to take the plunge, providing a boost to activity.
    He adds: “From a price point of view, the national picture is getting more polarised, not less.
    “In the weakest markets we’re seeing homes change hands for as much as 30 per cent below guide price, while in the hottest areas, premiums being paid over guide price are not unusual for the most sought-after homes.
    “In the Southeast, what sellers there are tend to be those who have no choice but to put their home on the market – and as a result many are having to recalibrate asking prices or accept low offers.”

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  • loanarranger
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    Thanks JP.

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  • jpkeates
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    Originally posted by loanarranger View Post
    Thanks for the responses which seem to be well read but seldom commented on.
    It's essential reading, but there's rarely much to say in response.

    Thanks for the updates, they're a great source of knowledge.


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  • loanarranger
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    I agree that if the rate is fair for you and the reversionary rate etc are good then certainly that should be what is needed to go ahead.

    Thanks for the responses which seem to be well read but seldom commented on.

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  • jpkeates
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    I'm seriously considering bringing forward an equity release mortgage I'd planned for 2020.
    The deals are good and I can't see them being able to improve much further.

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  • loanarranger
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    Such questions are indeed asked when meeting the Regional Managers but one seldom gets the truth.
    Having been a lender for over 50 years one is always conscious of having to give the impression that business is indeed good and not to communicate any negatives, that is particularly pertinent to representing PLC’s where any admission of low business levels could have a negative effect on the share price even though every quarter provisional results are released in briefing notes to City Institutions.
    i concur with your final paragraph , where lenders have an above SVR and do not offer loyalty switch options they have to rely on originating higher levels of new business , but just like a bag of sand with a hole at the bottom , the loss of sand gradually becomes greater than the level of sand being topped up.

    i foresee an interesting six months to the end of 2019.

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  • boletus
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    Originally posted by loanarranger View Post
    one must assume that this move coupled with the increase in calls to its appointed brokers suggests that there is a significant push to increase their respective share of new / Remortgage business is available.
    Can't you just ask them rather than assuming? Their annual reports will show it anyway so its hardly confidential information.
    My assumption would be they are simply fighting to maintain the existing business levels they have.

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  • loanarranger
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    Over the past month lenders have gone against the trend in market rates by reducing Fixed Rates on Buy to Let including niche lending sectors like HMO’s and Limited Companies, one must assume that this move coupled with the increase in calls to its appointed brokers suggests that there is a significant push to increase their respective share of new / Remortgage business is available. If anyone is contemplating making a purchase or seeking refinance then I would strongly suggest you speak with your mortgage advisor.

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  • loanarranger
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    An interesting article appeared in the Trade Press using data from Property Solvers , for those Forum readers with property in London & South East this confirms what we have experienced on mortgage valuations irrespective of whether it is a Home Owner or Buy to Let application.

    South East houses largest disparity between asking and selling price

    The South of East of England is where the biggest discrepancies between asking and selling prices lie, according to data collected by Property Solvers.

    Within the region, South West London has the largest difference, at £85,142. This is followed by North West London at £80,299, and West London at £59,192.

    Property Solvers points out that the only area in the top 20 of this list is Inverness, in Scotland, which has an average gap of £18,860.

    Scotland is where the three narrowest disparities are: Perth, at £1,930, then Kilmarnock at £2,256, followed by Motherwell at £2,653.

    The data was collected from 89,582 property transactions between June 2018 and June 2019.

    Property Solvers co-founder Ruban Selvanayagam says: “Whilst it is logical to expect a bit of wiggle room, it is increasingly evident that something is amiss in the marketplace and properties are getting overpriced at the marketing stage.

    “It is common knowledge in the industry that estate agents frequently provide prospective home sellers with an over-hyped valuation to win instructions.

    “In many cases, this leads to homes lingering on the market for much longer than they should.”

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  • loanarranger
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    Lenders are adjusting rates in an attempt to stimulate increased volumes

    I have noticed that in the last 7 days a number of main stream lenders announcing cuts to BtL mortgage rates and some instances the amount of fees being levied, this supports my understanding that the volumes of new BtL applications have continued to fall and those affected are seeking to gain advantages to stimulate new business . Nat West, Paragon, TMW are amongst the leaders making such announcements.

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  • Gordon999
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    Also after the banking crisis in 2008 , some property home owners could not find buyers and to avoid selling at a loss, became BTL owners.

    Since property prices have now recovered during past 10 years under low interest rates , most of those BTL owners are now able to exit with a profit.

    Since loan interest is no longer allowable as an expense against rental income for owners on higher tax rates , some owners will decide to quit the rental business.

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  • loanarranger
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    An article which has appeared in Mortgage Strategy

    Buy-to-let purchases drop 8% as tax changes bite: UK Finance


    The number of buy-to-let mortgages used for purchasing new properties fell by nearly 8 per cent in February compared to the same month last year, according to the latest UK Finance figures.

    The trade body says that only 4,800 BTL purchase loans completed, compared to 5,200 in February 2018.

    The value of these mortgages for landlords was £600m, down slightly from £700m a year earlier.

    UK Finance says that “while BTL house purchases continue to contract due to tax and regulatory changes, BTL remortgaging has increased as borrowers move from fixed rate mortgages and lock into new attractive rates”.

    Its figures show that 14,400 BTL remortgages completed in February, up 2 per cent from 14,100 in the same month last year.

    The value of BTL remortgages was £2.3bn, up from £2.2bn a year earlier.

    The number of mortgages for first-time buyers rose by 4 per cent year on year to 24,880 while the value of these loans rose by 6 per cent to £4bn.

    There were 18,200 new remortgages with additional borrowing in February 2019, 10 per cent more than in the same month in 2018.

    For these remortgages, the average amount taken out in February was £52,000.

    There were 18,360 remortgages for borrowers who did not want to increase their loan size, a rise of nearly 8 per cent on the same month last year.

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  • loanarranger
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    AirbnB
    An excellent communication has been sent to intermediaries by Paragon Bank in respect of Air Bn B and clarifies some of the possible misconceptions over their funding.

    "Hosts have been welcoming guests into their homes via Airbnb since 2008 and the impact on the UK economy is growing. Last year, for example, Airbnb listings reached 168,000 in the UK and generated an estimated £3.46 billion boost to the economy from a combination of extra income for host households and increased visitor spending in local communities.1

    While Airbnb has the potential to take a landlord’s rental business in a new and exciting direction, there’s often initial confusion amongst would-be hosts about whether their existing mortgage covers this type of short term letting.

    Here, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions on Airbnb mortgages to help landlords get to grips with the facts. Can landlords use a standard buy-to-let mortgage to finance an Airbnb property?

    Landlords should always check with their lender before becoming an Airbnb host to make sure this is allowed under their mortgage conditions. Each lender offers a range of different mortgage products and not all products will allow customers to rent out their property on Airbnb.

    At Paragon, landlords who want to let out a property on Airbnb will need to apply for a holiday let mortgage.

    Paragon introduced holiday let mortgages into the product range in November 2018.

    Importantly, when a landlord applies for a holiday let mortgage with Paragon, they don’t specifically have to say that they are intending to use Airbnb but they should have checked first that Airbnb hosting is allowed by their local authority and, if relevant, their freehold agreement.

    If a landlord has a buy-to-let mortgage or a residential mortgage with another provider, they should also check their mortgage conditions to see if Airbnb letting is allowed. If they’re in any doubt, give the lender a call and ask them to clarify the situation. Likewise, if they’re searching for a new mortgage product, they should confirm their intentions for the property and clarify whether Airbnb lets are accepted. What type of information will mortgage lenders want to know?

    Again, this will depend on the lender.

    At Paragon, for example, we’ll want to check the proposed property is a single, self-contained unit and that it will be let under an approved holiday occupancy agreement for a maximum period of one month at a time.

    We’ll also want to consider mortgage affordability. One way that landlords can demonstrate affordability is through holiday rental income. However, at Paragon, we’ll also want to know that the mortgage would be affordable if the tenancy was let on a standard Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST). If Airbnb doesn’t work out, can landlords convert their mortgage back to a standard buy-to-let property?

    Airbnb won’t work out in every case. Higher cleaning and support costs or more frequent voids may mean the economics are not attractive in practice. If this happens, some lenders, including Paragon, allow landlords to revert to letting on a more standard AST.

    As Paragon mortgages are only available via Intermediaries I would suggest you make contact with your advisor for more information on their Holiday Buy to Let loans and other offerings within the market.

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  • loanarranger
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    An article appeared in a Trade publication highlighting the increase in First time Homebuyers whilst Buy to Let loans decline

    The number of loans given to borrowers taking their first step on the ladder increased 5.8 per cent year on year, making up £6bn of new lending – a 9.1 per cent increase.

    At the same time, new buy-to-let mortgages dropped nine per cent year on year to 6,100.

    The deals were worth £0.8bn of lending, down 9.1 per cent.

    However, there were 15,000 buy-to-let remortgages – an increase of 9.5 per cent year on year – and worth £2.4bn, an increase of 9.1 per cent.

    There were 36,200 homemover mortgages in the month, an increase of 1.1 per cent from a year earlier.

    The group accounted for £7.8bn of new lending, up four per cent year on year.

    The number of remortgages in November increased by 1.3 per cent from 2017, but the £6.8bn of lending was flat.

    Meanwhile, homeowner remortgaging activity has steadied, after reaching its highest level in a decade the previous month as a large number of fixed-rate deals came to an end.

    “In the buy-to-let market new home purchases remain subdued, while remortgaging continues to grow as landlords lock into attractive rates.”

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  • loanarranger
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    BM Solutions have announced their intention to increase the minimum property value from £40000 to £50000. Not a big deal but worth considering for those properties located in areas where such properties can be purchased at such low prices.

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