Buy to Let Mortgage Criteria Getting Smarter, Slowly

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com welcomes some more sensible lending from a few high street banks and building societies in the buy to let mortgage space. About time too. Buy to Let Mortgage Criteria Getting Smarter, Slowly From time to time I have commented on the “Computer Says No” attitude of the big high street banks and nearly all the building societies when it comes to […]

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Applying on a Buy to Let Mortgage for a House you Intend to Live In

David Lawrenson of LettingFocus.com explains why more borrowers will try to “game” mortgage lenders by applying on buy to let mortgages for loans on properties that they intend to live in themselves. One of the likely outcomes of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR), which now applies to all residential loans, is that getting a mortgage for residential mortgages might prove […]

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Why New Build Buy to Let Loans Went Wrong for the UK’s Mortgage Lenders

In this article, private rented sector consultant David Lawrenson of LettingFocus goes down memory lane to look at how and why lenders made a mess of buy to let loans for new build stock. Newbies in residential property investment may wonder why there is a lack of lender appetite to lend on new build flats. Some lenders will not lend […]

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When is a Tracker Mortgage Not Really a Tracker Mortgage and How More Lenders Are Giving Themselves Get-Out Clauses

David Lawrenson of private rent consultants, LettingFocus.com explains how mortgage lenders have now set up get out clauses within their tracker mortgage deals which are so wide that the industry could eventually be forced to stop marketing them as tracker deals. He also predicts that the Bank of Ireland “rate hike” case will result in a victory for those landlords […]

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Bank of Ireland Mortgage Move Destroys Trust

David Lawrenson of www.LettingFocus.com says the move to hike rates on some Bristol and West Tracker Mortgages looks wrong – and destroys confidence in all lenders. When I speak to people who want to sell services to private landlords (which includes organisations like local authorities and housing associations that desperately need private rented sector landlords to make their houses available […]

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