A Buy to Let property (sometimes referred to as ‘buy to rent’ or ‘BTL’) is a type of property investment, in which the investor becomes a landlord and rents out the property. A Buy to Let mortgage is a loan secured against one of these properties.
There’s a lot to think about before jumping into this type of investment. Whether you’re a first-time buyer of a Buy to Let home, we can assist you with the information you need to make the right choice.
A Buy to Let mortgage differs from a residential mortgage in that it is largely assessed on the property’s profitability, i.e. how much rent it can generate vs. the cost of the mortgage – rather than on your own personal financial circumstances.
Many Buy to Let lenders will require you to have a minimum salary, typically £20,000 or £25,000.
Once approved, your Buy to Let mortgage enables you to rent out the property to tenants, whereas you cannot do this with a residential mortgage.
Other differences include:
A first-time buyer can take out a mortgage on a buy-to-let property but there are very few lenders available that offer these kinds of niche products, consulting a mortgage broker like us will help you find the best products available.
Your buy-to-let mortgage broker will provide you with a free initial consultation with no commitment to continue, but if you do decide to progress, they will walk you through the application process from there, starting with finding the right lender.
Your broker might suggest applying for a buy-to-let mortgage in principle. This is an initial agreement with the lender, during which they will establish how much you can theoretically borrow and under what terms and conditions. Further credit checks and underwriting must take place before you can progress with a full application.
You’ll need to find a buy-to-let mortgage lender with no minimum income requirements where personal earnings are concerned. These lenders are often flexible and base the agreement entirely on the property’s projected rental income.
The help of a specialist mortgage broker who knows the market inside out and has deep relationships with the kind of niche lenders you’d need is highly recommended.
You may be interested in keeping your current home and transforming it into a property to let – a process sometimes referred to as Let to Buy.
One option is to ask your current lender for their consent to let the property out, which might involve a fee or switching your mortgage to a higher rate – not all lenders will allow this.
Alternatively, you can remortgage to a new lender on a Buy to Let deal. If you plan to stay with your current lender, you must inform them that you intend to let your home – failure to do so could be classed as a breach of contract.
Looking for advice or information about buy-to-let mortgages? A broker who specialises in rental property finance can answer all of your questions and help you achieve your goals.
Not all buy-to-let mortgages are the same – if you want to get the best deal, you’ll need to speak to the right specialist for your needs and circumstances at Three Shires Financial Group.
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