On the back of such an uncertain period for many people, it’s vital for lenders to establish a real understanding of how people view their homes (whether rented or owned), how/why any views may have shifted and how people have adapted. Not to mention, future property objectives and their perceptions of the current mortgage market.
Many questions have been asked of employed and self-employed people over the course of the pandemic and, as a lender and as an industry, we are constantly evaluating how to better service their borrowing needs.
The return to studying without Covid restrictions represents great news for students and landlords alike as towns with large student populations have long proved attractive investment opportunities, as shown by our continued landlord interest in mortgages for HMOs.
The buy to let sector has experienced many ups and downs over the years but it has always come out the other end stronger.
As one of the first specialist lenders to launch a green mortgage offering, our ongoing aim is to help a variety of borrowers to benefit from energy-efficient properties, and positive and feedback from our intermediary partners suggests that a growing number of landlords, homeowners and potential homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious when it comes to their homes and investments.
For portfolio landlords, the quest to maximise yield (price versus income) is a constant one, and several UK regions are currently fitting this agenda.
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The importance attached to the advice process in sourcing appropriate and responsible solutions to combat the challenges of homebuying has never been more apparent, yet some potential borrowers continue to go it alone.
It will come as little surprise that the effects of the last 18 months are now resulting in rising demand for flexible underwriting for complex income residential cases; and this is true for both employed and self employed borrowers.
As a lender, we are always striving to assess landlord profiles, what they are looking for from a lender, what a ‘typical’ portfolio might look like and how various landlords are reacting to current market conditions.
Every quarter, in conjunction with BVA BDRC, we ask around 900 landlords for their insight on every aspect of the buy to let market, including portfolio sizes, borrowing intentions and view of the current markets.
I’m sure we can all appreciate the highs and lows experienced across the self-employed community over the past 12 months and some of the existing shortfalls when it comes to their mortgage requirements.
Green mortgage options are expected to be a growing option for landlords and owner-occupiers over this next decade and we are pleased to be among the trail blazers with our ‘Green Reward’ remortgages.
With the majority of 2020 and the early part of 2021 having a significant impact on many individuals’ income and financial situations, we anticipate that the self-employed particularly will require specialist residential finance going forward, whose propensity for complex income structures often throws them out of mainstream lending criteria.
With the majority of 2020 and the early part of 2021 having a significant impact on many individuals’ income and financial situations, we anticipate that an increased number of cases will require specialist residential finance going forward.
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It’s testament to the UK’s continued appetite for homeownership, government intervention and sustained commitment from lenders that we're in this quite remarkable position at the end of 2020.
The residential lending landscape has changed immeasurably, particularly in the specialist sector.