Category: Property Industry News

Scottish rental market is attractive to overseas investors

Scottish rental market is attractive to overseas investors

High occupancy rates and lower than average house prices is making the Scottish property market particularly lucrative. Property investment experts have said that Scotland’s rental property sector is ‘recession proof’ which is attracting a...




Buy to let mortgage market at war as companies drop rates

Buy to let mortgage market at war as companies drop rates

Building societies across the UK are increasing competition within the buy-to-let mortgage market after a number of companies dropped their rate levels. Leeds Building Society has become the most recent to reduce its rate,...




Rental arrears don’t have to be terminal for landlords

Rental arrears don’t have to be terminal for landlords

As any brokers who specialise in buy-to-let know, tenant arrears can be a financial fly in the ointment for landlords. At best, they hinder a landlord’s cash flow in the short-term. At worst, they...




Buy-to-let isn’t undermining FTBs

Buy-to-let isn’t undermining FTBs

Peter Williams, executive director of IMLA, chairman of Acadametrics and director of Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, argues the case for buy-to-let and first-time buyers.




All landlords must do their homework

All landlords must do their homework

The buy-to-let market … is a sector which can often catch out some of the more amateur landlords and that it requires a professional approach to really maximise investments and rental yields. Recently the...




ARLA survey reveals new generation of ‘rooted renters’ in 2012

ARLA survey reveals new generation of ‘rooted renters’ in 2012

Tenants are staying longer and their rental requirements are changing, according to new research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). The average length of tenancy in the UK has now increased to...




Rental homes set to be subject to council tax as soon as they fall empty

Rental homes set to be subject to council tax as soon as they fall empty

New plans to give local authorities power to charge council tax on homes as soon as they become empty could hit sellers and landlords hard – and give letting agents a mammoth administrative headache. At...




Rock-bottom rates, rising rents and sliding house prices spur new buy-to-let boom

Rock-bottom rates, rising rents and sliding house prices spur new buy-to-let boom

Rock-bottom interest rates, soaring rents and sliding house prices are encouraging more would-be investors to consider a buy-to-let property. A slew of cut-price mortgage deals is tempting many to take the plunge into the...




UK Buy to Let Boom continues despite falling affordability

UK Buy to Let Boom continues despite falling affordability

The latest news on the UK buy to let sceneshows that landlords are still confident and planning to expand their portfolios, but does indicate cracks beginning to appear in the central London rental market....




Landlords pick buy-to-let in order to grow portfolios

Landlords pick buy-to-let in order to grow portfolios

Landlords are increasingly turning to buy-to-let mortgages in order to grow their property portfolios, according to the Paragon Mortgages quarterly FACT survey. Intermediaries have reported a rise in the number of landlord clients applying...