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Buy-to-let sector escapes summer slowdown

Buy-to-let sector escapes summer slowdown

Buy-to-let was the only market section not to shrink in July, according to the latest Housing Market Activity Report by Connells Survey & Valuation. Residential valuations fell by 13 per cent compared with June,...




BTL valuations climb in July – Connells

BTL valuations climb in July – Connells

Buy-to-let was the only sector of the market to grow in July with buy-to-let valuations seeing annual growth of 31%. The research by Connells found that buy-to-let valuations comprised 14% of its business, up...




Property investors should look North

Property investors should look North

Although high street lenders are restricting their buy-to-let offers and criteria, the market is still looking like a good option for many property investors. With low interest rates and fairly good property prices, there...




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...