Is it really worth the drama of owning a BTL and having 20% returns over 3 years when the Stock Exchange in my pension is Tax free and has higher returns?
Or the drama of searching for a property, conveyancing paperwork, Stamp Duty penalty, touch-up renovations, eye balling for a good tenant, regular maintenance, annual HMRC tax returns, the risk of rent arrears, re-mortgaging paperwork, Capital Gains Tax, the risk of tenants trashing up the place, dealing with lazy Estate Agents, dealing with calls from Estate Agent to approve repairs etc.
The obvious points you are missing is leverage and to a lesser extent downside risk, put simply –
Property can be a lonely road to travel, unless you happen to work with a partner. You’re investing big chunks of money and like any solo business, it’s easy to lose your ability to be objective.
Everyone is an armchair ‘expert’ and if you mention ‘property’ in any groups of people you’ll get lots of advice, most of it negative. If you attend property networking groups at least you’re with like-minded people, but to trust other people’s advice you need time to get to know each other and learn about their background and experience.
What do you do when you need advice?
Support is critical - a trusted forum where you know that people don’t have another agenda and are genuinely interested in giving (and getting) support in their property journey.
The kind of support you need changes as you move along your property journey and that’s why I’ve created a number of options for property investors.
I am currently living in the Middle East, but have two properties in the UK, both are mortgage-free. The value of each is approximately £250k and both are rented out to long-term tenants.
I want to start increasing my BTL portfolio size via the Buy, Refurb, Refinance method. Work will be done and managed by experienced family based in the UK.
Because you have family based in the UK, the Cross Collateral bridging option mentioned becomes a possibility.
The choice of leveraging the equity in your current property is a choice between
If you feel that you are continually going to be having the money raised invested...
Here we are at the start of another year; did you achieve what you wanted to last year?
My review of 2021 from a property investor’s perspective is here.
If you didn’t do what you set out to do have you reviewed what didn’t work, what did you miss doing, were there things that you couldn’t do or didn’t do? The seeds of the future are usually in the past, so it’s worth reviewing what did and didn’t work - and what changed your original plans.
I’m not suggesting that your plans shouldn’t have changed, after all, plans made in January 2020 were pretty much blown out of the water - or had to be radically revised - due to unforeseen circumstances. Things change and plans should not be set in stone, but not having plans means that often nothing gets done.
So here are my top 5 questions to ask yourself as you’re putting your plans in place for 2022:
What was in your plan, but didn’t get done? And why?
Do all lenders require a personal guarantee (PG) for a 70% LTV bringing loan? If so, is there any way to do a bridging loan without a PG (i.e. by reducing the LTV to less than 50% for example?)
Pretty much any lender lending to a limited company, rather than a person, wants a PG. This protects the lender from the shareholders winding up the limited company overnight (as they can well do) and risking any potential losses not being made good.
Borrow in your personal name and PGs are not required because the lender can just come after you for any shortfall. They cannot do this if the entity that borrowed the money doesn’t exist any longer. A PG just means that you are the lender’s failsafe if the company can’t or won’t pay up - no more, no less.
Any kind of business loan, including mortgages, lent to limited companies have PGs at their core, but mortgages are massively less risky for a bank to lend on.
Banks rarely lend more than 75% of the...
Rent-to-Rent is a great way to get into property without having a big lump of cash to invest. But it is time-consuming as you’re operating as the landlord, with all the responsibilities for maintenance, finding and monitoring tenants, etc. - you have to work hard to make a profit.
Given that most rent-to-rent properties belong to owners who simply can’t be bothered to look after them, they’re often open to selling if it’s worth their while.
If your rent-to-rent is coming to the end of your contract and you think the landlord may be interested if you make an offer, but you haven’t got a big enough deposit yet, does that mean you have to just carry on with rent-to-rent until you’ve built up your nest-egg?
Breaking the barriers
The first barrier is finding a lender willing to give you a mortgage to buy the property.
The second barrier is finding a way around the deposit challenge if you don’t have enough to put 25% down....
Could I get a normal BTL mortgage on a property and use it as a holiday let or is that super naughty?!!
If you read the T&Cs that pretty much all standard BTL lenders issue, you’ll find these conditions within them
1. The minimum rental term permitted is 6 months
2. The maximum rental term permitted is 12 months
3. The only permitted rental contract is an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST)
Doing as you propose breaches 1 & 3.
The lender may not catch you doing this, but if/when they do, you have given them grounds to call in the mortgage. You will receive a Cease & Desist letter ordering you to revert to AST renting or face repossession if you don’t. This will be investigated to ensure you have complied.
As Clint Eastwood memorably said "so, do you feel lucky?"
You may conclude it is a safer bet to get a mortgage without the above conditions and there are a few lenders who specialise in this kind of mortgage....
Some investors who have a healthy bank account wonder if it’s best to use the cash on a property investment or to keep it for a ‘rainy day’ and apply for a mortgage for their next property purchase. It’s a dilemma; buying cash
There are definitely advantages to buying cash:
With 10 years in the BTL business I’ve a number of properties bought jointly with my wife. I now want to get into flipping properties (buying, renovating and selling for profit). Here are my questions:
That's a fair list of questions; let’s have a crack at them -
What do I mean by this term? One-eyed borrowers are those who focus on one aspect of a mortgage to the exclusion of the rest of the deal. For most borrowers this single-focus is on the arrangement fee or the rate of interest.
As far as the lender is concerned fee focused borrowers don’t pay much attention to the interest rate they are being charged. Lenders love this one eyed borrower because they know they can hook them with a product which drops the fee down low, or even make a zero fee product.
The thing lenders love best is that it doesn’t even cost them anything to do this, they just jack up the interest rate to make exactly the same as they make on their low rate/high fee products - give with one hand, take with the other.
However, there are also one eyed rate borrowers who are so focused on getting a really low interest rate they don’t pay much attention to the arrangement fee they are...