If you’re following the Buy - Refurb - Resell or Refinance strategy you are likely to come up against the so-called ‘6-month rule’. There is some confusion about what exactly this ‘rule is.
In truth there’s no such rule - it’s simply a practice that some lenders have adopted. The problem it creates is that those lenders will require you to have owned a property for six months before they will consider a remortgage - or, if you’re selling it, will be willing to offer a mortgage to your buyer.
If you’re doing a refurb with a view to refinancing onto a BTL mortgage then the simple solution is to get bridging finance for the first six months to cover the period of refurb and then refinance. However, it gets tougher when you’re planning to sell the property quickly.
Does this mean that you can’t sell it?
Not at all.
If you’re selling to investors or landlords, it’s less of a problem as they...
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 –
I've seen a house with knotweed which is 8 metres from the house and is level 3. Do mortgage providers lend on properties with knotweed? If not, could I get a bridging loan, excavate the knotweed and refurb the house then refinance?
Several issues here, so let’s deal with them
We have an option to buy a commercial property for £200k, which is it’s current worth. During the lease period, we plan to enhance the building to double it’s worth to £400k.
If we exercise the option and proceed to completion. The vendor wants his £200k and that's what will be recorded on the Land Registry as the sale price, but we want to borrow against the £400k value.
There are two issues here:
Is this possible:
Question is, does this work? Can I use BTL mortgages for this or do I have to use bridging finance? Can I refinance BTL mortgages in this price range? Will there be limits to what I will be able to pull out of the re-mortgage bit. (This is all assuming I take zero out of the company)
Your intention is sound, but your strategy to achieve it is a bit off beam. I know something about this, because I have been teaching investors how to achieve exactly this outcome, and a lot more, since 2013. Here is how to refine it to make it more achievable.
I have a deal on a plot of land for £30k and GDV will be £410-420k, build cost will be £150k, my profit will be about £240k.
I have paid the planning consultant to check the plans and he is confident that we will get planning. The owner of the land won’t get a lawyer to sign an option agreement; he only wants to give us word of mouth.
I have told him we both need a solicitor to do an option agreement, that after we get planning approval, he will only charge us £30k for the land. We have invested almost £500 on the deal so far and we’re not sure what to do, do we walk away?
If we get planning but have no option agreement, he can change the price on us or back out without any paperwork.
Developers use a lock out option contract to tie the seller in for a period (usually 12 months, but can be longer) so they have time to apply for planning. If they get it, they exercise the option and buy the property...
I've sourced a 20% BMV deal and am wondering if it’s possible to get an interest only mortgage for the purchase taking into account 80% loan-to-value, so I can purchase with a smaller deposit?
You are on a loser if you want to get a mortgage lender to lend against value and ignore the purchase price - at the point of purchase they never do. It is always the LOWER of purchase price or value.
However, some, but not all, bridgers will lend against the value and sometimes up to 75%, but it is often not quite as simple as that.
One key factor is whether the property is or has been marketed by an agent or not. Using the example of you think the true current value is £100k but you have negotiated to buy it for £80k. If it has not been marketed a bridgers valuer may (but there’s no guarantee) value it at £100k.
However, if it has been marketed and say the asking price was £85k, then valuers would override your idea its worth...
Unmortgageable properties represent a gold mine of opportunities! But before you jump in you need to understand why they are unmortgageable and which ones have profit hidden in them – and the deals to avoid.
Unmortgageable properties are valuable because:
The vast majority of property investors are mortgage-dependent and when a property can’t be mortgaged they walk away. This leaves the field clear for the few investors that have the knowledge of how to buy this type of property.
Better still, not only do mortgage-dependent investors walk away from unmortgageable properties, they often don’t even spot them; they’re not on their radar.
The owners of an unmortgageable property are usually aware that it’s unmortgageable. Often this is because they’ve lost...
A prominent member of the community has said that you can buy a property below market value (BMV) e.g. 25% BMV £150k, MV £200k) using a BTL mortgage and then remortgage six months later at MV £200k – realising the 25% difference £37.5k.
You can then use that £37.5k as a deposit for the next deal etc.
Is it actually possible to remortgage after six months at the true MV and not the actual purchase price?
The question here is not ‘can you …’, but what you are risking if you do.
With their current lending criteria, no mortgage lender is going to give you a mortgage if you are transparent about your intent to redeem within a matter of months. That covers both selling and refinancing.
That applies regardless of whether you are happy to pay any redemption penalty applicable.
Does it happen? Without doubt it does. There are many investors who see being 'economical with the truth' on their...
For most people property deals require a substantial wad of cash to get into the game, but that isn’t always the case.
Typically a mortgage requires 25% down – and that’s before you start doing the refurb. Then there are the properties that are basically sound, but aren’t in good enough condition to live in – and which no mortgage lender will even consider.
Properties that need a serious facelift are unmortgageable – but they also offer the investor an excellent deal. Once the work is done they’re worth much, much more than the purchase price and the return on investment can be substantial – but without that essential cash they tend to be the preserve of cash buyers.
However, there are ways around this challenge – and they’re legal and are very profitable for the investor.
Two of my clients came to me for help with very different outcomes.
The first client –...