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  • Diary of a Landlord: Evicting my non-paying tenant

    BTL landlord and MFB Sales Director Jeni Browne spent just over a year trying to evict her non-paying tenant from her buy to let property. In her latest blog, she reflects on the process and discusses the importance of Section 21 for landlords.

  • Should you choose a tracker or a fixed rate?

    With the Bank of England Base Rate (BBR) expected to fall over the next year, many landlords are considering a tracker rate over a fixed. What are the benefits and drawbacks of tracker rates, and are they the most cost-effective?

  • Acceptable Deposits for Limited Company Buy to Let Mortgages

    Ensuring your deposit source is acceptable to your chosen lender is a vital part of the mortgage application process, as getting it wrong can cause severe delays later down the line. Which deposit sources are most widely accepted by Limited Company buy to let lenders?

  • Seven Easy Steps to Simplify Your Home Buying Process

    As mortgage interest rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for your next home purchase. Below, we’ve put together seven easy steps for buying a property in a price-sensitive market.

  • How Housing a Vulnerable Tenant Could Impact Your Mortgage

    It’s important that vulnerable tenants have access to safe, secure, and decent housing that offers them the independence they need. As a landlord, how will letting to a vulnerable tenant impact your property finance?

  • What Are Offset Mortgages?

    For property investors looking to make a saving, an offset mortgage may be a good option. How do these mortgages work, and what are the benefits for you?

  • 9 Top Tips to Speed Up Your Mortgage Application

    Lenders have strict regulations and complex criteria that can make applying for a mortgage difficult and, at times, stressful. Here we provide our nine top tips for ensuring that your buy to let mortgage application runs smoothly and stress-free from the outset.

  • 10 FAQs about incorporating a buy to let portfolio

    Many landlords will have plenty of questions surrounding incorporating their buy to let portfolio and whether it’s the best decision for them. Our latest article answers some of the most common questions we hear to help you decide whether it’s the right property investment plan for you.

  • Bridging Finance for Buy to Let Landlords

    Bridging finance is a versatile tool many property investors use, but buy to let landlords often overlook it. Our latest blog examines what bridging finance actually is, and how you can use it to improve your property portfolio.

  • Remortgage Myths

    In over 30 years, we’ve not met anyone who enjoys applying for a mortgage. However, we find that many of the reasons you might put off doing your remortgage are just myths. So, we will debunk the common misconceptions and show you why it’s easier than you think to secure a new mortgage rate.

  • How to Buy a Business: A Comprehensive Overview

    As the commercial property market begins to pick up the pace, our latest blog details everything you need to know about purchasing a business and commercial owner-occupier property.

  • A Guide to Self-Employed Buy to Let Mortgages

    According to Statista, nearly 4.5 million people in the UK are self-employed, benefiting from the flexible hours and financial rewards that come with this independence. There are some misconceptions, however, that being self-employed can negatively impact your chances of securing a buy to let mortgage.

  • Can you rent to a family member under a buy to let mortgage?

    Purchasing a buy to let property is an excellent way of investing in the housing market. But sometimes, the motive for buying a residential property to let out is not financial gain, but instead a way of supporting family members. In this circumstance, what type of mortgage do you get? Are there different lending criteria? Do you need a higher credit score? Below, we break down what a family buy to let mortgage is, and how you can get one.

  • Income Requirements for LTD Company Buy to Let Mortgages

    Many landlords approach us with questions surrounding lender income requirements on Limited Company mortgage applications. As a common investment type, it’s important to understand what lenders will look for on your application to ensure you secure your property finance.

  • Borrowing Through a New SPV Limited Company

    Many landlords choose to invest through a Limited Company structure as it can offer them a range of benefits. However, one common question we hear is how lenders view newly set up Limited Companies, and whether a lack of trading history will impact applications.

  • Trading Limited Company Buy to Let Investment

    How do Trading Limited Company buy to let mortgage applications differ from Limited Company applications? We examine the benefits and drawbacks of buy to let property investment through your Trading Limited Company to help you make informed investment decisions.

  • What the Breathing Space Scheme Means for Landlords

    The Debt Respite Scheme, which sets out to support people struggling with debts, could have financial implications on your property portfolio. What is Breathing Space, what can you do if you have tenants under the scheme, and what must you be aware of

  • An Introduction to Mortgage Product Transfers

    Personal and income circumstances can change during a mortgage fixed term, and so can the mortgage market, making remortgaging a significant challenge for borrowers. Product transfers, sometimes known as rate switches, are another option available for borrowers. How do you secure a rate switch, and is it always the best thing to do?

  • Holiday Let Mortgages FAQs

    As interest in the holiday let sector continues to grow, we answer the most common questions we hear about holiday lets to help you get started with your next investment.

  • What is HMO Licencing?

    HMO licencing and planning can be complicated, especially if you are unfamiliar with the correct processes. We discuss the basics of what your property needs to be classified as an HMO and how to obtain the correct licencing.

  • Rising Rents Boost 2023 Buy to Let Investment Prospects

    Increasing rents for UK buy to let properties show little sign of stopping. How much have rents increased, what are the latest regional trends landlords need to know and will rents stop rising anytime soon?

  • Not Going Away: Buy to Let EPC Regulation Changes

    Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) requirements for buy to let property will change again as early as 2025. However, more than two years after the first announcement, the Bill still hasn’t passed law. What’s the latest? How are landlords preparing, and what do you need to do?

  • What Will Mortgage Interest Rates Do In 2023?

    As we approach the end of the year, as is the tradition at Mortgages for Business, we wanted to update you on what has happened this year in the mortgage market and offer up some thoughts about what 2023 will hold.

  • HMO Buy to Let Property: Why Every Landlord Needs One

    HMO properties are no longer just for the experienced portfolio landlord. As lenders broaden their criteria, HMOs are becoming a more accessible property investment option, offering many benefits to interested investors.

  • Beneficial Interest Company Trusts: A Word of Warning

    Since the Section 24 income tax relief changes began in 2017, more landlords have started running rental income via Beneficial Interest Company Trusts. While not a new structure, what are they, why are landlords using them, and why should you be cautious?

  • Why Now Is the Time to Consider Mixed-Use Investments

    For landlords looking to boost their portfolios, a mixed-use property investment may be the right choice. Given the current market climate, now is the time to benefit from the higher yields on offer and the opportunities it could bring.

  • Rent-to-Rent: Too Good to be True?

    Rent 2 Rent schemes have gained much attention in the landlord community over the last few years. What is a rent-to-rent arrangement, and are they as straightforward as they seem?

  • How First-Time Buyers Will Benefit from the New First Homes Scheme

    With rents rising for tenants across the UK, saving for a deposit on a home for first-time buyers has become increasingly challenging over the past year. The government’s First Homes Scheme is designed to help people get onto the property ladder and support local communities for years to come.

  • Further Base Rate Increase Likely Amidst Market Uncertainty

    Following a tumultuous couple of weeks in the money markets, the Monetary Policy Committee are meeting again tomorrow to discuss the state of the UK economy. Many experts predict a further increase to the Base Rate to help curb inflation.

  • Landlord Q&A – Autumn 2022

    In our new series, we chat to long-standing landlords to understand what type of investments they own, why they got into the business and their top tips for success. In our second instalment, we chat to Tim about his success in building a substantial portfolio and the challenges of energy-efficient improvements.

  • How to Purchase Your Own Business Property

    When it comes to your own home, most people will tell you that, where possible, buying is better than renting. So why would it be any different for your business premises? Our latest article explains how owning your own commercial premises could be easier than you think.

  • Joint Borrower Sole Proprietor Mortgages

    With house prices at an all-time high and still climbing, many first-time buyers and home-movers are looking for help with mortgage affordability to purchase their dream home. We explain how a Joint Borrower, Sole Proprietor mortgage could help you.

  • Basics of commercial owner-occupier borrowing

    Many entrepreneurs aspire to own the property they run their business from, or to have the opportunity to purchase a trading business with a freehold. For first-time commercial investors, our latest blog talks through the basics of commercial mortgages for owner-occupiers, providing insight into how to secure the right finance for your business.

  • Guide to Becoming a Student Landlord

    As the number of university students continues to increase, so does the demand for student accommodation. With impressive yields on offer, buy to let landlords have the ability to maximise their return on investments by diversifying into this sector.

  • How mortgage lenders assess your credit worthiness

    Understanding the role of Credit agencies and how your credit score impacts your mortgage application can be really helpful in securing your property finance. Could improving your credit score increase your likelihood of sourcing a better rate?

  • Buy to Let Layered Company Ownership

    An increasing number of landlords are looking for new and different tax-efficient ways to invest in and manage buy to let property. While SPV limited company structures have been around for some years, layered company ownership is now coming to the fore. What are they, and why do landlords use them to invest in buy to let property?

  • Properties the buy to let lenders don’t always like

    It’s relatively easy to get a buy to let mortgage on a ’vanilla’ house or flat. However, as soon as you wander away from the standard property types, sourcing the right finance can be tricky, although not necessarily impossible. We summarise which complex property types lenders will be open to, and what is simply unmortgageable.

  • Buy to Let – From Personal to Limited Company Ownership

    April 2020 marked the final stage of changes to income tax relief rules for landlords, five years after it was first announced. For many landlords, it meant that owning property via a limited company could be significantly more beneficial, but how do you make the change from personal to limited company ownership?

  • Most Popular Property Improvements and How to Finance Them

    According to new research, 69% of homeowners intend to improve their property within the next year. What are the most popular changes, why are they making them, and how could you finance improvements to your own home or buy to let investments?

  • When Not to Invest in Buy to Lets Through a Limited Company

    We talk about limited company borrowing with clients A LOT at Mortgages for Business. Whilst there is no doubt that this is the right way to invest for many, there are still those who choose not to purchase through an SPV limited company. Jeni Browne offers her thoughts on three key reasons why you might still want to invest in your personal name.

  • Mortgaging Mixed-Use Investment Property: An Introduction

    We’re seeing a definite increase in investors opting for mixed-use properties – but what makes them such a popular investment? We explain what they are, why they’re popular and what to expect if you’d like to mortgage one.

  • Holiday Let Landlord Q&A

    In our new series, we chat to some longstanding landlords to understand what type of investments they own, why they got into the business and their top tips for success. In this edition, we speak to Helen about her successful holiday let business.

  • How to get a UK mortgage as an expat

    It’s not hard to imagine why people take the opportunity to go and work abroad, especially when the British weather is grey and wet. But what happens if you move abroad and need a mortgage or remortgage of your existing property?

  • Why do brokers charge a fee?

    Different brokerages in the industry vary in attitudes towards charging a fee for their services. This article delves into why we charge a fee, and how our clients benefit from this cost.

  • Get Bespoke Access to Key Buy to Let Lenders

    Being an independent mortgage broker doesn’t just mean our clients get unmitigated access to the whole of the buy to let lender market. After more than 30 years, we’ve forged strong business relationships with some of the key lenders, for the benefit of our clients. Find out how these bespoke arrangements benefit you, our client.

  • What makes a ‘good’ landlord?

    Being a landlord comes with many responsibilities, and how you choose to handle them won’t just impact your tenants, but your business as a whole. Read on to find out our top tips for becoming a successful landlord.

  • Funding Buy to Let EPC Improvements

    The upcoming changes to the EPC regulations in 2028 are gaining more attention in the industry. Many experts are now speaking on the importance of landlords meeting these deadlines and improving their properties; however, we’re yet to see much guidance on funding the work. What options do landlords have for covering the costs of these upgrades?

  • Landlord concerns over rising inflation

    As inflation exceeds a 30 year high, with no indication of slowing down, the rapidly rising cost of living is a real concern for many. With mortgage interest rates on the rise, a recent survey reveals how many landlords are concerned about the impact on their property investments, and what they expect the implications to be.

  • How do mortgage valuations on buy to let properties work?

    Lenders use mortgage valuations to assess the value of a property in relation to the loan amount. But it can be difficult to know the difference between a mortgage valuation and a house survey. Read on to find out why mortgage valuations are essential for you as a landlord, and how to make sure it doesn’t affect your mortgage progress.

  • Green Mortgages for Buy to Let Property

    Green mortgages for buy to let property appeared in March 2021 to help combat the significant carbon emissions emitted by UK housing stock. Since then, more lenders have entered the market with new and more competitive rates. Consultant mortgage broker Charlie Potter explains what landlords can now access in the green mortgage market.

  • The Solution for PRA BTL Mortgage Prisoners

    When the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) introduced new lender guidelines, many landlords found themselves with limited options. But, what is a mortgage prisoner, and how can you get out of the situation if you find yourself stuck?

  • Capital Gains Tax on UK BTL Property: A CGT Guide

    Understanding your tax liabilities is key to successfully investing in buy to let property – especially when it’s time to sell or settle your interest-only BTL mortgage. Here’s a practical guide to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for BTL investors in the UK from leading BTL mortgage providers.

  • The Benefits of Holiday Lettings

    The UK holiday let industry has been steadily growing in popularity among property investors and holiday goers alike and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon! Commercial Consultant, Andy Elley, explains what the benefits are and the type of investments we’re seeing.

  • How to invest in UK property

    Real estate has long been touted as one of the safest investments anyone can make. Notwithstanding the ups and downs of the property market, and the various tax and regulatory matters to consider, it can indeed be very rewarding to invest in UK property. Speak to anyone who has built up even a moderately impressive property portfolio, and they are likely to tell you how it has been the key to their financial freedom. However, real estate investing is not without its risks. Success in this arena depends not only on a good eye for desirable property but also on a decent working knowledge of the ins and outs of the market, the various options available, and the fundamentals regarding financing and other related matters. If you are considering making your first investments in UK property, this guide to the basic options and concepts will help you take those first steps.

  • How to change to a buy to let mortgage

    If you’re looking to change to a buy to let mortgage, there are certain factors you need to consider. Read below to find out further information about buy to let mortgages, if you can change your current mortgage over to one, and how this process works.

  • A guide to buy-to-let mortgages for first time buyers

    The process of investing in a buy-to-let residential property is a little different to the process of buying your own home. In this guide on first-time buyer buy-to-let mortgage investment, I'll look at who can get a BTL mortgage, eligibility requirements and even tips on finding the best lenders and secure financing to get yourself moving up the property ladder.

  • Should I overpay my mortgage with savings?

    If you’re in the fortunate position of having extra funds available for savings and investments, then you are likely considering making additional payments on your mortgage. But how much will you actually save? And what are the pros and cons of regular mortgage overpayments? And should you overpay on your mortgage or save the money in an account? Find out from UK mortgage advisers.

  • New Semi-Commercial Rates Demonstrate Sector Confidence

    New and improved rates from a specialist investment mortgage lender demonstrate the growing strength of the semi-commercial and commercial property investment markets. After a difficult few years for the sector, are lenders gaining confidence again?

  • New home mortgages: Pros & Cons

    A buy-to-let mortgage is a popular way of getting onto the property ladder, and making income from properties. These are standard in the market, but does it differ when the property is a new build? Below we discuss the positives and drawbacks of new-build buy to let mortgages.

  • What are 'searches' when buying a BTL house?

    When buying any residential property, you will need to hire a conveyancing solicitor to carry out the necessary legal requirements. As part of this process, the solicitor will perform various searches. These searches ensure you find out about any potential issues regarding the property before you take ownership. Mortgage lenders also require searches to be carried out to be reassured that there are no risks or issues that could affect the property value. In this article, BTL mortgage broker Rob Gurr looks at different types of searches, why they matter, and how long they take.

  • Buy to Let Portfolio Mortgages: Suitable for 2+ Properties

    The savvy buy to let landlord is always looking to strengthen and streamline their property investment finances. Often overlooked, portfolio mortgages could save portfolio landlords valuable time and money. Business Development Director, Jeni Browne, explains why.

  • Types of BTL house surveys & their costs

    Buying a property is one of the most significant investments anyone can make, so it’s essential to have a clear evaluation of the condition of the property you are buying. A property survey will help avoid unexpected and expensive costs down the line, which could impact your buy to let investment returns. Property surveys are best completed by an independent, accredited property surveyor. However, there are different types of house surveys, which vary in depth and cost.

  • Is Now the Time to Let to Buy?

    With house prices and demand for rented homes continuing to rise, is now the time to let to buy? Consultant Mortgage Broker, Emma Green, explains the process and why now is the opportune time to consider this method of buy to let property investment.

  • What Makes Buy to Let a Good Investment?

    What makes property investment a good investment? What does the future look like for buy to let landlords in terms of capital investment, rent rates and tenant demand? Consultant Mortgage Broker, James Powell, examines the data and highlights the essential points for landlords.

  • What To Do if Tenants Are Not Paying Rent?

    The Government’s furlough scheme ends this week, and with it comes the possibility of financial hardship for many individuals. The tenant is liable to pay the rent on time if their name is signed on the tenancy agreement. If your buy to let tenants are struggling, here’s what you can do to help them and protect yourself.

  • Is a Buy to Let a Good Investment in the U.K?

    Are you considering investing in property in the UK? It’s a widely recognised best practice to diversify your investment assets not only to increase potential gains and get exposure to new investment opportunities, but also to effectively manage your investment risks. A buy to let (BTL) property investment is one solid option for diversification, especially in the high-demand UK market. In this article, our BTL mortgage specialists will take a look at what BTL investment is, the risks, whether it is a worthwhile investment, and more.

  • Guide for First Time Buy to Let Landlords

    Thinking of making your first buy to let investment? Considering whether being a landlord is for you? Here’s a brief overview of the key things you’ll need to consider and some helpful advice for the best decision for you.

  • Mortgaging Property in Flood Risk Zones

    Climate change means we’re going to see more extreme weather across the UK, including flooding. Consultant mortgage broker, Charlie Potter, explains buy to let lender attitudes towards flood risk properties and what you need to do to protect yourself financially.

  • Is Getting a Self-Employed Mortgage Difficult?

    There’s a perception that securing a mortgage as a self-employed borrower is challenging. Consultant mortgage broker, Chris Unwin, explains where the complexities occur and how to overcome them.

  • Rates and terms on larger commercial mortgages

    Recently, we’ve received a number of enquiries from investors and business owners looking for larger loans to finance both commercial properties and mixed-use properties, particularly as some older landlords are exiting their positions from the commercial investment sector (understandable after a deluge of rent arrears picked up during the Covid epidemic). Therefore, I thought I’d give you a flavour of what rates and terms you can expect to be offered in the current market.

  • How Quickly Can I Get A Buy To Let Mortgage

    Purchasing a Buy to Let property can be a good investment, however, the mortgage process can seem daunting and complicated. Consultant Mortgage Broker, Charlie Potter, explains some of the most common questions we get about the buy to let mortgage process.

  • Buy to Let Mortgage Affordability

    Consultant Mortgage Broker, Adam Henderson, explains how mortgage lenders assess borrower affordability when purchasing or remortgaging buy to let investment property.

  • What is Open Banking?

    While not completely new, a greater number of banks and mortgage lenders are now using Open Banking as part of the underwriting process. Business Development Director, Jeni Browne, explains what it is and why mortgage lenders are using it.

  • Common Concerns for Limited Company Buy to Let Borrowers

    Landlords using a limited company to invest in buy to let property now account for over half of buy to let mortgage applications. Yet, there is still a perception that the process is far more complicated and challenging than personal buy to let mortgage applications. Consultant broker, Adam Henderson, explains why this isn’t the case.

  • The Solution for PRA Buy to Let Mortgage Prisoners

    Changes to buy to let RTI calculations on 2016 meant many landlords have been unable to remortgage. But there’s good news for buy to let mortgage prisoners; find out why you might not be as trapped as you think.

  • The Difference Between Consumer Buy to Let and Let to Buy Mortgages

    The mortgage world is full of jargon, so it’s easy to get confused about the difference between consumer buy to let and let to buy! Experienced residential and buy to let broker, Erin Gallacher, explains the differences between these two frequently confused buy to let mortgage types.

  • Commercial Lending: Is it Back to Normal?

    It’s been a tough time for anyone trying to access commercial property finance over the last 15 months, but things are looking up. Commercial Broker, Robin Tait, explains the current situation with lenders and who can access commercial finance solutions.

  • Auction Finance for Buy to Let Landlords

    Purchasing residential buy to let properties at auction is an attractive option for many landlords, but property auctions can be a daunting prospect for a first-timer. Consultant Broker, Paul Keddy, explains how these auctions work, the type of finance you’ll need and the benefits of purchasing property this way…

  • Commercial Property Investment FAQs

    The impact of the pandemic on businesses is unprecedented. As the economy begins the recovery process, we've seen an uplift in enquiries from people looking to invest in commercial premises. Commercial mortgage broker, Robin Tait, answers some of your frequently asked questions about commercial property investment.

  • When and Where to Invest in 2021

    As the vaccine rollout continues, we edge ever closer to "normality". In light of market activity and the budget announcement, we have new predictions for house prices over the next five years, plus data on where is attracting the highest rent yields to help you pinpoint your next buy to let investment.

  • Buy to Let Lender Tenant Criteria Explained

    Why do some buy to let lenders accept certain tenant types and not others? Examining four common tenant criteria, this article explains why they’re not included on all lender criteria and whether it’ll make sourcing mortgage finance a challenge for you!

  • Product Transfers for Buy to Let Mortgages

    Often overlooked, product transfers are the little brother to the remortgage. What makes them different? And why should you consider a product transfer for your buy to let mortgage?

  • Your Investment Plans for 2021

    The property market is very much open for business, and with the stamp duty deadline looming, it’s going to be an exciting first few months. Providing some inspiration for your investment plans, buy to let consultant, James Powell, explains three possibilities for landlords this year, which don’t necessarily mean purchasing new property!

  • Lockdown 3.0: Impact on the UK Property Market

    New year, new lockdown. While 2021 may not have started the way many us were hoping, rest assured this is not like March 2020 when it comes to the property market. Jeni Browne is here to put your mind at ease and explain what can still happen and how.

  • Guide to remortgaging

    Remortgaging your buy to let properties may seem like an inconvenience only to be done when absolutely necessary. However, as specialist buy to let broker, Deepinder Bhangoo, explains, there are several reasons why you may consider remortgaging a property.

  • Down Valuations: What Can You Do?

    Your mortgage application is in, and your investment plans are well underway. However, the surveyor report comes back with a down valuation on the property; what can you do? Business Development Director and experienced mortgage broker, Jeni Browne, explains what your options are in this situation.

  • The Driving Force of the UK Property Market Boom

    Despite everything else going on this year, it’s been impossible to ignore the hive of activity going on in the residential housing market. Residential Consultant, Erin Gallacher, explains what’s caused this mini-boom and examines the particular areas of the market that have been driving it.

  • The Housing Market in Lockdown 2.0

    As England enters a minimum four-week national lockdown from the 5th November, Chief Operating Officer, Gavin Richardson, sets out what property investors can expect to happen in the property market during this time. Will house-viewings, valuation inspections and development continue, and will there be an extension to the Mortgage Payment Holiday?

  • How Long Will It Take to Get Your Mortgage Application to Offer?

    It’s no secret that mortgage lenders are taking longer to process applications than pre-COVID, but why is it still such an issue? Chief Operating Officer, Gavin Richardson, explains what’s happening and how you can help to ensure you complete before the looming stamp duty holiday deadline of 30th June 2021.

  • How Will the Lockdown Tier System Impact the Property Market?

    Now that we have the details of the tiered restrictions being put in place across England and the 'circuit-breaker' lockdown in Wales in response to the second wave of COVID-19 infections, we have a better understanding of how the new rules will affect the functionality of the property market. Business Development Director, Jeni Browne, explains.

  • Where’s the Buy to Let Market Six Months after Lockdown?

    To say a lot has changed since March is an understatement. Even if we only consider the buy to let market, things have changed almost every day over the last six months, leaving some of us a little lost! To put us all straight, Jeni Browne explains exactly where the buy to let market is now.

  • How to Mortgage an Airbnb Property

    Airbnb has revolutionised the holiday let sector over the last few years; diversifying the types of properties available to holidaymakers and opening up new income streams for property owners. Head of Commercial and holiday let finance expert, Andy Elley, gives a concise overview of the property finance options available, so you too can benefit from this £3.5 billion industry.

  • Recession Proofing Your Buy to Let Portfolio

    With the UK officially in recession and mixed reports about mass employment on the horizon, it is a worrying time. However, as Head of Sales, Gavin Richardson, explains, there are steps that buy to let landlords can take to help recession-proof their portfolios and weather the storm.

  • Lender Attitudes towards the Bounce Back Loan Scheme

    The Government's Bounce Back Loan Scheme aimed to give businesses, struggling amidst the pandemic, a fast injection of cash to stay afloat. However, as Robin Tait explains, the sheer numbers of those applying for the BBLS have the lenders suspicious and consequently, has resulted in negative implications for future finance applicants.

  • Holiday Lets: Why You Should Invest Now

    Although health and hygiene are still at the forefront of our minds, the COVID-19 lockdown has increased our desire to escape our homes, while keeping safe. Head of Commercial, Andy Elley, explains how the pandemic has set the UK holiday let market to soar in 2020 and beyond, and how you can benefit too.

  • What Do the Stamp Duty Changes Mean For You?

    For the next eight months, stamp duty land tax (SDLT) will not be payable on properties up to £500,000, giving thousands of home-movers and investors a fantastic financial incentive to buy now. Chief Operating Officer, Gavin Richardson, explains why the next eight months could be especially beneficial for buy to let both homeowners and property investors alike.

  • Buy to Let Landlord Pandemic Questions, Answered (Part II)

    The landlord and property investor community understandably has a lot of questions during this time. We’ve tried to answer as many as possible submitted for our Investing in the “New Normal” online event, to help you make informed property investment decisions during this time.

  • Buy to Let Landlords Pandemic Questions, Answered

    Many of you submitted questions for our Investing in the "New Normal" online event, and while we tried to answer as many as we could during the webinar, there were a few we didn't get to. Jeni Browne has written responses to some of those pressing buy to let investment questions for you in this blog...

  • Why Landlords Shouldn't Be Ignoring The New Tax Year

    With so many other things to think about at the moment, the beginning of the 2020/21 tax year started somewhat unnoticed. However, for many landlords, it marks a significant and final change in income tax relief rules. Jeni Browne explains what these changes mean for property investors and how you might want to change your investment structures going forward.

  • Emergency Business Loans: Weathering the COVID-19 Storm

    The government were quick to offer business’ financial schemes to help them weather the Coronavirus storm, protecting jobs and the economy however across the hundreds of thousands of applications there have been mixed reviews. Head of Commercial, Andy Elley, explains how they’re working and offers his advice and thoughts on the intricacies of the schemes on offer.

  • How Lockdown Property Valuations Will Work

    The slight lifting of England’s lockdown restrictions and new guidelines, published by the Government and RICS, has allowed surveyors to resume physical property valuations. Chief Operating Officer, Gavin Richardson explains what this means for the property investment market and what you should expect when your property is valued.

  • Where’s the Buy to Let Market Two Months into Lockdown?

    Although it may feel like much longer, we are now approaching two months since the start of lockdown. Sales Director, Jeni Browne, explains what’s changed in the buy to let mortgage market since March and how it’s not all doom and gloom!

  • Alternative Development Exit Finance Options When You Can’t Sell

    With lockdown restrictions continuing to prevent would-be purchasers making offers on new acquisitions, many developers have found themselves stuck with expensive development finance and no way to pay it off. What alternatives are available for residential property developers at this current time? Peter Barnes explains a couple of the options he’s been finding for his clients since lockdown began…

  • How to Save Money and Release Capital During COVID-19 Lockdown

    Understandably, many of you will be looking for ways to save money or to raise capital to give yourself a financial buffer over the coming months. For those with buy to let property portfolios, there are some things you can do now as Director of Sales, Jeni Browne, explains.

  • Buy to Let Mortgages: Cost Vs Time

    In an ideal world, every landlord would be able to go with their cheapest available buy to let mortgage rate; however, sometimes time isn’t necessarily on your side. Our blog explains when you may need to consider more than just costs.

  • Property Valuation Expiry during the Mortgage Application Process

    During your mortgage application process, you will likely be aware of your mortgage offer expiry date, but do you know when your property valuation expires? Completions Manager, William Nolan-Mendez, explains why your property valuation expiry date is just as important as your mortgage offer expiry date.

  • Buy to Let Hot Spots for Investment

    Deciding where to purchase your buy to let property is as important as choosing the property itself, as it can determine the success of your investment. Often, areas tipped to be getting significant investments in infrastructure are considered hot spots for landlords. Sales Director, Jeni Browne, explains what you should consider before you do...

  • Let to Buy Mortgages Explained

    Many people have struggled to sell their houses in the recent property market, and as a result, we’ve seen an increase in enquiries about ‘Let to Buy’... but what is it and how can it help? Director of Sales, Jeni Browne, explains.

  • Can I Get a Buy to Let Mortgage at 80% LTV?

    Until recently, very few lenders would offer buy to let mortgages over a 75% loan to value (LTV), meaning that landlords needed to find a minimum 25% deposit for their property purchases. As Mortgages for Business’ Director of Sales, Jeni Browne explains, this might no longer be the case…

  • How Much Can I Borrow If I’m Self-Employed?

    How is Self-Employed Mortgage Affordability Calculated? What do lenders base self-employed residential mortgage affordability calculations on? Most lender’s base their mortgage affordability calculations on an applicant’s business’ net profit figure, before tax. However, how this is calculated varies from lender to lender and also depends on how your business operates.

  • Converting Commercial Property into Residential Buy to Lets

    Converting a commercial property into a residential buy to let property can be lucrative, but do you know what's involved in a project of this type? Consultant Broker, Paul Keddy, explains how to finance small commercial to residential conversions and what you’ll need to do to get things off the ground…

  • Hotel and B&B Investments: What You Need to Know

    With 20 years of experience sourcing property finance for businesses in the leisure sector, Head of Commercial, Andy Elley, knows a thing or two about investing in B&Bs and hotels. In this blog, he explains what you need to know about investing in B&Bs and hotels and what to expect…

  • Self Employed Mortgages – Dispelling the Myths & Legends

    There’s a big misconception that getting a mortgage when you’re self employed is difficult, if not impossible. Experienced consultant, Erin Gallacher, explains why this isn’t the case, what you need to make an application and what to expect...

  • Buy to Let Fixed Rate Mortgages with Short Early Repayment Charges

    Early Repayment Charges – one of the main drawbacks to longer fixed-term mortgages. What if this wasn’t the case? What if you could have the security of a fixed rate and the option to exit early without incurring charges? Buy to Let consultant, Charlie Potter, explains…

  • Pet Friendly Landlords Earn More Money...

    We are a nation of pet lovers, however, for landlords, there can be a lot of love lost when it comes to our furry friends and the damage they can do to a property. Jeni Browne explains the arguments for and against allowing four-legged tenants in your buy to let and what you can do to cover any damage costs…

  • A Guide to UK Commercial Mortgages for Expats and Foreign Nationals

    We’re seeing an increase in Expats and Foreign Nationals investing in UK property; what’s attracting them and what are the benefits? This guide from Mortgages for Business’ Commercial Consultant, Paul Keddyasa, aims to answer a lot of the frequently asked questions, particularly when it comes to commercial investments, and explain the processes involved when investing from outside of the UK.

  • What's Going On In The Northern Property Market?

    With research beginning to show real growth in the Northern property market, Senior Consultant at Mortgages for Business, Gavin Elley, examines the causes and trends across the buy to let and commercial markets in his latest blog. If you’re considering a new investment, you’ll want to read this…

  • Day 1 Remortgages – Back from Exile?

    As more Day 1 Remortgage products come onto the market, Buy to Let consultant Charlie Potter explains what they are, why they’re special and why they might be useful for you…

  • Will the Demand for Buy to Let Continue to Grow?

    As the government continues to battle out the UK's Brexit, we take a look at the latest research from Foundation Home Loans on what landlords believe may stimulate the buy to let market.

  • Personal or Ltd Company ownership of buy to let property?

    Income tax relief on buy to let mortgage interest is being restricted but is it more tax efficient and financially better all round to operate your portfolio using a limited company? Buy to let expert Gavin Richardson compares the options.

  • Holiday Let Mortgages FAQS

    The exponential rise of Airbnb and similar sites is encouraging landlords to diversify into holiday lets, as the returns can be considerably higher than buy to let. But how do you finance these properties, and will your existing BTL lender allow you to switch income model? Here are the answers to the questions we get asked most frequently.

  • Have you met the modern bridging loan...?

    Traditionally bridging finance was used when a residential property purchase chain had broken down but now the use of this type of finance has expanded. Peter Barnes, Commercial Consultant, looks at how short-term finance has evolved to meet today's market.

  • Mortgages for unoccupied commercial properties

    Recently a new term product has entered the market, allowing landlords to secure a commercial mortgage against unoccupied commercial properties without using short term finance. For the more experienced landlord, an unoccupied commercial premises could be an opportunity to purchase at a good value, or to remortgage without a tenant. Peter Barnes, commercial consultant, explores how the product works.

  • Buy to Let Enters a ‘Silver Era’

    As savvy investors are looking to enhance their retirement income through other non-pension means, there has been a rise in older landlords. Andy McOwat, senior BTL consultant, explores how buy to let lenders are reacting to this change in the market and what’s on offer for the over 70’s investor.

  • New lender to the bridging market with no arrangement fees

    It’s always exciting to see a lender bring something new to the table, and it’s even better when they bring in something which we think our clients will love. So, when a very established, long standing, landlord friendly lender announced that they were bringing out a range of short term loans with no arrangement fees, specifically designed for landlords who want to buy a property to refurbish and then let out, our ears pricked up.

  • New EPC Buy to Let Requirements - One year to go… Are You Ready?

    As of 1st April 2020, all buy to let properties will need to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E, regardless of when the tenancy started. With financial penalties for landlords who do not meet these requirements, are you prepared?

  • Bridging loans: A cheap rate or flexible terms?

    Great for auction purchases and refurbishment projects, these days bridging loans are well priced, quick to secure and cheaper to exit than other types of interim funding but how do you find the best deal? Peter Barnes explains and provides a potted history of how the bridging market has developed since the 2008 Financial Crisis.

  • How to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed

    It’s a myth that it’s very hard to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed. It’s not! In fact, it’s very straightforward, although there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of getting a mortgage offer.

  • Should you become a landlord?

    When house prices are rising and you have tenants who pay the rent on time, being a landlord is exciting and rewarding. But, when house prices are steady and the economy has stalled, should you even think about becoming a landlord? Expert buy to let mortgage adviser, Agata Rogozinska shares her views.

  • What Are Mixed Use Mortgages?

    Because there is a commercial element, these properties can’t be financed with a buy to let mortgage, as Peter Barnes, expert commercial mortgage broker explains.

  • 10 most frequently asked questions about incorporating a buy to let portfolio

    Changes to the income tax regime for residential landlords and stricter lending criteria as set out by the Prudential Regulation Authority is forcing landlords to review how they operate their property portfolios. For some owning and borrowing personally will be the most effective route, but for many, particularly those in the higher tax brackets, incorporation is the answer.

  • No house price Armageddon! The outlook for 2019

    Jeni predicts what she thinks will happen to the residential mortgage market in 2019 including what borrowers can expect in terms of pricing, when to remortgage and the increasing options for borrowers over 65!

  • Overnight diary of a mortgage adviser sleeping rough

    On Friday 30 November, like many other mortgage advisers across the country, Gavin Richardson slept rough to raise money and awareness in support of End Youth Homelessness. Here’s how he got on, what he learned and how much he’s raised so far.

  • How to fund home improvements

    UK homeowners are staying put for nearly two decades, choosing to home-improve rather than move, according to a recent report from Barclays. But what is the best way to pay for these renovations? Erin Gallacher discusses.

  • Remortgage or switch but don’t sit on the lender’s SVR

    The penny has finally dropped. Lenders are now working hard to keep their existing mortgage customers, enticing them to stay with a Product Transfer. But how will you know if you’re getting the best deal? Jeni Browne explains what you need to know…

  • Mandatory HMO Licensing Part 2: New conditions

    From 1 October the extended Mandatory HMO Licensing scheme will include two new conditions. New minimum bedroom sizes and rules for the disposal of waste. Here’s what you need to know.

  • How to maximise borrowing on a buy to let mortgage

    Think you know the maximum amount you can borrow when mortgaging or refinancing your buy to let? Think again. Expert mortgage adviser, Andy McOwat, shares his tips for eeking out a little bit more.

  • Mortgages for second homes

    Looking to finance a second home? Expert mortgage adviser, Erin Gallacher, explains the options for purchases and remortgages.

  • Securing a SIPP mortgage on commercial property

    Looking to purchase a commercial property using your self-invested personal pension? Robin Tait highlights the potential benefits of acquiring commercial property in this way, discussing rates and terms along the way.

  • Is there any truth behind the stamp duty rumours?

    According to a recent article in The Sun, buy to let landlords are on the verge of facing another hike in stamp duty. What are the chances of this going ahead? Jeni Browne, Sales Director offers her opinion…

  • First-time landlords buying via a Ltd Co

    Entering the property market and looking to borrow via a Ltd Co? Everyone has to start somewhere, but just how easy is it to to get a Ltd Co buy to let mortgage if you’re new to the sector?

  • Will Bank Rate rise on Thursday?

    Just a reminder that the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meets tomorrow to vote on whether to move Bank Rate. Their decision will be announced at midday on Thursday 2nd August.

  • 7 tips for buying investment property at auction

    Buying at auction can be pretty fraught. With a lot of money at stake and a tight time frame, preparing beforehand can make the process less stressful and more successful. Here are my seven tips for smoother experience.

  • Buying and financing a commercial property at auction

    You’ve got your sights set on buying a property that’s soon to be auctioned. But you need finance. How much can you borrow? And how quickly can you get the funds released? Peter Barnes, consultant mortgage broker explains.

  • Buy to let is dead, long live buy to let!

    New buy to let borrowing is expected to decline this year as landlords get to grips with stricter regulation and a harsher income tax environment. But is the market as depressed as many headlines would have you believe?

  • How to finance a buy to let refurbishment

    Jeni Browne raves about two new rates and demonstrates how they can be used to buy and renovate a property and generate sufficient profit for your next project.

  • Popular mortgage myths dispelled – part two

    Think you can’t get a mortgage? Think again… Erin Gallacher, consultant mortgage adviser, dispels some of the common myths in part two of her “popular mortgage myths dispelled” series.

  • New semi-exclusive buy to let mortgage rates up to 85% LTV

    Good news for landlords looking to maximise their gearing. There is now another buy to let lender who offers borrowers up to 85% loan to value and Mortgages for Business is one of only five brokers who have been given access to these special rates.

  • Borrowing six times your income is back

    Only available via five intermediaries, including Mortgages for Business, we are delighted to be able to offer customers the chance to borrow up to six times their income.

  • Large mortgages and complicated income streams

    Getting a large mortgage when you have multiple and complex sources of income is not always straight forward but it is possible - if you know which lender to approach – as residential mortgage adviser, Charlie explains.

  • Limited edition buy to let mortgages

    Friday last week saw the launch of two very competitive buy to let mortgages. Both rates are limited edition, meaning the lender has a set amount of money available for these products. Once the money is gone, it’s gone!

  • Buy to Let Lending in Scotland

    For a long time if you were a landlord operating in Scotland your buy to let mortgage borrowing options were fairly limited. Only a few lenders were keen to lend north of the border. Today, all that is changing as Gavin Elley, specialist buy to let mortgage adviser, explains.

  • The cheapest ways to pay for property improvements

    The sun is shining. It’s the time of year when home-owners and landlords start thinking about improving and adding value to their properties. But what is the cheapest way to pay for improvements? Gavin Richardson, looks at the options?

  • How to choose the right mortgage

    A mortgage is probably the biggest financial commitment you will ever take on but where should you go for advice? How do you start looking and how can you be sure that you made the right choice when there are thousands of options available? Pete Coombes has some answers.

  • Should I overpay my mortgage?

    Erin Gallacher, residential mortgage adviser looks at the benefits of overpaying your mortgage and the implications of doing so.

  • Are you prepared for interest rate hikes?

    Many experts predict that the base rate will be raised in May and this could be followed by further rises in the months to come. If hikes do materialise, will your monthly mortgage payments rise? Will you be able to afford it?

  • From buy to let to commercial

    We have seen a pick-up in enquiries from residential landlords looking to move into commercial investment, with a particular increase in those looking to purchase a semi commercial property e.g. shop with flats above. In my opinion, there are two strong reasons for this activity...

  • Buy to let is in the spotlight

    Is buy to let still a healthy market? Paul Martins offers his opinion on how the market has reacted to the rules, regulations and restrictions brought in by the UK Government

  • Specialist lenders vs mainstream lenders for commercial mortgages

    Whether you are looking for an commercial owner-occupier mortgage or a commercial investment mortgage, knowing which lender to approach can be tricky. That’s where we come in... Peter Barnes, consultant mortgage broker gives you an insight into his decision-making process.

  • Peace, love and understanding in buy to let

    In 2017 buy to let lending totalled £34.9bn, just shy of the £35bn best-guess we predicted. The figures were published by UK Finance, the new body which has replaced the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

  • Unsecured borrowing for business expansion

    Are you looking to expand your business? Perhaps you are looking to purchase a new premises, or you need funds for refurbishment. Andy Elley, Head of Commercial Mortgages, explains how we can help business owners achieve unsecured loans up to £10m.

  • Five reasons why 10 year fixed rate mortgages make sense

    Whether you’re looking to remortgage, move to a new house or take your first step onto the property ladder, there has never been a better time to consider taking a 10 year fixed rate mortgage, as Gavin Richardson, Head of Residential Mortgages explains.

  • Mortgages for Expats

    Mortgage applications from British passport holders living or working abroad are on the increase. Emma Knapp, expert mortgage adviser, explains what expats need to know to get the mortgage they need.

  • More interest rate rises than expected

    The Governor of the Bank of England expects interest rates to rise more quickly than he previously anticipated. Jeni Browne looks at the potential impact on borrowers and suggests what they can do to protect themselves.

  • Buy to let borrowing: Landlords must act now

    Buy to let mortgage lending figures for 2017 are out. Gavin looks at their impact on the market and predicts how landlords and lenders will react over the next few months.

  • 6 Best Buy to Let Mortgages

    Paul Martins, Head of Buy to Let hand-picks his top 6 buy to let mortgage rates for individuals and limited companies.

  • Is your buy to let mortgage rate about to go up?

    Did you buy a BTL property just before the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge? Yes? If you took out a 2-year buy to let mortgage, now is the time to remortgage onto a better product to avoid paying your lender’s more expensive Standard Variable Rate each month.

  • What are buy to let landlords doing now?

    What do landlords think of the new buy to let landscape? Do they intend to keep on landlording? Is that even a word? Chris Longhurst, expert buy to let mortgage broker, shares a few thoughts and opinions of some of his landlord clients.

  • Why I chose a 5-year fixed rate mortgage now

    Back in 1990, mortgage interest rates peaked at an eye-watering 15.4%. Compare that with today’s rates, some as low as c.1%, and it’s not difficult to appreciate that home-owners have had it pretty good over the last 10 years. But, in the words of Bob Dylan, the times, they are a-changing…

  • Stamp duty relief for first-time buyers

    The introduction of a stamp duty discount for first-time buyers in the Autumn Budget 2017 is generally welcomed. Simon Whittaker, CFO, looks at what this means practically, for those looking to take their first steps onto the property ladder.

  • Buy to let for older borrowers and as an alternative pension strategy

    The Autumn Budget 2017 will be announced on 22nd November and already there are rumours that the Chancellor plans to reduce the annual pension contribution allowance, the lifetime pension allowance and tax relief on pension contributions. If any of these reductions happen, you might consider buy to let as an alternative pension strategy to boost your income in later years. Here are some pointers to bear in mind if you thought you might not qualify.

  • Commercial mortgages and loans for pubs

    Funding solutions to help buy or refinance a pub are available whether you’re an experienced or would-be publican, an investor or developer. The challenge to getting pub finance is more about knowing which lender to approach and how. That’s where a specialist commercial mortgage broker can help, as Andy explains.

  • Why five year fixed rate buy to let mortgages are rising?

    The Bank of England has signaled that there may be two further increases in the base rate in the next three years, so is now a good time to get a fixed rate buy to let mortgage? Paul Martins, Head of Buy to Let, gives his view.

  • Best Buy to Let Remortgage Rates

    With a rise in Bank Rate looming, it is no surprise that lenders are starting to increase pricing. Jeni Browne, Sales Director highlights some of the best buy to let rates available for those looking to remortgage and take advantage of the all-time low pricing before it’s too late…

  • Best Residential Remortgage Rates

    The record low mortgage rates are starting to disappear. Beckie Pepperrell, Head of Residential looks at which lenders have already started pulling rates and what options are still available for those looking to fix.

  • Cheap money anyone?

    A traditional business bank takes up the fight on encroaching challenger banks resulting in some competitive commercial mortgages. Even buy to let landlords want a piece of the action, as Andy Elley explains.

  • Are mortgage rates on the rise?

    Rate changes, criteria amendments and changes to regulation. What is in store for borrowers for the rest of 2017? Beckie tells it how she sees it for home-buyers and movers.

  • BTL is holding its own — for now

    The sector has survived the first tranche of changes better than expected. Opportunities still exist, if approached with a new mindset David Whittaker explains...

  • Why you should use a broker for property development finance

    As with any finance, it's possible for borrowers to 'cut out the middle man' by applying directly to a lender, so why do so many developers go via a broker instead? A skilled broker provides real benefits at every stage of the process, as Paul Keddy explains...

  • Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase Part 18 - Always open the envelope

    Following on from my last blog where I pontificated about doing my own accounts so that I could understand the process, on the Friday before August Bank Holiday, with just five working days before my deadline and me having made the sum total of ZERO PROGRESS on getting anything together, I cracked and called an accountant.

  • No EPC no buy to let mortgage

    In future, landlords may struggle to get buy to let finance if the property does not have the correct Energy Performance Certificate rating, as Paul Martins, Head of Buy to Let Mortgages explains.

  • How to let to buy

    As the name suggests, let to buy is a type of finance which allows you to let out your current home and buy a new one to live in. Beckie Pepperrell, Head of Residential Mortgages, explains how it works and why you might want to use this type of finance.

  • Diary of a First-time Buyer: Part Five - Completion at last

    At this stage in the process, there was very little left for my brother and I to do. It was a little surreal - we were buying our first house, one of the most important milestones in our lives to date, and yet we seemed to be little more than passive observers to the process.

  • Buy to let mortgages with no ERCs

    Think you might want to pay off your mortgage early, but don’t want to be stung with an Early Repayment Charge? Chris Longhurst looks at the current options available to buy to let landlords borrowing personally and via a Ltd company.

  • Increasing workload should mean increased proc fee

    We have now heard from four lenders on how they intend to approach the specialist underwriting requirements for portfolio landlords come October when the second part of the PRA’s new regime kicks in.

  • Can I get a mortgage on a zero-hour contract?

    With more employees offering zero-hour contracts than ever before it is no surprise that the number of enquiries we receive in this regard has risen. Pete Coombes, residential mortgage broker explains what options are available to those employed on this basis.

  • Portfolio landlords' checklist

    From October 2017, lenders are required to apply a specialist underwriting approach to buy to let mortgage applications from portfolio landlords. In practice, this means that you will have to provide lenders with much more detailed information when applying for a mortgage, even if you want a simple remortgage.

  • How Aldermore will underwrite portfolio landlords

    As of 1st October 2017 lenders will need to implement a more thorough underwriting process when considering mortgage applications from portfolio landlords, i.e. where the borrower has, or will have more than four mortgaged residential buy to let properties.

  • Landlords in the dark - an opportunity for brokers?

    Do your landlord clients know about limited company buy to let borrowing and the new underwriting guidelines for lenders lending to portfolio landlords? David Whittaker has been out and about meeting landlords and has found that many are still unaware of the changes to the buy to let landscape...

  • Which brokers provide the best advice?

    Jeni Browne, Sales Director looks at how the mortgage market has changed since she started out in broking and explains why it is now more important than ever to make sure you are seeking advice from a specialist broker.

  • How the new PRA guidelines for portfolio landlords will affect you

    From the 30th of September, lenders must implement changes to the way in which buy to let mortgage applications are underwritten for portfolio landlords. Paul Martins, consultant mortgage broker explains who will be affected and what can be done to prepare.

  • Buy to let lenders still quiet on portfolio landlords

    Come 30 September 2017, the Prudential Regulation Authority expects buy to let lenders to adopt a “specialist” underwriting process when assessing a portfolio landlord’s borrowing suitability. Exactly what those processes will be, brokers and borrowers don't yet know, and time is running out for us to prepare...

  • Will I be accepted for a Ltd Co BTL mortgage?

    You’ve decided to borrow via a limited company, but will you get accepted for a mortgage? Gary McKenna consultant mortgage broker explains what lenders are looking for when it comes to applications from limited companies.

  • Diary of a First-time Buyer: Part One - The decision to buy

    Are you a first-time buyer looking to secure your first mortgage? You are not alone. I too am setting foot on the property ladder for the first time. In the coming weeks I will be chronicling my experiences here, in the hope of helping others as I strike out towards homeownership.

  • Limited edition offset buy to let mortgage

    Offset mortgages are popular and commonplace for home-owners because they can reduce monthly payments and help to pay off the mortgage early. But an offset buy to let mortgage? As far as I know, there is only one currently available. I doubt it will be around for long, so take a look now.

  • How to save £3,368 in BTL mortgage payments over two years

    Is your initial rate period about to finish or are you already paying the BM Solutions' higher reversion rate? Are you struggling to remortgage elsewhere because your rental income no longer meets lenders' stricter Rent to Interest calculation?

  • Stamp Duty FAQs

    Simon Whittaker answers the most commonly asked questions around SDLT - including information on mixed use properties and non-residential Stamp Duty rates. *Information correct as at 29th March 2017*

  • Buy to let rates for loans of £1m+

    If you are a residential landlord looking for a buy to let mortgage of more than £1m on a single property, you’ve come to the right place. Jeni chooses some of her favourite competitive options available and looks at some case studies which demonstrate how we've helped landlords borrow larger sums...

  • Home truths are uncomfortable

    David Whittaker gives his run down of this year’s Great Buy to Let Debate, an event attended by a couple of hundred industry professionals including lenders, brokers, surveyors and letting agents – even the regulator was in the room!

  • Popular mortgage myths dispelled

    Lots of people think that they can’t get a mortgage for lots of different reasons. Erin Gallacher, consultant mortgage adviser, dispels some of the more common myths and tells you how to improve your chances of getting a mortgage.

  • Top 10 Best Buy to Let Mortgages

    Jeni Browne, Head of Sales hand-picks her favourite rates taking into account the differing needs of landlords and property investors

  • Landlord licensing different across the UK

    We blog extensively about the ever-changing world of buy to let finance but perhaps every so often we should consider other factors in the life of a landlord in the private rented sector (PRS). In this blog, I’ve provided an overview of the latest landlord licensing requirements in the four countries that make up the UK.

  • 6 weeks in – how the PRA rules are affecting landlords

    It is now just over a month since the changes to affordability checks, and in particular the stricter rent to interest calculations, were introduced by the Prudential Regulation Authority. But has much changed? Paul Martins, consultant mortgage broker, investigates.

  • Buy to let brokers wake up!

    David Whittaker explains how he is pleased to see that the majority of buy to let lenders have adjusted their affordability calculations, but brokers need to be ready for these changes to affect the shape of the buy to let mortgage market.

  • Phasing in the new tax system for landlords

    It is becoming apparent that there are still some residential landlords and brokers who are not aware of the full impact of the forthcoming changes to how income tax will be calculated. In particular, basic rate tax payers could find themselves being tipped over into the next bracket, as Gavin Elley explains.

  • Leasehold & Freehold Title Ownership: A right to forfeit?

    A topic that appears to be giving some lenders a major headache is the issue of an applicant owning a leasehold title of a property and also owning (all or in part) the freehold title too – this also extends to close family members.

  • £1m+ buy to let mortgages and where to get them

    If you are a residential landlord looking for a buy to let mortgage in excess of £1m on a single property, how easy is it to find a suitable lender? Chris Longhurst, consultant mortgage broker, explains.

  • What can we expect from mortgage rates in 2017?

    In 2016 we were lucky enough to witness the lowest mortgage rates we have ever seen. Will this trend continue in 2017 or will prices start to rise? Erin Gallacher, consultant mortgage broker offers her opinion.

  • Direct to bank or via a broker?

    In 2016 we saw many of the high street banks continue to restructure and downsize their offerings to SMEs. But how has this affected companies trying to get a commercial mortgage or refinance their business premises? Andy Elley explains.

  • Home-owner mortgages for portfolio landlords

    Not all mortgage lenders accept applications from landlords with four or more mortgaged buy to let properties, irrespective of whether they receive an income from the rents. So what are the options? Beckie Pepperrell explains.

  • Remortgaging your home to raise buy to let deposit

    If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and have decided that 2017 is your year to enter the buy to let market or you are considering what else, you could do to compensate for the record low returns on cash investments and savings, the following paragraph may help you decide and the rest of the article may just get you started…

  • More lenders change their rental cover requirements

    Last week we saw another mainstream lender, Santander, announce that it is moving its rental coverage requirements upwards in response to forthcoming affordability assessment changes required by the Prudential Regulation Authority.

  • 5 buy to let mortgages with generous rent to interest calculations

    Buy to let mortgages with generous Rent to Interest calculations are disappearing fast. Come 1 January 2017 lenders will be required to RTIs for landlords borrowing personally. Jeni explains why and reveals some buy to let mortgages rates which have a more generous cover ratio.

  • Changes to HMO licensing imminent

    Chris Longhurst, consultant mortgage broker explains what the Government’s latest consultation on HMO and residential property licensing reforms means for landlords.

  • Are there fewer buy to let lenders up north?

    With lower property values and often lower loan requirements, some landlords believe it’s more difficult to get a buy to let mortgage on property in the North. Fact or fiction? Buy to let mortgage broker Gavin Elley calls it as he sees it.

  • Why we would choose Foundation Home Loans

    With whole of market access we really do have our pick when it comes to lenders. So how do we decide which one to use? Chris Longhurst looks at Foundation Home Loans’ key features and explains when he might approach this lender for finance.

  • Pay more interest now, save more tax later…

    Simon Whittaker takes a look at buy to let stepped mortgage rates and explains why you might be better off taking out a step-down rate instead of a step-up from a tax perspective.

  • Are mortgage rates coming down?

    So Bank Rate has been cut to 0.25%. This means mortgage rates will go down too right?... wrong. Chris Longhurst, consultant mortgage broker explains…

  • Bridging loan with no monthly interest payments or ERCs

    If you are purchasing a property that needs light refurbishment before it can be let but don’t want to fork out for hefty monthly repayments or redemption fees there is a solution as Chris Longhurst, consultant mortgage broker explains…

  • Lock into a rate with a low RTI now and complete in 2017

    You’ve decided you want to remortgage your property to ensure you don’t miss out on the 125% rent to interest (RTI) calculation but you don’t want to pay any ERCs on your existing buy to let mortgage… Beckie Pepperrell explains how you can get round this if your current initial term is due to expire in the next six months.

  • Borrowing: six months ago versus today

    Paul Martins, consultant mortgage broker looks at what your rental income would get you today in terms of borrowing compared with six months ago.

  • Stress tests: Why you can borrow more via a Ltd Co

    Borrowing personally or via a limited company – up until recently it wouldn’t have made much of a difference when it came to lenders’ stress tests but this is all changing. Gary McKenna explains how much you will be able to borrow going forward.

  • Getting a mortgage when you are getting divorced

    Getting a mortgage and remortgaging the family home when getting divorced can seem complicated particularly if you don’t know how much you might be able to borrow. But if you understand what the lenders are looking for, it can be fairly straightforward as Jeni explains.

  • How to get an interest only mortgage

    These days it’s much harder to get a residential mortgage on interest only terms. You have to jump through more hoops but it is possible, as Beckie explains.

  • A cheaper alternative to bridging finance

    If you need finance in a hurry but don’t like the rates associated with bridging loans, there is an alternative but you have to be organised. Andy Elley explains.

  • Vote with your head not your heart

    How landlords will vote in the EU Referendum is anyone’s guess but there is a definite air of procrastination amongst them.

  • One way to protect against rate rises if we Brexit

    Yes, we are all bored of talking about the EU Referendum and most people just want it over and done with now. But I am never one to let something like this stop me jumping on the bandwagon!

  • Residential mortgages for self-employed

    Jeni Browne, head of sales answers some of the top questions asked by self-employed people, contractors and business owners looking to get a mortgage.

  • Applying for property development finance

    With the lack of housing in the UK it is no surprise that the number of people looking to get into property development is on the rise, but how complicated is it to get finance for these projects? Gary Mckenna, property finance expert explains.

  • What is a stress test and why do buy to let lenders use them?

    In simple terms, a stress test is the calculation lenders use to determine how much they will lend to the borrower. Here is an explanation of how it is calculated, why the the calculation is getting tougher and what the change ultimately means for borrowers.

  • What is top-slicing in buy to let world?

    In very basic terms, top-slicing is where the lender uses the borrower’s personal income to top up any shortfall in rent which is needed for the borrower to obtain the loan amount they require.

  • Split stress tests are the way forward

    Ever since George Osborne's announcement last July, lenders have been considering what changes to make to reflect the future reduction of landlord tax relief.

  • Mortgages for holiday lets

    Are holiday lets profitable? What mortgage rates are available from lenders? What deposit do I need? Andy Elley, consultant mortgage broker explains.

  • Buy to let mortgage of the week - keep your options open with no ERCs

    Unsure if you want to lock into a fixed rate? Or perhaps you are considering borrowing via a limited company, but still have some research to do before you make your decision? Jeni Browne, Head of Buy to Let and Residential Lending explains why this rate could be worth considering if these questions apply to you.

  • Buy to let hasn’t fallen off a cliff

    March was an extremely busy month for the buy to let industry as we all raced to get deals over the line before the introduction of the 3% stamp duty surcharge.

  • More clarity required from PRA on BTL underwriting proposals

    In the latest of a string of Government crackdowns affecting the buy to let mortgage market, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published a consultation paper (CP11/16) in March proposing stricter underwriting standards in a bid to prevent the market from overheating.

  • Completing BTL purchases before 1st April 2016

    If you’re submitting a buy to let purchase application with a lender today, it’s probably too late to get to get case completed before the 3% stamp duty surcharge on additional residential property purchases is introduced on 1st April 2016.

  • A positive perspective post April

    The last few months have seen a fair bit of bad news for landlords, Jeni Browne explains why buy to lets are still a good investment

  • Landlords doing nothing is not an option

    Many higher tax rate paying individual landlords and property investors believe that the Chancellors’ proposed tax changes will not impact their portfolios. They are wrong. Here’s why.

  • Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase Part 8 - The Method Behind the Madness

    As I was eating my 173rd mince pie of the festive season (a very merry Christmas to you all – hope you got something nice……. I got fatter), I realised that I have neglected to mention what I am actually buying (I guess you know it’s a property but what type exactly) and why.

  • The good and the bad of buy to let mortgage lending in 2015

    It’s been a rollercoaster of a year for landlords, which despite much bad press, hasn’t been all bad. Actual lending figures won’t be published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders until February but I anticipate that gross lending to be in the region of £32 billion, up from £27.4 billion in 2014.

  • Diary of a Buy to Let Purchase Part 7 - Reality bites…

    Clearly rested and rejuvenated from my Center Parcs Break (anyone who has done this type of thing with children knows you come back needing a holiday. A real one. With cocktails and sun. And NO kids), today I have been tackling my new venture with aplomb.

  • Capital Gains Tax and tax schemes - will they work?

    Simon provides an update on the current Capital Gains Tax situation for landlords and asks whether tax schemes for landlords will actually be acceptable to HMRC and work to reduce the amount of tax due.

  • February will be too late

    What does the 3% stamp duty surcharge mean for landlords looking to finance buy to let property? Gavin Richardson gives his opinion and shines some light on possible routes forward.

  • Still recommending 5-year fixed rate buy to let mortgages

    Despite calls for clarity, the implications of the government’s proposed changes to BTL tax relief seem pretty clear to me: Higher tax-paying individual landlords, and those who will tip over into this bracket, will have to pay more.

  • Is George limiting buy to let?

    George Osborne’s proposal to restrict tax relief for wealthier landlords will no doubt be fiercely debated by interested parties in the coming months.

  • FAQs on buy to let mortgages for limited companies

    The proposed changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief on personal borrowing in George Osborne’s Summer Budget 2015 has sparked a flurry of questions about property investors switching to borrowing in via a corporate vehicle.

  • Is 18% too much?

    Lending figures for Q1 2015 published by the Council of Mortgage Lenders show that buy to let loans accounted for 18% of all mortgages.

  • Business as usual?

    In the run-up to the General Election the buy to let mortgage market was quieter than usual.

  • House building pledges in the Conservative Party manifesto

    All of the main political parties recognise that Britain is suffering from a severe shortage of housing and most developers are chomping at the bit to get building but will they be supported by whichever political party/ies wins the forthcoming General Election?

  • House building pledges in the Green Party manifesto

    Houses and flats are now sites of speculation rather than simply somewhere to call home. The Green Party wants Britain to return housing to its original purpose: providing everyone with affordable and sustainable shelter. Here’s what its manifesto says with regard to house building.

  • House building pledges in the Labour Party manifesto

    The Labour Party manifesto says that insufficient houses are being built, young people have been priced out of home ownership and homelessness is rising. Here’s how Labour plans to overcome these issues:

  • PDR affecting development finance borrowing

    When looking for development finance, how lenders interpret the implementation of Permitted Development Rights has thrown a spanner in the works for property developers. Gavin explains and looks at the current borrowing options for developers.

  • Tax-saving opportunity for landlords ends on 6 April 2015

    The Landlord Energy Saving Allowance (LESA) permits landlords to deduct up to £1,500 from taxable profit for approved energy saving expenditure on each rental property. But if you are looking to take advantage of this allowance, you'd better hurry up because it ceases to exist in April 2015. Here's how it works.

  • Whither interest rates?

    Simon Whittaker, Finance Director, offers his prediction on the future of interest rates in the UK.

  • New 85pc LTV buy to let finance for purchases

    As a fan of innovation in the buy to let mortgage market, I am pleased to announce that Mortgages for Business is involved in piloting a new 85% buy to let purchase product. Here’s how it works and how you can get access to it.

  • Regulated buy to let mortgages could scare lenders away

    A few buy to let transactions are already regulated but finding a lender can be difficult. Jeni Browne, head of regulated and buy to let lending, considers whether proposed regulation of accidental landlords will scare lenders away from these types of transactions altogether.

  • Interest rates may rise sooner than expected

    If you read all of the commentary about Mark Carney’s Mansion House speech on Friday 13th June 2014 you will almost certainly be left believing that the Governor said that a rise in Bank Rate is imminent.

  • The buy to let saga continues

    Jeni Browne discusses why buy to let lenders impose age restrictions on borrowers. She also looks at which lenders can help older borrowers.

  • Playing the long game

    Jeni Browne discusses whether it's worth considering a 10 year fixed rate residential mortgage.