Lucy Barrett

Bridging Watch: The rise and rise of bridge-to-let

Loans that allow developers to repair run-down properties and make them available for rent are proving popular By now we are all well-versed in the narrative that landlords and property professionals are finding it harder to achieve the same return on investment from their buy-to-let portfolios than they used to. The affordability stress tests, the […]

Commercial Watch: Who will fare well post-Brexit?

Commercial property has weathered stormy conditions before The B-word continues to cast its shadow in RICS’ “state of the nation” UK Commercial Property Market Survey. When posed the question “have you seen any evidence of firms looking to relocate away from the UK in response to the Brexit vote?”, around 25 per cent of respondents […]

Bridging Watch: Brexit stokes funding fears

Security of funding under the spotlight as uncertainties persist. I know it is a tired topic but, as positive and optimistic as I am about the future of specialist finance in this country, it is true that Brexit is causing a huge amount of uncertainty in the sector. In the past couple of months, we […]

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Bridging Watch: Time to take Plan B seriously

Clear exit routes are imperative for viable bridging solutions The buy-to-let market has been a struggle in recent years. Landlords have been hit hard by stricter tests enforced by lenders and regulators. As a result, refinancing and raising further capital has become more difficult. So much so, we have seen the term ‘mortgage prisoner’ make […]

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Commercial Watch: EPC rulings no joke for landlords

New energy efficiency laws will apply to thousands of landlords but will they hit the already beleaguered high streets of Britain? If you are involved in the buy-to-let sector, chances are you have heard a fair amount in recent weeks about Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. Mees came into force on 1 April. Simply put, landlords […]