Buy-to-let increases by 50%

Research from Mortgages Direct, the financial subsidiary of haart estate agents, reveals that buy-to-let investors are returning to the market with a 50% increase, making up 12% compared with last months 8% seeking buy to let mortgages from Mortgages Direct.

The index also reveals that first time buyers continue to show reluctance to enter the market as the number seeking mortgages has decreased by 6% in September, making up 38% of Mortgages Directs loans in September.

Peter Gladdy, director of Mortgages Direct, says: The renting market is fairly buoyant in this current climate, with many potential homeowners sitting on their hands, waiting to see which way the prices will go and therefore opting to rent instead.

Landlords are responding proactively to the demand and to the upward trend of rents. The established investor, who takes a long term, professional approach to buy-to-let, continues to buy selectively and carefully.

Also the imminent change to SIPPs, where residential property will soon become a valid SIPP investment is already boosting the number of buy to let mortgages, as investors are realising the opportunity to boost their pension funds.

Despite the recent drop in interest rate levels to 4.5% consumers are clearly showing little confidence that they will remain low. An increasing number of borrowers are now becoming a lot more cautious and are opting for fixed rate deals. Tracker mortgages have decreased from 10% to 4% since last month.

Despite the recent decrease in interest rates the number of borrowers opting for interest only repayments has increased to 31% from 19% last month.

Gladdy adds:It is surprising that more borrowers are opting for interest only repayments. This is not advisable and borrowers need to ensure that a comprehensive repayment method is in place. Borrowers are evidently still feeling the squeeze on their finances.