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Remortgaging funds portfolio growth

Landlords raising capital to finance the expansion of their portfolios are behind a rise in buy-to-let remortgage activity, according to Paragon Mortgages.

Council of Mortgage Lenders data shows remortgaging accounted for more than two-thirds of a 21% increase in buy-to-let gross lending between Q1 and Q2, and Paragon says capital raising was the primary motivation for remortgaging.

Research by the lender shows that 47% of buy-to-let remortgages handled by brokers were for the purpose of raising capital in Q2, while 35% were to achieve a better rate of interest.

A further 8% cited customers’ existing lenders actively encouraging remortgaging and 7% mentioned dissatisfaction with an existing lender.

John Heron, managing director of Paragon, says: “Around two-thirds of properties in the private rental sector have no mortgage while the average LTV on properties with a mortgage is 48%, so there is a huge amount of equity in the sector that landlords are looking to use to fund portfolio growth.”


Bogus broker given a suspended sentence

A man masquerading as a broker has been convicted of fraud after pocketing a £5,000 arrangement fee from a client. The Birmingham Mail reports Mohammed Aslam was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years and 250 hours of unpaid work.


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