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Buy-to-let lending tops £5bn, says CML - BBC News

Buy-to-let lending tops £5bn, says CML - BBC News | Buy-To-Let | Scoop.it
Buy-to-let lending tops £5bn, says CML
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Buy-to-let lending in the UK hit its highest level for nearly five years in the second quarter of the year, lenders say.
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British house price inflation jumps to 2006 levels - RICS | Reuters

British house price inflation jumps to 2006 levels - RICS | Reuters | Buy-To-Let | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - British house prices are rising at their fastest pace in seven years, according to an industry survey on Tuesday which may add to concerns that government lending incentives are creating...
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If you plan to invest in buy-to-let, best do it sooner rather than later...

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Landlord help: how to make more money - the right way - Telegraph

Landlord help: how to make more money - the right way - Telegraph | Buy-To-Let | Scoop.it
Make money the right way: landlords need to conduct rent reviews on a regular basis but they should try to avoid alienating good tenants.
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It's not always about the headline rental.  Good tenants are valuable and should be treated as such.  A good tenant "in the hand" is worth any number of average tenants "in the bush".

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Leeds launch ‘Holiday Let’ mortgage range | #1 Mortgage Magazine | Compare Mortgages | Mortgage News | Remortgage News

Leeds Building Society has launched a new dedicated range of Holiday Let products to support demand in the UK, which has increased significantly over the last 5 years.
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Buying a holiday let property gives you the best of both worlds - use it yourself and let it out when not needed.  There is clearly a trend towards local holidays, proabably mainly due to the economic situation.  But I believe that in time to come, carbon-producing exotic holidays will become more and more socially unacceptable.  Many of Britiain's seaside towns offer extremely tempting property prices and a move to this type of holiday home could well be the catalyst for a boost to these often struggling micro-economies, ultimately leading to regeneration... and a taste of their former glory!

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Buy-to-let Property Lending Improving in UK

Buy-to-let Property Lending Improving in UK | Buy-To-Let | Scoop.it
If you're considering buy-to-let property investment in the UK, now is certainly a good time to do it. Figures from...
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Buy to let seen as short-term investment

Buy to let seen as short-term investment | Buy-To-Let | Scoop.it
More and more landlords are viewing buy to let in terms of short-term gain, rather than long-term investment.
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Wow!  This is worrying.  In my opinion, buy-to-let should never be thought of as a short term investment.  Mid term at least, but preferably long term.  Investors might well see impressive short-term gains, but these are probably down to luck and timing rather than to a particular investment strategy.  It is also highly unlikely that any such gains will be sustainable in the medium to long term, so timing of buying and selling becomes critical.

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Buy-to-let rate cut bonanza: Five of the best mortgages for landlords to build their property portfolio

Buy-to-let rate cut bonanza: Five of the best mortgages for landlords to build their property portfolio | Buy-To-Let | Scoop.it
There are 8.3million renters in England and Wales, so plenty of demand for landlords, but what rates are on offer to them? We take a look at five of the best.
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There are so many options to choose from that choosing the right mortgage can be a confusing business!  When comparing, never look at the "headline rate" only as there can be myriad surprises lurking in the small print.  Try to compare total costs over a given period, depending on your intentions for the property.  So look at things like arrangement fees, long term interest rates, cancellation fees etc.  For example, if you plan to keep the mortgage indefninitely, you will not be overly concerned about a high cancellation fee, whereas you might well be if you were planning to renovate and sell in a year's time.  Mortgage Advisors are really helpful and you should try to use then whereever possible. 

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