There are many awards issued throughout the year in various industries. Some you are nominated for. Some you can voted for yourself. Others are awarded to celebrate the volume and quality of the business you produce. Thankfully, the latter applies to the latest award that AToM has just received. At a lavish awards ceremony held at the fantastic Weston Park Stately Home in the Midlands, AToM was confirmed as the Best Buy to Let Distributor for HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation) in 2017 from specialist lender Precise Mortgages. This was superb recognition for the amazing and highly knowledgeable staff we have at AToM and specifically those who specialise in the Buy to Let sector. Well done team!
I mention credit scoring/searching quite a bit, but it really is so important in the current financial world when lenders are deciding to lend to you, or not. Most lenders credit score applications based upon the amount of credit you have, whether you are on the electoral role and your recent payment profile on any existing credit. The number of recent credit searches you have on file will also have an impact. So, over the festive period, just be wary when getting quotes for car or home insurance, mobiles, etc that each of these will register a search against you, especially if you’re planning to review your mortgage in the near future.
We have seen a number of good product innovations during the last few weeks. One that sticks out is that Precise Mortgages have recently launched a new buy to let that allows the customers personal income to top up any rental shortfall. Usually the mortgage on a buy to let is calculated on the rental it achieves. Occasionally this may not achieve the loan required. So, to allow surplus income to be used to ‘top this up’ is a great addition from Precise.
The Buy to Let sector generally is becoming very competitive and despite an increasing number of options and new lenders launching in to the market, demand is still increasing. Whilst first time buyers struggle to get on the property ladder (hopefully the recent stamp duty changes may help?) and savings interest rates remain low, many continue to invest long term in to property and there's no immediate reason why this should change. However, with all of the recent tax changes on Buy to Lets, you should not only seek professional mortgage advice, but also tax advice from an accountant who understands property. Get it right first time.