It is extremely important for buy-to-let investors to keep up to date with an ever-changing market. The Knight Knox Quarterly Report compiles market trends, tracks average price rises and provides information on key buy-to-let hotspots.
As always, Q3 saw many changes and lots of positive news for landlords. In the face of uncertain economic news, the continuing strength of buy-to-let property investment is welcome and should give confidence over the end of 2018 and into 2019.
The total number of buy-to-let lenders offering products to limited companies increased 47% in a year. According to the latest Buy to Let Index from Mortgages for Business, there are now 22 lenders in the market, a significant improvement over Q3 2017 when only 15 lenders were in the market. There are now more than 600 products available to buy-to-let investors operating as a limited company, more than double what was available in Q3 2017.
Landlords also expressed positivity in Q3, with more than half feeling optimistic about the future despite a raft of regulatory and tax changes. A further 30% are reported to feel indifferent, leaving less than 20% of landlords expressing explicitly negative feelings about the market. Furthermore, research for Foundation Home Loans shows that one in five landlords reported that they intend to stay in the sector indefinitely and expand their portfolios.
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