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  1. Good morning! My wife and I are very fortunate that we've managed to build up a portfolio of >10 properties over the last several years. Some of the LTV's are now below 65% yet remortgaging still seems expensive! If we had less that 10 properties, it seems we would be able to get rates of circa 1.9%, however having more than 10 means we're always looking at specialist lenders such as Paragon with rates of >3.5%. This seems expensive in the current climate for a mortgage of <65% LTV. We do use a broker, however does anybody have any experience of consolidating or approaching different lenders to get around this? Thanks in advance for any advice. Wes
  2. I own two buy to let properties plus my residential home. All have mortgages secured on them. I withdrew equity from one of the BTLs (Property 1) before the stricter rental cover tests came into force in 2017. I have been able to refinance since then but choice of lenders has been greatly reduced as many won't touch it due to the large size of the loan against the monthly rent. Property 1 has a value of £375k, outstanding mortgage £246k (LTV 66%), and monthly rent £1075. It is my former home and has seen good capital growth as it is in a prime residential area, but clearly it does not yield well! The second BTL property (Property 2) has a value of £320k, outstanding mortgage £170k (LTV 53%), and monthly rent £1200. The two existing BTLs are owned with my wife. We have so far not converted to a limited company as we have avoided the mortgage interest relief changes by making my wife, a basic rate taxpayer, entitled to the income. That is currently the plan for the new acquisitions too. I am looking to expand my portfolio and have a goal of buying another two BTL properties this year, with hopefully more to follow. I have enough cash saved to use for deposits and fees etc. on the two new BTLs. (I may also look at releasing equity from Property 2 to increase my investable funds.) We can assume that the two new BTLs will have significantly higher yields and wont struggle to satisfy lenders' stress tests when looked at in isolation. However, I have identified that the portfolio landlord rules may be a hurdle to my portfolio expansion plans as the low-yielding Property 1 is likely to skew the rental cover tests that lenders will run on my portfolio as a whole once I reach 4 properties. I would be grateful for any thoughts or advice on the following: 1. At what point do I become a portfolio landlord? I don't think my residential home counts towards the 4 properties, but I have heard that when you own three mortgaged BTLs and are in the process of applying for the fourth BTL mortgage, lenders will apply the portfolio landlord tests at that point. Is that right? 2. Is there a standard portfolio rental cover test which lenders are obliged to use? Or do the exact calculations vary by lender? I have seen 145% @ 5.5% interest rate mentioned a lot. Are some lenders more flexible than this? If not, I think Property 1 is going to be a large hurdle to my expansion plans. 3. Even if I could find a flexible lender who would lend on my portfolio including Property 1, will Property 1 always hold me back when I seek to expand my portfolio and refinance? After all, each time I make a new acquisition I will be potentially approaching a new lender each time - each one will have their own view on my portfolio based on their own criteria. I don't want availability of finance to be a constant struggle as I expand. Therefore, should I consider selling Property 1 and putting the equity of £129k-ish to work elsewhere? I'd rather not sell as I believe future capital growth prospects remain strong, but I am also keen to expand in the short term. 4. Would converting the existing BTLs and/or buying the new BTLs within a limited company help with availability of finance? I understand the portfolio stress tests may be more relaxed when it's a limited company borrower. Looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks Matt
  3. Hi Hubbers, First post on here so please go easy on me I'm 27 (no major commitments) and have £30k to start building a portfolio of rental properties... I'm currently looking to buy my first BTL property around Leicester / Wolverhampton, so thought it would be great to hear everyone's opinion on sourcing good yield properties (+8%). I'm not too worried on what type of property / location, etc. as long as it's not HMOs (I want to keep risks relatively low and be hands-off where possible). Additionally, if anyone's got any particular experience with great property lawyers and lettings management' agencies that you'd be happy to share, I'd love to hear from you! I will keep you all updated with my ventures (providing I have no mental breakdowns ) Thanks all! Rafael
  4. Hi Folks, We've just produced a short guide to help raise awareness of the new PRA underwriting standards and the recent BTL tax reforms. Link below, hope it's useful. http://hollybeckfinance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Landlord-Tax-PRA-Changes-Guide.pdf
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