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Lending to landlords increased by 19%

The CML has reported a 19% increase in the amount of lending by  landlords in purchasing (and insuring!) buy to let property. This is reported in today's telegraph

Whether this increase is beneficial is open to question. House prices, other than in London, have been falling consistently in the last few years, although the Halifax have recently reported a slight hardening in costs.

So it may be that the market is turning and landlords wishing to expand their portfolios should consider whether the bottom has been reached or it is just a statistical quirk.

There are well-known additional pressures on house prices, the population of the UK is increasing and housing stock is not being expanded as many developers are sitting on land banks waiting for indications that the market is going upwards.

This report, incidentally confirms the news previously that there were indications that the market was beginning to turn round.

Despite claims that landlords were buying all the property, statistics show that only one in seven mortgages were given to buy to let customers, with standard mortgages being by far the most common.

Landlords should be aware that buy to let mortgages may become regulated by the EU in the future - this will make it harder to obtain these mortgages as the costs are passed on to consumers, but who will benefit from the increased probity of lenders and advisers. 

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