New research has indicated that Buy-to-Let is still a highly attractive proposition for would-be landlords. Low savings rates and the volatility of the stock market remain two of the main reasons why investors are flocking into the buy-to-let environment, as is a great opportunity for them to become less reliant on their day-to-day employment.
A study, conducted by PropertyLetByUs.com indicated that 40% of buy-to-let gain a substantial income from their property portfolio, with half saying that this is their main source of income. The study also revealed that just over a third of buy-to-let landlords have full-time jobs, with 5% stating that they worked part-time.
Of those questioned, 50% of landlords said that they had a LTV of 20%, while 36% of landlords said that their LTV was 40%. One in five landlords said that they had rental yields of between 15-30% per year, while one in four said that their yields were between 5-10%.
Managing Director of Property Let By Us Jane Morris, remains certain that the buy-to-let market is going from strength to strength. Morris said, ‘buy-to-let continues to provide an excellent return on investment, with many landlords able to take an income, as well as enjoying the capital growth of the property.’
Research from the HomeLet Rental Index has shown that rents across the United Kingdom are 10.2% higher than this time last year. The average rent for a tenancy agreement in the UK so far is £902. This is in comparison to £819 during the same period twelve months ago. Similarly, rents are up in every region of the UK from 12 months ago, with the exception of Wales.
With this said, mortgage rates are still at record lows levels, which in turn is assisting buy-to-let landlords to achieve more substantial returns.