UK buy to let landlords increasingly looking for semi-detached properties

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There has been a big jump in UK landlords looking to buy semi-detached property with demand for terraced houses almost half previous levels, new research shows. Landlords are also planning for steady growth in the buy to let property sector as optimism rises, according to the latest landlord research by Paragon Mortgages. The data shows that landlords on the lookout for a semi-detached property amongst those expecting to purchase buy to let property soon, have increased from 23% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 35% in the first quarter of 2015. The specialist lender’s Private Rented Sector Trends survey, which has been tracking landlord confidence and views on the buy to let market for 13 years, also shows that the proportion of landlords looking to buy terraced property had fallen from 67% to 35%. The lenders says that this sharp turnaround in demand for these two different property types results in a more even distribution of interest across the broad spectrum of property types from landlords than previously. Overall, among those looking to buy, 30% of landlords expressed interest in adding a flat to their portfolio, 35% were on the look-out for a semi-detached house, 35% for a terraced house and 22% said they were considering more specialist units such as multi-unit blocks and HMOs. The report also finds a higher proportion of landlords are optimistic about the prospects for their property portfolios, with 27% feeling positive about the future and an increase in those expecting to buy sometime soon, up from 15% to 18%. ‘The growing proportion of landlords looking to purchase buy to let property sometime soon points to continued, steady growth in the private rented sector,’ said John Heron, the firm’s director of mortgages. ‘Meanwhile, a closer look at interest levels for different property types suggests landlords are taking a broader perspective in order to cater for the wider range of households looking for a suitable home in the rental sector,’ he added. Continue reading →

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