Buying at auction

Many buy-to-let landlords seek to pick up bargains by purchasing property at auction.

This can make perfect sense, but you need to be prepared, have your finances arranged, have identified and surveyed the property you want in advance and know exactly what you are doing before you enter the auction house.

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Repossessed properties sell for 35% below true value

Repossessed properties sold in the six years since the financial crisis sold for around 35% below market value, figures from HML have shown.

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Peckham offers best yields for landlords

Landlords in south east London enjoyed the best rental yields in the city last year, according to figures from Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward.


Landlord register "further tax" on landlords and tenants

Residential landlords have dismissed Labour’s proposal for a national register of landlords as a “further tax on landlords and tenants”.


Leeds unveils new buy-to-let range

Leeds Building Society's fixed rate buy-to-let range now offers deals at 3.55% for two years and 3.79% for three years, both available up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV).


TBMC launches BTL deals starting from 3.40%

TBMC, the buy-to-let and commercial mortgage specialist, has launched eight new buy-to-let mortgage deals with Mortgage Trust, available up to 75% Loan to Value.


Kensington comes back to the mortgage market

Intermediary-only mortgage lender Kensington has relaunched into the residential and buy-to-let mortgage markets.


House prices down, mortgage approvals up

Average UK property prices fell by 0.7% in October, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.


Paragon launches new buy-to-let range

Specialist mortgage lender Paragon has launched a number of new buy-to-let products in a move looking to target smaller portfolio landlords.


Keystone Buy to Let to offer loans up to £500,000

Keystone Buy to Let Mortgages has made changes to its lending criteria and will now offer loans up to £500,000 to existing landlords.


Brians of Britain have best credit profiles

Men called Brian have the best credit profiles in the UK, according to a new report by comparison site

Buy-to-let investors benefit from falling house prices

Average yields generated by 'complex' buy-to-let investing rose in the third quarter of the year, thanks to decreasing property prices and strong tenenat demand.


Buy-to-let taxes and legal requirements

Buying to let isn't simply a case of finding a tenant and then raking in rent - there are tax implications and legal requirements to negotiate first.


Letting agents

If you are entering the buy-to-let market for the first time, or feel that you won't have enough time to conduct much of the administration involved in letting a property by yourself, you may want to consider using a letting agent.

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