How are buy to let mortgages different to residential mortgages?

Mortgage advisors

Firstly, a big point to make from a brokers stand point is that buy to let mortgages are not regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) in the same way that residential mortgage are.

This is because they are classed as a commercial mortgage, and in some respects you dont get the same protection taking out a BTL mortgage than you would if for example you wanted a regular mortgage to buy a new home or remortgage your existing property.

This means that it is much easier to become a buy to let mortgage advisor, and you dont have to deal or worry about issues around regulation and the FCA.

From a borrowers point of view the 2 main points of difference are:

1. Rates are more expensive. Buy to let mortgages are more expensive and interest rates, fees and charges are higher if you compared against a residential mortgage. This is because buy to let is deemed to be higher risk, and a commercial money making venture.

2. A larger deposit is required. The minimum deposit you’ll need on a buy to let property is 15% (85% LTV mortgage) while the same on a residential mortgage would be 5% on a 95% mortgage. This means lenders require more security when you take out a buy to let mortgage. It is worth noting that 85% generally is the highest LTV for buy to let, but the RBS and Natwest both have 90% LTV products for existing customers only!



What does it take to become a BTL investor?

Sarah Beeny, Property Expert
Sarah Beeny, Property Expert

10 years ago the likes of Sarah Beeny and the countless TV shows were showing ordinary folks how they to could become property millionaires.

Back then it was easy you simply had to buy a property, hold onto it for a few years and make tens of thousands of peoples as property prices rocketed in the 2000’s.

I too was part of this BTL gang and made my fair share of profits through buying property, holding and then selling on for a very good profit.

Fast forward 10 years and things are very different

Everyone knows that the property market is a different beast nowadays and it actually takes some hardwork, skills and knowledge to make money.

With the rise of the buy to let landlord there is also much more competition today than there where back then. People are wise to it now, and it has become much more mainstream with every man and his dog wanting to become a BTL king.

What skills do you need to be successful in buy to let?

Here are a list of skills that you’ll need

  • Tenancity – you’ll need to keep going even when things become tough, because sod’s law says youre going to encounter some issues.
  • Determination – you’ll really need to want to succeed and not to give up at the first hurdle.
  • Passion – those who have a passion it what they do often succeed greater, than those who are simply doing it to make money.
  • Contacts – it helps to know the right people who can help you find good deals, tradesmen and a good letting agent
  • A support family – this is essential and you’ll need the support of your family and close friends when things get tough or when you need help and support

85% Buy-to-Let Mortgage Rates

85-percentA quick look at the major mortgage comparison websites online at the 85% mortgages for buy to let range and you’ll be able to see how interest rates have come down over the past 12 months and that there are now a few more lenders offering 85% LTV mortgages for buy to let to let property.

We have seen across the mortgage market new lenders and products coming to market and we’ve seen some of the lowest rates on fixed rate deals for a long time now.

Good news for low deposit investors

85% loan-to-value mortgages are popular with new investors or those who have a smaller deposit and less cash to invest in their property. It means newbie investors can get on the buy-to-let ladder with less cash or make the money they do have go further, perhaps to buy further properties or to use any spare money for costs such as finders fees, solicitors fee or modernisation and renovation work.

Advice on mortgages & buy to let
Advice on mortgages & buy to let

What mortgage lenders current offer 85% buy to let mortgages?

At a quick glance we can see the following lenders:

1. Kent Reliance
2. Birmingham Midshires
3. The RBS – Also offering a 90% LTV mortgage for existing customer
4. The Natwest (Part of the RBS) – Also offering a 90% LTV mortgage for existing customers

We have working with all the above lenders and have a good understanding their requirements with regards the applicant criteria, credit rating and rental requirements for each product. Each of the above mortgage providers are different in the way they assess applicants and have different rules about what they will and wont accept.

Mortgage lenders, banks and building societies have become more picky about there application process in recent years, which means it pays to get some advice on what the requirements are, and if your proposed BTL investment fits in with their criteria.

What are the rates?

Interest rates for all types of low deposit mortgage are high when compared to other LTV ratios such as the 70% and 75% deals. However, they do allow you to enter the market for less money, but you should expect to pay more in charges and higher rates for it.

A full range of 85% BTL fixed rate mortgages
A full range of 85% BTL fixed rate mortgages


Fixed rate 85% deals

The fixed rate products are available across the standard range of periods which are 2,3 and 5 years. The longer fixed rate deals are more expensive when compared to the 2 year product, however they do offer some security of fixed payments for those borrowers who look to know what there payments will be over the longer time period. Rates are around the 5.29% – 6.7% range depending on the exact deal you go for.

Where to go for advice or rates

If you want to take a look at the rates then shop online and use a comparison website where you can view the rates on offer to see which lenders are offeringf the lowest rates and fees. If you need advice on the best type of mortgage you need then please contact us.


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