Complex Rental Yields Up in UK

The Mortgages for Business Complex Buy To Let Index indicates complex rental yields in the United Kingdom (UK) continue to outperform other types of rental properties, climbing 10.7% …

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The Mortgages for Business Complex Buy To Let Index indicates complex rental yields in the United Kingdom (UK) continue to outperform other types of rental properties, climbing 10.7% per year in the latest survey. This is a record for Houses in Multiple Occupation in the UK, while Semi Commercial Property remains neutral and Multi-Unit Freehold Blocks yields dropped in the last quarter. Even so, rental yields are up across the region on average as the debt crisis and economic difficulties continue to push prospective homebuyers into the rental market, and more so because of the end of the first-time buyer stamp duty holiday. For more on this continue reading the following article from Property Wire.

Complex buy to let yields in the UK reached their highest level in the first quarter of 2012 as average yields for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) climbed to 10.7% per annum, according to the latest index from Mortgages for Business.

It’s Complex Buy To Let Index shows that the complex buy to let (BTL) market continues to offer landlords and professional investors better average rates of return than mainstream vanilla buy to let properties.
 
HMO yields are at their highest ever level at 10.7% per annum and Semi Commercial Property (SCP) now averages yields of 7.3%. While average yields for Multi Unit Freehold Blocks (MUFB) have fallen over the last quarter, now standing at 6.2% compared to 7.1%, this is due largely to a new product range being introduced by one lender designed to attract smaller properties.

Despite the relative strength of the complex BTL sector, average yields on mainstream vanilla buy to let properties have also grown over the first quarter of 2012 averaging yields of 6.3%, up from 6.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011, reflecting the buoyant demand for rental properties across the UK.

The average overall number of buy to let products available over the quarter and the number of lenders operating in the sector has remained unchanged quarter on quarter. Over the last three months, an average of 25 lenders offered an average of 442 buy to let products. However, on 23rd March, 472 buy to let mortgage products were available, the highest number of off the shelf products available so far in 2012.

‘Complex buy to let properties are becoming increasingly attractive to landlords and professional investors. Average yields on HMOs for example eclipse even the most lucrative traditional rental house or flat and can provide investors with a diverse and robust portfolio,’ said David Whittaker.
 
‘With the end of the first time buyer stamp duty holiday likely to have a negative impact on the owner occupier market and the government’s New Buy scheme unlikely to cover the shortfall, landlords and property investors will be relied upon even more in 2012,’ he explained.

‘The good news for landlords, though, is that for those that look beyond mainstream buy to let, there are plenty of opportunities to grow their portfolios and push their businesses forward,’ he added.

This article was republished with permission from Property Wire.

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