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Regulation changes create buy-to-let opportunity – Nationwide

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Regulation changes create buy-to-let opportunity – Nationwide
The impact of the Mortgage Market Review and other restrictions on residential lending have proved a boon to buy-to-let lenders, Nationwide’s Gary Salter has said.

Salter, head of corporate accounts at Nationwide and buy-to-let sister brand The Mortgage Works, said the new rules had forced more people to stay in rented accommodation, rather than purchasing.

“MMR has meant would-be buyers have been pushed to stay in rented accommodation when they can’t get a mortgage which has increased demand,” he told the Mortgage Business Expo in London.

“The FPC guidelines on loan-to-income have resulted in less people passing affordability tests, again these are people being pushed towards rented accommodation.”

Salter said that around one-in-five buy-to-let loans were currently held by lenders with closed books, stating this could present a valuable opportunity for brokers as rates rise and remortgaging looks more attractive.

“A likely rate increase has pushed landlords towards fixed rates, so again a remortgaging opportunity,” he added.

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