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Stamp duty pushing developers to change financing options – BFS

by: John Hardman, head of sales at Bridging Finance Solutions
  • 28/02/2019
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Stamp duty pushing developers to change financing options – BFS
We are undoubtedly seeing an increase in developers electing to retain properties at the end of a refurbishment programme rather than sell on.


This is maybe a sign that additional costs such as the 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge is becoming off putting for investors.

Instead they are choosing to re-finance from a bridging loan onto a buy-to-let mortgage and take the yield and long-term capital appreciation that this typically brings.

From the Midlands upwards and across the north of England, there is a much greater potential to follow this route as acquisition costs are much lower and there is far more traditional small landlord stock such as small terraced and semi-detached houses.

Given the higher level of capital growth associated with property located in the south of England there is an increased level of buyers who want to make the purchase, improve the property and then sell on in a market that has long enjoyed higher rates of growth than other parts of the UK.

The lower yields make it more unattractive to retain in certain parts of the south also, which lends itself to sale rather than retention at the end of a bridge.


Only London nervous

In terms of Brexit and the possible impact this will have on our sector, I think central London is probably the only place that is particularly nervous on this.

Regardless of your position on Brexit, leave or remain, the facts are that large blue chip companies and merchant banks electing to relocate parts of their workforce will undoubtedly have a direct effect on high value flats and apartments in central London.

The wider picture remains very unclear, as indeed is Brexit itself.

However, property has always been relatively stable over prolonged periods which would help negate any short-term liquidity issues.

Our opinion has always been that sensible lending levels and commercially astute decisions on property advances leads to a strong book of satisfied clients.


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