Strategic approach is essential for landlord and investor clients – Berry

by: Jason Berry, group sales director at Crystal Specialist Finance
  • 06/06/2024
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Strategic approach is essential for landlord and investor clients – Berry
The time is now right for landlords and investors to capitalise on profitable investments utilising the UK mortgage market – but they must be well-informed and strategic.

The UK mortgage market affords many opportunities to landlords and investors looking to capitalise on the country’s dynamic real estate market.

But they need to understand fully what’s evolving before taking prompt and decisive action when the time’s right.

Despite tax burdens and affordability restrictions, I believe that a strategic approach can ensure that hurdles are navigated while simultaneously ensuring the potential for profitable investments are unlocked.

In my opinion, there are four key considerations that landlords and investors must now bear in mind.

BTL market resilience

The buy-to-let (BTL) market remains a resilient sector offering lucrative opportunities for landlords.

Despite regulatory changes and tax reforms in recent years, demand for rental properties continues to outstrip supply in many areas of the UK.

This sustained demand, driven by factors such as population growth, changing demographics and lifestyle preferences, underscores the attractiveness of BTL investments.

Landlords can leverage mortgage financing to expand their property portfolios and capitalise on rental income streams.

With careful research and due diligence, identifying areas of high rental demand and favourable rental yields can maximise returns on investment (ROIs).

Properties located in urban centres, university towns and commuter belts often present attractive opportunities for landlords due to their consistent demand from tenants.

 

Affordable housing initiatives

Affordability restrictions and regulatory changes have posed challenges for landlords and investors in recent years.

However, government initiatives aimed at promoting affordable housing present opportunities for those willing to explore innovative solutions.

Programmes such as Help to Buy and shared ownership have successfully helped facilitate homeownership for first-time buyers, creating a niche market for investors.

Landlords and investors can tap into ongoing initiatives by targeting properties eligible for government-backed schemes.

Investing in new-build developments or properties suitable for shared ownership arrangements can provide access to a broader pool of potential tenants and buyers.

Collaborating with housing associations or local authorities to provide affordable rental options can also yield mutually beneficial outcomes.

 

Tax efficiency strategies can optimise investment

Tax burdens are a perennial concern for landlords and investors, particularly in light of changes to mortgage interest relief and stamp duty rates.

However, adopting tax-efficient strategies can help mitigate these challenges and optimise returns on investment.

Incorporating properties into a limited company structure, for example, can offer tax advantages such as reduced corporation tax rates and greater flexibility in managing expenses.

Furthermore, exploring alternative financing options – such as commercial mortgages or portfolio finance – can enhance tax efficiency by leveraging different tax treatments.

Seeking professional advice from tax specialists and mortgage brokers is essential for landlords and investors to navigate the complexities of tax regulations and optimise their investment strategies.

 

Diversification and specialisation ‘essential’

In a competitive market environment, diversification and specialisation are essential for landlords and investors seeking to maximise returns and manage risks effectively.

Beyond traditional residential BTL properties, exploring niche markets such as student accommodation, holiday lets, or houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) can offer attractive returns and opportunities for capital appreciation.

Identifying emerging trends and under-served markets can provide a competitive edge in the UK mortgage market.

For example, the growing demand for eco-friendly properties or properties with smart home features presents opportunities for investors to capitalise on shifting consumer preferences and lifestyle trends.

To conclude, I’d encourage all mortgage brokers to engage proactively with their landlord and investor clients at this point in time.

In short, the UK mortgage market continues to offer abundant opportunities when these clients are willing to navigate challenges and capitalise on emerging trends.

By strategically leveraging mortgage financing, targeting areas of high demand, exploring affordable housing initiatives, adopting tax-efficient strategies and diversifying into specialised niches, landlords and investors can unlock the full potential of the UK real estate market and achieve sustainable returns on their investments.

With a well-informed and proactive strategy in place, the path to success in the UK mortgage market continues to be ripe with potential.

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