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Holiday let deals surge – can supply keep up with demand?

A jump in the sale of homes for holiday let purposes has corresponded with an increase in mortgage options for borrowers keen to cash on this flourishing areas of the buy-to-let market.

This is according to the latest data from Moneyfacts.co.uk which has revealed a ‘notable’ rise in the number of buy-to-let options for holiday lets over the past six months.

The figures are released as prospects of Brits being able to travel overseas for holidays this year continued to look uncertain.

Moneyfacts revealed today mortgage options for borrowers looking at holiday lets had grown by 45% in the past six months and product availability was double that in August 2020.

The analysis drew on research from Hodge Bank, which showed, over the past six months, there had been a surge in sales of holiday homes near the coast.

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Moneyfacts said the abundance of holiday let products had returned to levels seen a year ago. However, supply of housing overall meant the market was failing to keep up with demand.

According to Rightmove, new listings of properties overall were not satisfying record buyer demand, with available stock down nationally by 25% year-on-year.

Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said: “Consumers may have taken some time to reflect on staycations in light of uncertainties surrounding international travel and how a holiday let could be a worthy investment.

“Lenders have moved over the past six months to cater to the demand for those looking to invest in property, as there has been a rise in holiday let deals of 45%, and product availability has in fact doubled since August 2020.”

Buy-to-let mortgage market analysis 
BTL options available(fixed and variable)Mar-20Aug-20Oct-20Now
Available to holiday let16274103149
Lenders offering holiday let deals20141721
Average fixed rate available to holiday let3.37%3.53%3.79%3.95%
Source: Moneyfacts.co.uk

Trends

According to Moneyfacts it is the building societies which seem more likely to provide the deals to meet the growing demand – whether for someone who uses their own home or takes out a new loan to fund the holiday let investment.

Springall cited research from Hodge Bank, which revealed of those purchasing a holiday home, 65% took out a new holiday let specific mortgage and 35% remortgaged their existing home to finance their holiday home.

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Supply and demand

Springall added: “Supply and demand may well be a key issue in 2021 for investors who feel staycations are here to stay awhile yet, and indeed according to Rightmove, national new listings stock is down 25% year-on-year.

“Any lack of holiday home opportunities will come as frustrating news for investors considering the return of holiday let deals on to the market, especially as sales figures nationally are rising and some consumers have more disposable income from lockdown and are therefore ready to invest.

“Data from PropertyMark cited that one in nine properties nationally sell more than the asking price, with recent figures hitting a five-year high.

“Clearly, for any opportunities that prospective borrowers are contemplating, it is wise they approach an independent qualified financial adviser to go through the deals currently available and to get some valuable insight into the workings of a holiday let, including tax benefits, rules regarding residency periods, rental income desirability and requirements, and other potential expenses outside of utility bills.”

Source: Mortgage Finance Gazette

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Leeds Building Society reintroduces holiday let mortgage range

Leeds Building Society is reintroducing its 2-year fixed rate range of holiday let mortgages.

Products have a rate of 2.84% to 60% loan-to-value and 3.34% to 70% LTV.

Both products come with a free standard valuation, fees assisted legal services, and no product fee.

Matt Bartle, Leeds Building Society’s director of products, said: “In these uncertain times, we believe many will choose to holiday in the UK this summer and take advantage of our seaside towns and stunning countryside.

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“That could well be a trend that continues so we can expect to see more interest in holiday lets in some of the UK’s sought-after locations.

“We were the first lender to launch a range of dedicated holiday let mortgages back in 2013 and our research has shown traditional locations such as the South West, Yorkshire and the Lake District remain popular with holidaymakers, with many favouring a coastal break.

“The recent government announcement on stamp duty is likely to encourage more interest in the buy-to-let market, including holiday lets.

“High demand means high returns but it’s important for landlords to remember performance can be seasonal and affected by the weather.

“Buying a holiday let, like any other property investment, does carry risk but enables an investor to diversify their portfolio risk by letting weekly to a range of occupiers, rather than relying on one individual to pay rent every month.”

BY RYAN BEMBRIDGE

Source: Property Wire