There are emerging signs of recovery in the buy-to-let mortgage market, following the major initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown, new figures show.
The latest research carried out by Moneyfacts.co.uk has found that since May, the number of buy-to-let deals - fixed and variable - available at all loan-to-values (LTVs) has increased by 283, with the number of two-year fixed deals increasing by 134 and the number of five-year fixed deals increasing by 164.
The product choice at 75% LTV has increased by 46 two-year fixed rate deals, which 54 more products are available in the five-year fixed rate bracket.
In addition, there are 26 more two-year fixed rate products at 80% LTV, while there are 20 more options available for those seeking a five-year fixed rate over the month.
Eleanor Williams, finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said: “The mortgage market as a whole remains an evolving and complicated landscape, as the ongoing impact of the recent lockdown has affected product choice and rates.
“However, as our latest research shows, the buy-to-let sector has adapted well and there are indications that landlords may have cause for positivity.”
|2020 BTL mortgage product number analysis
|BTL product count - fixed and variable rates
|Two-year fixed rates BTL - all LTVs
|Five-year fixed rates BTL - all LTVs
|2020 BTL average rates analysis
|BTL two-year fixed - all LTVs
|BTL five-year fixed - all LTVs
Since January, the number of 80% LTV BTL mortgage deals available has dropped sharply, with two year fixed rate deals falling from 119 in January to just 31 available in July.
Meanwhile, the volume of five year fixed rate deals has fallen from 110 to 19 during the same period of time, making it harder for landlords with an 80% LTV to get a mortgage deal.
|2020 80% LTV BTL mortgage product number analysis
|Two-year fixed rates BTL - 80% LTV
|Five-year fixed rates BTL - 80% LTV
|2020 80% LTV BTL average rates analysis
|BTL two-year fixed - 80% LTV
|BTL five-year fixed - 80% LTV
Landlords looking for a mortgage at a 60% LTV will have seen the number of products available increase since January. Since the beginning of the year, the number of two-year fixed rate deals available at a 60% LTV increased from 126 to 144 in July, and the number of five-year fixed rate deals increased from 128 to 146.
But between May and July there was a marginal decline in the number of 60% LTV deals available, with two-year fixed rate products falling from 148 to 144 and the number of five-year fixed deals falling from 155 to 146.
Williams added: “With rates as low as 1.19% available in the BTL chart today, it seems that there are some highly competitive deals available to landlords.
“Saying this, the BTL mortgage market has not seen a harmonious return to pre-lockdown competition and landlords looking for a 60% LTV will have seen average rates rise since the beginning of the year, while 80% LTV rates have fallen.”
|2020 60% LTV BTL mortgage product number analysis
|BTL two-year fixed - 60% LTV
|Five-year fixed rates BTL - 60% LTV
|2020 60% LTV BTL average rate analysis
|BTL two-year fixed - 60% LTV
|BTL five-year fixed - 60% LTV