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“The average rate at 75% loan-to-value stands at its lowest point since June 2023”

The buy-to-let sector has seen fixed rates fall and product choice grow month-on-month, according to the latest analysis by Moneyfactscompare.

Overall buy-to-let product availability across fixed and variable rates has improved month-on-month by just over 100 deals. There are now over 2,500 options available, compared to less than 1,000 options available this time last year.

Average fixed rates have fallen month-on-month, over both a two-year or five-year fixed term. The average two-year fix has fallen from 6.64% in September to 6.40% this month, while the average five-year fix is down from 6.49% to 6.32%.

Despite rates edging down, landlords coming off a two or five-year fixed rate deal and looking to remortgage will still find the latest average rates are around 3% higher.

Rachel Springall, finance expert at Moneyfactscompare, said: “The buy-to-let market has seen a healthy growth in product choice month-on-month and fixed rates have fallen over the same period. These are encouraging signs for landlords looking to refinance who may have been concerned about rates escalating. However, those coming off a two or five-year fixed rate deal will need to find more funds to afford higher mortgage repayments. The average buy-to-let rate on a two-year fixed mortgage in October 2021 was 2.92%; it has now more than doubled to 6.40% while the average rate on a five-year equivalent in October 2018 was 3.40%, and now stands at 6.32%.

“Borrowers with just a 20% deposit or equity will find average rates across two and five-year fixed terms have dropped below 7% this month and choice in this niche area of the market has grown. Landlords who have a larger deposit or equity of 25%, and are prepared to lock into a five-year fixed mortgage, will find the average rate at 75% loan-to-value stands at its lowest point since June 2023 (5.85%). Product choice for a five-year fixed deal at 75% LTV stands at its highest point on record, with over 600 deals to choose from.

“Despite such positivity, some landlords may seriously be considering selling up, as the profitability of a buy-to-let portfolio may not be enough to cover costs. Over the years, landlords’ profit margins have been hit by a cull in mortgage rate tax relief, tax changes for CGT and holiday lets, plus new EPC requirements. The enticement to invest for new landlords is prevalent, as rental growth on a newly let property hit 12% across Great Britain, according to a study by Hamptons, which also cited the long-term decline in rental stock will continue to underpin future rental growth. The months ahead for the buy-to-let sector are crucial, so any investor would be wise to seek advice before they commit and be conscious of any rental expectations amid rising costs. Providers will need to carefully balance supporting their existing customers and work hard to entice new business to encourage an optimistic outlook for investors in the months ahead.”

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