Common Costs Associated with Buy-to-Let Mortgages
Investing in real estate through buy-to-let properties is a popular choice among investors, even with the rise in interest rates and higher cost of borrowing.
The demand for rental properties continues to rise, with rentals increasing as a result, making it an attractive avenue for generating income. However, it’s vital to understand the associated costs involved in buy-to-let mortgages as we often see investors unaware of all the costs involved.
We love to provide clarity with finance raising, so here are some common expenses you should be aware of when considering borrowing for your next buy-to-let investments – which we would love to help you with!
Mortgage Interest Rates
The cornerstone of any mortgage, including buy-to-let mortgages is the interest rate. These rates can vary based on factors such as the lender, your credit history, the type of property you are buying (holiday lets can be more expensive) and the current economic conditions.
Typically, buy-to-let mortgage interest rates are higher than those for residential mortgages due to the increased risk associated with rental properties. These rates do vary far more than they ever used to with lenders offering different rate and fee structures as well as different rates for 2 and 5 year fixed interest or variable interest rates.
It’s essential to research and compare interest rates from various lenders, which we will do for you. Lower interest rates can significantly impact your overall profitability but be aware of the fees that link to it.
Mortgage Arrangement Fees
When applying for a buy-to-let mortgage you will encounter arrangement fees. These fees cover the administrative costs associated with processing your mortgage application and can be incurred on application, completion or both.
The amount can vary substantially between buy to let lenders, and some may offer mortgage products with no arrangement fees but a higher interest rate. Be sure to consider these fees when budgeting for your property investment, also be aware that sometimes these fees can be added to your loan so they are not a ‘cash’ cost.
Most UK lenders require a professional property valuation before approving a buy-to-let mortgage. Valuation fees can range from a few hundred to over a thousand pounds, depending on the property’s value and location. It’s a necessary cost to account for when calculating your initial investment in a buy-to-let property.
You may want to budget for your own survey also as a mortgage survey may not cover everything you want to know.
Legal fees are another essential expense when securing a buy-to-let mortgage. These fees cover the cost of hiring a solicitor or conveyancer to handle the legal aspects of the property purchase or remortgage. The fees can vary based on the complexity of the transaction and the professional you choose to work with. You may find that a lender will let you use their solicitor which can save you money.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
You may be required to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the purchase of a property. The amount of SDLT you owe depends on the property’s purchase price and the applicable tax laws in the UK. It’s crucial to research and budget for SDLT to avoid any surprises during the property acquisition process.
Whilst not a finance related cost, it may surprise you how many times SDLT surprises borrowers. You can calculate your SDLT costs here.
Remember to know your return on investment and then navigate the world of buy-to-let mortgages with confidence.
Keep in mind that each property investment is unique and each buy to let mortgage is unique, so tailor your financial planning and move forward with confidence.
If you want help knowing your best finance options then get in touch.
By Dave Farmer