Buy-to-let is making a ton of money right now
If you’re renting in London and trying to buy your own place but being gazumped by cash buyers, it will come as no surprise to you that buy-to-let is booming.
Here are 11 facts about the market:
- Buy-to-let lending represents 15% of total mortgage lending – nearly £1.3 trillion.
- In 2005, that figure was 7.7%.
- Most mortgage lenders need to see rent income at least 125% of mortgage payments to approve a buy-to-let mortgage.
- Over the past 18 years, buy-to-let has made an average profit of nearly 1,400% per investor, compared with 210% in returns from equities or 230% from gilts.
- In 2001, just 2.3 million households were in rented accommodation, compared with 5.4 million today.
- In 10 years, this will rise to 7.2 million, according to PwC.
- Part-time landlords make up more than 70% of the private renting sector.
- By 2025, more than half of people under 40 will be living in properties owned by private landlords.
- Average buy-to-let yields are currently 4.1% in London.
- 95% of landlords own fewer than five properties.
- However, the 3% of landlords who own more than five properties account for almost a quarter (22%) of privately rented homes.