The influence of Covid-19 on the buy-to-let market
We all know that Covid-19 has changed business dynamics across a multitude of sectors and the mortgage market is certainly no different. With this in mind, it was interesting to see research from Quotezone – which covered a sample of landlord insurance quotes from 2019 to 2020 – highlight that redundancies and furlough may have created an emerging trend of small and first-time landlords.
Although the majority of the 19,000 landlords sampled reported owning their property for in excess of five years, a more recent spike emerged with properties owned for ‘less than one year’ seeing a 22% year-on-year rise during the pandemic. The data also showed that the average age of a landlord in the UK is 51. It added that, with only 52% of landlords using cash to purchase during 2020 – the lowest figure on record – buy-to-let is an increasingly viable option for many UK buyers.
This data follows a report that an increasing number of buy-to-let mortgages have become available to first-time landlords. According to Moneyfacts, around 65 per cent of buy-to-let mortgage deals – or 1,311 products – are now accessible to novice investors, compared to a year ago when around 61 per cent of the market was catering to first-time landlords.
This boost could well be down to the growing number of first-time landlords taking advantage of the stamp duty holiday, although a number of additional factors always need to be thrown into the mix. What is crystal clear is how healthy the BTL market remains and how opportunities will continue to emerge for all types of landlords, investors and developers moving forward.