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									Investing in Buy-to-Let Property

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When one has the capital to make a significant investment, the thought of
buying a property to let surely comes to mind.

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When one has the capital to make a significant investment, the thought of
buying a property to let surely comes to mind. Letting out a property
can be a fine source of capital growth, however it also requires much
work on the part of the landlord. If it is your intention to purchase a
property to let, it is important to know a few of the pitfalls along the
way and how to avoid them.

The first thing you must know is for what purpose you are buying the
property. Your objectives might be income, which is your month to month
profits from the tenants, or capital growth, which deals with making a
profit through increased equity from the second property as the value
increases over time. This choice should influence what type of property
you purchase and the location of the property.

Maintaining a property is an expensive process. As a guide, you should
be aiming to achieve a gross rent of at least one hundred thirty-five
percent of the property’s interest only mortgage repayments. This will
help you cover your costs should anything go wrong with the property.

There are three great differences with buy to let mortgages that you
should know about. Firstly is rent potential. The decision as to
whether or not a mortgage is offered is most often based on the rent you
will earn in addition to your income. In some cases your income might
not even be considered. Secondly is the interest rate. Buy to let
mortgages come with a slightly higher interest rate. Lastly is the
larger deposit. The deposit is typically a minimum of twenty to twenty-
five percent of the property’s value.

Research into the type of mortgage you wish to apply for is important, of
course. For many people, fixed rate interest options are preferable.
Repayments for buy to let properties can frequently be done in interest
only repayments, but if you wish to repay the entire value of a property
then look for a mortgage that will allow you to overpay each month if you

Finding a loan that will calculate interest daily instead of annually is
more fair to you, since your interest will be calculated on a current
balance instead of on repayments that you have already made through the
course of the year.

Before you decide to apply for your mortgage loan, think about how you
want to let your property. You can let the property in various stages of
furnishing, but if you choose to let a property with furnishings you will
have to buy the furnishings and deal with any damage caused by the
residents while you are letting the property. Determine if you can
afford to furnish the property, and factor that into the cost you will
ask for to let each month.

Buying a property to let can be an exciting experience, and although it
is hard work it can pay off well in the end. Determine what exactly you
want to get out of the letting experience, and how you want to let the
property. After that, the sky is the limit.

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