Buy to let market running out of steam
The CML has today revealed that the UK buy to let market has rebounded strongly from post-credit crunch levels although it would appear to be running out of steam. The number of buy-to-let mortgages agreed increased by 13% in the second quarter of 2010 with around 25,000 confirmed. While these figures are welcomed by investors in the buy to let market they are just around 25% of the business levels seen prior to the credit crunch and the worldwide economic downturn.
There is no doubt that the buy to let market is "over the worst", at least in the short-term, but with many experts predicting difficult times for the UK economy and a difficult period for the property market it will do well to maintain current growth levels. Indeed even the CML believes that there are signs that the sector is easing back although how far it will fall remains to be seen. It is also worth noting that a large number of buy to let investors of years gone by have now left the market, many having been forced to sell on their properties at knockdown prices. The buy to let sector enjoyed something of an Indian summer for much of the first decade of the 2000s although whether these "good times" will return again remains to be seen.
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