Mortgages are probably the area that get asked about the most in The Property Hub – and understandably so, because it’s such an important part of property investment. We’re famously bullish about leverage, and there’s a lot to take into account when making decisions about the lending you plan to use to expand your portfolio.

In this episode we talked about lots of things you need to know about mortgages, including:

  • Fixed versus variable rates
  • Interest-only versus repayment (listen to Episode 24 for more about this)
  • The fees you need to watch out for
  • What could change as a result of the Mortgage Market Review
  • Predictions for what’s coming down the tracks in the future

It’s a packed episode, so take a listen with a pen at the ready!

Resource of the week

It’s not often we reference HMRC in a positive way, but they’ve put together an eLearning resource for property investors which is really pretty good.

It’s aimed at people who have just started renting out a property, and takes you through all the basics of how your tax obligations and reliefs work in a more exciting way than just trawling through the official guidance. It’s basic, but could be useful if you’re just starting out.

For more experienced investors, we’ve got our own tax course too – giving you lots of tips that HMRC certainly wouldn’t draw your attention to, all of which could legitimately save you a lot of money on your tax bill. It’s free to Property Hub Plus members, and available to buy as a standalone product for everyone else.

News this week

Politicians have a lot to say about “runaway rents” at the moment, and the measures they would put on place to curb the obscene profits that we landlords are making.

But hang on…according to a survey by LSL Property Services, the average rent has only increased by £5 in the last year. And since January 2010, rents have actually fallen in real terms.

There’s a lot more analysis in the original article, so it’s well worth having a read.

Join the conversation!

Where do you stand on mortgage debates like interest-only versus repayment, or fixed versus variable?

What do you think the future holds for mortgage rates and availability?

We’ve got a dedicated thread for this episode, so join the discussion in The Property Hub!

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