Let to buy
If you want to move house but you’re struggling to sell your current home or your property has dropped in value, let to buy is something you may want to consider. Letting out your property could allow you to move into a new home without feeling pressure to sell in a rush and potentially at a loss.
How does let to buy work?
If you own enough of the equity in your property, you could remortgage and release some cash to put down a deposit on a new home. You would then let out your existing property and use the rental income to cover the cost of the mortgage. This in turn will free you up to take out a mortgage for a new home and cover the repayments with your salary or other sources of income.
Mortgages if you want to Let to buy
Although some lenders will allow you to let out your home on a residential mortgage, this will normally only be on a temporary basis. So unless you are only going to be letting it out for a short time, it is likely you will need a buy to let mortgage.
Buy to let mortgages are similar to residential loans, but there are some differences which our advisers will be happy to talk you through. Generally, buy to let mortgage rates tend to be a little more expensive than residential loans, and you will need to put down a larger deposit, at least 25%. Make sure you compare the best buy to let mortgage rates on the market.
Lenders will also want to see evidence that your rental income will comfortably cover your mortgage repayments. Speaking to letting agents and looking at local property listings should give you an idea of typical rents in your area. You can also use our mortgage repayment calculator to get an idea of your monthly mortgage payments may be.
Being a landlord is not right for everyone, and entering into a let to buy arrangement should not be taken lightly. But if you’re confident you will get a decent rental income and can manage the responsibilities of letting out a property it’s worth thinking about.
Other mortgage options if you can’t sell
If you are struggling to find a buyer and you don’t need to move, then it may also be worth considering staying put for now and investing some money in improving your current home. You could perhaps add an extension, redecorate or make changes to the garden.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to fund these changes through remortgaging your current property. Our advisers can help you to decide if this is the right option for you.
Getting the right mortgage to help you move home
To assess your moving home options, speak to a Which? mortgage adviser by calling us on 0117 981 7787 – or request a call back. Our advisers look at every mortgage from every available lender and because they’re paid a salary –not a sales commission – you can have confidence that you’ll receive truly impartial advice.