Beginner’s Guide to a Buy-to-Let Property Business

Getting into real estate and thinking about creating a buy-to-let business is something that many of us think about as a way to make money. Buying a property, renting it out, and having the renter pay the mortgage, meaning you can watch the money, and your property investment, start to roll in. Does it sound too easy to be true?

Becoming a landlord for a buy-to-let business is something that can be rewarding, but it can also be quite time-consuming, not to mention expensive. If you think that you can just buy a new house each month and get renters instantly, then you will need to think again. It can be a good way to generate an income, though, so here are some things that you need to think about if it sounds like something you want to get started with.

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Deposits for mortgages

Getting a standard mortgage is something that can be secured with a deposit, with some lenders only looking for around a 5% deposit. However, when it comes to buy-to-let mortgages, this can be higher, around 25%, as it can be seen as a bit of a risk to lenders compared to someone looking to buy a home for themselves. You need to think carefully about your finances and how much money you would have for a deposit, if you are looking for buy-to-let properties for your business.

Finances for building works

Another aspect of your buy-to-let business that you need to think about is the amount of money you will have for repairs. You are unlikely to find properties to rent out that are in perfect condition, especially if you’re looking to get them at a good price. Getting in touch with builders like TPM Builders could help, to give some guidance as to what the costs of the works would be. Even if you only need to paint and redecorate, you will need to budget for it. So work out your finances closely and carefully if you want to get into renting out properties. 

Profitability of properties

Believe it or not, not all properties are going to be profitable. There are a number of factors that impact this, from the area that the property is in showing you how much you can charge for rent, as well as number of bedrooms and overall value of the property. Suppose you look for new build properties for sale in Hull. These are often just finished houses that have not been lived in yet. The rent you can ask for the property may differ from if you decided to buy a previously lived-in home. If the mortgage on the property is going to be higher than you could realistically get for the property in rent, then it will not be financially worth it. If you want to make this into a business or a way to make a passive income, then you need to make sure that you are choosing properties at the best price, and doing your research into rental charges in the area.

With time and planning, a buy-to-let business can be one that is profitable. However, you need to take your time with research and planning in order to get the best value, make the most money from it as possible, and ensure that you have your finances sorted to make the business worth it.