Scaling Your Home to the Next Level

Scaling your home to the next level can help you  become a property investor.

  • Your home is not just a home
  • It can help you move up the property food chain

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Have you ever wondered how you can easily and safely scale up from being a person owning one property (your home) to a person owning a second property (a buy-to-let unit)?

Perhaps you have  been putting off scaling up because of being unsure as to where to start?

Have you tried to scale up and failed royally?

The good news is that there is a super quick and simple way to scale up.

It’s called leveraging your home. In brief, it involves borrowing against the equity in your home to raise a deposit, which you can then use to purchase a buy-to-let investment property or a second home.

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Scaling your home to the next level is particularly appealing if you opt for a buy-to-let property and the rent from the tenant pays the additional mortgage amount on your home as well as the mortgage on the buy-to-let property, with a bit to spare.

Here are the three simple steps you must take if you are interested in scaling your home to the next level:

1. Check your credit score
2. Consult a mortgage broker
3. Do the sums.

1. Check your credit score

Your ability to borrow or get the best mortgage deals will depend in part on your credit score.

Check your score as soon as you make the decision to borrow against your home.

If your score is not good, take steps to improve it – and that may involve waiting a few months until your score increases.

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2. Consult a mortgage broker

Speak to an independent whole-of-market mortgage broker with buy-to-let expertise to find out how much you are likely to be able to borrow.

That will enable you to work out the price range of your buy-to-let purchase, taking into account all costs of purchase including stamp duty, mortgage fees, broker charges and legal fees.

Say for instance, you can release equity of £50,000 and can get a mortgage at 75% loan to value (LTV).

That will mean you can buy something in the £200,000 range, with exact calculations being dependent on whether you have any savings to contribute to the purchase costs or will be relying entirely on the amount borrowed.

Lending policies

The amount of equity you will be able to release will depend on the lending policies of your chosen lender.

For example, say your home is worth £300,000, your current borrowing is £200,000 and your lender is only prepared to lend on the basis of 80% LTV. That would mean you would be able to borrow a maximum of £240,000, raising an extra £40,000. But that would be no good if, for instance, you were looking to raise £50,000.

An important factor to consider with your broker is whether you will be able to borrow from your existing lender or will need to find a new lender, which may or may not prove to be more expensive.

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3. Do your sums

Once you have spoken to a mortgage broker, you should do your sums with the greatest of care.

Not only should you work out your purchase costs with precision accuracy – seeking advice and assistance if you have any doubts – you should also be sure that you can comfortably afford the new mortgage payments.

Take account of the fact that the additional borrowing against your home will put up your domestic mortgage payments. The monthly rental income from the buy-to-let property must be enough to comfortably cover the mortgage payment on the buy-to-let property plus the increased payment on your home mortgage.

Budget

Do a personal and household budget and double check all your figures.

It is good practice to hold back some of the amount borrowed as a reserve to deal with possible financial issues such as:

  • Your unemployment for a period of time
  • Rises in mortgage interest rates
  • Void periods when the buy-to-let property is unlet
  • Unexpected major expenditure such as a new boiler.

It is considered good practice for the reserves to be enough to pay both mortgages for at least 6 months.

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Conclusion

Scaling your home to the next level is a great way to go from someone owning one property to someone owning two.

Using your home to become a second-home owner or a buy-to-let investor is smart and usually straightforward.

The important thing is not to do it too soon. You should avoid maxing out on borrowing – for instance by reducing the equity in your home to the lowest level a lender will allow. That is perhaps too risky an approach.

You should aim to retain at least 30% equity in your home after your second purchase. 

Comments

Are you looking to use your home to purchase a buy-to-let property?  Are you comfortable about the process or do you have concerns? Please leave your observations or comments below.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post or on this website may be affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I only link to products or companies I consider to be of quality.

Dalton Barrett
Rebel Property Coach

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London-based blogger Dalton Barrett has over 30 years experience as a property solicitor, conveyancer, investor and coach. Read about his unconventional worldview of property here

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