Holiday Let Mortgages for First Time Buyers

Written by: Sean Horton CeMAP

Are you a first-time buyer dreaming of owning a holiday let property?

You might think it’s as simple as buying a property and renting it out, but beware of the risks lurking behind ‘back door residential transactions’. Lenders are on high alert, scrutinizing addresses to ensure your intentions are genuine.

Don’t worry though, most lenders are open to first-time buyers without prior letting experience.

Holiday Let Mortgages Explained

If you’re a first-time buyer, it’s important to understand how holiday let mortgages work and when they would be used.

These mortgages are specifically designed for individuals who want to purchase a UK property with the intention of renting it out as a holiday home or airbnb. These types of mortgages offer several benefits for first-time buyers.

One of the main benefits is the potential rental income that can be generated.

By investing in a holiday let property, you have the opportunity to earn regular income through short-term rentals. This can be particularly lucrative in popular tourist destinations or during peak holiday seasons.

Additionally, holiday let properties can also serve as an investment opportunity. The value of these properties tends to appreciate over time, especially if located in desirable locations. As a first-time buyer, this presents an excellent chance to enter the property market and build your wealth.

Property management is another crucial aspect of owning a holiday let property. As a first-time buyer, you may choose between self-managing your property or hiring a professional management company. Self-management allows for more control but requires time and effort on your part, while outsourcing management ensures convenience but comes at an additional cost.

Can first time buyers get a holiday let mortgage?

Some lenders may consider you for a holiday let mortgage even if you have no prior experience in letting properties, or homeownership.

This can be advantageous for first-time buyers who are looking to invest in a holiday property.

When applying for a holiday rental mortgage, one important factor that lenders consider is the rental projections. They want to see that the property has the potential to generate enough income to cover the mortgage payments and other expenses.

As a first-time investor, you may not have previous letting experience, but you can still provide evidence of your eligibility by demonstrating your financial stability and meeting the minimum income requirement.

If you are an expat buyer, it’s worth noting that most lenders will require you to show prior or current ownership of at least one UK property. This is because they want to ensure that you have some familiarity with the property market and understand the responsibilities of owning a home.

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Mortgage options

When considering your mortgage options, it’s important to explore different lenders and their eligibility criteria.

Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

  • Mortgage rates: Compare the interest rates offered by different lenders to ensure you get the best deal for your holiday let property.
  • Property valuation: Lenders will assess the value of your property to determine the loan amount they are willing to provide.
  • Rental income: The potential rental income from your holiday let property will be a crucial factor in determining your eligibility and mortgage terms.
  • Mortgage terms: Consider the length of the mortgage term, as well as any additional fees or charges that may apply.
  • Eligibility requirements: Each lender will have specific eligibility requirements that you need to meet. These can include minimum income levels, credit history, and prior experience with letting properties.

It’s important to note that holiday let mortgages for first-time buyers may have stricter lending criteria compared to residential or buy-to-let mortgages.

However, many lenders will accept a holiday let as your first property purchase.

If you’re uncertain about your eligibility, it’s advisable to seek help from experts who understand the market and mortgage lenders’ requirements. Give us a call on 020 8301 7930 and one of our specialist advisers will explain your options.

How are holiday let mortgages different to normal mortgages?

Holiday let mortgages, or holiday cottage mortgages, have stricter lending criteria compared to residential or buy-to-let mortgages.

There’s also only 20 or so lenders operating in this market.

Holiday-let mortgages generally require more cash upfront than standard mortgages. The deposits required can be 25%-30% of the total value of the property, compared to the minimum 5% to 10% for standard home mortgages.

You should expect interest rates to be slightly higher than for a buy-to-let or residential mortgage.

Holiday let mortgages are often personally underwritten rather than just being pushed through a lenders computer system. This will allow the lender to get to know you and provide some bespoke criteria decisions if the lending proposition is good quality.

How a mortgage broker can help

If you’re unsure about your eligibility for a mortgage, a mortgage broker can provide valuable assistance in explaining the process and finding the right lenders.

Here are some benefits of using a mortgage broker:

  • Access to multiple lenders: A mortgage broker has access to a wide network of lenders, including those who specialise in holiday lets. This increases your chances of finding a lender who is willing to work with first-time buyers.
  • Expertise and knowledge: Brokers are experts in the field and have extensive knowledge about the lending criteria. They can guide you through the process, explain any challenges you may face, and help you overcome them.
  • Time-saving: Searching for the right mortgage lender is time-consuming and overwhelming for first-time buyers. A mortgage broker can save you time by doing all the research and comparing various loan options on your behalf.
  • Personalised advice: A good mortgage broker will take the time to understand your unique financial situation and goals. They will then provide personalised advice tailored to your needs.
  • Negotiating power: Mortgage brokers have relationships with lenders and can negotiate on your behalf to get better terms or rates. This can potentially save you money over the life of your loan.
  • Exclusive schemes: A number of lenders only work via brokers, or offer special terms to them.

How we can help you

Drake Mortgages have been advising and helping clients with their holiday lets since 2006.

Our brokers have the experience and knowledge to provide solutions for even the most complicated scenarios! 

If you are a first time buyer interested in buying a UK holiday let please get in touch today.

Sean Horton is a co-owner of Drake Mortgages and has worked in financial services, mortgages and insurance since 1988. He regularly writes about mortgages, bridging loans and commercial finance.
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