Banks to Lend for Property Investment?
September 29, 2010
I am afraid it is not looking positive.
Yes, of course banks are lending, but do they really want to expand lending to the property sector? Often a simplistic response to the credit crunch of the last few years is that too much money was loaned to the property sector to fuel the greed
of developers. However, I feel it is safe to say many sectors were borrowing when money was relatively easy to obtain – a very good example is all the leveraged buyouts, incidently not all of these were by private equity firms.
Property though is now a large proporti on of the loan book that many lenders are sitting
I have heard the comment that why if they are sitting on property loans that banks are struggling to know what to do with
would they lend to another property scheme
? I understand bank HQs have revisited what proportion of their loan book they want on property and have set targets to manage DOWN to this level.
I read in the press that in the last week or some lenders are increasing interest rates on loans as a way of reducing applicati
I remember having a discussion with a mortgage lender in the recent past that they were horrified to being in the top ten of best mortgages – bottom ten
they would have been happy with.
So whether you are looking for a mortgage or to fund a development money is scarce and will continue to be for some time. I have said in other blogs that money is out there – this is the case – but you are battling against lenders looking to rebalance their lending books.