How to fund buy-to-let deposits

Investing in buy-to-let property can provide a regular source of rental income, plus a potential long-term capital growth from any increase in the property’s value. It’s for this reason that many people use buy-to-let as a way of funding their retirement.

Investing in buy-to-let property can provide a regular source of rental income, plus a potential long-term capital growth from any increase in the property’s value. It’s for this reason that many people use buy-to-let as a way of funding their retirement. 

However, if you’ve been considering starting a property investment company, you’ll need to first find the funds to do so. 

If you don’t have sufficient funds in savings or investments, you could consider using some of the equity, or value, in your existing home. Providing you have enough equity in your home, this could be a great way of enabling you to expand your property portfolio. 

How to use the equity in your home to fund buy-to-let deposits

Popular ways to access the equity you’ve built up in your home include taking out a loan that’s secured against your property – often known as a homeowner loan or second charge mortgage – or remortgaging.

If you choose to apply for a secured loan, you’ll borrow a fixed sum of money to be repaid over a set term in fixed monthly instalments. Alternatively, if you decide to remortgage, you’ll need to ask your mortgage lender to add the amount of equity you want to release to your new mortgage. You then repay the amount borrowed in monthly instalments over the remainder of your mortgage term.

The potential downside with both of these options, however, is that you’ll need to know exactly how much equity you want to release. This won’t always be easy to establish, particularly if you are thinking of expanding your buy-to-let portfolio at a later date. If you haven’t borrowed sufficient funds, you may need to find another way to borrow more further down the line.

What’s more, if you want to pay back your secured loan early, there will usually be an early repayment fee to pay, while remortgaging might involve paying solicitors’ fees or an early repayment charge if you need to get out of your existing mortgage deal before the end of the term.

If you’re not sure whether a secured loan or remortgaging is right for you, the good news is there is another way to use the equity in your home to help you fund your buy-to-let dreams, and that’s by using a HELOC.

Using a HELOC to fund buy-to-let deposits

A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, works slightly differently to a standard secured loan or remortgage. You still borrow against the equity that you’ve built up in your home, but the funds are received as a line of credit, rather than a lump sum. HELOCs are commonly used by homeowners in the US, Canada and Australia, but Selina Advance is the first provider to offer them to homeowners in the UK.

If you apply for a HELOC with Selina Advance, you can borrow between £25,000 and £1 million. You will then be given a five year ‘flexible’ period during which you can draw on your funds, up to your agreed limit, repay them and then redraw. 

This flexibility can be hugely beneficial if you wish to expand your buy-to-let portfolio, as you’ll be able to draw on funds as and when you want to purchase another property – so long as it is within your flexible period and you do not exceed your agreed limit. 

Another benefit is that if you don’t need to use all of your funds, you won’t pay interest on any amount you’ve left untouched. Instead, you will need to repay the amount you have borrowed, plus interest, during the repayment term. HELOC is flexible and you can choose to repay your loan over a period of five to 30 years – choosing a shorter term will increase your monthly repayments but mean you pay less in interest overall. 

If you want to pay off your loan earlier than planned, or pay more than your usual monthly amount, you can do so without paying an early repayment charge. Note, however, that a one-off product fee of £995 will be payable if you apply for a HELOC with us.

What are the advantages of using a HELOC to purchase a buy-to-let property?

Some of the advantages of using a HELOC include:

As It’s a secured loan against your property you will need to meet the eligibility criteria. Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you don’t keep up repayments.

Who can apply for a HELOC?

As with most forms of borrowing, to qualify for a HELOC you’ll need a good credit score. You will also need to be a homeowner and be on the title deeds of the property, and you will need to be a UK resident with at least three years of address history. Minimum income requirements apply too.

Finally, your security property must:

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Think carefully before securing other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments.