A significant driver of this positive outlook is the high level of demand for buy-to-let mortgages
An estimated 50% of brokers are anticipating higher levels of buy-to-let mortgage business over the coming year, according to Paragon Bank.
As well as this, 21% of brokers are expecting transactions to rise by 10% or more.
This represents a rise in optimism, which dropped slightly in the fourth quarter of 2020 when a total of 41% of intermediaries forecasted more business over the year ahead.
A significant driver of this positive outlook is the demand for buy-to-let mortgages currently being experienced, with just under half (47%) of brokers stating it is either ‘Very strong’ or ‘Strong’, up from the 44% reported in the last quarter of 2020.
The proportion of intermediaries experiencing ‘weak’ or ‘very weak’ demand was the lowest since before the start of the pandemic at just 12%.
The survey was of almost 200 intermediaries and undertaken as part of Paragon’s Financial Adviser Confidence Tracker (FACT) index.
Richard Rowntree, managing director of mortgages at Paragon Bank, said: We know that brokers have an excellent grasp of current conditions and can often accurately predict how things will pan out in the coming months so our quarterly Financial Adviser Confidence Tracker survey provides a useful picture of the mortgage market.
It’s fantastic to see that such high levels of optimism have been recorded following the challenges of the past year or so and that this is being driven by strong levels of demand, he said. The extension of the stamp duty holiday is certainly a driver of that, but it is underpinned by longer-term demand for rental property.
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