Lower interest rates for high EPC-rated properties
The Real Estate Finance division of Secure Trust Bank has launched a new funding initiative to encourage investment in energy-efficient homes. The new Green Investment Loan is welcome news to property investors facing pressure from the Government’s plans to raise energy efficiency standards in homes across the nation.
But how does the loan work, and who will it benefit? Firstly, it’s only available to those planning to buy or refinance a residential property. The property in question must also feature an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of A–C for 90% of its floor area.
In return, the Secure Bank Trust will lend between £2–65m at a lower interest rate of 2.95% over the Bank of England, amounting to a Loan to Value (LTV) rate of up to 60%. This rate can rise to 3.1% for an LTV of 65%.
When the scheme first opened, it achieved £150m of investment for 525 energy-efficient properties over a six-month period. The STB is once again hoping to make raising EPC ratings a more profitable enterprise for everyone involved.
Many buy-to-let mortgage providers are also falling in line by offering more competitive rates for landlords looking to invest in efficient homes. This is ideal if you’re thinking about building your property portfolio or improving your home with a view to rent or sell.
Our specialist team can advise you about local investment opportunities and how to increase your property’s EPC rating. Get in touch with us today.