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Commercial property investors willing to take on more debt in convalescent UK market | 11 December 2013

Investors in British commercial property are willing to take on more debt in order to add to their portfolios, according to new research.

A report from mortgage firm Laxfield Capital Ltd has indicated that the average loan-to-value for commercial mortgages in the UK was 58.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2013 – a stark rise compared to 43.6 per cent in Q1 2013.

It appears that investors now seem to be far more confident in the British commercial property market, which is hardly surprising given that commercial property values have risen in each of the last six months.

In an interview with vcpost.com, Laxfield head of capital management Emma Huepf said that investors were more likely to plough money into higher-risk properties outside of London.

“We also see new lending opportunities in the regions and an overall improved confidence in the availability of real estate finance,” she added.

According to bloomberg.com, the report suggested that the majority of commercial property finance requests (36.8 per cent) came from office building investors. Roughly 22 per cent of requests came from investors in retail space.

The results were based on an analysis of £25 billion worth of commercial property finance requests.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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