Calling on respondents for the second Link Asset Services UK Market Trend Analysis report

By Paul Norman - Monday, January 08, 2018 10:00

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Link Asset Services’ (formerly Capita Asset Services) is calling on respondents for its second annual Market Trend Analysis report, its major overview of the UK's real estate lending market.

CoStar News teamed up with Link last year to launch and cover the survey and its findings.

The report can be found here.

The report aims to provide a regular analysis of and overview of UK real estate lending, with a series of questions on trends, the type of lenders operating in the market, and future expectations.

It features 10 questions on lending trends, market players and future expectations. The survey takes no more than eight minutes and aims to increase knowledge and transparency for all participants active in the UK lending market.

Click here to proceed to the survey

This survey is aimed at all lending institutions in the UK Real Estate market. Please share or forward this link to colleagues and peers.

The deadline for taking the survey is 31 January 2018, and the results will be published in March. All survey respondents will be entered into a prize draw and remain anonymous in the publication.

CoStar News featured the initial findings here and it will be intriguing to see how sentiment has changed since, as a time series is built.

Key findings of the inaugural 2017 report included:

• Hugely diverse lender pool with 12 distinct lender categories

• Stability in pricing and leverage forecast to continue with increasing loan origination volumes

• A divergence in pricing between lender categories means there was more of a relative value consideration for borrowers to make

• Long term borrowing was well priced at the moment but fewer lenders are able to provide it and income covenant requirements on such debt are high

• Almost everything was financeable – black spots of availability exist where two or more negative deal aspects combine (e.g. undesirable sector plus weak location)

• Allowing a longer time to complete a financing can result in superior pricing

• Very little macro nervousness - lenders have broad ambitions to increase loan volumes as well as manpower

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