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Half of advisers think buy-to-let saturated in South-east

Specialist lender Future Mortgages&#39 quarterly survey of 500 intermediaries reveals 51 per cent of respondents believe the buy-to-let market in London and the south east is precarious, 33 per cent think it is stable and 17 per cent say they are unsure about its future. And of those who took part in the survey 54 per cent are concerned some lenders and brokers are recommending self-cert mortgages in inappropriate situations to increase income multiples.

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