Just two UK banks make up the top 12 list of property lenders, according to Savills.

In its annual review of the top lenders to the property industry, Savills said 40 claimed to have an appetite to lend to UK property, albeit on varying terms.

It said today only 12 lenders wouldl consider deals above £25m and banks were also taking longer to go through their approvals processes.

Savills found that secondary investment properties and development projects were 'in general unfinanceable, and those properties that will be considered are under more strict lending terms averaging 60% LTVs and higher margins of 200+ basis points'.

The 12 lenders in Savills 'big ticket’ category are:


Landesbank Berlin


LBBW (Stuttgart)

Deka Bank

Munich Hyp

Deutsche Postbank

Nationwide Building Society

DG Hyp

Société Géneralé


West Immo

However it said, many lenders are lending strictly to existing customers and 'in reality the scale of lending has changed dramatically over the past 18 months'.

William Newsom, head of Savills UK valuation, said: ‘I know of at least half a dozen other lenders who may also be on the list, but the level of actual loans committed is variable. The UK is immensely attractive to lenders (and investors) due to a repricing of property and currency value changes.

'Whilst many of the big banks are out of the market due to their exposure to toxic activities, and swathes of the property market are unfinanceable due to perceived insecure cash flows, for lenders with liquidity (of whom a large number do exist) there are good returns to be made from lending secured against good quality assets, and those lenders are taking advantage of the changed market situation.'