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    FCA publishes rules on retirement risk warnings

    New rules published by the Financial Conduct Authority today will help to protect consumers wanting to access their pension savings from 6 April 2015 by requiring firms involved in the sale of retirement income products to give additional warnings tailored to them. Read more

  • FTB deposits at 18-month high after stamp duty changes

    First-time buyer deposits have climbed 15% in a year to average almost £30,000, driven by lower stamp duty bills for new buyers, according to the latest First Time Buyer Tracker from Your Move and Reeds Rains. Read more

  • RBS mortgage lending up 37% despite reporting losses

    UK state-owned bank RBS has today reported growth of 37% in gross mortgage lending due to a boost in its adviser business, despite also posting a profit loss of £3.5bn in 2014. Read more

  • Two thirds remortgaged for lower rates in January

    Almost two-thirds (62%) of remortgage customers in January remortgaged to take advantage of the new lower mortgage rates that are currently on offer, according to research from LMS. Read more

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In the Spotlight with Marie Grundy, Managing Director at V Loans

High net worth service launches at Berkeley Alexander

Coventry BS increases new mortgage lending 25% in 2014

Housing market continues forward momentum

Intermediaries feeling 'very confident'

Friends Life and Virgin Money launch life insurance product

Natwest cuts rates on intermediary range by up to 0.94%

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SortRefer app sees positive broker feedback

Brokers expect bridging boost this year

UK GDP growth confirmed at 0.5%: ONS

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2015 will be 'ideal' for low fixed rates: Halifax

Borrowers currently on a standard variable rate could find substantial savings available by remortgaging, as well as the chance to fix a rate over the longer term and protect against rate rises in the future.

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Rob Jupp: Specialist lending is no longer a sideshow

In 2015, the lending world is anticipating another year of progress marked by keenly priced product offerings and an almost daily announcement of new lenders. All seems set fair for a further consolidation on the gains of the past three years and to push on to even greater lending heights.

Latest from Property Reporter

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North East housing market continues lethargic start to 2015

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Welsh government to extend Help to Buy shared equity scheme

Land Registry data shows 6.7% annual house price rise

Stamp duty reform inflates FTB deposits by 15%


Latest from Commercial Reporter

73% of bridging finance brokers expect business to grow this year

Shawbrook announces promotions in commercial team

Core specialist property to account for 20% of all commercial investment by 2020

Ezbob parent aquires commercial lender


Latest Comments

In 2015, the industry needs to be doing even more to support intermediaries faced with having so many familiar lending doors closed to them.

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Today's data confirms that house prices are still rising. However, we are still experiencing a two-speed housing market.

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When you factor in the boost provided to buyers by wages climbing and inflation slowing, there are strong foundations for a growth in lending in 2015.

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Equity release has become a mainstream financial solution, and financial advisers could help spread that message and educate the consumer.

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The cost of a combined buildings and contents insurance policy has remained static over the past three months...However, the general view is that prices have reached bottom and will start to rise.

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Homeowners are gambling on further reductions or are trapped on their current home loan; possibly because their original product is not compatible with current affordability requirements.

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Taking the year as a whole, we saw the highest number of first-time buyers in seven years, illustrating the success of government schemes such as Help to Buy and the willingness of lenders to offer high...

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Freelancer Financials
Freelancer Financials 16 Feb 2015

So Tesco has only sold £1bn worth of home loans since it started offering mortgages two and a half years ago. Not much really! So they finally saw the light and realised that they can't do it on their...

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Brokers are absolutely vital to the procurement of financing for the UK’s busy SME marketplace.

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However, there are still tens of thousands of homeowners being repossessed each year, which begs the question: what will happen when interest rates do start to rise? How will people cope? We suspect that...

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Remortgaging is the domain of the intermediary, however it feels like apathy has set in with borrowers and intermediaries, with both appearing to wait for signs of a base rate increase before deciding

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Freelancer Financials
Freelancer Financials 10 Feb 2015

Most contractors do not fit Self Employed profiling. I disagree Paul. If this was the case then they wouldn't contact a contractor Mortgage Specialists. Most Limited Company contractors trading accounts...

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In The Spotlight

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In the Spotlight with Marie Grundy, Managing Director at V Loans

We spoke to Marie Grundy, Managing Director at V Loans, about the regulatory changes in the secured loans market and the role of trade bodies. Read more

Features

Rob Jupp: Specialist lending is no longer a sideshow

In 2015, the lending world is anticipating another year of progress marked by keenly priced product offerings and an almost daily announcement of new lenders. All seems set fair for a further consolidation on the gains of the past three years and to push on to even greater lending heights. Read more

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