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The market for remortgage lending highlights consumers’ returning appetite for releasing capital from the value of their homes and the associated demand for secured loans.

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Today’s figures should probably be taken as “good-deflation” as lower prices at the supermarkets and the fuel pumps a few months ago are reflected.

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Now the Election is over, the hope is that sellers will have more confidence in market conditions, and there won't be any reasons for them not to proceed.

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However, there are still 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?

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What will the future hold? Ros Altmann has already been promised a place in Government – would it be too much of a leap to see her take a role formally in the pension ministry?

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Although house price rises are slower than they were last year, they are still rising faster than inflation. A big part of this problem is we are not building enough homes to keep up with demand which

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An area of concern bubbling to the surface these past nine months has been the drifting values of the prime and central London property market.

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The FCA dictates, rightly, that a broker has to give advice on the right product for each client’s circumstances and attitude to risk, but what chance does a poor broker have of advising a client appropriately...

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Based on these figures, arguably the mortgage market may need a jump start to get things moving again after this period of political unpredictability.

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While the latest Nationwide and Halifax house price indices indicated positive momentum in the housing market, the Land Registry records a decline in prices in March, suggesting the picture is rather more...

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Even with the most recent dip, the UK grew at the fastest pace of all the G7 countries over the last year.”

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Despite the government initiatives currently on offer, both gross mortgage borrowing and house purchase approvals in March remain down from last year.

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In the Spotlight with Bob Hunt, Paradigm Mortgage Services

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Confusion over equity release

Following on from my ‘Creating Clarity Amidst Confusion’ piece, I now believe that the industry can be even more proactive in assisting our customers in understanding this often confusing marketplace. Read more

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