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  • Remortgage loans reach record high

    The average remortgage loan has reached a new high as homeowners cash in on rising property values, according to the National Mortgage Index from Mortgage Advice Bureau. Read more

  • TSB cuts 10-year fixed rates by up to 0.5%

    TSB has today made rate changes to its 10-year fixed rates for homemovers and remortgagees, cutting its 90% LTV by 0.5% to 4.44%. Read more

  • Just one in five remortgagors fear rate rise

    Just one in five remortgagors (22%) polled in July believe interest rates are going up - despite Mark Carney suggesting that a rise would occur by early 2016 - according to findings from LMS. Read more

  • FTB sales at post-recession high

    July saw 29,700 first-time buyers complete property transactions, the highest since August 2007 when it stood at 35,300, according to Your Move and Reeds Rains. Read more

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A cooling of the London market is welcome and it is pleasing to see a strong recovery across the regions. It does look like confidence is continuing to increase.

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In July, sales may have slipped back slightly month-on-month, but we need to remember that the market was working overtime in June to regain ground lost before the election.

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Increased fears of an imminent base rate hike have acted as a catalyst for the remortgage market, causing many borrowers to consider moving onto fixed rates mortgages, buoying activity.

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Compared to this time last year, when buyers were faced with annual house price rises of 10.2%, conditions are looking far more affordable.

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A record low for repossessions and the falling number of loans in arrears have been two of the big success stories for mortgage borrowers in the post-recession era.

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The fact that nine out of 12 regions in the UK experienced a decline in new vendor instructions highlights the need for the Government to address these supply side issues, in order to put the brakes on...

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While a couple of high street lenders have recently increased their rates, the vast majority are offering record-low deals and there are still plenty of competitive products for borrowers to snap up.

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The post-election recovery in the housing market continues apace with lending to first-time buyers, home movers and landlords all up on the previous month.

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I have never believed in coincidences, and neither do the banks and intermediaries that are reinventing themselves to ensure they remain at the centre of customer expectations and decision making.

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Service is so often overlooked from a business development point of view, there is always a tenancy to focus on strategy for continued growth and business development. We have tried to remember to put

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Good advice makes a huge difference to people when they are navigating their choices on savings and retirement, but the rules today have not kept pace with people's needs.

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There are a number of significant changes that have far reaching consequences and see the most radical change to insurance law for more than 100 years.

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In the Spotlight with Simon Badley, IRESS

We spoke to Simon Badley, Managing Director at IRESS, about how technology can help intermediaties cope with regulatory change, and the integration between platforms and software. Read more

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30 years of finance: is change overdue?

[SPECIAL FEATURE: As Melanie Whiting, Mortgage Manager at Norton Finance, celebrates 30 with the company, she discusses the changes in the industry and the need for regulation in an ever changing environment.] Read more

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