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37% of homeowners would 'welcome' shared equity scheme

Mortgages

37% of homeowners would 'welcome' shared equity scheme

Around two out of five mortgage customers support the launch of more shared equity products to help ease the pressure on homebuyers, new research from housing investment and shared equity pioneer Castle Trust shows.

16 Apr 2013

March home lending drops as borrower demand weakens

March home lending drops as borrower demand weakens

House purchase lending fell 7% in March thanks to weakening borrower demand and tough lending criteria, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor from e.surv chartered surveyors.

15 Apr 2013

SimplyBiz grants Enterprise Finance and The Loans Engine preferred partner status

SimplyBiz grants Enterprise Finance and The Loans Engine preferred partner status

With immediate effect, Enterprise Finance and The Loans Engine have been granted preferred partner status with SimplyBiz Mortgages.

15 Apr 2013

Fincorp drops minimum bridging loan size

Fincorp drops minimum bridging loan size

Bridging lender Fincorp has announced it is dropping its minimum bridging loan size down to £100,000 immediately.

15 Apr 2013

Saffron cuts Professional Mortgage rate - and mortgage advisers are now eligible

Mortgages

Saffron cuts Professional Mortgage rate - and mortgage advisers are now eligible

Saffron Building Society has cut the rate on its Professional Mortgage by 1% to 4.99% and has also added mortgage advisers, IFAs and teachers to its list of qualifying professionals.

15 Apr 2013

Bright Grey celebrates 10th birthday with £200m critical illness cover giveaway

Protection

Bright Grey celebrates 10th birthday with £200m critical illness cover giveaway

To mark its 10th birthday, Bright Grey today announced that from 22 April it will offer customers a year’s free critical illness cover when they apply for life cover under its personal protection menu.

15 Apr 2013

Working with specialist lenders

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Working with specialist lenders

[This blog from Shawbrook comes from Karen Bennett, Head of Sales and Marketing, Commercial Mortgages.]

15 Apr 2013

CML: Lending to FTBs up in February

Mortgages

CML: Lending to FTBs up in February

The number of first-time buyers increased by 3% in February, marking the best start to a year since 2008, according to new data released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

15 Apr 2013

Secured lending hits 42-month high

Secured lending hits 42-month high

The latest figures in the Secured Loan Index are the best since the index began; in fact they are the best since October 2009.

15 Apr 2013

House prices rise £6,700 as London brings the average up £5k

Mortgages

House prices rise £6,700 as London brings the average up £5k

House prices in England and Wales have risen £6,700 in the last year according to the LSL/Acadametrics house price index released today.

12 Apr 2013

 

Halifax makes cuts to mortgage rates by up to 0.30%

Mortgages

Halifax makes cuts to mortgage rates by up to 0.30%

Halifax Intermediaries has reduced rates on selected 2 year products across homemover and remortgage ranges by up to 0.30%.

12 Apr 2013

Chelsea launches its lowest ever fixed rate at 1.99%

Mortgages

Chelsea launches its lowest ever fixed rate at 1.99%

Borrowers looking for a best buy short-term fixed rate mortgage now have more choice thanks to Chelsea Building Society.

12 Apr 2013

first direct reduces rates on 90% fixed rates

Mortgages

first direct reduces rates on 90% fixed rates

first direct, recently named Which? Recommended Mortgage Provider, will reduce its 90% LTV fixed rate mortgages by up to 30 basis points today.

12 Apr 2013

Santander launches new higher LTV 5-year fix and new rates

Mortgages

Santander launches new higher LTV 5-year fix and new rates

Santander continues to support first time buyers, other homebuyers and the housing market by continually reviewing its mortgage range and introducing competitive products across all LTVs to suit customers' needs.

12 Apr 2013

FTB activity in March the strongest in six years, says Connells

Mortgages

FTB activity in March the strongest in six years, says Connells

Housing activity in March has picked up, with valuations activity returning to levels not seen since March 2007, according to the latest Housing Market Activity Report by Connells Survey & Valuation.

12 Apr 2013

Hinckley & Rugby boosts maximum loan sizes across mortgage range

Mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby boosts maximum loan sizes across mortgage range

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has increased its maximum mortgage advance across a range of LTVs, including at up to 90 per cent.

11 Apr 2013

Shawbrook launches second charge buy-to-let

Shawbrook launches second charge buy-to-let

The 9th of April sees the launch of a market leading second charge buy to let product from Shawbrook Bank. This new product will help customers raise finance against their residential investment property.

11 Apr 2013

The Lending Wizard announces L&G prime unsecured exclusives

The Lending Wizard announces L&G prime unsecured exclusives

The Lending Wizard, Legal & General’s preferred partner for sourcing secured and unsecured loans, has today enhanced its proposition for all Legal & General Mortgage Club members.

11 Apr 2013

Saffron BS launches Next Step mortgage to help second-steppers

Mortgages

Saffron BS launches Next Step mortgage to help second-steppers

Saffron Building Society has announced the launch of a new mortgage designed to help second and subsequent time buyers struggling to raise a deposit, take their next step on the housing ladder.

10 Apr 2013

GW launches defence shield against mortgage mis-selling claims

Mortgages

GW launches defence shield against mortgage mis-selling claims

Goldsmith Williams the award winning national law firm have today launched a new service product, GW Defend to help the mortgage industry defend against Mortgage mis-selling claims.

10 Apr 2013

Nationwide launches lowest fixed rates on 60% & 70% LTV

Mortgages

Nationwide launches lowest fixed rates on 60% & 70% LTV

From today, Nationwide is reducing all of its rates at 60 and 70 per cent loan to value by 0.10 percentage points.

10 Apr 2013

Buy-to-let remortgaging up 26% on last quarter

Mortgages

Buy-to-let remortgaging up 26% on last quarter

The first quarter of 2013 saw a new high in remortgaging activity, with more landlords trying to raise enough capital to expand their portfolios and take advantage of high gross yields, according to research by Mortgages for Business.

10 Apr 2013

BIBA award accreditation to Griffiths & Armour

Protection

BIBA award accreditation to Griffiths & Armour

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association has today announced the appointment of Griffiths & Armour to the BIBA Professional Indemnity Insurance Panel.

10 Apr 2013

Bridging finance: helping drive growth

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Bridging finance: helping drive growth

With the huge amount of economic data and predictions currently available it’s almost impossible for property professionals to know what to believe.

09 Apr 2013

Brokers embrace pay per click - but conversion, not volume, is key

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Brokers embrace pay per click - but conversion, not volume, is key

With the demise of a number of lead sale firms, mortgage brokers have been forced to diversify their client acquisition strategies into hitherto untested areas.

09 Apr 2013

Costa Blanca sees surge in second home sales

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Costa Blanca sees surge in second home sales

Despite the economic uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone and a three per cent decline in the total number of property transactions made in Spain, it appears that ownership of second homes in the country is actually increasing.

09 Apr 2013

Only 1 in 3 think Help to Buy scheme will get them on property ladder

Mortgages

Only 1 in 3 think Help to Buy scheme will get them on property ladder

The average age UK house hunters estimate they will be able to buy their own home by is 37 years old, according to research by MoneySupermarket.

09 Apr 2013

Mortgage fees highest in 25 years, says Moneyfacts

Mortgages

Mortgage fees highest in 25 years, says Moneyfacts

The average mortgage arrangement fee has risen to £1,522, the highest figure ever recorded by Moneyfacts.co.uk.

09 Apr 2013

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