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Nationwide celebrates second anniversary of Save to Buy scheme

Mortgages

Nationwide celebrates second anniversary of Save to Buy scheme

Nationwide Building Society is helping tens of thousands of aspiring home buyers move a step closer to buying a property of their own through its Save to Buy scheme.

30 Apr 2013

Housing equity a key consideration in retirement planning

Retirement

Housing equity a key consideration in retirement planning

Research carried out by retirement specialist LV= shows 88% of advisers believe the equity locked up in a property should be a key consideration when planning for retirement.

30 Apr 2013

Buy-to-let rates fall 0.33% in Q1

Mortgages

Buy-to-let rates fall 0.33% in Q1

Research by specialist broker Mortgages for Business has revealed that during the first quarter of 2013 buy to let rates fell by an average of 0.33% when factoring in fees.

30 Apr 2013

Mortgage lending by mutuals sees strong start to year

Mortgages

Mortgage lending by mutuals sees strong start to year

Gross mortgage lending by building societies and other mutual lenders was £2.9 billion in March, up by 8% compared to the same month last year.

30 Apr 2013

Londoners most optimistic about home value

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Londoners most optimistic about home value

New research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks today showed that optimism is returning to the property market.

30 Apr 2013

FTBs get stamp duty boost from Halifax

Mortgages

FTBs get stamp duty boost from Halifax

First time buyers applying for a mortgage with Halifax from today will benefit from up to £2,500 cash back, with the lender covering the cost of Stamp Duty.

30 Apr 2013

Precise launches valuation refund offer on bridging with Positive Lending

Precise launches valuation refund offer on bridging with Positive Lending

Precise Mortgages, the intermediary-only lender, has launched an exclusive product with Positive Lending offering a refund of valuation fee on all bridging loans.

30 Apr 2013

Intermediaries report growing confidence in BTL market

Mortgages

Intermediaries report growing confidence in BTL market

Intermediaries are seeing an upsurge in confidence among their buy-to-let landlord clients according to the latest research by Paragon Mortgages.

30 Apr 2013

Coventry BS extends Offet and Flexx mortgage options

Mortgages

Coventry BS extends Offet and Flexx mortgage options

Coventry Building Society has extended its highly competitive range of Offset and Flexx for Term options.

30 Apr 2013

March house prices show increase of 0.9%

Mortgages

March house prices show increase of 0.9%

The March data from Land Registry's House Price Index shows an annual price increase of 0.9 per cent which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £161,793.

29 Apr 2013

 

Y3S completes Shawbrook's first BTL secured loan

Y3S completes Shawbrook's first BTL secured loan

Shawbrook Bank launched its buy to let secured loan offering on 8th April and just 18 days later, its first completion came from the specialist loan packager Y3S, a key distributor for Shawbrook.

29 Apr 2013

Over-55s want to downsize - but worry about the expense of moving

Retirement

Over-55s want to downsize - but worry about the expense of moving

Leading independent retirement specialist Key Retirement Solutions is launching the first nationwide service to handle the house buying and selling process for over-55s in a major expansion.

29 Apr 2013

London continues to drive house price growth, says Hometrack

Mortgages

London continues to drive house price growth, says Hometrack

House prices gained 0.3% over April with London continuing to drive the headline rate of growth, according to the Hometrack Monthly National Housing Survey.

29 Apr 2013

Saffron launches ERC-free fix at 4.47%

Mortgages

Saffron launches ERC-free fix at 4.47%

Saffron Building Society has today launched a 3-year fixed rate without any early repayment charges, across a number of its Special Situations mortgage products.

29 Apr 2013

Accord reduces rates by up to 0.20%

Mortgages

Accord reduces rates by up to 0.20%

Accord Mortgages has reduced interest rates on selected residential products by up to 0.20%.

29 Apr 2013

New build prices up 12% in just five years

Mortgages

New build prices up 12% in just five years

The average house price of new build property in the UK has increased by 12 per cent over the past five years with the average price now at £233,822.

29 Apr 2013

Tenet voices support for protection trade body

Protection

Tenet voices support for protection trade body

Tenet has voiced its support for the creation of a dedicated protection trade body, citing a number of reasons.

26 Apr 2013

Sesame Bankhall SLS to offer Shawbrook's BTL products

Sesame Bankhall SLS to offer Shawbrook's BTL products

Sesame Bankhall Specialist Lending Services has today announced that they are a preferred partner of Shawbrook Bank’s secured loan buy to let products.

26 Apr 2013

Yorkshire BS offers 10-year fix at 3.99%

Mortgages

Yorkshire BS offers 10-year fix at 3.99%

Yorkshire Building Society is offering borrowers long-term peace of mind with its new best buy 10 year fixed rate mortgage.

26 Apr 2013

1st Stop enhances criteria on loan range

1st Stop enhances criteria on loan range

1st Stop Homeloans are pleased to announce yet more innovation in the secured loan market.

26 Apr 2013

Virgin updates mortgage range - including 2.19% 2-year fix

Mortgages

Virgin updates mortgage range - including 2.19% 2-year fix

Virgin Money has announced a number of changes across its residential mortgage range.

25 Apr 2013

46% of homes in prime London now worth over £1m

Mortgages

46% of homes in prime London now worth over £1m

Average values rose by 3.6% in the quarter, compared to a 2.2% rise in Q1 2012, according to the Marsh & Parsons London Prime Market Monitor.

25 Apr 2013

Advisers to alter approach to retirement advice as demand shifts

Retirement

Advisers to alter approach to retirement advice as demand shifts

Research from Avelo, financial services technology solutions provider, suggests the age of consumers seeking retirement advice is changing.

25 Apr 2013

Brokers play vital role in safeguarding clients from bogus solicitors, says GW

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Brokers play vital role in safeguarding clients from bogus solicitors, says GW

There will be many potential conveyancing clients who will have listened with increasing alarm as Paul Lewis investigated conveyancing fraud on a recent edition of Radio 4 Money Box.

25 Apr 2013

NatWest IPB sees 50% increase in international mortgages

Mortgages

NatWest IPB sees 50% increase in international mortgages

NatWest International Personal Banking has today announced a 50% increase in the uptake of international mortgages since last August.

25 Apr 2013

MPs call for single regulator for workplace pensions

Retirement

MPs call for single regulator for workplace pensions

The introduction of auto-enrolment makes rigorous pension scheme governance essential, argues the Work and Pensions Committee in a Report published today.

25 Apr 2013

Remortgages now represent a quarter of the market with lending up 13% in March

Mortgages

Remortgages now represent a quarter of the market with lending up 13% in March

LMS figures reveal that monthly gross remortgage lending increased by £330m in March to £2.9bn. This is up 12.9% on February’s £2.6bn reported by the Council for Mortgage Lenders last week.

24 Apr 2013

How social media is changing the world of brokers

Blogs

How social media is changing the world of brokers

[This blog comes from Karen Bennett, Head of Sales and Marketing, Commercial Mortgages] Social media has gone from unheard tech speak to a commonly used component of broker communications.

24 Apr 2013

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