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Lending to both FTBs and BTL investors up more than 10% in 2012, says CML

Mortgages

Lending to both FTBs and BTL investors up more than 10% in 2012, says CML

Data that CML have just published in their 'News & Views' shows that lending to all types of buyer increased in 2012.

20 Feb 2013

Virgin Money cuts mortgages by up to 0.90%

Mortgages

Virgin Money cuts mortgages by up to 0.90%

Virgin Money has announced further rate reductions across its residential mortgage range. The updated range will be available from 20 February 2013.

20 Feb 2013

Small businesses should take an alternative view to loans

Blogs

Small businesses should take an alternative view to loans

Many small businesses have expressed that they are feeling more confident about taking out business loans for expansion and growth.

19 Feb 2013

Bright Grey & Scottish Provident new business up 23%

Protection

Bright Grey & Scottish Provident new business up 23%

Bright Grey and Scottish Provident, the protection businesses of the Royal London Group, today announced a 23 per cent increase in new business for the 12 months to 31 December 2012, on a PVNBP basis.

19 Feb 2013

The Co-Op Bank remove fees on 2.79% 5-year fix

Mortgages

The Co-Op Bank remove fees on 2.79% 5-year fix

The Co-operative Bank is set to give homeowners an even better deal this week by removing the fee on its 5 year fixed mortgage, available at 60% LTV.

19 Feb 2013

TBMC offers BTL refurbishment deal up to 75%

Mortgages

TBMC offers BTL refurbishment deal up to 75%

TBMC, the buy-to-let and commercial mortgage specialist, is now offering a buy-to-let mortgage specifically for light refurbishment works with Saffron Building Society.

19 Feb 2013

Secured lending rises for 15th month in a row

Secured lending rises for 15th month in a row

Secured loan lending set a post-credit crunch January record, with £30.1 million lent to homeowners in the first month of 2013, according to figures from the Secured Loan Index.

19 Feb 2013

A good start to the year for the housing market, says Rightmove

Mortgages

A good start to the year for the housing market, says Rightmove

According to the latest House Price Index from Rightmove, 2013 has begun in a sprightly fashion for the housing market.

18 Feb 2013

Bridgewater & Just Retirement see huge demand for equity release workshops

Retirement

Bridgewater & Just Retirement see huge demand for equity release workshops

Home reversion specialist, Bridgewater Equity Release, and lifetime mortgage provider, Just Retirement, have seen huge demand from advisers for a series of interactive workshops they are holding in March.

18 Feb 2013

Enhanced annuity sales eclipse the £4bn barrier

Retirement

Enhanced annuity sales eclipse the £4bn barrier

UK enhanced annuity sales rose to £4.48 billion in 2012, an increase of 49 per cent over 2011, according to research by Towers Watson.

18 Feb 2013

 

Scottish Widows Bank relaunches mortgages business

Mortgages

Scottish Widows Bank relaunches mortgages business

Scottish Widows Bank is set to increase its mortgage lending this year.

18 Feb 2013

Aviva improves annuity offering with enhanced product

Retirement

Aviva improves annuity offering with enhanced product

Aviva is improving its annuity offering as part of its calls to industry within the Rethinking Retirement Report 2013, by extending its guarantees and offering an increased value protection period.

18 Feb 2013

Niche & Dragonfly complete £1m bridge in 72 hours

Niche & Dragonfly complete £1m bridge in 72 hours

Short- and medium-term lender, Dragonfly Property Finance, has taken a £1m+ bridging loan from application to completion in less than three working days.

18 Feb 2013

Mortgages account for nearly a third of UK household spending

Mortgages

Mortgages account for nearly a third of UK household spending

Monthly mortgage expenditure constitutes 30% of an average household’s total outgoings, according to new analysis from housing investment and shared equity mortgage provider, Castle Trust.

18 Feb 2013

Aldermore becomes latest lender to join Complete panel

Aldermore becomes latest lender to join Complete panel

Aldermore Residential Mortgages is the latest intermediary focused lender to join the panel of Complete FS this year, which, according to Director, Tony Salentino, is already shaping up to mark a real renaissance for mortgage brokers.

18 Feb 2013

Shawbrook launches two new secured products at up to 85% LTV

Shawbrook launches two new secured products at up to 85% LTV

Today Shawbrook Bank launches two new exciting additions to its Premier Plus range increasing LTVs up to 85% with lower market leading rates for prime borrowers.

18 Feb 2013

Shawbrook Bank launches secured loan for clients with IVAs

Shawbrook Bank launches secured loan for clients with IVAs

Shawbrook Bank is launching a secured loan aimed at borrowers with individual voluntary arrangement contracts.

15 Feb 2013

47% consider secured loans a remortgage alternative for interest-only clients

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47% consider secured loans a remortgage alternative for interest-only clients

In a recent poll results showed that 47% of intermediaries have considered recommending a secured loan to their client as an alternative to remortgaging, in order to protect their interest-only mortgage status.

15 Feb 2013

Halifax announces rate cuts on home mover products

Mortgages

Halifax announces rate cuts on home mover products

Halifax has today announced a number of rate reductions across its home mover range in a move to further support the UK’s mortgage market.

15 Feb 2013

Rental dip gives tenants breathing space

Mortgages

Rental dip gives tenants breathing space

Tenants’ finances received a welcome boost as rents fell in January for the third consecutive month, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services plc.

15 Feb 2013

Newcastle Intermediary Services reduce rates on 2-year fixes

Mortgages

Newcastle Intermediary Services reduce rates on 2-year fixes

Newcastle Intermediary Services has reduced the rate of its two-year fixed mortgage products.

14 Feb 2013

Regulator launches crackdown on pension predators

Retirement

Regulator launches crackdown on pension predators

A hard-hitting information campaign for consumers and pensions professionals is launched today as part of an ongoing multi-agency crackdown on predators claiming to be able to release pensions cash as a loan or lump sum before the law allows.

14 Feb 2013

Poor valuations are the biggest problem for bridging brokers

Poor valuations are the biggest problem for bridging brokers

United Trust Bank’s most recent broker survey has found that by far the most common reason for bridging loan proposals falling through is poor property valuations (43%).

14 Feb 2013

Buy-to-let lending reaches £16.4bn in 2012

Mortgages

Buy-to-let lending reaches £16.4bn in 2012

Buy-to-let lending accounted for 11.5% of total gross mortgage lending in 2012, up from 9.8% in 2011, according to full-year data released today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

14 Feb 2013

Marsden Building Society offers help to FTBs

Mortgages

Marsden Building Society offers help to FTBs

Marsden Building Society has launched a 3.99% fixed rate mortgage until 2015 for LTVs up to 90%.

13 Feb 2013

Buyer’s market in France

Blogs

Buyer’s market in France

Interesting reading from French Property News, which reports that the prospect of owning a property across the Channel has become even more achievable.

13 Feb 2013

Precise launches exclusive BTL products from just 4.44%

Precise launches exclusive BTL products from just 4.44%

Tomorrow, Precise Mortgages the intermediary only lender, will launch four exclusive buy-to-let products with rates starting from just 4.44% for selected postcodes in the South of the country.

13 Feb 2013

Scottish Widows launches dedicated auto enrolment adviser support

Retirement

Scottish Widows launches dedicated auto enrolment adviser support

Scottish Widows has launched a dedicated automatic enrolment website and telephone based helpline, offering support and guidance to advisers in order to help them service their clients through all aspects of the new regulations.

13 Feb 2013

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