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Mortgage fraud set to surge in 2013

Mortgages

Mortgage fraud set to surge in 2013

Experian today predicted that there will be a dramatic increase in attempted mortgage fraud in the UK next year, bringing the number to the highest level since records began in 2009.

04 Dec 2012

Enhanced rates fall as conventional annuity rates stabilise

Retirement

Enhanced rates fall as conventional annuity rates stabilise

The latest findings from the MGM Advantage Annuity Index, which tracks the income paid on enhanced and conventional annuities, reveals average conventional rates have improved over the past two months while enhanced rates have fallen.

03 Dec 2012

TBMC & Skipton launch BTL mortgage from 3.99%

Mortgages

TBMC & Skipton launch BTL mortgage from 3.99%

TBMC is now offering two new 3 year fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages with Skipton Building Society; a 3.99% fixed rate up to 65% LTV and a 4.39% fixed rate up to 75% LTV.

03 Dec 2012

Funding for Lending drawdown is £4.4bn in Q3

Funding for Lending drawdown is £4.4bn in Q3

The Bank of England released Funding for Lending Scheme data today showing that despite reaching £4.4bn drawdown from the participants, lending has yet to be significantly boosted by the scheme.

03 Dec 2012

Final winner of the 'Secured Loan Industry’s Biggest Giveaway' revealed

Final winner of the 'Secured Loan Industry’s Biggest Giveaway' revealed

Loans Warehouse, the specialist secured loan broker, has today announced the winners of the 'Secured Loan Industry’s Biggest Ever Giveaway'.

03 Dec 2012

United Trust Bank completes multiple £5m+ bridges

United Trust Bank completes multiple £5m+ bridges

United Trust Bank’s Bridging Department has completed a number of multi million pound portfolio refinances.

30 Nov 2012

Outlook for 2013

Richard Sexton - esurv

Outlook for 2013

Up until the start of September, the mortgage market was undeniably constrained by the burdens of tough funding conditions and weak economic output.

30 Nov 2012

France still number one

Blogs

France still number one

Despite the eurozone crisis and recent tax rises, France has been named as the most popular overseas property destination for British buyers, according to the latest Property Hotspots Report from currency specialists HiFX.

30 Nov 2012

Yorkshire cuts rates on 85% mortgages

Mortgages

Yorkshire cuts rates on 85% mortgages

Yorkshire Building Society is continuing its trend of reducing mortgage costs by cutting rates on all fixed rate 85% LTV mortgages.

30 Nov 2012

Coventry roll out low-fee range from 2.99%

Mortgages

Coventry roll out low-fee range from 2.99%

Coventry Building Society's new range includes 2 year fixed rates from 2.59% with low arrangement fees and a 5 year Flexx Fixed rate at 3.99% available up to 85% LTV.

30 Nov 2012

 

HSBC launches its lowest ever 2-year fix at 1.99%

Mortgages

HSBC launches its lowest ever 2-year fix at 1.99%

HSBC has responded to growing demand from customers seeking a fixed rate mortgage by offering its lowest ever two-year fixed rate of 1.99%.

30 Nov 2012

There are two property markets

Christian Faes - Montello

There are two property markets

[Guest blogger Gary Clark] Why is it that when we hear the national media comment regarding house prices, they insist on using an average figure for the entire UK housing market?

29 Nov 2012

Advisers call for return of the stamp duty holiday

Legal

Advisers call for return of the stamp duty holiday

The latest poll among Avelo Exchange users has revealed that almost a quarter of advisers (24%) would like to see the Chancellor announce the reintroduction of the stamp Duty Holiday in his Autumn Statement next week.

29 Nov 2012

First Complete secures fixed rate Leeds BS exclusives

Mortgages

First Complete secures fixed rate Leeds BS exclusives

First Complete has secured two exclusive products from Leeds Building Society for its network members.

29 Nov 2012

Platform refresh range with new 2-year fixes and cashback offers

Mortgages

Platform refresh range with new 2-year fixes and cashback offers

Platform will reinvigorate its mainstream mortgage range on Monday with a selection of competitively priced products - some with the added bonus of £250 cash back.

29 Nov 2012

Just Retirement launches defined benefits proposition

Retirement

Just Retirement launches defined benefits proposition

Just Retirement, the specialist UK life assurance group, has confirmed that it has launched its new defined benefits proposition offering cost-effective de-risking solutions to employers and trustees.

29 Nov 2012

Intermediary pledges to support insurers in run up to G-Day

Protection

Intermediary pledges to support insurers in run up to G-Day

The BGL Group today confirmed its commitment to support insurers as they implement premium rates that are no longer based on gender, in response to the European Court of Justice's gender ruling which comes into force on December 21.

29 Nov 2012

Number of mortgages increases 17% since August

Mortgages

Number of mortgages increases 17% since August

Borrowers are continuing to benefit from an increase in the number of mortgages available since The Bank of England's Funding for Lending scheme was launched in August, according to analysis from MoneySupermarket.

28 Nov 2012

Blacks Connect launches commercial conveyancing service

Legal

Blacks Connect launches commercial conveyancing service

Blacks Connect has launched a commercial referral service to brokers, covering a wide range of legal transactions, from buying a commercial property to selling a business.

28 Nov 2012

Beech Finance adds Masthaven to lending panel

Beech Finance adds Masthaven to lending panel

Secured loans packager Beech Finance has today announced that it has added Masthaven to its lending panel and will roll out the lending criteria to over 2000 brokers that are currently registered with Beech Introducers.

27 Nov 2012

BIBA calls for regulation action

Protection

BIBA calls for regulation action

BIBA has called for the government to ensure appropriate and proportionate regulation for insurance brokers and to consider its alternative FSCS funding model, in its Autumn Statement submission.

27 Nov 2012

Accord launches 10-day sale from 2.59%

Mortgages

Accord launches 10-day sale from 2.59%

Accord Mortgages has launched six new competitive mortgages for 10 days only as it seeks to offer brokers and their customers a bright end to 2012.

27 Nov 2012

Post Office extends in-branch offering

Mortgages

Post Office extends in-branch offering

Following the successful launch of the Mortgage Specialists in branch offering earlier this year, the Post Office is introducing Specialists into a further three branches across the UK – Peterborough, Nottingham and Cambridge.

27 Nov 2012

Shawbrook boosts LTV on interest-only range

Mortgages

Shawbrook boosts LTV on interest-only range

Shawbrook Bank has increased its interest only options across all property types following feedback from its network of brokers and intermediaries.

27 Nov 2012

Packagers prove their value, says Complete FS

Mortgages

Packagers prove their value, says Complete FS

Complete FS, the South Coast based national mortgage distributor and packager, has reported a dramatic increase of over 63% in new business levels over the last quarter compared to the same period in 2011.

27 Nov 2012

81% of advisers prefer to use online quotations for GI

Protection

81% of advisers prefer to use online quotations for GI

94 percent of mortgage advisors view general insurance as an important part of their business and value the recurring income it can provide, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Berkeley Alexander.

26 Nov 2012

First Complete ensures brokers are ready for G-Day

Protection

First Complete ensures brokers are ready for G-Day

With just one month left until the Gender Directive comes into force, First Complete has developed a range of tools for its members to ensure they are effectively using the time left before 21st December.

26 Nov 2012

Leeds cuts rates on 2-year mortgage by 0.26%

Mortgages

Leeds cuts rates on 2-year mortgage by 0.26%

Leeds Building Society has reduced its 2-year discount mortgage, available between 81% and 85% loan to value, by 0.26% to 3.99%.

26 Nov 2012

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