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Virgin slashes rates for buyers with smaller deposits

Mortgages

Virgin slashes rates for buyers with smaller deposits

Virgin Money have given first time buyers a boost with reductions to their interest rates on a number of mortgages across their range.

07 Dec 2012

Ethical investment takes root

Savings & Investments

Ethical investment takes root

An increasing number of people want to know more about how our money is used by financial institutions and would be interested in investing ethically if they knew more about it, according to Emerald Knight, the ethical investment specialist.

06 Dec 2012

Leeds use FLS to increase new lending

Leeds use FLS to increase new lending

The first published numbers for the Funding for Lending Scheme released this week by the Bank of England showed that net lending was only £498m, despite a total drawdown of over £4.3bn.

06 Dec 2012

rebuildingsociety.com launches 1% introducer fee incentive

Savings & Investments

rebuildingsociety.com launches 1% introducer fee incentive

Investment advisers can now earn a one per cent introducer fee when they refer clients who lend a minimum of £2k to businesses listed on rebuildingsociety.com, the peer-to-business lending platform.

06 Dec 2012

Mayfair granted permission to operate UCIS

Mayfair granted permission to operate UCIS

Mayfair Bridging have been granted permission to become the authorised operater of a Unregulated Collective Investment Scheme.

06 Dec 2012

House prices see 1% rise in November

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House prices see 1% rise in November

Data released by Halifax today shows that house prices in Novermber were 1.0% higher than those in October, with five monthly rises and six falls in the first 11 months of 2012.

06 Dec 2012

Bridging up 51% as owner occupiers turn away from mainstream banks

Bridging up 51% as owner occupiers turn away from mainstream banks

Tough rules on lending are already hitting millions trying to get a mortgage and many borrowers are turning to the bridging industry for help, according to short-term secured lender West One Loans.

06 Dec 2012

More retirement options now available from Sharia-compliant scheme

Retirement

More retirement options now available from Sharia-compliant scheme

IFAs advising clients on retirement planning and schemes suitable for UK pension auto-enrolment legislation can now also offer a Sharia compliant investment service, called the Discretionary Portfolio Service.

05 Dec 2012

Autumn Statement: tax relief for pensions cut to £40k

Retirement

Autumn Statement: tax relief for pensions cut to £40k

The Government today announced in the Autumn Statement that the pension annual allowance will be reduced from £50,000 a year to £40,000, with effect from 6 April 2014.

05 Dec 2012

Loans Warehouse completes high net worth loan

Loans Warehouse completes high net worth loan

Secured loan master broker Loans Warehouse has completed its first loan on Shawbrook Bank’s new Larger Loan plan by arranging a secured loan for £190,500 to be used to renovate a property.

05 Dec 2012

 

Scottish Provident offer double benefits ahead of 'G-Day'

Protection

Scottish Provident offer double benefits ahead of 'G-Day'

Ahead of the implementation of gender neutral premium pricing, Scottish Provident has announced it is offering customers a window for last minute applications.

05 Dec 2012

Increase in consumer finance lending, says FLA

Increase in consumer finance lending, says FLA

Figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association - the trade body for the consumer credit industry - confirmed an increase in lending by FLA members in October 2012.

05 Dec 2012

Nationwide become first UK lender to enhance mte capabilities

Mortgages

Nationwide become first UK lender to enhance mte capabilities

Nationwide has become the first UK lender to adopt the Mortgage Trading Exchange’s enhanced mortgage application functions and capabilities.

04 Dec 2012

All I want for Christmas...

Rob Barnard - Aldermore

All I want for Christmas...

It’s that time of year again when those of us who are still true believers pen a letter to Santa with requests for treats to make the coming year that much more enjoyable.

04 Dec 2012

Price difference in homes doubles with each bedroom, says Barclays

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Price difference in homes doubles with each bedroom, says Barclays

British homeowners looking to upsize their homes can expect the difference in property values to double as they move up the ladder, according to new research from Barclays.

04 Dec 2012

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

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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

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