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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

Halifax reaches 1000 NewBuy applications

Mortgages

Halifax reaches 1000 NewBuy applications

Halifax has this week reached a major milestone in its support of NewBuy, receiving its 1000th application.

26 Nov 2012

Average loan size doubles as secured market grows

Average loan size doubles as secured market grows

The secured loan market is not only growing in terms of business volume but also in average loan size as more intermediaries turn to the sector because of lack of appetite for capital raising remortgages in the first charge market, according to V Loans.

26 Nov 2012

84% predict stability in lending industry within 2 years

84% predict stability in lending industry within 2 years

A survey by Nostrum has revelealed that 84% of responsdents predict the lending industry will be stable over the next two years.

23 Nov 2012

Leeds Building Society make cuts of up to 0.59%

Mortgages

Leeds Building Society make cuts of up to 0.59%

Leeds Building Society has reduced the rate on its 2 year fixed rate mortgage by 0.41% to a competitive rate of just 2.54%, available up to 75% LTV.

23 Nov 2012

Mortgage lending and approvals rise in October

Mortgage lending and approvals rise in October

Gross mortgage lending of £7.5bn in October was slightly above the recent monthly average, reveals the latest BBA Monthly Statistics Release.

23 Nov 2012

More than 10% of mortgage applications refused with 'no explanation'

Mortgages

More than 10% of mortgage applications refused with 'no explanation'

According to research conducted by YouGov for Countrywide, 11% of people who are turned down when applying for a mortgage are given no explanation, with 9% stating they were turned down because they were self-employed.

23 Nov 2012

Pink relaunches its Pink Mortgage Club for DA advisers

Mortgages

Pink relaunches its Pink Mortgage Club for DA advisers

Pink is relaunching its offering to directly authorised mortgage and protection advisers including a free compliance package for its Club VIP members.

22 Nov 2012

Working together

Matt Tristram - LW

Working together

We officially exited a recession in the third quarter of this year; effects that were emphasised in October’s secured loan lending figures.

22 Nov 2012

IMLA appoints first chairman from a mainstream bank

Mortgages

IMLA appoints first chairman from a mainstream bank

IMLA, the trade association for UK lenders involved in the intermediary mortgage market, has today announced its new chairman and board of directors for 2013 at its Annual General Meeting in London.

22 Nov 2012

FSA to raise minimum capital for SIPPs operators

Retirement

FSA to raise minimum capital for SIPPs operators

The Financial Services Authority has published a consultation paper outlining how much capital Self Invested Personal Pension operators must hold in future.

22 Nov 2012

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