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The housing market - underperforming or a return to health?

The housing market - underperforming or a return to health?

Weighing up the state of the housing market at any particular time is difficult given the range of statistics that are continually bandied about. Today’s underperforming and underwhelming appraisal of activity might be tomorrow’s strengthening and developing ‘return to health’ depending on which organisation’s statistics you read, and which you believe.

04 Nov 2016

Will rising inflation expose a shortage of valuation surveyors?

Will rising inflation expose a shortage of valuation surveyors?

There are too few valuation surveyors to deal with the greater demand for their services that will follow a rise in interest rates sparked by Brexit, warns EDM Mortgage Support Services.

04 Nov 2016

What does technology mean to your business?

What does technology mean to your business?

If you’re a one-man band or a small advisory practice then I suspect, like many, technology is the hardware and software you use, perhaps the CRM system you run, and potentially your use of social media. It’s unlikely that you’ll be sitting down to build your own systems from scratch – although I certainly don’t rule this out; instead I suspect you are taking off-the-shelf solutions and tailoring them to your own business. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But, even then, are you getting the most out of them?

04 Nov 2016

Mortgage Brain appoints Lender Development Manager

Mortgage Brain appoints Lender Development Manager

Mortgage Brain has appointed Karen Faulkner as its new Lender Development Manager.

04 Nov 2016

Keystone scraps age limits on limited company and joint applications

Keystone scraps age limits on limited company and joint applications

Keystone Property Finance has made changes to its Classic Range lending criteria, including removing upper age limits on its Classic Range for applicants borrowing via limited company.

04 Nov 2016

Royal London life and pensions business up 30%

Royal London life and pensions business up 30%

Royal London's new life and pensions business totalled £6.3bn to the end of September, an annual rise of 30%.

04 Nov 2016

ABI urged to reinstate ‘annuity window’ rate tracking

ABI urged to reinstate ‘annuity window’ rate tracking

Hargreaves Lansdown has today written to the ABI asking for it to reinstate the tracking and publication of insurance company annuity rates.

04 Nov 2016

FSE Midlands: FCA concerned about rise of 'high-risk' lending

FSE Midlands: FCA concerned about rise of 'high-risk' lending

Speaking at today’s FSE Midlands, Lynda Blackwell, Mortgage Sector Manager at the FCA, said that the regulator was looking at a number of challenges that might impact on future growth in the market, in particular potential increases in business activity in high-risk product areas.

03 Nov 2016

FSE Midlands: U-turn on tax relief changes unlikely

FSE Midlands: U-turn on tax relief changes unlikely

A u-turn from Chancellor Philip Hammond in the Autumn Statement on the mortgage interest tax relief changes – due to be introduced in April next year - are unlikely, says David Whittaker of Mortgages for Business.

03 Nov 2016

FSE Midlands: Industry applauds resilience of mortgage market

FSE Midlands: Industry applauds resilience of mortgage market

The UK housing and mortgage market has shown a strong degree of resilience post-Referendum, according to a panel of industry experts.

03 Nov 2016

 

FSE Midlands: Equity release will be a £5bn market by 2020

FSE Midlands: Equity release will be a £5bn market by 2020

The equity release market will “comfortably be a £5bn market by 2020” said Key Retirement’s Dean Mirfin at today’s FSE Midlands at the RICOH Arena in Coventry.

03 Nov 2016

Bank of England raises 2017 growth forecasts to 1.4%

Bank of England raises 2017 growth forecasts to 1.4%

The Bank of England has raised its 2017 growth forecasts from 0.8% to 1.4% in its latest inflation report.

03 Nov 2016

MPC votes unanimously to hold Bank Rate at 0.25%

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MPC votes unanimously to hold Bank Rate at 0.25%

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.25%.

03 Nov 2016

Lloyds launches £500 cashback for remortgagors

Lloyds launches £500 cashback for remortgagors

Lloyds Bank has launched a £500 cashback offer for customers who remortgage from another lender.

03 Nov 2016

The Mortgage Lender partners with John Charcol

The Mortgage Lender partners with John Charcol

The Mortgage Lender has announced a new partnership with mortgage broker John Charcol.

03 Nov 2016

NatWest launches new intermediary website

NatWest launches new intermediary website

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has launched a new website with redesigned navigation and content.

03 Nov 2016

Standard Life pulls out of open annuity market

Standard Life pulls out of open annuity market

Standard Life has been confirmed as the sixth provider to pull out of the open annuity market since the pension freedoms were announced.

03 Nov 2016

CII launches new pension transfers qualification

CII launches new pension transfers qualification

The Chartered Insurance Institute has launched a new pension transfers qualification.

03 Nov 2016

Shawbrook to launch lending into retirement range in Q1

Shawbrook to launch lending into retirement range in Q1

Shawbrook has confirmed the continued development of its lending into retirement product set with a launch expected in Q1 2017.

03 Nov 2016

Former Aldermore manager joins Pepper Homeloans

Former Aldermore manager joins Pepper Homeloans

Nicola Boardman has joined Pepper Homeloans as Head of Origination and will be responsible for developing and delivering Pepper’s service proposition to both intermediaries and borrowers.

03 Nov 2016

Industry says seven-day mortgage switching "unnecessary and unworkable"

Industry says seven-day mortgage switching "unnecessary and unworkable"

Plans to shorten the procedure for switching mortgages to seven days have "little chance of being implemented effectively", according to the latest IMLA member survey.

03 Nov 2016

Brokers report fixed-rate rush as uncertainty continues

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Brokers report fixed-rate rush as uncertainty continues

Homeowners are rushing to fix mortgage payments with nearly two out of three looking for fixed rate mortgages when their current deal expires, according to Nottingham Building Society research.

02 Nov 2016

Debt purchase firm signs redress deal with FCA

Debt purchase firm signs redress deal with FCA

Debt purchase and collections firm Motormile Finance has entered into an agreement with the FCA to provide redress to more than 500,000 customers for historic failures in its due diligence and collections process.

02 Nov 2016

Former Blackrock manager pleads guilty to insider dealing

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Former Blackrock manager pleads guilty to insider dealing

Mark Lyttleton, a former Equity Portfolio Manager at BlackRock, has today pleaded guilty to two counts of insider dealing.

02 Nov 2016

Together launches sub-7% buy-to-let rates

Together launches sub-7% buy-to-let rates

Specialist lender Together has cut rates on first charge buy-to-let mortgages up to 65% LTV, taking them below 7%.

02 Nov 2016

Equity release lending soars 26% in Q3

Equity release lending soars 26% in Q3

The total value of equity release lending grew by more than a quarter year-on-year to a new record high of £571.6m in Q3, according to the latest figures from the Equity Release Council.

02 Nov 2016

NIESR: inflation to hit 4% in 2017

NIESR: inflation to hit 4% in 2017

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research expects CPI inflation to "accelerate rapidly" to reach 4% in late 2017 and remain above the Bank of England’s 2% target until 2020.

02 Nov 2016

Furness launches 1.68% fixed rate online exclusive

Furness launches 1.68% fixed rate online exclusive

Furness Building Society has launched a 1.68% three-year fixed rate online exclusive.

02 Nov 2016

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