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Halifax pledge to pay 50% of stamp duty costs for all FTB and homemovers

Mortgages

Halifax pledge to pay 50% of stamp duty costs for all FTB and homemovers

Halifax has today announced the extension to its pledge to pay half of all homebuyers stamp duty bill for properties up to the value of £250,000.

02 May 2012

Advisers should tackle common reverson misconceptions

Retirement

Advisers should tackle common reverson misconceptions

Bridgewater Equity Release has today urged advisers to tackle some of the common misconceptions often raised by customers when it comes to discussing home reversion plans.

02 May 2012

Lending and approvals jump in March

Lending and approvals jump in March

Gross mortgage lending by building societies and other mutual lenders rose 58% in March 2012 compared to the same month last year.

02 May 2012

Lending to individuals rose by £1.4 billion in March

Lending to individuals rose by £1.4 billion in March

Total lending to individuals rose by £1.4 billion in March, compared to the previous six-month average increase of £1.3 billion according to statistics from the BOE.

02 May 2012

Equity release growth continues in first quarter

Retirement

Equity release growth continues in first quarter

Equity release growth continued in the first quarter of 2012 with both plan sales and total lending climbing, analysis from Key Retirement Solutions shows.

02 May 2012

Co-op withdraws interest only mortgage range

Mortgages

Co-op withdraws interest only mortgage range

From Tuesday 8th May 2012, new customers at The Co-operative Bank will be able to take out mortgages on a capital and repayment basis only.

02 May 2012

Mortgage customers face £300 million bill

Mortgages

Mortgage customers face £300 million bill

Which? estimates consumers will face an additional £300 million in mortgage repayments over the next year.

01 May 2012

A global bond boom is on

Savings & Investments

A global bond boom is on

The latest Morningstar European asset flow data shows that long-term funds enjoyed a strong first quarter, receiving more than Euro 50 billion of new investor assets.

01 May 2012

Over four million Brits consider fraudulent home insurance claims

Protection

Over four million Brits consider fraudulent home insurance claims

One in 10 recession-struck Brits admit they would consider making a false home insurance claim, according to research from MoneySupermarket.com.

01 May 2012

March house prices down 0.6% since February

Mortgages

March house prices down 0.6% since February

March data from Land Registry's flagship House Price Index shows an annual price decrease of 0.6 per cent which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £160,372.

01 May 2012

 

Overseas property market alive and well

Blogs

Overseas property market alive and well

Despite the UK’s double dip recession and sluggish property market, the overseas property market is alive and well, with bargain property prices and historically low interest rates

01 May 2012

5.9 Per Cent personal loan rate marks a five year low

5.9 Per Cent personal loan rate marks a five year low

The launch of a new personal loan rate of 5.9% from Sainsbury's Bank for borrowing between £7,500 and £15,000 taken over 1-3 years, marks the first time rates have fallen below 6.0

01 May 2012

Equifax advise consumers to shape up on credit score

Equifax advise consumers to shape up on credit score

Equifax offers advice on credit ratings as lenders move to standard variable rates.

01 May 2012

Brightstar hails success of one year accounts self employed exclusive

Brightstar hails success of one year accounts self employed exclusive

Brightstar Financial, the national intermediary hub for specialist lending, has seen enquiries from advisers for business owners double since the launch of its self employed exclus

30 Apr 2012

Mortgage Pro recruiting advisers with payment at offer deal

Mortgages

Mortgage Pro recruiting advisers with payment at offer deal

National mortgage and protection brokerage, Mortgage Pro, is recruiting new advisers across the UK and part of its package is the payment of broker fees as soon as the offer is pro

30 Apr 2012

Rent Levels May Soon Stabilise, says ARLA

Rent Levels May Soon Stabilise, says ARLA

Signs suggest that rental prices in the Private Rental Sector could be levelling out, according to letting agents.

30 Apr 2012

FSA launches redress scheme consultation for Arch cru investors

Savings & Investments

FSA launches redress scheme consultation for Arch cru investors

The FSA has today launched a three-month consultation on establishing a consumer redress scheme, which could deliver more than £100m compensation to investors who were mis-sold the

30 Apr 2012

Low investor awareness of risk shows need for risk targeted funds

Savings & Investments

Low investor awareness of risk shows need for risk targeted funds

Half of people who have an investment product are only vaguely aware of the level of risk they are taking within that product, according to new research by Skandia Investment Group

30 Apr 2012

SURGE IN LANDLORD BUYING ACTIVITY

SURGE IN LANDLORD BUYING ACTIVITY

Independent research commissioned by specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages has revealed that property acquisition activity remained strong in the first quarter of 2012.

30 Apr 2012

UK HOUSING MARKET BUOYANT AS POSITIVE GROWTH TREND CONTINUES

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UK HOUSING MARKET BUOYANT AS POSITIVE GROWTH TREND CONTINUES

The UK housing market showed continued signs of improvement during April according to the latest figures from the Agency Express Property Activity Index.

30 Apr 2012

Ocean Finance offers loans via intermediaries with TrigoldCrystal

Ocean Finance offers loans via intermediaries with TrigoldCrystal

Ocean Finance is offering secured-loans to intermediary clients through TrigoldCrystal’s Prospector sourcing system.

30 Apr 2012

Notice Rates Climb To Three Year High

Savings & Investments

Notice Rates Climb To Three Year High

The average rate of a notice savings account currently stands at 1.57%, its highest level since early 2009, report Moneyfacts.co.uk.

30 Apr 2012

Million pound home sales fall 11% in 2011

Mortgages

Million pound home sales fall 11% in 2011

Million pound property sales have fallen to their lowest level since 2009, according to research by Bank of Scotland.

27 Apr 2012

Robin Haynes, Managing Director of Currency Index

In The Spotlight

Robin Haynes, Managing Director of Currency Index

myintroducer.com catches up with Robin Haynes, MD at Currency Index Ltd - the UK-based FSA-regulated currency exchange specialist.

27 Apr 2012

The Pensions Regulator publishes statement on pension scheme funding

Retirement

The Pensions Regulator publishes statement on pension scheme funding

The Pensions Regulator has published a Statement to provide guidance on how pension scheme funding valuations should be approached in today's challenging economic environment.

27 Apr 2012

Providers sought to help deliver start-up loans for young people

Providers sought to help deliver start-up loans for young people

The next stage of the Government's new £10 million ‘Start-up Loans' for young people pilot scheme has been announced today by Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk.

27 Apr 2012

Mortgage Talk arranges first NewBuy completion

Mortgages

Mortgage Talk arranges first NewBuy completion

Specialist new build broker Mortgage Talk has been quickest off the mark to complete the first NewBuy mortgage in the UK.

27 Apr 2012

Barclays customers take control and cut up their cards

Barclays customers take control and cut up their cards

Today, as shareholders met for the Barclays AGM, angry Barclays customers met outside the Royal Festival Hall to cut up their cards as part of the Move Your Money UK campaign.

27 Apr 2012

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