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Skipton slashes Help to Buy rates

Skipton slashes Help to Buy rates

Skipton Building Society is cutting rates by up to 0.20% on selected Help to Buy products, starting from tomorrow.

27 Jul 2016

NatWest rolls out large loan 'concierge service' for brokers

NatWest rolls out large loan 'concierge service' for brokers

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has introduced a new ‘Concierge Service’ for brokers for all mortgage applications over £500,000.

27 Jul 2016

Paragon Bank launches new ISA range

Paragon Bank launches new ISA range

Paragon Bank is launching a range of ISA products, including new two- and three- year fixed rates.

27 Jul 2016

Uinsure named as preferred GI partner by Paradigm

Uinsure named as preferred GI partner by Paradigm

Paradigm Mortgage Services has named leading GI provider Uinsure as a preferred partner for general insurance.

27 Jul 2016

Third of 35-44 year olds can't afford to save for retirement

Third of 35-44 year olds can't afford to save for retirement

Royal London’s second Pensions Through The Ages Report 'Feeling the Squeeze' shows that over a third (34%) of people aged 35 to 44 are 'squeezed', saying that paying bills and meeting everyday commitments is a constant struggle.

27 Jul 2016

Shawbrook announces 14% lending rise in H1

Shawbrook announces 14% lending rise in H1

Shawbrook has announced this morning that it has processed £3.8bn of loans during the first half of this year - a 14% increase in its loan book from £3.4bn recorded at 31st December 2015.

27 Jul 2016

GDP sees surprise 0.6% growth in Q2

GDP sees surprise 0.6% growth in Q2

The UK economy expanded by 0.6% in the last three months, up from 0.4% in the January-March quarter, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

27 Jul 2016

Ingard adds Norton Finance Group to panel

Ingard adds Norton Finance Group to panel

Specialist lender Ingard has announced the addition of Norton to its panel.

27 Jul 2016

Senior L&G figure joins Mortgage Advice Bureau

Senior L&G figure joins Mortgage Advice Bureau

Mortgage Advice Bureau has announced the appointment of Rob Gent as Regional Sales Director.

27 Jul 2016

Virgin Money ups mortgage lending by 19% in H1

Virgin Money ups mortgage lending by 19% in H1

Virgin Money increased its year-on-year gross mortgage lending by 19% to £4.3bn in H1 of 2016 and said it remained "focused on maintaining the high quality of [its] mortgage business".

26 Jul 2016

 

Affirmative continues expansion with new BDM

Affirmative continues expansion with new BDM

Affirmative have announced the appointment of a Business Development Manager, Jade Keval, for the North and Midland regions.

26 Jul 2016

HBOS failure report leads to call for FCA review

HBOS failure report leads to call for FCA review

Released today, the Treasury Committee’s Review of the reports into the failure of HBOS, the chair of the committee Andrew Tyrie MP said regulators’ ability to protect consumers from regulatory failures, was still a “work in progress”, particularly at the FCA.

26 Jul 2016

Retirement plans shelved as over-55s feel the pinch

Retirement plans shelved as over-55s feel the pinch

The latest report into retirement planning from Aviva has discovered that only 36% of unretired over-55s had started their retirement planning during Q2 2016: the lowest percentage since Aviva began tracking this data two years ago.

26 Jul 2016

NatWest & RBS consider imposing negative interest rates

NatWest & RBS consider imposing negative interest rates

Natwest and Royal Bank of Scotland have warned businesses they may have to introduce negative interest rates and charge them to accept deposits, due to low interest rates.

26 Jul 2016

Mortgage approvals bounce back from Stamp Duty dip: BBA

Mortgage approvals bounce back from Stamp Duty dip: BBA

The latest figures from the British Bankers' Association has shown that June's mortgage approvals bounced back from the Stamp Duty-driven dip in April.

26 Jul 2016

Stonebridge launches DA proposition

Stonebridge launches DA proposition

Stonebridge Group, the mortgage and insurance network, has announced the launch of its new proposition for directly authorised advisers.

26 Jul 2016

LendInvest boosts Scottish business with new hire

LendInvest boosts Scottish business with new hire

Specialist lender LendInvest has appointed Peter McDermid as Business Development Manager for Scotland, its first hire outside of London.

26 Jul 2016

1 in 7 pensioners boosts income by working, Metlife data shows

1 in 7 pensioners boosts income by working, Metlife data shows

Nearly one in seven over-65s are boosting their retirement income by working, earning around £296 in addition per week, MetLife’s analysis of pensioners’ income statistics shows.

26 Jul 2016

AEMA adopts Mortgage Brain technology

AEMA adopts Mortgage Brain technology

The Association of Expert Mortgage Advisors, or AEMA, which accounts for almost 50% of all mortgage broker business in Ireland, is going digital with the adoption of Mortgage Trading Exchange.

25 Jul 2016

NatWest launches new build & FTB deals

NatWest launches new build & FTB deals

NatWest Intermediary Solutions will be launching a number of new mortgage deals into its core range tomorrow for customers buying a new build property, alongside making a significant number of rate reductions to its standard residential purchase mortgages.

25 Jul 2016

Bridgebank Capital makes business development hire

Bridgebank Capital makes business development hire

Bridgebank Capital has welcomed Sarah Fisher to its Business Development Team, to support the company’s continued growth across City and Central London.

25 Jul 2016

Over half of over-55s reluctant - or unable - to downsize

Over half of over-55s reluctant - or unable - to downsize

A recent survey conducted by provider of mover conveyancing services, My Home Move, has revealed that 58% of over 55s have no intention to downsize in the near future, despite industry calls for more family-sized properties to come onto market.

25 Jul 2016

Brokers shouldn't neglect 'essential' GI for underinsured consumers

Brokers shouldn't neglect 'essential' GI for underinsured consumers

With the news that Brits are underinsuring the contents in their homes by an average of £20,000 according to the latest data from MoneySuperMarket, we spoke to Jason Berry, of GI provider Uinsure, about how brokers can help.

25 Jul 2016

Two-year fixes see biggest rate drop in H1

Two-year fixes see biggest rate drop in H1

The latest research from Moneyfacts confirms that average rates across all fixed mortgage terms have fallen since the start of this year.

25 Jul 2016

The Loans Engine scraps master broker fee

The Loans Engine scraps master broker fee

Specialist finance broker, The Loans Engine, has revealed that from today it is scrapping its all-encompassing master broker fee and replacing it with a simple application fee, with the aim of keeping in line with the first-charge mortgage market.

25 Jul 2016

First time buyer numbers rise 10% in H1

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First time buyer numbers rise 10% in H1

The number of first time buyers increased by an estimated 10% in the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, according to Halifax.

23 Jul 2016

In the Spotlight with Karen Hedges, First Complete

In The Spotlight

In the Spotlight with Karen Hedges, First Complete

We spoke to Karen Hedges, Mortgage Manager at First Complete, about the growth of the intermediary market and the importance of protection.

22 Jul 2016

First Direct cuts fixed rates by up to 0.51%

First Direct cuts fixed rates by up to 0.51%

First Direct has cut two and five year fixed rates by up to 0.51%.

22 Jul 2016

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