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FHL: location is key to tackling stamp duty changes

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FHL: location is key to tackling stamp duty changes

The challenge for landlords, in a post stamp duty and MCD 2016, will not be access to finance, but the choice of area to buy in the UK giving the best chances of growth, according to Foundation Home Loans' Commercial Director, Simon Bayley.

09 Feb 2016

First high net worth equity release service launches

First high net worth equity release service launches

Bower Retirement says it has launched the first dedicated high net worth equity release service in response to strong demand for targeted advice as property wealth becomes more important to retirement planning.

09 Feb 2016

Aegon platforms integrate with Intelliflo

Aegon platforms integrate with Intelliflo

Aegon has partnered with Intelliflo's business management system, Intelligent Office, to integrate its One Retirement and Aegon Retirement Choices platforms.

08 Feb 2016

The countdown to MCD

The countdown to MCD

It goes without saying that 2016 is a key year for the secured loans industry. Since April 2014, when the Financial Conduct Authority first took over the reins of regulation for the second charge sector, we have been working towards this point when the interim permission period ends and MCD regulation comes into effect.

08 Feb 2016

Online adviser gets £1.1m in funding

Online adviser gets £1.1m in funding

Online mortgage adviser Trussle has received £1.1m in funding to expand its team and product offering.

08 Feb 2016

Mortgage fees hit 21-month high

Mortgage fees hit 21-month high

Average mortgage fees are £68 higher than in June 2014 and have hit a 21-month high, according to Moneyfacts.co.uk.

08 Feb 2016

FCA audit report finds 'major' incident response flaws

FCA audit report finds 'major' incident response flaws

The latest FCA internal audit report has found 'major' inadequacies in the regulator's current incident response and crisis management capability.

08 Feb 2016

Accord launches FTB cashback offer

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Accord launches FTB cashback offer

Accord Mortgages is giving first-time buyers an extra £500 cashback when they complete on a mortgage.

08 Feb 2016

FCA urged to relax lifetime mortgage rules

FCA urged to relax lifetime mortgage rules

The Equity Release Council has argued that a relaxation of mortgage affordability rules could help more lifetime mortgage customers take up the option to make interest repayments initially before switching to a roll-up arrangement.

08 Feb 2016

6 in 10 retirement specialists recommend ISAs

6 in 10 retirement specialists recommend ISAs

Advisers are increasingly recommending ISAs as an important contributor to retirement planning, according to research from MetLife.

08 Feb 2016

 

The Mansfield announces record mortgage completions

The Mansfield announces record mortgage completions

Mansfield Building Society has posted record mortgage completions in 2015 with figures of £70 million.

08 Feb 2016

First Innovative Finance ISA product announced

First Innovative Finance ISA product announced

RateSetter has become the first lender to publish details of the tax-free Innovative Finance ISA that it plans to make available from April 2016.

08 Feb 2016

Santander introduces dual affordability for BTL

Santander introduces dual affordability for BTL

Santander has announced plans to increase the affordability rate for loans up to 60% LTV from 5% to 5.5% in a bid to combat the additional 3% stamp duty on second home purchases from 1 April.

05 Feb 2016

In the Spotlight with Peter Pledger, National Skills Academy for Financial Services

In the Spotlight with Peter Pledger, National Skills Academy for Financial Services

We spoke to, Peter Pledger, Chief Executive Officer at the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, about upcoming regulatory changes and what skills every broker should learn.

05 Feb 2016

Coventry for intermediaries expands BTL range

Coventry for intermediaries expands BTL range

Following the recent introduction of an 80% LTV Buy to Let product to its portfolio, Coventry for intermediaries has added a further three products to this range.

05 Feb 2016

Limited Company BTL interest surges in January

Limited Company BTL interest surges in January

Foundation Home Loans is seeing increasing interest in Limited Company BTL purchase products from analysis of Decisions in Principle over the past few months.

05 Feb 2016

Shepherds Friendly boosts BDM team after IP launch

Shepherds Friendly boosts BDM team after IP launch

Shepherds Friendly has boosted its business development team with the promotion of Alexander Fallowes and the appointment of Zoe Meredith following growth in sales of its Income Protection Plan since its launch last year.

05 Feb 2016

L&G lifetime mortgage lending hits £201m

L&G lifetime mortgage lending hits £201m

Legal & General has announced that lifetime mortgage lending reached £201m in 2015, hitting its annual £200m target for lifetime mortgages.

05 Feb 2016

Industry warns of conveyancing cybercrime issue

Industry warns of conveyancing cybercrime issue

SortRefer is warning brokers to be aware of the dangers of fraudsters accessing email correspondence to divert funds passing between client and conveyancer.

05 Feb 2016

Shawbrook expands regulated bridge availability

Shawbrook expands regulated bridge availability

Shawbrook Bank has opened up the distribution channel for its Regulated Bridging Mortgage products.

05 Feb 2016

New Street Mortgages launches into BTL market

New Street Mortgages launches into BTL market

New Street Mortgages has today launched into the UK market, beginning with the launch of buy-to-let focused products with initial distribution available to customers via London & Country, John Charcol and the LSL mortgage networks of Pink and First Complete.

05 Feb 2016

Steve Webb slams Osborne's 'Pensions ISA' proposal

Steve Webb slams Osborne's 'Pensions ISA' proposal

Former pensions minister Steve Webb has urged George Osborne to reconsider his 'Pensions ISA' proposal.

05 Feb 2016

Remortgage and BTL drive rise in January valuations

Remortgage and BTL drive rise in January valuations

Valuation activity in January has risen by more than half on an annual basis, according to research from Connells Survey & Valuation.

05 Feb 2016

Let-to-buy mortgages soar ahead of MCD

Let-to-buy mortgages soar ahead of MCD

Nearly one in eight of mortgage cases dealt with by brokers related to let-to-buy in Q4 2015, according to research from Paragon Mortgages.

04 Feb 2016

Will a rate rise setback hinder the remortgage resurgence?

Will a rate rise setback hinder the remortgage resurgence?

When it comes to bank base rate and mortgage product rates in general, it's fair to say that the level of interest (if you'll pardon the pun) is high.

04 Feb 2016

BoE pushes rate rise back to Q1 2018

BoE pushes rate rise back to Q1 2018

In the Bank of England's latest Inflation Report, the MPC's central projections now predict a Bank Rate of 0.5% until Q1 2018, when they are expected to rise to 0.8% before hitting 1.1% in 2019.

04 Feb 2016

MPC votes unanimously to maintain Bank Rate

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MPC votes unanimously to maintain Bank Rate

At its latest meeting, the MPC voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.5% - the first time in six months that all members were undivided.

04 Feb 2016

Pension freedoms remain top issue for advised clients

Pension freedoms remain top issue for advised clients

The majority of advisers have cited pension freedoms as their key client issue over the last year.

04 Feb 2016

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