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more 2 life announces record applications

more 2 life announces record applications

more 2 life has announced a record week for new business with the number of applications received 25% higher than its previous record set back in 2014.

29 Jun 2015

High LTV mortgage lending is "rapidly declining"

High LTV mortgage lending is "rapidly declining"

New product launches and falling interest rates are masking a growing crisis in high loan to value mortgage lending, according to the latest edition of the Genworth / Moneyfacts Mortgage LTV Tracker.

29 Jun 2015

Product Watch: a round up of this week's criteria changes

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Product Watch: a round up of this week's criteria changes

Christine Newell, Mortgages Technical Director at mortgage distributor, Paradigm Mortgage Services, continues her new weekly column by this week providing advisers with the benefit of her knowledge on the latest lender product range developments and important criteria shifts.

26 Jun 2015

Blimey Loans rebrands to The Lending Channel

Blimey Loans rebrands to The Lending Channel

Specialist Packager Blimey Loans has decided to rebrand and from next month will trade as The Lending Channel.

26 Jun 2015

In the Spotlight with Simon Markey, CEO of OneFamily

In the Spotlight with Simon Markey, CEO of OneFamily

We spoke to Simon Markey, CEO of OneFamily, about the recent merger between Family Investments and Engage Mutual, and the future of high street banks.

26 Jun 2015

Prime central London demand has "drastically declined"

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Prime central London demand has "drastically declined"

Demand for property in prime central London has drastically declined according to research by eMoov.

26 Jun 2015

Southern city prices accelerate as Oxford overtakes London

Southern city prices accelerate as Oxford overtakes London

House price inflation continues to re-bound post-election with city level house price inflation running at 8.7% - higher than the 6.5% growth recorded across the UK, according to the latest Hometrack House Price Cities Index.

26 Jun 2015

Halifax to refund FTB valuation fees

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Halifax to refund FTB valuation fees

From today, first-time buyers and home movers can benefit from a refund of their valuation fee with Halifax Intermediaries.

26 Jun 2015

Partnership first FS firm to launch Google Cardboard app

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Partnership first FS firm to launch Google Cardboard app

Partnership has announced that it is the first financial services brand to launch a Google Cardboard app.

26 Jun 2015

New surveying firm launches

New surveying firm launches

New surveying firm Evaluate Surveyors launches today in Cheltenham.

26 Jun 2015

 

Accessibility and responsiveness most valued in BDMs

Accessibility and responsiveness most valued in BDMs

In a survey carried out recently amongst SimplyBiz Mortgage Club members, NatWest Intermediary Solutions found that the most highly regarded attribute they look for in a BDM is their accessibility and responsiveness.

26 Jun 2015

Land Registry: May house prices remain static

Land Registry: May house prices remain static

The May Land Registry house price index shows an annual price increase of 4.6%, taking the average property value in England and Wales to £179,696 compared with a pre-recession peak of £180,990 in November 2007.

26 Jun 2015

Stonebridge recruits Irish mortgage and protection broker

Stonebridge recruits Irish mortgage and protection broker

Stonebridge Group, the mortgage and insurance network, has today announced Northern Ireland's largest independent retail mortgage and protection broker, The Mortgage Shop, as its latest recruit.

26 Jun 2015

Evolution Money announces expansion

Evolution Money announces expansion

Manchester based lender Evolution Money has announced its expansion into new city centre premises.

26 Jun 2015

Mortgage borrowing at six-year high

Mortgage borrowing at six-year high

Homebuyers' average deposits and loans reached a new post-recession peak in May 2015 as house prices continue to rise, according to the National Mortgage Index from Mortgage Advice Bureau.

26 Jun 2015

Borrowers still face "considerable wait" to meet bank advisers

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Borrowers still face "considerable wait" to meet bank advisers

Waiting times for mortgage appointments in banks have not fallen despite the Mortgage Market Review being introduced over 12 months ago, according to Legal & General.

25 Jun 2015

AMI "deeply concerned" over FCA fee hike

AMI "deeply concerned" over FCA fee hike

In its response to the FCA's policy statement, AMI said it is "deeply concerned" that despite the FCA receiving a significant number of responses challenging the proposals, no meaningful changes have been made.

25 Jun 2015

Nationwide cuts high-LTV fixed rates

Nationwide cuts high-LTV fixed rates

From tomorrow, Nationwide is reducing 2 year fixed rate mortgage products for those with smaller deposits by up to 0.25%.

25 Jun 2015

Gov: Right to Buy hitting one-for-one replacement target

Gov: Right to Buy hitting one-for-one replacement target

Government figures show that 3,337 new starts and acquisitions have been made since the Right to Buy scheme was reinvigorated in 2012, meaning that the additional homes sold in the first year of the scheme are being replaced on a one for one basis nationally.

25 Jun 2015

One third of retirees have no investment plans

One third of retirees have no investment plans

One third (33%) of over 55s do not plan to invest their money once they retire, and nearly half who do (49%) said they intend to save in a cash ISA, despite there being a limit to how much can be saved per tax year.

25 Jun 2015

Barclays launches sub-3% tracker at 90% LTV

Barclays launches sub-3% tracker at 90% LTV

Barclays is reducing rates on thirteen residential remortgage products.

25 Jun 2015

Charter Savings Bank deposits hit half a billion

Charter Savings Bank deposits hit half a billion

Charter Savings Bank, a trading style of Charter Court Financial Services alongside Precise Mortgages, has opened over 10,000 savings accounts in the sixteen weeks since its launch, equating to over £500m of consumer deposits.

25 Jun 2015

Blacks Connect upgrades quotation and instruction system

Blacks Connect upgrades quotation and instruction system

Broker-focused conveyancer, Blacks Connect, has announced a significant upgrade of its broker quotation and instruction system with a number of new services and developments introduced.

25 Jun 2015

FCA: debt management firms are failing vulnerable consumers

FCA: debt management firms are failing vulnerable consumers

The debt management sector remains one of the UK's highest risk consumer credit sectors, according to an FCA review into the advice provided by firms and whether customers are treated fairly.

25 Jun 2015

Openwork restructures distribution business

Openwork restructures distribution business

Openwork has announced plans to divide its distribution business into three specialist business units - wealth, mortgage and protection.

25 Jun 2015

Chelsea BS launches sub-3% 90% LTV

Chelsea BS launches sub-3% 90% LTV

Chelsea Building Society has reduced rates for customers with 5% and 10% deposits by up to 0.10%.

24 Jun 2015

Newcastle BS joins SimplyBiz panel

Newcastle BS joins SimplyBiz panel

Newcastle Building Society Intermediary Services has joined the SimplyBiz Mortgages panel of lenders.

24 Jun 2015

Gross remortgage lending falls 13%

Gross remortgage lending falls 13%

The value of monthly gross remortgage lending fell to £3.6bn in May, a 13% fall compared to April.

24 Jun 2015

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