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Right to Buy extension faces setback

Right to Buy extension faces setback

Goverment plans to extend Right to Buy to housing association tenants have been hindered after peers voted in favour of an amendment which states that charities should "not be compelled to use or dispose of their assets in a way which is inconsistent with their charitable purposes".

21 Jul 2015

A nation of shopkeepers and renters

A nation of shopkeepers and renters

Following on from my blog the other week, proceedings - although very slow - seem to be moving forward. For those that haven't read my last blog, I am buying a new house.

21 Jul 2015

Bank of England reforms announced

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Bank of England reforms announced

George Osborne has announced that the government will bring forward a Bank of England Bill this autumn to improve the Bank of England's governance and accountability.

21 Jul 2015

Stonebridge recruits AR firm

Stonebridge recruits AR firm

Stonebridge Group has announced the recruitment of a Midlands-based advisory practice, Green & Co Financial Services, joining as an appointed representative firm.

21 Jul 2015

Precise and Paragon lead the way in securitisations

Precise and Paragon lead the way in securitisations

Precise Mortgages announced last week the launch and price of their buy-to-let residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) deals.

21 Jul 2015

Just Retirement adopts adviser tech

Just Retirement adopts adviser tech

Just Retirement has announced that it has deployed vScreen from Vizolution to enable their account managers to more fully engage with intermediaries.

21 Jul 2015

HMRC: property sales see post-election bounce

HMRC: property sales see post-election bounce

The latest HMRC Property Transactions figures show that the number of residential property transactions increased by 4.7% between May 2015 and June 2015 - 3.2% higher compared with the same month last year.

21 Jul 2015

CEBR triples house price growth prediction

CEBR triples house price growth prediction

The Centre for Economics and Business Research has tripled its house price forecast for 2015 from 1.5% to 4.7%.

21 Jul 2015

FCA rules trigger drop in payday loan complaints

FCA rules trigger drop in payday loan complaints

Citizens Advice have reported a steady decline in payday loan problems since the Financial Conduct Authority introduced new rules for payday lenders in April 2014.

21 Jul 2015

Barclays to drop Woolwich brand

Barclays to drop Woolwich brand

Barclays will drop its intermediary mortgage lending brand, Woolwich, and rebrand to Barclays Mortgages.

21 Jul 2015

 

Andy Gray set to leave Barclays

Andy Gray set to leave Barclays

Managing Director of Mortgages at Barclays, Andy Gray, is set to leave the company after 18 years.

20 Jul 2015

An improving remortgage market: Barclays quarterly review

An improving remortgage market: Barclays quarterly review

When embarking upon a review of the remortgage market for Q2 2015 it’s inevitable that we also have to reflect on activity slightly earlier in the year to not only maintain some perspective but due to the fact that this period offers the ability to chew on a raft of statistical data.

20 Jul 2015

Self-employed: Why all the excitement?

Self-employed: Why all the excitement?

The self-employed sector seems to be flavour of the month in the mortgage market at the moment.

20 Jul 2015

Aegon launches guaranteed drawdown product

Aegon launches guaranteed drawdown product

Aegon has launched Secure Retirement Income to provide an alternative to an annuity or flexi access drawdown.

20 Jul 2015

Is property still an attractive investment opportunity?

Is property still an attractive investment opportunity?

The housing market is on the rise with a small summer bounce, particular in the buy to let sector.

20 Jul 2015

Former Sesame CEO joins RBS/NatWest

Former Sesame CEO joins RBS/NatWest

George Higginson has joined the RBS/NatWest mortgage business.

20 Jul 2015

Monmouthshire BS launches two year discount range

Monmouthshire BS launches two year discount range

Monmouthshire Building Society has launched a new range of two year discount house purchase and remortgage products.

20 Jul 2015

Halifax cuts rates by 0.3%

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Halifax cuts rates by 0.3%

Halifax has reduced the rates on its first-time buyer and home mover mortgages by up to 0.3%, while also cutting the maximum fee to £495 which will enable more customers to benefit from £0 fee mortgages.

20 Jul 2015

Age Partnership to help advisers break into equity release

Age Partnership to help advisers break into equity release

Age Partnership has launched a new service offering those looking to enter the equity release industry a first-hand experience of the market by shadowing an experienced adviser.

20 Jul 2015

Retirees shun excess spending post-freedoms

Retirees shun excess spending post-freedoms

Almost two thirds (63%) of people approaching retirement have no plans to change their spending plans following the new pension freedoms.

20 Jul 2015

The changing face of inheritance

The changing face of inheritance

The rise in the inheritance tax threshold announced in the first true blue Budget in nearly 20 years was hardly a surprise. The Tories set out the plan during their election campaign and the Chancellor proclaimed that it was a 'promise made, promise delivered'.

20 Jul 2015

Lloyds offers remortgagors 'one month free'

Mortgages

Lloyds offers remortgagors 'one month free'

Lloyds Bank has announced a new offer for remortgage customers, refunding a standard monthly mortgage payment in December.

20 Jul 2015

House prices hit new record high as shortage intensifies

House prices hit new record high as shortage intensifies

The price of property coming to market has hit a new record high for the second consecutive month, albeit only a small 0.1% (+£191) increase on the month before, according to analysis from Rightmove.

20 Jul 2015

Northern sellers fuel 7.1% rise in new listings

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Northern sellers fuel 7.1% rise in new listings

The number of UK homeowners putting their properties on the market has increased by 7.1% in the past month, and more than two thirds (67%) of major towns and cities in the UK have seen a rise in the number of new properties being marketed, according to HouseSimple.com.

20 Jul 2015

Omni Equity invests in Brightstar

Omni Equity invests in Brightstar

Omni Equity has bought a minority stake in Brightstar.

20 Jul 2015

Over half need mortgage help in first year

Mortgages

Over half need mortgage help in first year

In the first year after buying a property, more than half of new homeowners (56%) said they would appreciate some breathing space on mortgage payments to help make their new house into a home, according to research from TSB.

18 Jul 2015

Savers face 'retirement shortfall of thousands'

Savers face 'retirement shortfall of thousands'

The typical working over-45 year old faces a £8,955 annual retirement income gap based on their current savings and investments - leaving them to rely heavily on a state pension that will still leave them short, the latest Aviva Real Retirement Report shows.

18 Jul 2015

In the Spotlight with Matt Powell, Lending Works

In the Spotlight with Matt Powell, Lending Works

We spoke to Matt Powell, CFO of Lending works, about the increasing popularity of peer-to-peer lending and his preditions for the future of the industry.

17 Jul 2015

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