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The benefits and disadvantages of joining a network

The benefits and disadvantages of joining a network

The sway of opinion in favour of networks or being directly authorised has ebbed and flowed ever since the network model has existed. At the moment, judged by the swell of mortgage and protection advisers looking to join First Complete, the balance of opinion is very much in favour of networks.

28 Apr 2015

Nigel Payne joins TFC Homeloans as MD

Nigel Payne joins TFC Homeloans as MD

Nigel Payne has joined specialist distributor TFC Homeloans as its managing director.

28 Apr 2015

Improved affordability sparks rush in mortgage applications

Improved affordability sparks rush in mortgage applications

Improved product affordability has helped to speed up mortgage activity following a slow end to 2014, according to the National Mortgage Index from Mortgage Advice Bureau.

28 Apr 2015

Compliance jobs up 13%

Compliance jobs up 13%

The number of compliance jobs advertised in the first quarter year-on-year rose by 13%, according to research from recruiter Robert Walters.

27 Apr 2015

Voters call for £20,000 ISA limit

Voters call for £20,000 ISA limit

With two weeks to go until the election, new research from investment service provider Willis Owen shows that voters want to see the ISA limit increase to £20,000.

27 Apr 2015

Are hidden protection statistics denting consumer confidence?

Are hidden protection statistics denting consumer confidence?

77% of consumers aren't aware of the current strong rate of pay outs for protection policies, according to research from Aegon.

27 Apr 2015

Tracker rates see increased popularity

Tracker rates see increased popularity

Research by Paragon Mortgages has revealed that the decline in tracker rate popularity seems to be shifting.

27 Apr 2015

Wealth Horizon launches financial advice ‘manifesto’

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Wealth Horizon launches financial advice ‘manifesto’

Financial advice firm Wealth Horizon has outlined where it would like to see changes in the financial advice industry over the coming years.

27 Apr 2015

Labour pledges to scrap FTB stamp duty

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Labour pledges to scrap FTB stamp duty

Ed Miliband will today announce plans to axe stamp duty for first time buyers, and give them priority access on new homes built.

27 Apr 2015

Precise recruits two national sales managers

Precise recruits two national sales managers

Precise Mortgages has expanded its sales team with the recruitment of two senior sales managers.

27 Apr 2015

 

Equity Release Council: FOS HSBC ruling a "landmark decision"

Equity Release Council: FOS HSBC ruling a "landmark decision"

Nigel Waterson, Chairman of The Equity Release Council, has said that the Financial Ombudsman Service's ruling against HSBC "could prove to be a landmark decision".

27 Apr 2015

First Central London-focused REIT to float on AIM

First Central London-focused REIT to float on AIM

A Central London-focused residential real estate group has today announced its intention to raise in excess of £6m on AIM to fund its first significant acquisition and provide working capital.

27 Apr 2015

The Mansfield sees 34% rise in intermediary business

The Mansfield sees 34% rise in intermediary business

The Mansfield Building Society, which has reported increased profits for the financial year ending in December 2014, has also seen a rise in intermediary sourced business of over 34%.

27 Apr 2015

Investec launches fixed rate professional range

Investec launches fixed rate professional range

Investec, the private bank and wealth manager, has added a range of 3 and 5 year fixed rates to its mortgages for qualified professionals requiring large loans.

27 Apr 2015

Looking back or looking forward - MMR, one year on

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Looking back or looking forward - MMR, one year on

It has been one year since the much-discussed Mortgage Market Review landed upon the UK mortgage market, amid varying degrees of concern about its effects on homebuyers and lenders alike.

26 Apr 2015

4 in 10 worry about providing supporting evidence post-MMR

4 in 10 worry about providing supporting evidence post-MMR

4 in 10 (39%) of those surveyed thought they would not find it easy to provide all supporting evidence of expenditure information needed when applying for a mortgage, according to research from credit information provider, Equifax, conducted in collaboration with What Mortgage.

25 Apr 2015

In the Spotlight with Harpal Singh, Broker Conveyancing

In the Spotlight with Harpal Singh, Broker Conveyancing

We spoke to Harpal Singh, Managing Director of Broker Conveyancing, about a post-MMR industry and the greater recognition of conveyancing as an opportunity for advisory firms.

24 Apr 2015

BM Solutions cuts BTL rates

BM Solutions cuts BTL rates

BM Solutions has reduced the rates across its two, three, and five year buy to let and let to buy fixed and tracker rate product ranges by up to 0.5%.

24 Apr 2015

Bower Retirement Services appoints head of business development

Bower Retirement Services appoints head of business development

Equity release adviser firm Bower Retirement Services has further strengthened its management team by appointing Georgina Oxton to the newly created role of Head of Business Development.

24 Apr 2015

Halifax cuts high LTV rates

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Halifax cuts high LTV rates

Halifax Intermediaries has reduced rates by up to 0.4% on its higher end loan to value two and five year fixed rates.

24 Apr 2015

Accord launches limited edition mortgage range

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Accord launches limited edition mortgage range

Accord Mortgages has today launched a range of limited-edition, fixed-rate mortgages, available for one week only.

24 Apr 2015

HSBC to consider its future in the UK

HSBC to consider its future in the UK

In its Annual General Meeting statement issued this morning, HSBC said it would be looking into moving its headquarters out of the UK.

24 Apr 2015

New pensions advice body to launch

New pensions advice body to launch

Retirement Income Alliance, a new body focused on enabling better retirements for all, aims to offer the public and employers high quality, objective resources to enable them to gain a better understanding of the options for securing and maintaining an adequate income in retirement.

24 Apr 2015

Confidence bounces back as house price increases slow

Confidence bounces back as house price increases slow

While house price growth continued to slow in March 2015, consumer confidence in the outlook for the housing market has rebounded to its highest level since July last year, according to the latest quarterly Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker.

24 Apr 2015

Q1 equity release lending hits record high

Q1 equity release lending hits record high

The equity release sector has had a record breaking start to the year with Q1 figures from the Equity Release Council showing the largest first quarter lending total ever.

24 Apr 2015

Borrowers alter spending habits to beat MMR rules

Borrowers alter spending habits to beat MMR rules

With Sunday marking the 12-month anniversary since the introduction of MMR, research by MoneySuperMarket has shown that prospective borrowers are changing their spending habits in a bid to pass the tighter lending criteria.

24 Apr 2015

Chelsea BS reduces five-year fixes

Chelsea BS reduces five-year fixes

Chelsea Building Society is reducing rates buy up to 0.25% for borrowers with 35% deposits looking for a five-year fixed rate mortgage.

23 Apr 2015

FCA fines Deutsche Bank £227m for Libor failings

FCA fines Deutsche Bank £227m for Libor failings

The Financial Conduct Authority has handed Deutsche Bank a £227 million fine, its largest ever for Libor and Euribor related misconduct.

23 Apr 2015

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