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It's a big day in the North

It's a big day in the North

It has been widely reported, on Financial Reporter and across the media, that the average house price in London is now £458,283, a rise of £160,000 since 2009, as per my last blog.

21 Apr 2015

Coventry cuts resi rates by 0.20%

Coventry cuts resi rates by 0.20%

Coventry Intermediaries has cut rates across its residential range with 2 year fixed products starting from as low as 1.69%.

21 Apr 2015

Lloyds launches retirement planning solution

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Lloyds launches retirement planning solution

Lloyds Bank has announced the launch of a financial planning tool to help private banking clients plan for their retirement.

21 Apr 2015

Banning zero-hour contracts will give UK businesses less flexibility

Banning zero-hour contracts will give UK businesses less flexibility

Ed Miliband’s zero tolerance of zero hours contract misses the point. Zero hours contracts are about job creation – not job protection.

21 Apr 2015

Exeter Family Friendly pays 94% of IP claims

Exeter Family Friendly pays 94% of IP claims

Mutual income protection insurer Exeter Family Friendly has released its claims statistics for 2014, confirming a headline figure that 94% of all claims received were paid.

21 Apr 2015

Virgin Money revamps resi range

Virgin Money revamps resi range

Virgin Money has announced a number of changes to its residential mortgage range, which include rate reductions of up to 0.45% and is available from tomorrow.

21 Apr 2015

HMRC: residential transactions up 4%

HMRC: residential transactions up 4%

The provisional seasonally adjusted UK property transaction count for March 2015 was 100,790 residential transactions, according to the latest HMRC UK Property Transactions Count.

21 Apr 2015

Axis Bank to include TBMC in BTL launch

Axis Bank to include TBMC in BTL launch

TBMC, the buy-to-let mortgage specialist, has added Axis Bank to its buy-to-let panel.

21 Apr 2015

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks announce new mortgage rates

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks announce new mortgage rates

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have today launched a number of new mortgage rates as well as a £1000 cashback mortgage offer for homebuyers.

21 Apr 2015

Evolution Money celebrates #FRAwards win

Evolution Money celebrates #FRAwards win

Evolution Money are celebrating after winning Best Secured Loan Lender in our coveted Financial Reporter Awards.

21 Apr 2015

 

Santander reduces high LTV rates

Santander reduces high LTV rates

Santander has reduced rates on its 95% LTV two year fixed HTB mortgage by 0.40% to 4.49% with a zero booking fee.

21 Apr 2015

Brokers report mixed views on MMR impacts

Brokers report mixed views on MMR impacts

A recent survey has revealed that mortgage intermediaries are very much divided on the impact of the Mortgage Market Review on business volumes.

21 Apr 2015

Investec launches professional mortgage campaign

Investec launches professional mortgage campaign

Investec, the private bank and wealth manager, has today launched a broker campaign to raise awareness of its mortgage service for high net worth individuals and qualified professionals requiring large loans.

21 Apr 2015

Wonga reveals £37.3m loss

Wonga reveals £37.3m loss

Payday lender Wonga have announced a £37.3m loss for last year, with revenues dropping by almost £100m to £217.2m.

21 Apr 2015

Complete FS chooses Twenty7Tec

Complete FS chooses Twenty7Tec

Twenty7Tec has today announced that Complete FS, mortgage packager and distributor on the south coast, has selected the company’s combined mortgage and secured lending system as their preferred sourcing solution for both their intermediaries and in-house Enquiries/Placement Desk.

21 Apr 2015

Kevin Paterson: GI is an increasingly competitive marketplace

Kevin Paterson: GI is an increasingly competitive marketplace

Further changes and consolidation in the GI market in recent weeks saw Santander withdraw from the intermediary GI market stating that they wanted to focus on their mortgage proposition.

20 Apr 2015

Home is where the stress release is

Home is where the stress release is

Most of us look forward to life after work with a blinkered sense of how ‘easy’ it all will be.

20 Apr 2015

Equity release: into the mainstream and beyond

Equity release: into the mainstream and beyond

Last year it was impossible to talk about equity release without mentioning surging growth in demand and how the industry continues to respond by adding new flexibilities to the existing, valued consumer protections.

20 Apr 2015

Mortgage Brain appoints national account manager

Mortgage Brain appoints national account manager

Mortgage Brain has appointed Chris Brown as one of its new National Account Managers.

20 Apr 2015

Lloyds director to join Countrywide

Lloyds director to join Countrywide

Lloyds director of strategic partnership Peter Curran will leave the group to join Countrywide Financial Services on 1 June 2015.

20 Apr 2015

Winners of 2015 Financial Reporter Awards announced

Winners of 2015 Financial Reporter Awards announced

Financial Reporter is delighted to announce the winners of its 2015 Industry Awards programme, once again voted for by you.

20 Apr 2015

L&G launches remortgage exclusives with Virgin

L&G launches remortgage exclusives with Virgin

Legal & General Mortgage Club and Virgin Money have launched an exclusive range of mortgages designed to appeal to re-mortgage customers.

20 Apr 2015

DeVere: three quarters of mortgage enquiries are from overseas buyers

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DeVere: three quarters of mortgage enquiries are from overseas buyers

Three out of four home loan enquiries for UK properties in the first quarter of 2015 at deVere Mortgages were from overseas buyers, the organisation has announced.

20 Apr 2015

EY Item Club: GDP to rise 2.8%

EY Item Club: GDP to rise 2.8%

The EY Item Club spring forecast predicts that GDP will grow 2.8% this year and 3.0% in 2016, with CPI inflation averaging 0.1%.

20 Apr 2015

Asking prices hit record high

Asking prices hit record high

House prices rose 1.6% in April, bringing the average house price to a record £286,133, according to the latest Rightmove house price index.

20 Apr 2015

Cameron to sell £4bn of Lloyds shares

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Cameron to sell £4bn of Lloyds shares

David Cameron has announced plans to sell up to £4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares if the Conservatives win the election.

20 Apr 2015

Remortgage market 'could do better'

Remortgage market 'could do better'

At the start of any quarterly review piece, both for my clarity of thought and to ensure the reader that I’m not going completely mad, I feel like I need to spell out that whilst this is essentially a Q1 2015 review of the remortgage market that it will still comprise of some elements pertaining to 2014, I’m glad that’s clear!

20 Apr 2015

Ros Altmann appointed Conservative Minister

Ros Altmann appointed Conservative Minister

The Prime Minister has announced that consumer champion and pensions expert Dr. Ros Altmann is to be nominated as a Conservative peer and will be appointed as a Minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education in a Conservative government.

20 Apr 2015

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