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RICS calls for Osborne to adjust Help to Buy regionally

Mortgages

RICS calls for Osborne to adjust Help to Buy regionally

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is calling on the Chancellor to consider adjusting Help to Buy on a regional basis.

07 Mar 2014

Omni Capital restructure to offer resi & commercial loans up to £250m

Omni Capital restructure to offer resi & commercial loans up to £250m

Christian Candy-backed Omni Capital, providers of short and medium-term residential property funding, has launched an international structured finance division offering residential and commercial loans of up to £250 million.

07 Mar 2014

Precise launches lifetime BTL tracker product

Precise launches lifetime BTL tracker product

Precise Mortgages, the specialist lender, has launched a BTL Lifetime Tracker product for landlords with properties where two year mortgage deals are not suitable.

07 Mar 2014

Compliance 'obsession' holding D2C platforms back

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Compliance 'obsession' holding D2C platforms back

Altus’ latest white paper has found that whilst nearly 90% of firms predict substantial growth in D2C platforms over the next few years, many are being held back by worries over perceived compliance issues.

07 Mar 2014

Poll reveals advisers are growing more confident year-on-year

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Poll reveals advisers are growing more confident year-on-year

Eighty-six per cent of financial advisers are more confident of the prospects for their firm compared to a year ago and 71% have a more optimistic outlook for the wider financial services industry, according to a poll conducted for Bankhall.

07 Mar 2014

Putting the bank rate in historial context - Ray Boulger

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Putting the bank rate in historial context - Ray Boulger

Ray Boulger, of independent mortgage adviser John Charcol, comments on today’s statement from the MPC and the mortgage market.

07 Mar 2014

Spring Finance completes £100 million funding line

Spring Finance completes £100 million funding line

Spring Finance, the Hertfordshire-based company which operates in the second charge loan market, has completed a £100 million bank funding line.

06 Mar 2014

Shawbrook Commercial launches range of larger loans

Shawbrook Commercial launches range of larger loans

Shawbrook’s Commercial Mortgages division is launching a dedicated range of larger loans products.

06 Mar 2014

Openwork embarks on MMR-focused road shows

Mortgages

Openwork embarks on MMR-focused road shows

Openwork is hosting a series of mortgage, protection and general insurance road shows across the UK, focusing on the implications of the Mortgage Market Review and its impact on the way firms operate in a post-MMR world.

06 Mar 2014

Bank rate and QE maintained

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Bank rate and QE maintained

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee today voted to maintain Bank Rate at 0.5%.

06 Mar 2014

 

Help to Buy yet to prove its worth, says spending watchdog

Mortgages

Help to Buy yet to prove its worth, says spending watchdog

The National Audit Office today released a report on the Help to Buy equity loans scheme, noting it was unsure whether or not the scheme had value for money.

06 Mar 2014

FCA finalises new crowdfunding regulation

FCA finalises new crowdfunding regulation

People looking to lend money or invest through crowdfunding will be better protected under new rules confirmed today by the Financial Conduct Authority.

06 Mar 2014

Brokers seek secured loan training ahead of regulation

Brokers seek secured loan training ahead of regulation

90% of intermediaries would welcome the opportunity to improve their understanding of secured loans ahead of the sector’s regulation, a survey by Promise Solutions has revealed.

06 Mar 2014

House prices still 10% below 2007 peak

Mortgages

House prices still 10% below 2007 peak

House prices increased by 2.4% in February, the eleventh monthly increase in the past twelve months. The average price is, however, still 10% below the August 2007 peak.

06 Mar 2014

Ezbob builds presence among intermediaries with recruitment drive

Ezbob builds presence among intermediaries with recruitment drive

Ezbob, the short term internet commercial lender, has announced it is recruiting for Development Managers and a Marketing Manager to help put Ezbob firmly on the map with the intermediary sector.

06 Mar 2014

Uinsure launches 5-star rated home insurance

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Uinsure launches 5-star rated home insurance

General insurance provider Uinsure has announced the launch of its Defaqto 5 star rated home insurance product.

06 Mar 2014

West Brom adds five year fixes at 85% LTV

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West Brom adds five year fixes at 85% LTV

The West Brom has added to its range of mortgages to help borrowers with smaller deposits, including first time buyers and remortgage customers.

06 Mar 2014

Leeds BS launches new tracker

Mortgages

Leeds BS launches new tracker

Leeds Building Society has launched a new two year tracker mortgage with a Base Rate of +2.49% (currently 2.99%) and a low fee.

05 Mar 2014

New Omnis funds raise £125m in four-week offer period

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New Omnis funds raise £125m in four-week offer period

Openwork’s new multi-asset model portfolios have attracted inflows of £125m during a four-week offer period which ended this week.

05 Mar 2014

Santander reduces rates on 2 year trackers

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Santander reduces rates on 2 year trackers

On Thursday 6 March 2014, Santander for Intermediaries (SFI) will be reducing the rates on selected 2 year Trackers, which includes its Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee Tracker, by up to 0.45 per cent.

05 Mar 2014

Registration opens for Financial Services Expo Manchester

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Registration opens for Financial Services Expo Manchester

Front Events, the events company headed by James Prosser and organisers of May’s Financial Services Expo (FSE) Manchester, have today announced that visitor registration for the new exhibition is now open for those wishing to attend.

05 Mar 2014

Five years of record low rates but cost of borrowing edging up

Five years of record low rates but cost of borrowing edging up

With March 5th marking the fifth anniversary since the Bank of England base rate dropped to a record low of 0.5 per cent,analysis by MoneySuperMarket shows how borrowers have benefited from low lending rates.

05 Mar 2014

Economy grew by 0.7% in Q4 2013 says ONS

Economy grew by 0.7% in Q4 2013 says ONS

The economy grew by 0.7% in the final quarter of 2013, supported by higher household consumption, stronger investment and net trade. Output was 1.8% higher in 2013 than a year earlier.

05 Mar 2014

Fresh calls for financial planning to be taught in schools

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Fresh calls for financial planning to be taught in schools

The basics of financial planning should be taught in British secondary schools and colleges, according to the UK division of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organisations.

05 Mar 2014

Bank of Scotland announce stamp duty relief for FTBs

Mortgages

Bank of Scotland announce stamp duty relief for FTBs

First time buyers who take out a mortgage through Bank of Scotland will benefit from receiving up to £2,500 to pay their Stamp Duty costs from the lender.

05 Mar 2014

Five years on: 0.5% base rate

Mortgages

Five years on: 0.5% base rate

Five years to the day since BoE's decision to cut interest rates to an all-time record low of 0.5% has profoundly transformed the UK’s saving and housing markets.

05 Mar 2014

CoE admits selling Wonga stake will take a 'little while'

CoE admits selling Wonga stake will take a 'little while'

The Church of England has admitted it will be a "little while" before it can dispose of its controversial £80,000 stake in the payday lender Wonga, and conceded it cannot guarantee that such blunders won't happen again.

05 Mar 2014

Omega Commercial Solutions announces new partnerhip

Omega Commercial Solutions announces new partnerhip

Omega Commercial has recently announced a new strategic partnership with specialist Property Capital Allowances Services provider, Oliver Rae Associates, to its members.

05 Mar 2014

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