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Berkeley Alexander adds new protection product for homeowners

Protection

Berkeley Alexander adds new protection product for homeowners

Berkeley Alexander has today launched the latest addition to its suite of Accident, Sickness and Unemployment protection products to support mortgaged homeowners.

06 Jan 2014

Y3S to launch first secured loan network

Y3S to launch first secured loan network

With regulation of the secured loans industry about to fall under the umbrella of the FCA, smaller second charge loan packagers will soon be able to broker their secured business through Y3S Loans under a network-type agreement with the firm.

06 Jan 2014

Mortgage Trust launches limited range of ERC-free products

Mortgages

Mortgage Trust launches limited range of ERC-free products

Specialist buy-to-let lender Mortgage Trust has launched a range of limited quota products available exclusively in January only.

06 Jan 2014

Largest increase in FTBs since 2001

Mortgages

Largest increase in FTBs since 2001

The number of first-time buyers continued to increase in 2013, according to the annual Halifax First Time Buyer Review.

06 Jan 2014

Mortgage approvals in November surge above six-month average

Mortgages

Mortgage approvals in November surge above six-month average

According to the latest Money & Credit Report from the Bank of England, mortgage lending increased £0.9 billion in November and mortgage approvals were considerably higher than the previous six months' average.

03 Jan 2014

Government improves Right to Buy discount

Mortgages

Government improves Right to Buy discount

The government will take further steps to reinvigorate the Right to Buy in 2014 so more tenants can aspire to buy their home, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced today.

03 Jan 2014

Mutuals take a bigger share of mortgage market in 2013

Mortgages

Mutuals take a bigger share of mortgage market in 2013

Building societies and other mutual lenders continued to extend lending to UK homebuyers with net lending of £1.1 billion in November, and £12.1 billion in the first eleven months of 2013.

03 Jan 2014

Direct Group to retain Lutine as protection provider to intermediaries

Protection

Direct Group to retain Lutine as protection provider to intermediaries

Insurance services business Direct Group is to retain Birmingham-based Lutine Assurance Services as its strategic protection provider to the intermediary market.

03 Jan 2014

Rising prices make BTL an attractive investment opportunity

Savings & Investments

Rising prices make BTL an attractive investment opportunity

According to LSL Property Services, prospects are bright for the rental sector in 2014, with growing tenant demand boosting confidence among landlords, and rising prices making properties attractive investment opportunities.

03 Jan 2014

Majority think it is a good time to sell property

Mortgages

Majority think it is a good time to sell property

Sentiment towards the housing market continues to improve, according to the latest quarterly Halifax Housing Market Confidence Tracker.

03 Jan 2014

 

House prices rose 8.4% in 2013, says Nationwide

Mortgages

House prices rose 8.4% in 2013, says Nationwide

UK house prices rose by 8.4% in 2013 as the economy started to gain momentum, according to the latest House Price Index from the Nationwide Building Society.

03 Jan 2014

Number of 'zombie businesses' fell in 2013

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Number of 'zombie businesses' fell in 2013

The number of ‘zombie businesses’ – those only able to pay the interest on their debts – has fallen to 103,000 from a peak of 160,000 in November 2012, according to research by R3, the insolvency trade body.

02 Jan 2014

Help to Buy sees 750 completions in 12 weeks

Mortgages

Help to Buy sees 750 completions in 12 weeks

In just 12 weeks, nearly 750 homeowners have completed their purchases and hundreds were able to spend Christmas in their new homes.

02 Jan 2014

Principality joins Welsh Help to Buy scheme

Mortgages

Principality joins Welsh Help to Buy scheme

Principality Building Society has announced that it will be participating in the Help to Buy- Wales scheme, which launches today, January 2 2014.

02 Jan 2014

Lloyds Bank launches Help to Buy products

Mortgages

Lloyds Bank launches Help to Buy products

Lloyds Bank today announces the launch of its Help to Buy mortgage products, which will allow homebuyers to access a mortgage with just a 5% deposit.

02 Jan 2014

Post Office launches new fixed ISA rates

Savings & Investments

Post Office launches new fixed ISA rates

Post Office Savings today launches new issues of its Growth Bond and Fixed Rate Cash ISA, with rates of up to 2.35% gross/AER fixed and 2.35% tax-free/AER fixed respectively.

02 Jan 2014

Repossessions continue to fall in November

Mortgages

Repossessions continue to fall in November

The November data from Land Registry's House Price Index shows an annual price increase of 3.2% which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £165,411.

31 Dec 2013

Leeds cuts rates by up to 0.34%

Mortgages

Leeds cuts rates by up to 0.34%

Leeds Building Society has cut the rates on its ‘Welcome Mortgage’ range by up to 0.34%.

31 Dec 2013

Mortgages see lowest rates in three years

Mortgages

Mortgages see lowest rates in three years

First-time buyers numbers have risen 28% year-on-year in November, according to the latest First Time Buyer Tracker survey from LSL Property Services.

31 Dec 2013

A quarter of retirees now rent their homes

Mortgages

A quarter of retirees now rent their homes

One in every four (26 per cent) retired households across England and Wales is currently renting their home, according to new analysis of ONS census data by Prudential.

30 Dec 2013

What goes around comes around - BTL is set to grow in 2014

Blogs

What goes around comes around - BTL is set to grow in 2014

They say what goes around comes around, and this is true in the finance sector.

30 Dec 2013

Turkey on an upward trajectory

Blogs

Turkey on an upward trajectory

France and Spain may dominate the headlines when it comes to overseas property investment, but the one to watch in 2014 may well be Turkey.

30 Dec 2013

Tesco Bank cuts rates on personal loans

Tesco Bank cuts rates on personal loans

Tesco Bank is welcoming the New Year by cutting the rate on personal loans between £7,500 and £15,000, and by extending the 0% balance transfer offer on the Clubcard Credit Card to 29 months.

30 Dec 2013

Help to Buy Wales to go live in New Year

Mortgages

Help to Buy Wales to go live in New Year

The Welsh Government’s new Help to Buy Wales scheme, which goes live on 2nd January, will enable thousands of first-time buyers to buy a brand new home in Wales with a 5% deposit.

30 Dec 2013

Half of adults plan to use state pension to fund retirement leisure activities

Retirement

Half of adults plan to use state pension to fund retirement leisure activities

Around half of UK adults surveyed admit they use or plan to use the basic state pension to fund post-retirement leisure activities.

30 Dec 2013

Kensington & Chelsea remains most expensive place to live

Mortgages

Kensington & Chelsea remains most expensive place to live

The most expensive residential streets in England and Wales remain in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, according to latest research from Lloyds Bank.

30 Dec 2013

Student boom creates BTL opportunities

Student boom creates BTL opportunities

A rise in the number of post-graduates in the UK, as well as a lack of post-grad accommodation having been built in the past, is creating lucrative opportunities for buy-to-let investors, says Assetz.

30 Dec 2013

Housebuilding sees significant improvement on 2012

Mortgages

Housebuilding sees significant improvement on 2012

The number of new homes being registered in the UK has continued to show significant improvement on 2012 figures with a 30% increase for the rolling quarter September to November compared to the same period last year.

27 Dec 2013

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