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Confusion over Help to Buy 2 could be hindering housing market

Mortgages

Confusion over Help to Buy 2 could be hindering housing market

Two months on from the introduction of the Help to Buy scheme, new research from Rightmove reveals confusion about the scheme is widespread and more needs to be done to help deliver a bottom-up recovery to a healthy housing market.

06 Dec 2013

Shawbrook launches new 5 year bond at 3.20%

Savings & Investments

Shawbrook launches new 5 year bond at 3.20%

Following the success of previous Shawbrook 5-year fixed rate bonds, a new issue has been launched by the Bank today at a market leading rate of 3.20% Gross/AER.

06 Dec 2013

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As confidence returns to the Property Market, bolstered by recent reports in the media, there may be a thought that mortgage brokers can finally relax.

06 Dec 2013

Lack of finance holds property professionals back, master broker finds

Lack of finance holds property professionals back, master broker finds

A recent survey by Vantage Private Finance has revealed that while confidence in the property market is growing among professionals in the industry, the vast majority believe access to finance is still holding them back.

06 Dec 2013

UTB hires solicitor to enhance bridging team

UTB hires solicitor to enhance bridging team

United Trust Bank has hired banking lawyer William Gould for its Bridging Division. William’s appointment will enable the Bank to further develop its service, in particular with regard to providing complex structured loans.

06 Dec 2013

House prices see ninth monthly increase

Mortgages

House prices see ninth monthly increase

House prices in the three months to October were 1.6% higher than in the previous quarter (May-July), according to the latest house price data from Halifax.

06 Dec 2013

West Brom launches range of two-year fixes

Mortgages

West Brom launches range of two-year fixes

The West Brom is launching a new two year fixed rate mortgage range targeted at first time buyers and those seeking to move up the property ladder, available from tomorrow.

05 Dec 2013

Autumn Statement: Osborne promises measures to encourage affordable housing

Mortgages

Autumn Statement: Osborne promises measures to encourage affordable housing

Amid fears over the supply of housing, George Osborne today announced measures that aim to stimulate housebuilding in the UK.

05 Dec 2013

Autumn Statement: State pension age to be raised to 69

Retirement

Autumn Statement: State pension age to be raised to 69

During the Autumn Statement today, George Osborne today announced that an increase in the state pension age to 68 in the mid 2030s and to 69 in the late 2040s would be 'fair', citing increased life expectancy.

05 Dec 2013

Autumn Statement: Aldermore Bank to join Help to Buy scheme

Mortgages

Autumn Statement: Aldermore Bank to join Help to Buy scheme

British challenger bank Aldermore will be launching its Help to Buy mortgage guarantee range under the Government’s scheme on Monday 16 December, as announced by the Chancellor George Osborne during today’s Autumn Statement.

05 Dec 2013

 

Home lending 34% higher year-on-year

Mortgages

Home lending 34% higher year-on-year

The number of loans advanced to homebuyers in November climbed above 70,000 for the first time since January 2008, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor from e.surv.

05 Dec 2013

2014 could see some bridging lenders fail, says Fincorp

2014 could see some bridging lenders fail, says Fincorp

2014 will see lenders in the bridging market start to consolidate and could even see some lenders go to the wall, predicts Fincorp.

05 Dec 2013

Brightstar Financial creates specialist commercial lending division for 2014

Brightstar Financial creates specialist commercial lending division for 2014

Brightstar Financial, the intermediary hub for specialist lending, has appointed Rob Collins to head up a separate division dedicated to the commercial finance sector after a hugely successful year for commercial business in 2013.

05 Dec 2013

Government urged to remove borrowing cap so councils can build new homes

Government urged to remove borrowing cap so councils can build new homes

Councils are warning that Treasury restrictions on what each council can invest in housing are severely hampering their ability to tackle the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis.

04 Dec 2013

Crystal Mortgages announces lower bridging rates

Crystal Mortgages announces lower bridging rates

Crystal Mortgages has negotiated a new selection of commercial bridging loans which mark the second rate reductions this year, placing the products among the forefront of the market.

04 Dec 2013

SML completes Masthaven's biggest secured deals to date

SML completes Masthaven's biggest secured deals to date

Smart Money Loans has announced the completion of the largest loans yet for Masthaven Secured Loans.

04 Dec 2013

Crowdfunding platform breaks record with £2m investment in one week

Savings & Investments

Crowdfunding platform breaks record with £2m investment in one week

Seedrs has secured more than £2m of investment via its own platform, setting a new world record for the most equity raised via an equity crowdfunding site.

04 Dec 2013

37% of annuitants go with first offer - costing them up to 20% of retirement income

Retirement

37% of annuitants go with first offer - costing them up to 20% of retirement income

Almost half of people (49%) take the annuity that their pension provider offers them as they ‘trust’ the company reveals new analysis from Partnership.

04 Dec 2013

Two thirds think Government won't provide retirement income

Retirement

Two thirds think Government won't provide retirement income

People are waking up to the reality of living longer and the effect it might have on their retirement according to AXA, which found that almost two-thirds (63%) of people think the government will not provide the majority of their retirement income.

03 Dec 2013

Paragon Mortgages launches buy-to-let refurb product

Mortgages

Paragon Mortgages launches buy-to-let refurb product

Specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages has launched a new Limited Refurbishment product for buy-to-let landlords.

03 Dec 2013

New study shows 3% stamp duty threshold causes sales to drop 89%

Mortgages

New study shows 3% stamp duty threshold causes sales to drop 89%

A new report, commissioned by London Central Portfolio, has produced groundbreaking new findings on the detrimental impact of the stamp duty threshold far in excess of the actual tax itself.

03 Dec 2013

Over 360,000 pension savers could face unexpected tax charges

Retirement

Over 360,000 pension savers could face unexpected tax charges

Standard Life is warning people to check the amounts they have invested in all their pension funds as collectively they could exceed the new lifetime allowance and incur an unexpected tax charge on their savings.

03 Dec 2013

Complete FS hails positive move by lender

Complete FS hails positive move by lender

Complete FS, the specialist intermediary packager, believes the BTL market has never been as positive going into 2014 and points to lenders like Kent Reliance, which has made a major and significant change to its criteria.

03 Dec 2013

19% jump in new build approvals in Q3

Mortgages

19% jump in new build approvals in Q3

Figures released today in HBFs latest Housing Pipeline report show a big increase in the number of planning permissions being granted for new homes.

02 Dec 2013

Good news for brokers as RDR helps point investors to advisers

Savings & Investments

Good news for brokers as RDR helps point investors to advisers

Recent research conducted among UK shareholders by Equiniti highlights good news for professional advisers as 33% of shareholders say they are more likely to seek investment advice from a professional adviser post RDR.

02 Dec 2013

Skipton reduces rates by up to 0.20%

Mortgages

Skipton reduces rates by up to 0.20%

Skipton Building Society has today launched an attractive new range of mortgages, with rates reduced by up to 0.20% and some of the best rates available on the market.

02 Dec 2013

House prices up 0.5% in November

Mortgages

House prices up 0.5% in November

According to the latest data from property analytics business Hometrack, house prices increased 0.5% in November.

02 Dec 2013

LV= launches new retirement advice aid

Retirement

LV= launches new retirement advice aid

Retirement specialist LV= is launching a new retirement advice aid.

02 Dec 2013

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