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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

Women anticipate 24% lower income in retirement

Retirement

Women anticipate 24% lower income in retirement

Research by pension provider Friends Life has found that women’s expectations of their financial wellbeing in retirement fall significantly short of what they think they will need to provide a comfortable retirement.

27 Dec 2013

P2P expert predicts range of interest rates will reduce in 2014

P2P expert predicts range of interest rates will reduce in 2014

As the peer-to-peer lending market matures in 2014, the range of interest rates on P2P loans will reduce, according to Stuart Law, CEO of P2P lending platform Assetz Capital.

24 Dec 2013

Housing transactions up 24%: HMRC

Mortgages

Housing transactions up 24%: HMRC

The number of homes being sold in the UK has risen by 24% over the last year, according to the latest data from HMRC.

24 Dec 2013

Leeds launches 5-year fixed rate bond

Savings & Investments

Leeds launches 5-year fixed rate bond

Leeds Building Society has unveiled a 5-Year Fixed Rate Bond at 3.00% gross p.a./ AER, which allows penalty free access of up to 25%.

23 Dec 2013

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks launch new mortgage range

Mortgages

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks launch new mortgage range

Mortgage hunters have been given a boost today with the launch of a new range of mortgages from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

23 Dec 2013

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