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NatWest to launch Help to Buy 2 deals for intermediaries in January

Mortgages

NatWest to launch Help to Buy 2 deals for intermediaries in January

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has announced that it will be launching its Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme products in January. It expects to be able to announce the exact launch date early next month.

19 Dec 2013

Gross mortgage lending up 30% in 2013

Mortgages

Gross mortgage lending up 30% in 2013

There was an estimated £17 billion of gross mortgage lending in November, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

19 Dec 2013

Over 12,000 mortgage products available as product range hits 5-year high

Mortgages

Over 12,000 mortgage products available as product range hits 5-year high

The addition of 1,287 mortgage products since September gave consumers a choice of over 12,000 products – the first time this milestone has been reached in more than four and a half years, according to the Mortgage Advice Bureau.

19 Dec 2013

BTL set to soar as fifth of landlords plan to buy in Q1 2014

BTL set to soar as fifth of landlords plan to buy in Q1 2014

Landlords are looking to 2014 with an increasing sense of optimism for the wider buy-to-let market and the performance of their rental portfolios, a report by Paragon Mortgages has revealed.

19 Dec 2013

House prices to jump nearly 10% in 2014: RICS

Mortgages

House prices to jump nearly 10% in 2014: RICS

House prices in the UK will see an increase of 8% over the course of next year while the cost of renting a home should rise by a further 2%, according to RICS.

19 Dec 2013

2013 to end on a high for secured lending: Secured Loans Index

2013 to end on a high for secured lending: Secured Loans Index

2013 has ended on a high for secured lending, according to data from Loans Warehouse's Secured Loans Index, as November was the second biggest month of the year.

19 Dec 2013

Looking forward to 2014

Looking forward to 2014

We’ve seen continued strengthening of the economy in the later part of 2013 – but I think next year will blow this year out of the water.

18 Dec 2013

Advisers should recognise need for financial planning after care reforms, says survey

Retirement

Advisers should recognise need for financial planning after care reforms, says survey

Sweeping reforms of the social care system have the potential to trigger massive growth in demand for specialist care-funding advice as many of those paying for care grasp the huge cost implications of the new rules.

18 Dec 2013

Adviser investment company platform purchases up two thirds post-RDR

Savings & Investments

Adviser investment company platform purchases up two thirds post-RDR

A report by the AIC shows a 66% increase in adviser and wealth manager investment company platform purchases in the first nine months of 2013 post-RDR in comparison to the same period in 2012.

18 Dec 2013

Ipswich BS cuts rates for local FTBs

Mortgages

Ipswich BS cuts rates for local FTBs

Ipswich Building Society will be aiming to help borrowers achieve their new year's resolutions of home ownership thanks to a competitive offer for first time buyers living in the East of England.

18 Dec 2013

 

Scottish housing activity up 23% on last year

Mortgages

Scottish housing activity up 23% on last year

Scottish house prices are up £1,368 since October 2012, according to the latest data from LSL/Acadata.

18 Dec 2013

Gross mortgage lending to grow 15% in 2014: CML

Mortgages

Gross mortgage lending to grow 15% in 2014: CML

A recovery in the housing market since the spring has contributed to an increase in gross lending, which is now expected to grow by almost 20% this year, according to a recently published market forecast by CML.

18 Dec 2013

A small price to pay?

A small price to pay?

We’re facing perhaps the biggest shake-up to our industry in more than five years.

17 Dec 2013

ONS: Prices paid by FTBs 5.9% higher than in 2012

Mortgages

ONS: Prices paid by FTBs 5.9% higher than in 2012

The latest ONS House Price Index, released today, shows that in the 12 months to October, house prices increased by 5.5% - up from a 3.8% increase in the 12 months to September.

17 Dec 2013

Santander for Intermediaries increases maximum loan on 80 - 90% LTV

Mortgages

Santander for Intermediaries increases maximum loan on 80 - 90% LTV

Santander for Intermediaries has announced today it will be increasing its maximum loan allowance on a number of its product ranges.

17 Dec 2013

North-South divide clear as lenders release lending data by postcode

Mortgages

North-South divide clear as lenders release lending data by postcode

Major mortgage lenders today publish details for the first time of their total outstanding residential mortgage lending (including most buy-to-let lending as well as home-owner lending) broken down over 9,030 postcode sectors across Great Britain.

17 Dec 2013

Rising house prices create 255 property millionaires a day

Mortgages

Rising house prices create 255 property millionaires a day

Continued strong demand for prime residential property throughout 2013 has created 92,985 more property millionaires in Britain over the past 12 months, according to the latest research from property website Zoopla.

17 Dec 2013

borro to lend against wider range of assets

borro to lend against wider range of assets

Personal asset lender has launched a new service for clients who have invested in high end handbags from luxury brands and are looking to either unlock the capital, or sell the asset.

16 Dec 2013

New payday loans cap will encourage borrowing, warns lender

New payday loans cap will encourage borrowing, warns lender

The latest research from Amigo Loans reveals the majority of Brits (84%) are in support of Government plans to introduce a cap on the cost of payday loans - however, it may encourage some groups of people to take on debt.

16 Dec 2013

EXCLUSIVE - FSE London 2013: James Prosser, Front Events

EXCLUSIVE - FSE London 2013: James Prosser, Front Events

A new exclusive video from the inaugural Financial Services Expo - a chat with show runner James Prosser on what was his inaugural event.

16 Dec 2013

Over a quarter of mortgagors looking for a 95% deal

Mortgages

Over a quarter of mortgagors looking for a 95% deal

Mortgage hunters are scrambling to make the most of greater access to 95% mortgages, according to new findings from Mortgage Advice Bureau.

16 Dec 2013

Prices to rise 8% in 2014 unless new stock comes to market - Rightmove

Mortgages

Prices to rise 8% in 2014 unless new stock comes to market - Rightmove

Rightmove has predicted that house prices will rise 8% in the next year - unless more properties come to the market.

16 Dec 2013

Aldermore launches Help to Buy range from 4.98%

Mortgages

Aldermore launches Help to Buy range from 4.98%

Aldermore, Britain's leading challenger bank, is launching its Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee range under the Government’s scheme as of today.

16 Dec 2013

Housing transactions up 56% annually in London

Mortgages

Housing transactions up 56% annually in London

According to the latest National Housing Marking Index from Sequence, sales transactions in London are up 56% annually, with no signs of a seasonal lull.

16 Dec 2013

Rising interest rates are biggest risk to housing market, say consumers

Mortgages

Rising interest rates are biggest risk to housing market, say consumers

Rising interest rates are the single biggest risk to the housing market next year, the BSA’s final Property Tracker report of 2013 has revealed.

16 Dec 2013

BTL demand for bridging increases 25% in 2013

BTL demand for bridging increases 25% in 2013

New data shows there is a growing demand for bridging loans from buy-to-let investors, with a 25% increase in bridging loans taken out in 2013, to fund property acquisition and refurbishment.

13 Dec 2013

New fund to back young tech entrepreneurs

Savings & Investments

New fund to back young tech entrepreneurs

Six UK companies, founded by young entrepreneurs, have each received a £25,000 seed investment to fund their business ideas thanks to an innovative partnership between JustInvesting and Entrepreneur First.

13 Dec 2013

Survey shows commercial market is improving

Survey shows commercial market is improving

Debt held against UK commercial property fell 2.5% from the end of 2012 to £193bn at mid-year 2013, according to the UK's largest property lending survey.

13 Dec 2013

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