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Brokers 'optimistic' - but not relying on high street lenders

Brokers 'optimistic' - but not relying on high street lenders

Shawbrook Bank has revealed the results of its first ‘Broker Barometer’ – a quarterly survey to test the temperature of commercial mortgage brokers on everything from client confidence to popular product features.

28 Oct 2013

Self-builders get boost from levy exemption

Mortgages

Self-builders get boost from levy exemption

The changes will save self-builders thousands of pounds from the cost of building their ‘grand design’ by ensuring they are exempt from a levy charge paid for new buildings over a certain size.

28 Oct 2013

House prices boosted £31,500 by close proximity of top schools

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House prices boosted £31,500 by close proximity of top schools

Parents looking to purchase a home close to one of the country's top 30 performing state schools face paying an average house price of £295,972, according to new research by Lloyds Bank.

28 Oct 2013

Trade body welcomes four payday lenders as members

Trade body welcomes four payday lenders as members

The Consumer Finance Association, the trade body widely recognised for driving industry improvements and best practice in the short-term lending industry, has accepted four major payday lenders as members.

25 Oct 2013

Gordon Rae, Intermediary Relationship Manager at Dudley BS

In The Spotlight

Gordon Rae, Intermediary Relationship Manager at Dudley BS

Financial Reporter had a chat to Gordon Rae, who was appointed Intermediary Relationship Manager at Dudley Building Society earlier this year.

25 Oct 2013

Brokers predict bridging boost - but say headline rates are misleading

Brokers predict bridging boost - but say headline rates are misleading

Brokers at this month’s Financial Services Expo in London’s Old Billingsgate have given bridging the thumbs up with expectations that business volumes will rise even further towards the end of the year.

25 Oct 2013

Halifax provides cashback incentive for mortgage customers

Mortgages

Halifax provides cashback incentive for mortgage customers

Halifax has today announced the launch of a new offer exclusively for existing mortgage customers moving home.

25 Oct 2013

Law firm takes to BBC News over 'unfair' mortgage rate hikes

Mortgages

Law firm takes to BBC News over 'unfair' mortgage rate hikes

Justin Selig, owner of law firm, The Law Department and Legal Director at Landlord Action, will be appearing on BBC News as the firm battle over unfair interest rate charges being imposed on nearly 7000 landlords, this time by West Bromwich BS.

25 Oct 2013

Hinckley & Rugby cuts rates on 85% and 90% products

Mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby cuts rates on 85% and 90% products

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has today cut the interest rate on two mortgages.

25 Oct 2013

Santander launches large loan mortgage range

Mortgages

Santander launches large loan mortgage range

On Monday, Santander for Intermediaries is launching a range of new mortgages for larger loans of up to £2.5m, increasing the maximum loan size on a selected range of products to £1.5m, and introducing new products to its range.

25 Oct 2013

 

Shawbrook launches four new savings products

Savings & Investments

Shawbrook launches four new savings products

Shawbrook Bank has launched four new competitive savings products for personal customers, available from today.

25 Oct 2013

N&P cuts five year mortgage rate

Mortgages

N&P cuts five year mortgage rate

A new fixed rate mortgage is launched by Norwich & Peterborough Building Society today.

25 Oct 2013

Nationwide improves rates on higher LTV mortgages

Mortgages

Nationwide improves rates on higher LTV mortgages

From today, Nationwide is further supporting first time buyers and home movers with smaller deposits with reductions on all rates at 80%, 85% and 90% loan-to-value.

25 Oct 2013

Virgin reduces 90% LTV mortgage to 4.29%

Mortgages

Virgin reduces 90% LTV mortgage to 4.29%

Virgin Money has announced a number of changes across its residential and buy-to-let mortgage ranges. The updated range will be available from 25 October 2013.

24 Oct 2013

74% of advisers agree with Prince Charles' pension comments

Retirement

74% of advisers agree with Prince Charles' pension comments

Almost three-quarters of advisers agree with pension-related comments made by Prince Charles at the National Association of Pension Funds conference last week, according to a poll by Adviser Home, the adviser business development portal.

24 Oct 2013

TenetLime adds the West Brom to lending panel

Mortgages

TenetLime adds the West Brom to lending panel

TenetLime has expanded its lending panel for the second time this month with the addition of The West Brom for Intermediaries.

24 Oct 2013

Shawbrook improves Strategic Partner programme with added benefits

Shawbrook improves Strategic Partner programme with added benefits

One year on from the launch of Shawbrook’s programme to recognise the highest quality of business from its brokers, the specialist lender has announced additional perks for those granted Strategic Partner status.

24 Oct 2013

Bridgebank Capital announces increased commission

Bridgebank Capital announces increased commission

Bridgebank Capital has announced that it is now paying a higher rate of commission to brokers of 1.5% on all deals between £250,000 and £750,000.

24 Oct 2013

Over-65s staying economically active to supplement retirement income

Retirement

Over-65s staying economically active to supplement retirement income

Currently almost a third (28% or 9.1 million) of the UK workforce (32.32 million) is over the age of 50 - an increase of 12% over the last five years.

24 Oct 2013

Wait until 2014 for best Help to Buy rates, says broker

Mortgages

Wait until 2014 for best Help to Buy rates, says broker

The broker Springtide Capital has today urged homebuyers not to rush too quickly into taking Help to Buy mortgages as it has predicted that the lowest rates will not become available until January 2014.

24 Oct 2013

Skipton launches limited edition mortgage range

Mortgages

Skipton launches limited edition mortgage range

Skipton Building Society has today launched three new limited edition mortgage products, two aimed at people with lower LTVs who are looking to remortgage, and one at first and next time buyers with smaller deposits.

23 Oct 2013

Home premiums drop again according to AA

Protection

Home premiums drop again according to AA

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, says that a year of relatively benign weather has meant that there has not been an influx of major claims despite some localised flooding and storm damage and that is reflected in premiums.

23 Oct 2013

Half of over-55s face 'financial meltdown' over paying for long-term care

Retirement

Half of over-55s face 'financial meltdown' over paying for long-term care

More than half of over-55s face financial meltdown in the event of needing to pay for long term care in later life, according to research by The Equity Release Council.

23 Oct 2013

House purchase approvals at highest level since December 2009

Mortgages

House purchase approvals at highest level since December 2009

New data from the British Bankers' Association shows that September was a strong month for the mortgage market, with borrowing and house purchase approvals up.

23 Oct 2013

Blemain Finance & Chaseblue Loans help investor avoid repossession

Blemain Finance & Chaseblue Loans help investor avoid repossession

When a property investor was facing repossession after running out of funds to refurbish two flats, Blemain Finance and Chaseblue Loans were able to provide a prompt solution.

23 Oct 2013

Only 40% of women financially prepared for retirement

Retirement

Only 40% of women financially prepared for retirement

The number of women preparing adequately for retirement is at an all-time low and remains well behind the preparation levels of their male counterparts, according to the Scottish Widows 2013 Women and Pensions Report.

23 Oct 2013

Remortgage defies market trends to jump 10% in September

Mortgages

Remortgage defies market trends to jump 10% in September

LMS figures reveal that monthly gross remortgage lending increased by £364m in September to £3.9bn.

23 Oct 2013

Regentsmead holds broker day with Finance 4 Business & Capital Bridging

Regentsmead holds broker day with Finance 4 Business & Capital Bridging

Development finance lender Regentsmead have announced they will be holding a broker event in conjunction with Finance 4 Business and Capital Bridging.

22 Oct 2013

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