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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

Precise launches residential secured loans

Precise launches residential secured loans

Precise Mortgages, the intermediary only lender, has launched their range of Secured Loans to the Mortgage Intermediary market.

02 Dec 2013

EXCLUSIVE - FSE London 2013: Ian Andrew, Nationwide Intermediary Sales

EXCLUSIVE - FSE London 2013: Ian Andrew, Nationwide Intermediary Sales

A new exclusive video from the inaugural Financial Services Expo, held at Old Billingsgate in London last month - Financial Reporter had a catch up with Ian Andrew, Nationwide Intermediary Sales.

30 Nov 2013

BTL lending set to increase 25% next year, says broker

BTL lending set to increase 25% next year, says broker

Buy to let lending will reach £25 billion by the end of 2014, a 25% increase on lending in 2013 according to forecasts by Mortgages for Business, the specialist mortgage broker.

29 Nov 2013

Virgin slashes BTL rates amid mortgage range changes

Mortgages

Virgin slashes BTL rates amid mortgage range changes

Virgin Money has today announced an improved buy-to-let mortgage range designed to reinforce its position in this important segment of the mortgage market.

29 Nov 2013

Post Office launches new 90% mortgage deals

Mortgages

Post Office launches new 90% mortgage deals

Post Office has launched a range of new mortgage deals, available to customers from today.

29 Nov 2013

Chief exec of payday loans body defends his role in consumer market

Chief exec of payday loans body defends his role in consumer market

Russell Hamblin-Boone, Chief Executive of the Consumer Finance Association, has called for an informed debate about short term lenders and outlined the monitoring process the CFA has put in place to maintain standards.

29 Nov 2013

Higher LTV mortgages launched by Santander for Intermediaries

Mortgages

Higher LTV mortgages launched by Santander for Intermediaries

Santander for Intermediaries is launching its new range of higher loan–to–value products on Monday.

29 Nov 2013

House prices shoot up 6% year on year

Mortgages

House prices shoot up 6% year on year

UK house prices increased by 0.6% in November and were 6.5% higher than November 2012, according to the latest Nationwide House Price Index, released today.

29 Nov 2013

Help to Buy overshadowed by alternative finance

Help to Buy overshadowed by alternative finance

Between May and September the government’s Help to Buy equity guarantee scheme has provided only one quarter of the lending made possible by alternative forms of finance.

29 Nov 2013

Repossessions drop almost a third, shows Land Registry data

Mortgages

Repossessions drop almost a third, shows Land Registry data

The October data from Land Registry's House Price Index shows an annual price increase of 3.1% which takes the average property value in England and Wales to £165,515.

28 Nov 2013

Funding for Lending to support businesses in 2014

Funding for Lending to support businesses in 2014

The Bank of England and the Treasury have announced changes to the Funding for Lending Scheme today, with the focus moved towards supporting business lending in 2014.

28 Nov 2013

Less greed and more honesty will make lead generation work

Matt Edwards - efinity

Less greed and more honesty will make lead generation work

[Guest blog from Matt Edwards MD of e-finity Leads]

27 Nov 2013

The Cambridge launches exclusive 3-year fix

Mortgages

The Cambridge launches exclusive 3-year fix

The Cambridge Building Society has announced that it is launching an exclusive 3 year fixed rate product which will be available to members of Legal & General Mortgage Club, Sesame and PMS.

27 Nov 2013

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