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Fleet launch new product range

Fleet launch new product range

Buy-to-let and specialist lender, Fleet Mortgages has announced the launch of a new product range covering its three key borrower groups – Standard (Individual); Limited Company; and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

23 Jun 2017

HTB numbers hit 285k

HTB numbers hit 285k

New statistics from DCLG have revealed that over 285,000 homeowners, including 240,000 first time buyers, have been supported by the government's Help to Buy schemes.

23 Jun 2017

CML: Gross mortgage lending up 12% in May

CML: Gross mortgage lending up 12% in May

The latest data and analysis from The Council of Mortgage Lenders has estimated that gross mortgage lending reached £20.1bn in May - a 12% increase on both April last month and on May last year, in which £17.9bn was advanced.

22 Jun 2017

Could the Bank of Mum and Dad solve the affordability crisis?

Could the Bank of Mum and Dad solve the affordability crisis?

New research from Legal & General has found that, with the potential to help 450,000 people onto the housing ladder every year, lifetime mortgages could be the best option for many.

22 Jun 2017

May mortgage data shows 'spectacular rebound'

May mortgage data shows 'spectacular rebound'

The latest analysis from Equifax Touchstone has shown that mortgage sales during May this year were up 25.4% when compared to those of April. According to the findings, the rise in sales equates to £3.4bn.

21 Jun 2017

Pensioner property wealth hits £1.054tr

Pensioner property wealth hits £1.054tr

A new report from over-55s financial specialist, Key Retirement, has shown that in the past year retired homeowners have each earned more than £2,400 a month from their houses and have a combined property wealth of £1.054 trillion.

21 Jun 2017

Strong growth recorded for UK's smaller mortgage lenders

Strong growth recorded for UK's smaller mortgage lenders

The latest data from CML has revealed that small and medium sized lenders are experiencing strong growth despite the 10 largest lenders continuing to undertake the lions share.

21 Jun 2017

Principality announce cuts across 5 year fixed residential products

Principality announce cuts across 5 year fixed residential products

Principality Building Society has announced that it has cut rates across three of its fixed five-year residential mortgage products.

14 Jun 2017

TSB announce temporary withdrawl of high-LTV two-year fixes

TSB announce temporary withdrawl of high-LTV two-year fixes

TSB has announced that, as it prepares to launch its new banking platform, it has temporarily withdrawn two-year fixed rate residential purchase mortgages between 85-95% LTV.

14 Jun 2017

One in five switch from downsizing to equity release

One in five switch from downsizing to equity release

New research from Bower Retirement has found that 17% of would-be downsizers decided instead to release property wealth through equity release.

14 Jun 2017

 

Newcastle announce new North East FTB range

Newcastle announce new North East FTB range

Newcastle Intermediaries has announced that it has launched an exclusive range of fixed rate mortgages aimed at helping those who live in the North East get their first foot onto the property ladder.

13 Jun 2017

Top tips for tackling sealed bids

Top tips for tackling sealed bids

According to a new report from Stacks Property Search & Acquisition, despite low property transaction levels, there is still a significant number of properties going to sealed bids.

13 Jun 2017

Bank of Mum and Dad risking IHT gift trap

Bank of Mum and Dad risking IHT gift trap

The latest research from Key Retirement has revealed that 47% of parents and grandparents do not understand the tax rules on gifting, and nearly three out of four (73%) say the rules are very complicated.

13 Jun 2017

50 residential mortgages have rates cut at Accord

50 residential mortgages have rates cut at Accord

Accord has announced that it has reduced its rates across more than 50 residential mortgages by up to 0.15%.

12 Jun 2017

Skipton announce new interest-only mortgage range

Skipton announce new interest-only mortgage range

Skipton Building Society has announced that it has launched a new interest-only mortgage range as well as making cuts to its core residential mortgage rates.

12 Jun 2017

Accord announce cashback on all BTL products

Accord announce cashback on all BTL products

Accord Buy To Let has announced that it has added cashback to its entire mortgage range in a move it claims will help landlords manage the upfront cost of remortgaging or buying a new property.

09 Jun 2017

Five-year fixed rates cut at Metro Bank

Five-year fixed rates cut at Metro Bank

Metro Bank has announced that it has cut rates across its five-year fixed rate residential range.

08 Jun 2017

Property market remains ‘shattered’ one year on from SDLT reform

Property market remains ‘shattered’ one year on from SDLT reform

New analysis from Nested suggests that the property market in England and Wales has been severely damaged in the twelve months since the government introduced its stamp duty reforms.

08 Jun 2017

Minimum BTL income requirement cut at Newcastle

Minimum BTL income requirement cut at Newcastle

Newcastle Intermediaries has announced that it has reduced the minimum income requirement for joint buy-to-let properties from £40,000 to £30,000.

07 Jun 2017

Maximum self-employed LTV raised at Saffron

Maximum self-employed LTV raised at Saffron

Saffron For Intermediaries has announced that it has enhanced its self-employed, first-time buyer and owner-occupied mortgages by raising LTVs and cutting rates.

07 Jun 2017

Could lower stamp duty rates actually increase treasury tax take?

Could lower stamp duty rates actually increase treasury tax take?

Mullucks Wells, a estate agent in East Hertfordshire and West Essex, believes that the new Government to apply the same logic to Stamp Duty on property purchases that historically has been applied to Corporation Tax.

06 Jun 2017

FTB applications on the rise

FTB applications on the rise

The latest IMLA research has found that 67% of first-time buyer mortgage applications made via intermediaries resulted in completions during Q1 2017 - a rise of 19% from just 48% in Q1 2016.

02 Jun 2017

SVR mortgage customers hit with £3,240 annual repayment hike

SVR mortgage customers hit with £3,240 annual repayment hike

According to a new study from online mortgage broker, Trussle, homeowners are facing an ‘inertia tax’ of £272.50 for every month they delay decision to remortgage after slipping onto a Standard Variable Rate.

02 Jun 2017

New five year fix range launches at AA

New five year fix range launches at AA

AA Mortgages has announced that it has launched a new product range which includes five-year fee-free fixed rates at 90% and 95% LTV.

02 Jun 2017

UK's biggest mortgage lenders failing customers online

UK's biggest mortgage lenders failing customers online

According to new research from financial experience design agency Dock9, three of the UK’s biggest mortgage providers have hit rock bottom when it comes to online experiences.

01 Jun 2017

Help to Buy and fee-free rates cut at Santander

Help to Buy and fee-free rates cut at Santander

Santander has announced that it has reduced rates across its Help to Buy: Equity Loan Scheme as well as cutting selected zero fee fixed rates and launching a new exclusive 75% LTV rate.

01 Jun 2017

Remortgage activity bolsters April's slowing mortgage market

Remortgage activity bolsters April's slowing mortgage market

The latest data and analysis from LMS has revealed that during April remortgaging activity accounted for 33% of total lending

31 May 2017

High-LTV rates rise by 0.10% at TSB

High-LTV rates rise by 0.10% at TSB

TSB has announced increases to its residential house purchase and remortgage rates.

31 May 2017

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Latest Comments

SecomTech
SecomTech 22 Jun 2017

AT Last...This was discussed years ago and there was a move towards landlords registering their bad tenants on a database..(can't remember where) It seems a logical step though our leaders will probably...

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Bertrand
Bertrand 02 Jun 2017

How about the Welsh Govt introducing a scheme to protect landlords against "rogue" tenants who are then taken to court for criminal damage to the properties they trash. Pretty unlikely I suspect and politically...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 25 May 2017

"Please don't pick a novelty tune-playing doorbell. They're not 'fun'. They're stupid." Laughed a lot to this. It's actually true, though.

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Oliver Conway
Oliver Conway 18 May 2017

Making a neat inventory is a good idea, but if the seller is not willing to provide it, can the buyer demand it?

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Bertrand
Bertrand 17 May 2017

First step to nationalisation of the private rented sector IMHO. Nanny state poking their noses into things yet again. I object, as a decent landlord, sometimes having to deal with some pretty awful tenants,...

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Izzy
Izzy 16 May 2017

This is such a great a post. I love the detail you've gone into. It's a very useful article for helping those who are looking at deciding which sector they would like to go into! When I first started investing...

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paul burnham
paul burnham 30 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's pledge that a Labour government would build 500,000 new council houses must electrify the general election campaign. Reliance on markets and the profit motive has brought huge housing-related...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 28 Apr 2017

Sadiq Khan?s announcement of an online database of landlords and letting agents who have been convicted of housing offences, appears on face value to be a variation of the already implemented Database

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warren
warren 26 Apr 2017

You're very welcome Mary! Glad you enjoyed them :)

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Mary Ward
Mary Ward 26 Apr 2017

Thank you for the wonderful ideas. First impressions can make or break a deal. It's sadly that many homeowners drop the kerb to create an off-street parking space.

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Tony Gimple
Tony Gimple 14 Apr 2017

I'm not at all surprised that so many landlords are still confused about what the tax changes really mean and how it will affect them. In particular, the blind rush to incorporation is leaving landlords...

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MH
MH 13 Apr 2017

You are right that the bank holidays are going to be spoiled in looking for the properties. But people who want to sell their property and looking for the better relocation, they can get benefits of this...

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