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28
OCT
2016

A third of contractors fear they are a mortgage lending ‘risk’

22% of contractors and self-employed workers believe the way they earn their income has made it more difficult for them to get a mortgage compared to when they were in full-time employment, Accord research reveals. Nearly a third (29%) of contractors believe that financial...
28
OCT
2016

Best-buy Mortgages – 28 October 2016

See our current best-buy fixed-rate, tracker-rate, buy-to-let and re-mortgages. Contact me for a personalised illustration.
20
OCT
2016

The Rough Guide to Business Protection

With a majority of business owners focused on the day to day running of their business and its profitability, few take the time to understand the potential risks they could face should an owner/key employee die of suffer a critical illness. That’s why Legal & General...
19
OCT
2016

Mortgage costs fall by up to 5% in Q3

Most mainstream mortgage products have seen further cost reductions in the past three months, according to Mortgage Brain analysis. With a current rate of 1.89% (as of 1st October 2016), the cost of a three year fixed mortgage with a 60% LTV is now 5% cheaper than it was at the...
18
OCT
2016

Guiding landlords through the tax relief changes

TMW has developed a handy new guide to the tax relief changes for landlords for you to consider. The new guide can help you understand if you’ll be impacted by the changes being phased in from 6 April 2017. Also see the calculator we published on 21 September – click...
18
OCT
2016

Lifetime mortgage rates at record low post-Brexit

Lifetime mortgage rates have dropped to new record lows following reductions in government bond yields in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, according to Legal & General. Legal & General’s Flexible Lifetime Mortgage product now offers an interest rate of 3.71% fixed for...
14
OCT
2016

Mortgage Best Buys

To see our weekly update of best-buy mortgages, click here…
13
OCT
2016

Home buyers ‘back after Brexit jitters’

Demand among home buyers has seen a modest recovery following “post-referendum jitters”, according to surveyors. Buyer demand rose for the first time in seven months in September, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said. It had dived in June and July...
13
OCT
2016

August sees promising mortgage lending: CML

According to figures released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders this morning, homeowners borrowed £12.2bn in August – up 11% year-on-year. This came to 66,000 loans in total, up 13% compared to July and 9% compared to August 2015. The average amount borrowed by home movers...
12
OCT
2016

Childcare conundrum for mortgage applicants

Mortgage seekers are asking family and friends to look after their children to reduce their outgoings while applying for a loan, a survey has suggested. Childcare is among the costs considered by mortgage providers when deciding whether an applicant should be given a home loan....
10
OCT
2016

Age gap among first-time buyers sets in, the Halifax says

A gap between the average age of first-time buyers in different parts of the UK has set in despite property price growth slowing, a lender has said. The Halifax said that UK property prices rose by 5.8% in September compared with a year ago. This offers some cheer to first-timers...
09
OCT
2016

Interest-only borrowers face £6.1bn repayment shortfall

27% of all interest-only mortgage holders may not be able to pay back their mortgage, with the expected average unsettled debt estimated to be £21,000, according to research from OneFamily. More than a million interest-only mortgages will mature over the next 10 years, meaning...
07
OCT
2016

House price growth plateaus: Halifax

House price growth has cooled, according to the latest Halifax House Price Index. House prices in the three months to September were 0.1% lower than in the previous three months (April-June). This compared with a 0.7% rise in August and is the lowest quarterly rate since November...
21
SEP
2016

Buy to Let Tax Change Calculator

Tax relief changes for landlords are being phased in from April next year and could impact landlords’ profits. There’s an easy way to understand if you are affected – by using TMW’s simple calculator. Click the image to download tax relief calculator.
11
SEP
2016

BTL Landlords’ Confidence Stabilising

TMW has issued its Buy-to-Let Barometer for Q2 2016, which reveals that landlords’ confidence appears to be stabilising. It also indicates that: 43% see the Brexit vote as negative for the private rental sector. 61% believe that last year’s Budget will decrease their...
11
MAY
2016

Interest-only crisis drives lump sum equity release sales

Imminent interest-only mortgage due dates have driven a surge in sales of lump sum equity release plans, according to Key Retirement data. 40% of customers are now taking a single lump sum advance to reduce their debts, up from 30% from Q1 2015. Key believes the surge in sales...
09
MAY
2016

Nationwide raises home loan age limit to 85 years

Nationwide is raising its age limit for people paying off mortgages by 10 years to 85, in the latest sign of the impact of rising house prices on buyers. The building society said the increase was due to “growing demand”, and the limit would be in force from July. It...
06
MAY
2016

Halifax raises upper age limit to 80

Halifax is raising upper age limits from 75 to 80 on all mortgages, new applications, further advances and product transfers. Halifax said that for joint applications, the term must end before the oldest borrower’s 80th birthday, and that proof of retirement income would be...
03
MAY
2016

‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ to lend £5bn in 2016

The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is on track to lend over £5 billion in 2016, making it the equivalent of a top 10 mortgage lender in the UK. The research from Legal & General and Cebr found that family and friends will be involved in 25% of all property transactions...
29
APR
2016

The Mortgage Works changes lending criteria for Buy-to-Let mortgages

The Mortgage Works is the first lender to tighten-up its lending criteria for buy-to-let mortgages following new guidance from the FCA. From 11 May the lender’s rental coverage requirement will increase from 125% to 145% and the maximum loan-to-value allowed will be reduced...
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