Forecast inflation and rate rise to stimulate remortgage market

March 27, 2011

New research indicates that mortgage advisors believe a rising inflation and an interest rate increase will invigorate the remortgage market within the next quarter.

According to a survey conducted by The Mortgage Alliance, over 75% of Read more

The 2011 Budget targets first time buyers

March 24, 2011

The first time buyer market was included in a number of points in yesterday’s 2011 Budget in an effort to improve the first time buyer’s opportunity to get a foot on the housing ladder.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne started by saying a new shared equity scheme worth £250 million is to be set up. Named First Buy, the scheme will allow Read more

Barclays Study Shows Only 10 Percent Overpaying On Mortgage

March 21, 2011

Barclays urges homeowners to make overpayments on their mortgage as its new study reveals only 10 percent are taking full advantage of the record low base interest rates.

The Barclays study, which surveyed 1000 borrowers, shows Read more

C&G Mortgages to close to intermediaries end of March

March 18, 2011

Cheltenham & Gloucester, the mortgage providing brand owned by Lloyds, is set to halt its intermediary business on the 31st March.

However, it has been stressed that the C&G brand will stay open to customers applying directly.

The announcement, delivered today, will not affect Read more

Equity Release Revival Expected As Stonehaven returns

March 15, 2011

With the return of Stonehaven to the equity release sector last week, it could be that the equity release market could be set to see a revival in 2011.

Stonehaven is one lender that withdrew Read more

Mortgages: 20 percent of over-55s owe over £65k

March 12, 2011

More than 20 percent of those over 55 years old are still paying off a mortgage worth on average £65,107 according to recent figures.

The report from Aviva revealed approximately 21 percent of those aged over-55 still have to make monthly mortgage repayments.
Those over the age of 75 have Read more

Should we all opt for a 10 year fixed mortgage to avoid the interest rate rollercoaster?

March 9, 2011

As the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee prepares to meet next week, mortgage lenders and borrowers like are facing the very real issue that the base interest rate may well rise in just a matter of days.

After almost two years of historically low interest rates, the only Read more

First time buyers back in business?

March 6, 2011

Since 2008, first time buyers have had it tough. With lenders afraid of borrowers who were defaulting and properties falling into negative equity, the reins have been significantly tightened.

Demanding deposits to the value of Read more

Both house prices and mortgage lending on the increase

March 3, 2011

According to figures released yesterday, both mortgage lending and house prices are on the rise.

The monthly figures from the UK’s largest building society, Nationwide’s Property Index, showed the average house price is now £161,183, which shows an Read more

75 percent of mortgage holders have no plans to cope with rising interest rates

February 27, 2011

According to Nationwide research, around 75 percent of homeowners with a mortgage have no plans at all to consider how they will cope when the interest base rate rises, as it inevitably will.

As any mortgage advisor will tell a customer looking to apply for a mortgage, it is important that if they ever find themselves struggling to maintain their household expenses or Read more

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