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The Brightstar Group management team has taken over a majority stake in the company, to buy the remaining shares held by private equity in an all-cash transaction for an undisclosed amount. The transaction, which comes after a banner year for the group, means that the management team now owns a 54% stake in the company. …

Danske Bank UK announces that it will extend its range of carbon neutral mortgages in England to flats and flats, including new build, up to a maximum of 85% loan to value. The Bank will now also consider applications where the applicant’s main source of income is from self-employment, up to a maximum of 90% …

The government has finally published its long-awaited white paper on the ‘upgrading’ agenda, courtesy of the Secretary of State for Upgrading, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove. This 2019 election slogan expresses a desire to smooth the gaps in wealth and opportunity, which are currently concentrated in the Southeast, across the country. The government says it …

Coming to what is – hopefully – the final round of the Covid pandemic and considering all the changes the past two years have brought to society, the economy and the way we are governed, Mortgage strategy thought it was time to ask a number of lenders what risks they were considering at the start …

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has named 12 defaulting and bankrupt businesses, including a mortgage adviser. Midland Independent Financial Services, formerly The Mortgage Shop, has been listed as one of 12 companies te FSCS believes that they are unable to respond to complaints themselves. Customers who they owe money to may be able to …

“I don’t know about you, but I’m 22.” Yes, a big hello to 2022 and to all of you from Taylor and I. May I be the first to wish you a very happy new year. What? Is it February already? Either way, welcome to a bright new year and I hope you all had …

Knowledge Bank has added West One Loans buy-to-let criteria to its search platform. West One revamped its buy-to-let loan credentials last month and they have now been included in Knowledge The Bank’s platform, which includes more than 135,000 individual criteria covering more than 270 lenders. West One’s BTL Managing Director, Andrew Ferguson, said: “As a …

Rightmove recorded its busiest January ever with buyer demand up 16% from the same month a year ago, adding there were ‘early signs’ that more homes were coming in in the market to ease the pressure on prices. The real estate website, founded in 2000, saw more than 218 million visits to its site and …

The Bank of England again raised the base rate from 0.25% to 0.5%. This latest hike follows an unexpected rate hike in December, when the base rate fell from a historic low of 0.1% to 0.25%. This latest rate hike is in response to increased inflationary pressures in the economy. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) …

The government has announced that it will soon publish its White Paper on Leveling, the overall aim of which is, over a decade, to address and correct the geographical inequality of opportunity and wealth plaguing the UK. “We have one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. Ours is the most spoken …

Crystal Specialist Finance has attracted investment from the private company Pagos Holdings I Limited. Pagos has taken a passive minority stake, providing funds that Crystal says will be used alongside its own capital reserves to make acquisitions, “which serve mortgage brokers and professional introducers,” Crystal says. She adds that she is currently in “advanced negotiations” …

Housing demand for the whole of 2021 saw an average of 459 registered house hunters per Propertymark member estate agency – the most since 2004, when the 12-month average was 475. However, although January 21 was home to an average of 38 properties per branch – which Propertymark describes as a healthy situation – this …

Skipton has issued two additional loan products specifically for borrowers who want to make green improvements to their homes. The products come in the form of discounted two-year base rate trackers, one for residential use and one for buy-to-let (BTL). For residential use, the mortgage is available up to 90% LTV and fixed at 1.09% …

Masthaven has announced that he will exit the UK banking market within the next two years. The lender has confirmed that it will sell its mortgage portfolio through a tender process, which is expected to conclude this year. The decision to pull out of the UK was made because the bank was unable to secure …

Virgin Money has launched three new fixed-rate offers and reduced the price of one of its longer-term mortgages. The three new products are all available at up to 75% LTV, charge a fee of £995, come with £1,000 cashback and consist of: A seven-year fix at 1.89% A 10-year fix at 1.89% A 15-year fix …

Enra Specialist Finance has completed a £285m public securitization of lease and second-order loans. It says the mortgage portfolio was created under the company’s West One Loans brand, making it its second public securitization. The order book was oversubscribed twice. The company issued its first transaction in November 2020, and said it would then become …

Kensington Mortgages could be split as five companies fight to buy the £1bn valued specialist lender, according to Sky News. It says challenger lender Starling Bank is bidding against Barclays and another high street lender to buy the Kensington platform, while rival investment houses Pimco and M&G Investments are battling to buy the company’s mortgage …

Average rental prices rose significantly in the last quarter of last year, reaching 9.9% annual growth outside London, according to Rightmove. This brings the average rent bill to £1,068 across most of the UK. In the capital, average rents have risen by 10.9% over the same period, leaving the average rental cost per month at …

Danske Bank UK will join the partnership of LMS Panel Link members. This decision will allow the bank to access a panel of conveyancing companies that meet its requirements. The lender’s customers in England and Wales will also have access to fee-assisted mortgage products through LMS. The panel link provider says the two services help …

Demand for super premium properties in London has hit an all-time high with sales of homes worth £10million or more jumping 90% in the past year, according to Coutts. Sales rose to 106 last year from 56 in 2020, driven by sales of high-end properties in Kensington, Notting Hill and Holland Park, according to the …

Belmont Green, parent company of Vida Homeloans, issued its first European residential mortgage-backed security (RMBS) of the year. Named Tower Bridge Funding 2021-2, it has raised £400million through owner-occupied mortgages and lettings. He was backed by Santander, Barclays and Bank of America. Attracting more than £1 billion in demand, Belmont Green managed to price its …

Foundation Home Loans now offers its products in Scotland. Borrowers will be able to access all of the lender’s purchase and remortgage offers for residential and rental properties (BTL). Other changes today include the addition of The Lending Channel to The Foundation’s Distribution Panel and the appointment of Fiona Robertson as the new Regional Account …

Tenants living in towers with unsafe siding will receive online updates on the status of their building’s application to have it removed, according to the government. The new service will allow tenants to track their applications for the Building Safety Fund, a £5.1billion fund to replace unsafe surfacing in residential buildings of 18m and above. …

Kensington and Chelsea are the least affordable areas to live in the UK, while East Ayrshire is the most affordable, according to Nationwide. The London Borough posted a first-time buyer price-to-earnings ratio (HPER) of 14.7 last year, while the Scottish local authority reported a ratio of 2.4, according to the building society affordability report. The …

Saxon Trust has hired Marc Osterley as financial controller as the transition and development lender seeks to expand its business He says Osterley will oversee the day-to-day accounting and work closely with the new commercial team and assist the Chief Investment Officer in managing existing lines of finance and acquiring new sources of funds. The …

HSBC has reintroduced a sub-1% mortgage rate as part of a product renewal. The big bank says the move will make it cheaper to access or move up the property ladder, or mortgage with the lender when a current fixed-rate loan comes to an end. It says sub-1% new mortgages, with a fee of £999, …

Gatehouse Bank has raised the maximum amount of its Home Purchase Plans (HPPs) to £5m, bringing them into line with its buy-to-let range. The UK Shariah-compliant lender adds that the maximum loan available at 80% Funding-to-Value (FTV) across the Bank’s HPP and BTL ranges has doubled from £1m to £2m. In addition, the maximum funding …

Remortgage approvals fell seven points in the third quarter of 2021, according to the latest LMS Remortgage Healthcheck Index. The decline was attributed to slower growth in average endorsement values. The LMS report shows the overall health of the mortgage market and tracks the evolution of four key indicators: the volume and value of mortgage …

A total of £4.4bn – or £12m a day – was borrowed through an equity release product in 2021, a new market report from Key details. The data shows that the number of plans organized during the year increased by 4% to 41,991, while the total value released increased by 28%. The average amount subscribed …

The Sunday Telegraph reports that HSBC is considering tightening its mortgage affordability calculations. Sources tell the newspaper that any changes to its rules would be due to the expected rise in energy costs that households will face following the energy price cap which is expected to rise by more than 50% in April. The price …

Platform has made a number of cuts to its high-ratio mortgage products. The middle arm of The Co-operative Bank has also reintroduced two-, three- and five-year fixes in the 60%-75% LTV range, which charge a fee of £999, and five-year fixes in the same range free of charge. Rate cuts occur up to 25 basis …

Business owners have turned to second mortgages to raise capital as omicron continues to disrupt UK industry, Knowledge Bank says Criteria tracker found brokers seeking ‘fundraising for business purposes’ in December were the fourth most searched term, some of which the company attributed to the Covid-19 variant . He says, “While some of this research …

A survey conducted on behalf of Legal & General Home Finance found that 22% of current workers plan to use the value of their home to pay for their retirement. Moreover, of the 4,000 adults surveyed at the end of this year, the survey showed that 35% of all non-retirees own a house but have …

Landbay has earned the right to call itself carbon neutral, with certification provided by Carbon Neutral Britain. The lender has achieved this by offsetting its greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy projects around the world. These include a wind farm in the Philippines, a hydroelectric plant in Brazil and a biomass-powered electricity generator …

Tuscan Capital has released its first-ever commercial bridging product as part of its 2022 refresh. The new mortgage is available at up to 65% LTV (with exceptions) on loans ranging from £100,000 to £5 million for purchase, refinance or capital raising purposes. The lender will accept applications for commercial premises, offices, warehouses and industrial premises. …

A new service that allows landlords to extend their lease with a lifetime mortgage was launched today. Lifetime Mortgage Gateway (LMG) is for senior homeowners with a lease term of 75 years or less. The process created by LMG Logistics involves the company paying for a lease extension through a short-term loan, which is then …

Ian Wilson, director of Halifax Intermediaries and Scottish Widows Bank, has announced his retirement. Wilson joined Halifax as a cashier in Aberdeen over 40 years ago, later becoming director of business development. In 2007 he was appointed Head of Sales for Halifax Intermediaries before taking over responsibility for Scottish Widows Bank in 2019 and becoming …

Together has doubled the size of a long-standing securitization deal to £ 400million, which will support the specialist credit firm’s unregulated bridging loans. The Cheadle-based company said it has increased the size of its Delta Asset Backed Securitization 2 limited facility (DABS) which has sold to investors from £ 200million to £ 400million. He adds …

There has been a long road to recovery since the 2008 financial crisis and its impact on homeowners has been the driving force behind most of the regulatory developments that have taken place in the UK since. After the crisis, the regulator introduced a new lending framework through the Mortgage Market Review and, while established …

Landbay said it has reduced some rates on its rental mortgage lineup and added new homes to its green loan portfolio. The rental loan platform reduced rates from 0.14% to 0.29%, with its lowest rate now set at 2.65% for a two-year fixed rate at 65% of the loan-to-value ratio, against 2.85%. Product discount highlights …

As inflation hits the headlines for the first time in decades and interest rates rise despite the spread of Omicron, fixed and variable rates remain in the foreground for many mortgage professionals, and what increases in interest rates will mean for customers. Meanwhile, and perhaps under the radar for many, the issue of Energy Performance …

Everyone outside of the mortgage market assumes it’s boring and boring and maybe even a little stuffy. As we all know on the inside, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have lived a life at the forefront of change in our industry over the past seven years and know there is still a …

Like most lenders, the majority of the loans we make to our Rental Landlords (BTLs) are for properties that have changed hands at least once. This is hardly surprising because there are more used goods than new ones for sale. But BTL investors are buying new construction. In the past 17 months, 11% of our …

Vikki jefferies Since the modern financial advisory profession has existed, so has the question of whether to become a Directly Authorized Broker (DA) or a Designated Representative (AR). Lisa Martin Regardless of their authorization, brokers play a vital role in guiding and advising clients on some of the most important financial decisions of their lives, …

What is your role at Vida? I am responsible for all relations with intermediaries; through our corporate sales directors who manage our senior relations within clubs and networks, our field sales teams who work with brokers in our regions, our intermediary telephone team and our team of specialists in the service of conditioners and new …

Before the pandemic, I remember discussing a case with a lender where I was presented with the following scenario: if the base rate were to rise to 8%, the tenant would vacate the property and the high net worth client (HNW ) lose their job, the client would be unable to repay the loan. Since …

Shutterstock / nuchao The lease industry has always been an obscure part of the real estate market, with tenants frequently complaining about high service charges, escalating ground rents, unscrupulous landlords and the exorbitant costs of lease extensions. Yet to date, nothing has rocked the lease industry as much as the siding scandal. The fallout from …

House prices in England and Wales will recover from a December drop in the first two months of next year, according to Reallymoving analysis. The firm says that after a monthly drop of 1.1% in December, house prices are expected to rise 2.5% in January 2022 and 0.2% the following month. This equates to an …

United Trust Bank (UTB) has increased the maximum size of its first charge residential mortgage to £ 1million. The specialist lender said it made the move following comments from brokers that there is a growing demand for larger mortgages from clients who are not served by traditional lenders. Products are available on residential purchases for …

Taylor Wimpey told the Competition and Markets Authority that her tenants will no longer see their land rents double every 10 years. The homebuilder also said it would remove the conditions that led it to convert the land rent doubling clauses to a basis for increases on the retail price index. In addition, tenants’ ground …

Fleet Mortgages (Fleet) has appointed Stella Brookman as its new Director of Business Development (BDM) for the South East region. She is joining Fleet with immediate effect and has over 30 years of experience in financial services with previous jobs such as Mortgage Advisor, Underwriter, Account Manager and BDM. Most recently, Brookman was BDM for …

According to the latest figures from NAEA Propertymark, demand from house hunters has continued to increase despite limited supply. The professional body for estate agency staff released its November housing report that studies the market. He finds that the number of registered buyers per branch increased 12% from October to November. The supply of properties …

Well, what a year it’s been. I say this every year but, in terms of flight time, 2021 is taking the cake! But they say time flies when you’re having fun. And, while being busier than ever with work isn’t everyone’s idea of ​​having a good time, it’s definitely better than the alternative. I was …

The East Midlands had the highest number of new renters registered per rental agency in November, averaging 134, according to a report by Arla Propertymark. In its November Private Rental Sector (PRS) report, the company found the number of registered potential tenants to be the lowest in Wales, where there were on average 26. Overall, …

The platform increases its SVR (standard variable rate) following the increase in the base rate of the Bank of England from 0.10% to 0.25%. The bank’s SVR will drop from 4.34% to 4.49% effective today, Monday, December 20. For existing customers, the change to 4.49% SVR will not come into effect until February 1, 2022. …

Pure Retirement has launched a new guide in collaboration with Asset TV, specifically aimed at retirement market advisers. The Brand Health Check guide provides at-a-glance tips on how advisors can improve their brand and business positioning to better engage clients over 50. Akademia at Asset TV is promoting the guide this month as part of …

As we progress rapidly in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2021, demand in the new housing sector remains very strong. Trade statements from home builders and other market commentary indicate that consumer appetite for buying – especially new homes – is unusually high for this time of year. As fall turns into winter, large PLC …

Legal & General Mortgage Club has partnered with Harpenden Building Society to offer an exclusive vacation rental product. The two-year discounted mortgage has an initial rate of 2.59% with an application fee of £ 100, a completion fee of £ 800, which can be added to the loan, and a tiered appraisal fee . Up …

LMS says it has improved its Select software to make it easier for brokers to coordinate and instruct on the platform. The transport and signage agent management firm says its enhanced service provides access to its panel of law firms through an easy-to-navigate dashboard, which can be tailored to individual needs to help brokers find …

Skipton Building Society is the latest lender to partner with Rightmove to help manage climate risk in its mortgage portfolio. This decision will see each property in the lender’s portfolio assessed against current and future risks over the next 80 years, using data from flood and climate data specialist Ambiental Risk Analytics. The partnership will …

The Cambridge Building Society has been added to the Primis Mortgage Network lender panel. The network says its designated representative companies will have direct access to Cambridge residential and rental mortgages for properties in England and Wales. Primis Mortgage Network includes approximately 930 companies and over 2,500 advisors. Cambridge says it has worked with Personal …

Assured Futures has partnered with Comparethemarket.com to provide accident, sickness and unemployment coverage through a panel of four specialist providers. The unemployment element of ASU was withdrawn by all providers last spring due to uncertainty surrounding the Covid pandemic. Assured Futures’ ASU product will be available through comparethemarket.com or as a recommended option through its …

Panel members David Hollingworth, Associate Director of Communications, London & CountrySarah Tucker, Managing Director, The Mortgage MumMatt Tilbury, Senior Mortgage and Protection Advisor, Just Mortgages Greg Cunnington, Director of Lender Relations and New Homes, Alexander HallMark Pattanshetti, Associate Director, Largemortgageloans.comAaron Strutt, Director of Products and Communications, Trinity FinancialDale Jannels, Managing Director, Impact Specialist FinanceDavid Sheppard, …

Canada Life has added two new products to its selection of life mortgage loans, the Lifestyle Select Ultra Lite and the Lifestyle Select Super Lite. On top of that, it made its Lifestyle Select Gold Plus available to borrowers aged 55 to 59 and lowered rates across its range. Ultra Vie Select Lifestyle – standard …

An average homeowner on a Standard Variable Rate (SVR) could save more than £ 5,000 in payments by switching to a new two-year fix, Experian’s analysis shows. The calculation assumes a mortgage of £ 150,000 over 20 years on an SVR of 4.49%, with a monthly repayment of just under £ 950. With a new …

BuildLoan has added two new do-it-yourself and custom-built products with Furness Building Society. to support self-builders in the heart of England North West region of Furness. The new products offer local builders and custom builders in the postcode area of ​​LA in the North West of England a rate 0.3% lower than comparative products in …

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) declared 16 companies in default, including several offering mortgage advice, between October 1 and November 30. As companies have gone out of business and the FSCS believes they are unable to respond to complaints themselves, customers to whom they owe money may be able to obtain compensation through through …

United Trust Bank (UTB) has integrated Hometrack AVM (Automated Valuation Model) research into its relay broker portal. AVM is now available for new rapid transition and standard applications. The service enhancement allows brokers submitting Inquiries and Policy Decisions (Dips) through the Bridge Broker Portal to perform a 24-hour Hometrack AVM search and get an instant …

Sustainable thinking leads to green change Ivan GuerreiroLoans Officer, Newcastle Intermediaries Cop26 ended with countless promises and initiatives promising to bring about the green change we need to preserve our world. In terms of housing, green initiatives have been more difficult to start. These days have been littered with projects that have failed or have …

The Mortgage Lender (TML) has hired Sara Palmer as Head of Distribution. Palmer has been with Santander for 13 years, where she looked after key networks and distributors while managing and building key strategic relationships. Palmer was also seconded to Mortgage Engine, a multi-DiP platform connecting lenders with distributors and intermediaries using API technology. She …

Tenants live in “dangerous or precarious conditions with limited ability to exercise their rights,” according to a report from the National Audit Office. The government body found that a “worrying proportion” of the 4.4 million privately rented households in England live in poor conditions, in its survey entitled Regulation of Private Renting. It indicates that …

Shutterstock / Pictrider Mortgage brokers are encouraged to improve their knowledge of the equity release market, although they do not intend to provide product advice themselves. Experts in the field say all advisors should have a general understanding of loan options later in life in order to identify clients who might be better suited for …

Mortgage and protection aggregator Pivotal Growth has bought Scottish mortgage broker Lifetime Finance Group for an undisclosed amount. The aggregator says Lifetime Finance Group was founded 25 years ago and is one of the largest mortgage brokers in Scotland, with a particular focus on advising entrepreneurs and independent clients. Pivotal Growth is a joint venture …

Nearly half of homeowners under the age of 40 entered the real estate ladder “much later” than expected, according to new research from the Equity Release Council, which it says highlights a more relaxed attitude to. with respect to debt later in life. The professional body says 45% of young homeowners with a mortgage delayed …

MPowered Mortgages has launched an Eco EPC range, which offers a 10 basis point discount on rates for all properties with an energy rating of A, B or C. The digital platform indicates that the discount on its new green range is available on the range’s two, five and seven year fixed rate products (excluding …

Hanley Economic Building Society launched two residential fixed rate mortgages. The first is a fixed rate mortgage of just 1.75% over two years and 80% LTV, which comes with a free standard appraisal and free legal fees. The second is a five-year 95% LTV fixed rate offer with an aggregate rate of 3.45%, which is …

Thousands of adult children are expected to receive Christmas presents, as nearly two-thirds of parents have already helped them buy a home by spending an average of £ 32,440 for deposits, according to Zoopla. The real estate website said 64% of parents helped their kids buy their first home, with 24% of parents saying their …

As we approach the end of a year, I like to take stock of the past 12 months and crystallize my thoughts on what the next 12 might look like and what I can do to improve them. This ritual seems more important than ever given the state of the world over the past two …

Virgin Money launched a new condominium mortgage, bought two products and cut rates. The condominium mortgage is in the “Greener” category, which means properties must have an “A” or “B” energy performance certificate rating, and is available at 90% LTV over a five-year period. years at 2.40%. He charges a fee of £ 995. Virgin …

Average tenant debt due to the pandemic has risen 41% since May this year, according to the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA). Of more than 2,000 private tenants surveyed in a survey commissioned by the NRLA and conducted by Dynata, the NRLA found that the number of tenants in arrears fell from 7% in May …

United Trust Bank has introduced a line of mortgages designed to help mortgagees stranded on high interest rate products. The lender will offer a reduced affordability assessment for applicants to the new line, provided the payments are lower than their existing product. Last week, the Financial Conduct Authority called on lenders to change the criteria …

UK average house prices hit a new record high of £ 272,992 in November, according to the latest Halifax index. That means a monthly change of 1% – the fifth consecutive month of house price increases – and an annual growth rate of 8.2%. Halifax also notes that the quarterly change – up 3.4% – …

Average 95% LTV rates are the lowest on record, Moneyfacts says. For a two-year patch, first-time buyers with a down payment of 5% will be able to obtain an average rate of 3.09% and, for a five-year patch, 3.39%. In December 2019, these rates were 3.25% and 3.57% respectively. However, the choice of products for …

Year-over-year year-over-year home buying activity in third quarter, despite “steep” drop after June stamp duty deadline, is mostly driven by borrowers moving, according to UK Finance . In its Quarterly Review of Household Finances, the trade body describes the drop that occurred in the third quarter of this year as “a predictable and familiar drop, …

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a discussion paper aimed at improving the financial services remuneration framework. The paper specifically looks at how the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) is funded. The lifeboat fund’s operating costs and compensation payments come from levies on financial services companies. Over the past decade, the overall FSCS levy has …

Mortgage Advice Bureau has made an undisclosed investment in Heron Financial, which it says will allow it to leverage the mortgage and insurance company’s bespoke software to “improve client and advisor performance.” . The broker listed on AIM adds that the partnership will strengthen its “position in new real estate, to reflect the changing expectations …

Together has increased the maximum loan size across all of its unregulated and buy-lease bridge lines. The Cheadle-based specialist lender has said it has increased the maximum amount of its bridging proceeds from £ 2million to £ 5million “as it seeks to further develop its loan portfolio after the pandemic”. He adds that the maximum …

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has published an action plan to improve customer service. It was published in response to an independent periodic review commissioned by the FOS Board of Directors. This review was also published today (2 December) and both documents aim to improve the performance of the mediator. The action plan defines how …

Just over half – 52% – of property owners who need investments to align their energy efficiency ratings with current regulations have considered selling, according to a The Mortgage Works (TMW) report form. The government has decreed that all rentals will have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of at least “C” by the end of …

Dynamo founder and former managing director Ying Tan has acquired a significant stake in financial technology company Knowledge Bank. Tan, who left mortgage broker Dynamo earlier this year, will join Knowledge Bank’s board of directors as non-executive chairman. Knowledge Bank was created by Nicola Firth and launched in September 2017 to update the most up-to-date …

Describe your business in a few sentences In 2017, I created Ocean Mortgages as an independent practitioner, after two decades in the banking industry. Initially, I developed the business through mortgage leads from friends, family, VouchedFor and Impartial. By 2018, the company had grown enough to recruit an office administrator. The company quickly became directly …

House prices will rise by 5% by next year nationally and by 3% in London, according to Rightmove. Broken down by region, it says prices in Scotland, the West Midlands, the South West and Yorkshire and the Humber will rise “by more than 7%”. Rightmove identifies “lowest ever available inventory of property for sale by …

Every year, Investec conducts a survey – GP Trends – in which we talk to hundreds of people working in private equity (PE). And every year, respondents tend to agree on one thing: Financial service providers do not understand their income profile. Not only 69% of UK respondents agreed with this statement, but it has …

The Knowledge Bank is bringing back its “Twelve Days of Christmas” campaign in December, following its immense popularity in previous years. This will be the fourth year that the criteria search system has organized the daily raffle, with freebies given to participants every working day from December 1 to 17. To participate, brokers simply need …

Metro Bank has made a number of changes to its buy-to-let (BTL) product line, including increasing the maximum LTV and reducing rates. As noted above, the maximum LTV offered for BTL purchase and remortgages has been increased from 75% LTV to 80% LTV (including for new builds and apartments), although at this level of fees …

The average number of potential new tenants per rental agency fell from 83 in September to 71 in October, according to Arla Propertymark. It is in the Northwest that we look the most, with an average of 163 potential tenants per branch. Yorkshire and Humberside, Wales and Northern Ireland jointly have the fewest tenants per …

Net mortgage borrowing in October stood at £ 1.6bn, according to new statistics from the Bank of England (BoE), significantly lower than the £ 9.3bn recorded in September and the highest amount low recorded since July 2021. The BoE says the drop was driven by borrowing “postponed to September to take advantage of the stamp …

United Trust Bank has named Mike Walters to lead its restructured mortgage sales team. Walters, whose title was previously “Sales Manager – Real Estate Intermediaries”, will now become “Sales Manager – Mortgages” and will be responsible for the bank’s first mortgage and second charge products. Large accounts, including specialty distributors, packers and major brokers, will …

The government has launched its new ‘Help to Build’ equity loan program, designed to help home builders in England access low deposit mortgage finance. Full details of the program, which will be managed by Homes England, have been released by the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The outlines of the device were initially …

Image by Shutterstock / Ufuk ZIVANA Equity release professionals appear to be teeming with positivity amid record loan numbers and product selection, as well as low rates. Although many concede that the historically negative reputation of the industry still influences consumers, when Mortgage strategy polled the industry, the mood was surprisingly optimistic about the business …

A 20% down payment for an average UK home has jumped to a record 110% of average incomes over the past year, making ‘raising a down payment a significant challenge for potential first-time buyers’, says the Nationwide Building Society. That figure rises from 102% of the pre-tax income of a typical full-time employee 12 months …

The founders of Nested are launching an equity loan product similar to Help to Buy with plans to start lending by the end of this year. Unlike the government-run program, buyers will not be limited to new construction. The loans will be interest-free, with the lender benefiting instead from a capital appreciation. The lender, called …

According to a study by Key, two-thirds of equity release borrowers involve family or friends in their decision. The lender found that only 4% of those who consulted with their family said their relatives and friends were skeptical about their plans. Equity release counselors usually encourage borrowers to talk to loved ones before taking out …

Shutterstock / Photo_imagery / Léon Parks When it comes to obtaining mortgage financing, independent borrowers have always faced a number of additional hurdles compared to their salaried counterparts. But this disparity has worsened since the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the recent rise in house prices, extensive affordability calculations, lingering economic uncertainty, and a health crisis that …

Kensington Mortgages is launching its first long-term fixed rate mortgages tomorrow, allowing borrowers to freeze their monthly payments between 11 and 40 years. Flexi Fixed for Term offers are priced differently depending on the term chosen and the amount borrowed, but are available up to 95% LTV for new purchases or up to 85% LTV …

I’m writing this as Rishi Sunak just walked away from the shipping box after giving a budget speech that rather disappointed the real estate industry. Sunak’s speech mentioned “leveling” no less than eight times. The travel direction for regional infrastructure investments, job subsidies and indeed the mountains of public relations around politics are all called …

Brightstar Financial has partnered with Allicia Bank to launch a “DIP in a day” event on November 29th. The event involves an on-site Allica Bank underwriter who will assess the business and semi-business cases submitted that day. Allica Bank is committed to rendering a decision in principle the same day for any qualification request submitted …

The Simplify group, some of whose IT systems went down on November 7 after a security incident expired, reports that it has moved on from completing transactions already exchanged and is now in the next stage of recovering the system. The Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) said it had “closely followed the incident” since it …

Since April 2020, and from such a low point for many sectors in the early stages of Covid-19, the recovery has been more than a small stop-start. Uncertainties surround our industry and many others. In the market in general, there is still some ambiguity about lending attitudes. We can see that time off and payment …

The Homes England chief has defended the organization against claims that taxpayers may be overexposed to the risk of loss on his Help to Buy loan portfolio. Speaking to Members of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee yesterday, Homes England Managing Director Peter Denton was asked how much risk the taxpayer bears under the …