Self-certification mortgage lender selfcert.co.uk has responded to the FCA's self-cert mortgage warning, arguing that "there is no evidence Self Cert products caused any more harm than any other mortgage product available in the UK". It disputed the FCA's claim that all firms offering mortgages in the UK (including EEA firms) will have to comply with the Mortgage Credit Directive, which requires a thorough affordability assessment based on information that has been verified by the lender. selfcert.co.uk read more

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Government screwing around with the housing market. AGAIN!

Changes to buy-to-let taxation brought about by the Chancellor's ambitions to create a 'nation of homeowners' could end up hitting prospective first-time buyers the hardest, Tony Ward writes. The proportion of landlords hoping to sell in the next 12 months has more than doubled since July from 7% to 19%, according to a recent survey published by the National Landlords Association (NLA). The research found that if landlords followed through on their intentions there would be a dramatic sell-off of 500,000 properties read more

SIZE of the prize

A lack of commercial gains to be made from supporting older borrowers is preventing the bigger lenders from innovating in the sector, the BSA’s Paul Broadhead says. Broadhead, who is head of mortgage policy at the Building Societies Assocation (BSA), said with lending to older borrowers still a niche product area, larger lenders would need to justify the extra investment in staff and processes required to service these customers. In November the BSA launched a 12 month review on older borrower restrictions which read more

More Drama With Tax and BTL’s

In a response to the Treasury’s consultation paper into the higher SDLT charges, the specialist lender said the changes risk affecting those who cannot afford to or choose not to buy a residential property. The lender argued that a smaller supply of properties in the private rented sector (PRS) would drive up rents and limit choice for tenants. “Whilst we agree that support for home-buyers is an important strand of housing policy, if the interests of home-buyers are prioritized above the interests of those in the read more

New BTL Tax could be illegal

A report by The Daily Telegraph states Blair and human rights lawyer Adam Smith-Anthony have sent HMRC a letter outlining the points of their legal challenge. Acting on behalf of private landlords Steve Bolton, founder of Platinum Property Partners, and Chris Cooper, Blair’s firm Omnia Strategy argued that individual landlords are being treated differently from their corporate counterparts. The Chancellor’s changes, announced during his Summer Budget, will see landlords taxed on their turnover rather profit. The read more

To Track or Not to Track? That is the Question!!!

In late 2015, it looked to be wise to lock yourself into a fixed rate mortgage, with the looming prospect of a Bank Rate rise. But gloomy economic data from around the world has quashed the prospects of rising rates. In fact, market indicators suggest that Bank Rate will remain at 0.5pc until early 2017. • Latest interest rate predictions and what they mean • Best fixed-rate mortgages: two, three, five and 10 years • Calculator: the impact of rate rises on your mortgage For mortgage borrowers the read more

Landlords Beware. Better check those immigrants B4 letting

Landlords will have to start checking passports and visas of new tenants from Monday February 1 as "right to rent" legislation comes into force. Families taking in lodgers also have to make sure the person has the right to live in the UK. Fines of up to £3,000 apply where tenants are not entitled to live in Britain. The legislation, which came in under the http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/12124995/Buy-to-let-warning-Immigration-checks-apply-from-February-1.html Act 2014, is read more

Warning!!!! Stamp Duty increase on the agenda

The new higher rate of stamp duty for homeowners with more than one property is due to bite in April 2016. Questions have flooded into Telegraph Money’s mail bag about how the tax rise will work in practice ever since it was announced in the Autumn Statement. The rules on who will be affected have still not been finalized but the Treasury has published a consultation paper that sheds more light and calls for further suggestions for how the extra tax should apply. Here we provide answers to some of the common read more

A new cloud-based credit scoring service has launched in UK, aiming to improve loan quality and acceptance rates through the use of big data. Founded in Scandinavia three years ago, Big Data Scoring enables banks and financial institutions to determine the creditworthiness of individuals based on data available online. The firm says it aims to bring lending into the digital information age, allowing lenders to make informed and more responsible credit decisions, particularly concerning millennials and non-UK read more

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Self Cert mortgage. So close yet so vary FAR

Self-certification mortgage lender selfcert.co.uk has ceased taking new applications until further notice. A message on the lenders website said that "this will be at least 3 months" as it works through a 'severe backlog' of people that have registered an interest in the read more