80% of all mortgage business coming from Brokers

Intermediaries are growing their share of the mortgage market and improving the quality of cases submitted. However, lenders are increasing their investment in direct to consumer digital technology propositions despite these improvements in the broker market. And a growing number of lenders see making offers within one day as their “holy grail”. Branch sales drop According to research by IRESS, half of the 21 lenders it questioned offer, or are about to offer, a digital self-service proposition, where current read more

Possible interest rate rises according to Mark.

I finished listening to a short video were Mark Carney (Bank of England) stated. “If the economy continues on this tract it may be appropriate to raise interest rates” This could happen as early as November. The article went on to say that there is a large increase in the amount of consumer borrowing in the following categories 1) Car financing 2) Credit cards 3) Personnel loans Here is the link if you want to read more

Interest only. Will this impact you???

I have read an article about the impact of maturing interest only mortgages and how it will affect aging customers. The FCA estimate that 1.8 million homes in the UK are on Interest Only mortgages and that excludes the Buy to Let market. Many of these do not have a repayment vehicle in place. These mortgages where set up prior to 2008 in most cases and the customers that have this type of mortgage will be coming close to retirement when they mature. The changes in mortgage regulation, as it pertains to customers read more

NOW IS THE TIME TO FIX YOUR MORTGAGE

Two factors are coming together to make right now a crucial moment for homeowners to review their mortgage. Firstly, extreme competition between lenders mean rates are keener than ever. Secondly, the Bank of England’s leading Bank Rate is expected to rise as early as November. This would cause mortgage rates to rise in turn, and so the window to secure a best-ever deal will close. While the initial increase is expected to be small – a doubling of Bank Rate from 0.25pc to 0.5pc – it would be the first in more read more

How young homebuyers are walking into debit

I just finished reading the Daily Mail (Money Mail Section Sep 20th 2017) According to the article, young home buyers are taking on billions of debit just as interest rates are about to rise. The article also stated that more than £35 billion of fixed home loan deals will come to an end in the next 2 months and these borrowers will then be moved onto a variable rate deals. Folks. The article was very negative and did a lot to try and scare the public but gave little in the way of solution or advice. It is read more

When your fixed rate mortgage product ends

Now hundreds of thousands of borrowers are reaching the end of fixed-rate mortgage deals each month. In most cases, that means their mortgage payments are set to rise - in some cases by a lot. But you can act to avert these higher costs. The following will explain exactly how fixed-rate mortgage deals work - as well as how to get the lowest possible rate and keep your repayments down. What is a fixed-rate mortgage? If you take out a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate on the deal will be locked in place for read more

The face of Buy to Let Mortgages is changing

If you are a landlord you, most likely, have had to get a buy to let mortgage. Over the years these mortgage have been fairly easy to arrange through an experience mortgage broker. They usually required very little in documentation and the lender were mostly interested in the rental value. All this is about to change. Over the coming weeks the banks and building societies will require not only income verification but also verification from inland revenue, copy of leases, letters from letting agents and bank read more

Will Bank of England keep base rates low???

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted by a majority of 7-2 to maintain Bank Rate at 0.25%. The Committee judged that the lower level of sterling continues to boost consumer prices broadly as projected, and without adverse consequences for inflation expectations further ahead. It also expects pay growth to pick up over the forecast period and believes "subdued household spending growth is largely balanced by a pickup in other components of demand". The MPC added that since the August Report, "the read more

Newly-built homes will have to last at least 2,000 years if the sluggish rate of house building continues

The LGA, which represents local authorities in England and Wales, said that the failure to build enough homes for decades meant existing properties will have to house more people and last for much longer. This has led to the country spending nearly as much on the repair and maintenance of existing homes as it does building new ones. Cllr Judith Blake, LGA Housing spokesperson, said: “Our country’s failure to build enough homes over the past few decades is putting huge pressure on our existing housing read more

New regulation on how much you can borrower on a mortgage

Such "reversion" rates are often the same as the lender's standard variable rate, or SVR. According to Ray Boulger of John Charcol, the broker, SVRs can currently be as high as 5.75pc. This could mean that some banks are forced to stress test at a very high rate of 8.75pc. Stringent new rules on mortgage affordability could force borrowers to prove that they could afford repayments almost twice as high as the expected monthly cost of their loan. The Bank of England announced the beefed-up rules on affordability or read more