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

Could 100% mortgages make a return???

There are growing calls for Britain’s financial watchdogs to relax aspects of the post-crisis regulations and allow the resumption of controversial “100pc mortgages” – where homebuyers put down no deposit whatever. Lenders, brokers, academics and other property commentators claim the “kneejerk” response to ban 100pc home loans lacks logic, is socially divisive and will “store up enormous social and financial difficulties in decades to come”. High “loan-to-value” mortgages have been controversial for many years. read more