Beware of penalties for long term fixed rates

I have read an article warning borrowers about the pearls of taking 5 and 10 year fixed rates with high early redemptions penalties (ERP). Read here if interested. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/beware-fixed-mortgages-high-exit-fees-brokers-warn/ I agree with the article that a degree of caution is require when selecting a long term fixed rate. A lot of customers may think that they will be staying put in their homes but what if there is a big job promotion, a job loss, or more children. 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

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

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

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

Bank are charging higher mortgage fees. SURPRISE SURPRISE!!!

Despite mortgage rates continuing to fall, fees on fixed rate mortgages are rapidly increasing and are now approaching a four-year high, according to Moneyfacts research. The average fixed rate fee now stands at £1,018, reaching its highest point since August 2013 when average fees then dipped to £1,005. Since the summer of 2013 fees steadily fell, averaging at £886 in July 2014 before climbing back to £929 in July 2015 and £986 in July last year. Charlotte Nelson, Finance Expert at Moneyfacts, said: “With read more

The mortgage market is improvement and the government want to stop it

Mortgage lending is bouncing back as the slowdown in the housing market appears to be at an end. Prices slid earlier this year but buyers are back - a total of 121,464 mortgages were issued last month, reversing some of the falls in April, according to the Bank of England. More than half of those loans went to people purchasing homes. By value total mortgage debt rose by £3.5bn, the fastest pace in more than a year. As a result, mortgage lending grew by 2.9pc on the year, accelerating a touch from the levels seen in read more

Uncertainty in the UK housing market after the general election

THE RESULTS of the General Election 2017 are likely to cause high levels of uncertainty in the UK house market, and experts are urging that the government quickly resolves the issues to prevent a slump in the market. Could the result affect Britons in buying a house? The housing market thrives on certainty, according to experts in the industry. This means the current hung parliament caused by the General Election 2017 results could cause negative “ramifications” for the country’s housing market if it is not read more