First time buyers outstrip home movers since 1995

This is a good article. http://www.financialreporter.co.uk/finance-news/first-time-buyers-outstrip-homemovers-for-first-time-since-1995.html I have noticed that home movers are reluctant to move until they have found the perfect home. In the past they would list there property and then go find a new house. Not anymore. This makes for a shortage in the house market. Perhaps people are choosing to stay put. read more

Expert says “Bank of England base rate unlikely to raise over 2%”

Sir John Cunliffe stated that the Bank of England base could be below 2% for the next 30 years. http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2018/07/13/bank-england-base-rate-stay-2-30-years/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-mai-house-ad-1307-1531495622 Could this be true? With the amount of debit people are accumulating it makes since to keep rates low in order to avoid a financial collapse but what happens when the debit becomes to overwhelming? Something to ponder read more

Estate Agents in BIG trouble

This is interesting http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2018/07/02/7000-estate-agents-financially-struggling-study-shows/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-house-advert-mai-1530526514 More than 7000 estate agents are in fear of FINANCIAL DISTRESS with two majors issuing low profit warnings to there share holders. Looks like on-line estate agency is taking a much bigger bite of the ever shrinking housing market. Could this be the end of the smooth talking, Gucci suit, Doice & read more

Great News! Lenders are loosing up

Please read this article http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2018/06/25/mortgage-lenders-quietly-relaxing-criteria-brokers-say/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-editorial-2506-first-send-1529920650 Excellent! Lenders are loosing up there criteria but, it does not mean that they are lending like they did before the credit crunch. They are allowing you to borrow a little more based on your income and some are small building societies are falling in line with other financial read more

Todays buyers are less likely to own a house than those from 20 years ago

I completed an article saying that First Time Buyers have less of a chance of home ownership than their counter parts from 20-30 years ago. See article here https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/ifs-damns-young-adults-homeownership-chances/ It is the first article that I have read stating the truth as to the reason why. Most article that I have read are showing the divide between the static income vs increase price argument but, this one stated the real problem. The real problem is regulation. 20 years ago, read more

Mortgage fixed rate products low because of a sluggish housing market

I just finished reading an article about how the mortgage fixed rate products are being kept low because of a sluggish housing market. Read here if you are interested. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/sluggish-housing-market-keeps-mortgage-rates-rock-bottom-even/ It amazes me on the flip flog news article I am seeing of late. One article stating that rates are going up and expect doom and gloom and then others saying how the rate will stay low. I know everyone has an opinion, but these are read more

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