I have completed an article about a lending slump during December 2017. Read here https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/mortgage-lending-slump-december-bank-england/ I would agree about a lending slump but not in December, as our figure show that we did more business leading up to Christmas than we had over the last 5 years. January, on the other hand, has been very quiet for most of the businesses in our industry. Maybe Scotland is one month behind the trend in England, but it is interesting contras.
I have finished an article on how over 55 are now doing equity release mortgages in large number. Higher than ever before. Read Here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/babyboomers-release-cash-homes-record-numbers/ This is understandable because since 2009 there is very little incentive to save and people have gotten use to spending. The only cash available is the equity in their homes. This will work for our over 55’s generation but what about the next? I fear that future
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
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.
I have read an article expressing the doom and gloom of the current interest rate raise expressing how not only the base rate raising to .50% but also how the fix, tracker and discount rates have also climbed. Here is the article if you would like to read http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-5077957/End-line-sub-1-mortgage-rates.html What does this mean in real terms for most us leaving in Scotland? Around £8.00 more per month. That’s right £8.00 Does this mean that our customers should
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
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
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
Mortgage borrowers are well-placed to weather base rate rises over the next couple of years, according to the UK Finance mortgage board. The board, formerly the Council of Mortgage Lenders, says the UK could see a rate rise within 12 months. UK Finance says most borrowers are likely to “withstand rate increases higher than anything that is likely over the next couple of years”. The UK Finance mortgage board says many borrowers on fixed rate mortgages would clearly be immune from rate rises, at least for up to two
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