State loans for First time Buyers

This article goes on to say that the government should provide state loans so young people do not need to rent. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/29/housing-renting-mortgages-loans-home-ownership-first-time-buyers?CMP=fb_gu The purposely seems to run in the same manor as student loans. I am not sure if this is a good idea. Where is the government getting the money? read more

Should 100% mortgages make a come back????

Three market industry leader have there option of a 100% mortgage making a return. Read here if interested http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/your-community/2018/03/21/100-ltv-mortgages-make-comeback-marketwatch/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-editorial-newsletter-market-watch-house-advert-bsla-21-march-1521644293 Here is my 2 cents worth. Yes they should but, under the following criteria. 1) Minimum interest rate should be 5% and this would be fixed for 5 years 2) Bring back read more

Bank of England at it again!!!!!

I read an article threating, again, that banks must behave on how much money they are willing to lend to customers. read here https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/03/16/bank-england-warns-mortgage-risk-interest-rates-rise/ I am getting tired of this. It is so simple. Customers will have to take there own responsibility or face losing there home and or bankruptcy. We do not need the Bank of England or the governments help or there influence with these matters. 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

First Time Buyers are wealthier and older

Analysis of the official English Housing Survey by UK Finance found that longstanding demographic factors have led to changes in the characteristics of first-time buyers (FTBs). According to the 2015-16 data there are fewer very young (16- to 24-year-olds) and older (55 or over) first-time buyers compared with 10 and 20 years ago. The results also showed that owning a home was becoming increasingly restricted to just the wealthiest people. Two-thirds (66%) of first-time buyers came from the top 40% of earners, 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

Bank of Mom and Dad, the 10th biggest lender

The "Bank of Mum and Dad" is the 10th biggest UK mortgage lender as buyers increasingly rely on financial support from their parents, a report suggests. Parents will lend £6.5bn this year, according to insurer Legal and General, and be involved in 26% of all UK property transactions. This is up from the £5bn of lending estimated in L&G's equivalent survey a year ago. The average first-time buyer requires a deposit of about £26,000, lenders say. Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show that the read more

First time buyers increase hit all time high BUT landlord purchase hits a all time low

First-time buyer activity rose to from 28% to 36% of market activity in February, as buy-to-let purchases fell below 10% for the first time in five years, per data from Connells Survey & Valuation. First-time buyers now account for a third of activity in the property market – the highest proportion since July 2011. In contrast to the resurgent market for first-time buyers, the buy-to-let purchase market fell to a new low in February. Continuing the decline seen in recent months, buy-to-let purchases almost halved in read more