Councils have the right to charge tax on empty properties

I have read an article stating that the Government have given local authorities the right to start changing council tax on empty properties. Philip Hammond stated "It can’t be right to leave property empty when so many are desperate for a place to live" We all know this is a load of crap. It is another way to generate money for a starving government. I don't know about the rest of the country but around here landlords want rent money and if a property is empty it is usually because it is going through read more

Two-year mortgage deals Dangerous according to press.

I just finished an article stating that 2-year fixed rate mortgage deals are DANGEROUS because of POSSIBLE stagnant house prices and POSSIBLE high interest rates. Read here if you are interested. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/mortgage-warning-two-year-deals-dangerous-house-prices-weaken/ The head of the Bank of England said that there might be an increase in the interest rate if he does not see a change in the inflation rate. Also, House prices could become stagnant but there is read more

Possible interest rate rises according to Mark.

I finished listening to a short video were Mark Carney (Bank of England) stated. “If the economy continues on this tract it may be appropriate to raise interest rates” This could happen as early as November. The article went on to say that there is a large increase in the amount of consumer borrowing in the following categories 1) Car financing 2) Credit cards 3) Personnel loans Here is the link if you want to 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

When your fixed rate mortgage product ends

Now hundreds of thousands of borrowers are reaching the end of fixed-rate mortgage deals each month. In most cases, that means their mortgage payments are set to rise - in some cases by a lot. But you can act to avert these higher costs. The following will explain exactly how fixed-rate mortgage deals work - as well as how to get the lowest possible rate and keep your repayments down. What is a fixed-rate mortgage? If you take out a fixed-rate mortgage, the interest rate on the deal will be locked in place for 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

Santander is down on lending and trying to blame Bank of England

Santander has reduced its mortgage lending and its loans for car purchase amid Bank of England warnings about reckless lending and a “spiral of complacency” over mounting consumer debt. Its total mortgage lending fell by £1bn to £11.6bn in the first half of 2017 compared with 2016, with lending for buy-to-let down significantly. Net lending – which takes into account how many people r-emortgaged away from Santander – fell over the half year by £200m. Net consumer finance lending – covering car loans and credit read more

Governement making money on bank buyouts but interest rate raise could cause massive repo

The various government bail-outs during the financial crisis have had a mixed track record in the near-decade since. Lloyds Banking Group has been returned to the private sector, with the taxpayer having made a modest profit on the bank's rescue; Northern Rock's branches were sold to Virgin Money, under whose brand they trade successfully today, while the taxpayer still retains a 72% shareholding in Royal Bank of Scotland that, at some point in coming months, may be sold down. Yet there is another collection of read more