FTB pay no stamp duty but what about Scotland???

I have just read that the chancellor is eliminating stamp duty for FTB's up to £300,000.00 Read the article. http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2017/11/22/budget-2017-hammond-slashes-stamp-duty-for-first-time-buyers/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&utm_content=&utm_campaign=Daily%20SP29%20TML&utm_campaignid=893&utm_cmdid=52561 BUT, what about Scotland?? Will the SNP do the same???? read more

Nationwide to entre the equity release market

I have just read an article about homeowners over 55 releasing equity from there homes and that Nationwide Building Society are now going to lend to this market. The highlights are 1) Available to 55 – 84-year olds 2) Up to 46% loan to value depending on age 3) No fees including legal and survey 4) You can port to a new property 5) You can take additional borrowing 6) Can pay back up to 10% per year Read here if you want all the detail read more

An average of 12.2% of all UK property stays on the market for 6 months or more

An average of 12.2% of property that is for sale has been on the market for 6 months or more This is an interesting article https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/survey-finds-12-5-uk-properties-market-6-months-longer/ It says that despite what we are experiencing in Lanarkshire some area of the market is still sluggish in sales. London is one of the worst with 22% of house still on the market for ½ a year or more. I would love to see a break down, flats vs house showing which type of property is on the market read more

Large lender claim right to repo home for non-mortgage debit

I finished reading an article about ALL MONEY CHARGES and it relationship to mortgages. For a lot of people getting a mortgage opens the door to lots of new lending. For example, the lender who gave you a mortgage will offer you, personal loan, credit cards and bank accounts with an overdraft facility but apparently 6 major banks will put in there offers of mortgage that if you default on any of the unsecure debit they (the bank) have the right to repo your house. Here is the article for those interested 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

Another prediction of a mortgage rate increase

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 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

Bank of England TO KEEP BASE RATE AT .25%

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted by a majority of 5-3 to maintain Bank Rate at 0.25%. Three members, Kristin Forbes, Ian McCafferty and Michael Saunders, voted to increase Bank Rate by 25 basis points. The meeting is Forbes' last before she completes her three-year term on the committee at the end of this month. Reasons for an immediate increase in Bank Rate included inflation reaching 2.9% in May, above the MPC’s expectation, and pay growth has moderated further from already subdued read more