Is it hard to get a mortgage from a bank?

Planning to buy a home, or switch your existing mortgage? Prepare to answer a litany of questions, spend hours at the bank and endure forensic analysis of your daily spending habits. Even after jumping through all those hoops, success is not guaranteed, as there are now strict affordability rules that force lenders to ensure borrowers will be able to afford to pay their mortgage in the future. The main bulk of the current rules surrounding lending came into force in 2014 through the Mortgage Market Review, which read more

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

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

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

Mortgages could be harder to get. “AGAIN!!!!!!”

Lenders will have to make sure that customers can manage repayments at a rate of around seven per cent - far higher than the rate they are likely to be applying for. It means borrowers will only be able to qualify for a loan if they could afford bills at the higher rate, which is around three percentage points above the typical Standard Variable Rate (SVR), It comes as the Bank of England today warned in its bi-annual Financial Stability Report that credit card debt, personal loans and motor finance grew much read more

Uncertainty in the UK housing market after the general election

THE RESULTS of the General Election 2017 are likely to cause high levels of uncertainty in the UK house market, and experts are urging that the government quickly resolves the issues to prevent a slump in the market. Could the result affect Britons in buying a house? The housing market thrives on certainty, according to experts in the industry. This means the current hung parliament caused by the General Election 2017 results could cause negative “ramifications” for the country’s housing market if it is not read more

House prices predicted to increase

The 6.1 per cent growth has been forecast by Barclays Bank, who also say buy to let investors and high net worth millennial investors will lead the boost. Barclays also predict property hotspots will emerge in the north of England thanks to employment opportunities and business start-up rates which will help close the gap on the current property hubs of London and the south-east. The report predicts the UK property market will remain buoyant with prices set to rise by an average of 6.1 per cent by 2021, despite an read more

Buy for Uni Mortgages

After three or four years of study, many students will look with resignation at bank statements showing them thousands of pounds in debt. Raising enough for a deposit on a first property becomes a a distant thought as they tackle paying off their loans. Unless, that is, they are homeowners already. Lenders are now looking at students as not just customers for university loans, but also for early mortgages – effectively turning them into landlords. The new “Buy for Uni” mortgage from The Loughborough Building Society read more

Parents are committing fraud by lying to their banks about the cost of childcare

Parents are committing fraud by lying to their banks about the cost of childcare – all because they’re afraid they will be rejected for a mortgage. That’s the shocking conclusion of a report from uSwitch, which found several families are forced to conceal the real amount they pay each month in order to buy a home or even re-mortgage their existing property. The comparison site spoke to 1,000 parents of children aged 12 and under who had applied for a mortgage in the last 10 years. It found that one in six had been read more