Stamp Duty extended !!! Will Scotland do the same?

The government has extended the period before the higher stamp duty rate will apply to second homes, and the time in which homeowners can claim a refund, from 18 months to 36 months. This will give those who have an overlap between two properties or are "moving in difficult circumstances" longer to dispose of their main residence. In the Budget documents, the government confirmed that there will be no exemption from the higher rates for significant investors, and that higher rates will apply equally to purchases read more

We need a government that will stop doing this

Mortgages for homeowners and buy-to-let landlords could become more expensive under new rules being imposed by international regulators, an industry trade body has warned. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) said the global rules were likely to have “unintended and negative consequences” for buy-to-let borrowers and those borrowing to finance the purchase of their own home. It warned that the Basel committee on banking supervision – which sets rules to be adopted by national banking regulators – could require read more

Raises in tax killing off the BTL market

The number of buy-to-let mortgages rocketed by 22% in January compared with the same month in 2015, as landlords rushed to beat forthcoming tax changes. Around 9,500 loans were taken out by buy-to-let borrowers in January, compared with 7,800 in January 2015, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The total amount borrowed rose by 40% year-on-year to £1.4bn. The figures are the latest to show a surge in interest from investors ahead of the coming stamp duty hike on second homes. From 1 April, they will read more

Nat West making it easier to get a mortgage

One of Britain's largest mortgage lenders has adjusted the ratio it uses to decide on loan applications, with brokers predicting rivals will follow suit. NatWest has lowered its loan-to-income ratio (LTI) requirement for mortgage borrowers to 4.45, from 4.75, for borrowers offering deposit of between 15pc and 25pc. The multiple of salary applies for both single and joint earners. Experts say the lender is rebalancing its loan book because of the high number of mortgage borrowers on lower salaries at a time when house read more

Self-certification mortgage lender selfcert.co.uk has responded to the FCA's self-cert mortgage warning, arguing that "there is no evidence Self Cert products caused any more harm than any other mortgage product available in the UK". It disputed the FCA's claim that all firms offering mortgages in the UK (including EEA firms) will have to comply with the Mortgage Credit Directive, which requires a thorough affordability assessment based on information that has been verified by the lender. selfcert.co.uk read more

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