Does Help to Buy impact affordability?

"The big surprise from this test, however, was the lenders that fell short on affordability. In our tests it was major landers including Barclays, Halifax, Santander (not five-year fixed rate) and TSB that fell short." https://www.financialreporter.co.uk/blogs/mr-affordability-says-how-does-help-to-buy-impact-affordability.html read more

Regulatory changes to the BTL market may decrease the number of ‘pension pot’ landlords.

"In a survey at this week's Financial Reporter Later Life Lending Roadshow, 49% of respondents said that less people will plan to fund their retirement with a buy-to-let property due to recent regulatory changes in the market such as stamp duty increases and cuts to mortgage interest tax relief." https://www.financialreporter.co.uk/later-life/advisers-predict-fall-in-pension-pot-landlords.html read more

Fiduciam expands into Scotland

"Bridging lender Fiduciam has expanded into Scotland and completed its first transaction there, enabling the refinancing of a Glasgow care home." https://www.financialreporter.co.uk/specialist-lending/fiduciam-expands-into-scotland.html friday read more

Scottish Government welcomes 15% increase of new housing supply.

This is the sixth consecutive annual increase in the total housing supply with Housing Minister Kevin Stewart adding: “We want to ensure everyone has a warm affordable home and these figures show we are on target to reach delivering 50,000 affordable homes by 2021.” However, Kevin Stewart fears that Brexit could impact future growth. See below. https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/scottish-government-welcomes-15-increase-of-new-housing-supply read more

£30m fund offered to create low-carbon heating infrastructure

The Scottish Low Carbon Heat Funding Invitation has made £30 million available to businesses and organisations for innovative solutions to heat buildings as part of a wider Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP). https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/30m-low-carbon-funding-to-encourage-renewable-heating read more