Business is down for broker

Looks like a slightly lower business levels is explained in this article. Broker produce over 70% of the mortgage business so, why are people not moving? https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/broker-business-volumes-lowest-in-over-two-years-imla/ read more

May will allow councils to build more house by raising cap

May then went on to say that the cap on how much councils can borrow against their housing revenue account assets in order to build houses “doesn’t make sense,” before adding: “today I can announce that we are scrapping that cap.” https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/may-announces-end-to-council-borrowing-cap/ Do we really have a housing shortage in Scotland? Rates are low, you only need a 5% deposit and there are plenty of terraces and flats on the market so, can someone tell me where the shortage is?????? read more

Bank demanding you payoff your interest only mortgage?

I always wondered what would happen to all those endowment mortgages were customers cashed in their policies with cash rewards and didn't apply them to the loan? Now we have an answer. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/banks-turn-equity-release-providers-bail-problem-interest-only/ read more

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

Expert says “Bank of England base rate unlikely to raise over 2%”

Sir John Cunliffe stated that the Bank of England base could be below 2% for the next 30 years. http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2018/07/13/bank-england-base-rate-stay-2-30-years/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-mai-house-ad-1307-1531495622 Could this be true? With the amount of debit people are accumulating it makes since to keep rates low in order to avoid a financial collapse but what happens when the debit becomes to overwhelming? Something to ponder read more

Estate Agents in BIG trouble

This is interesting http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2018/07/02/7000-estate-agents-financially-struggling-study-shows/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-house-advert-mai-1530526514 More than 7000 estate agents are in fear of FINANCIAL DISTRESS with two majors issuing low profit warnings to there share holders. Looks like on-line estate agency is taking a much bigger bite of the ever shrinking housing market. Could this be the end of the smooth talking, Gucci suit, Doice & read more

Great News! Lenders are loosing up

Please read this article http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2018/06/25/mortgage-lenders-quietly-relaxing-criteria-brokers-say/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-editorial-2506-first-send-1529920650 Excellent! Lenders are loosing up there criteria but, it does not mean that they are lending like they did before the credit crunch. They are allowing you to borrow a little more based on your income and some are small building societies are falling in line with other financial read more

Todays buyers are less likely to own a house than those from 20 years ago

I completed an article saying that First Time Buyers have less of a chance of home ownership than their counter parts from 20-30 years ago. See article here https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/ifs-damns-young-adults-homeownership-chances/ It is the first article that I have read stating the truth as to the reason why. Most article that I have read are showing the divide between the static income vs increase price argument but, this one stated the real problem. The real problem is regulation. 20 years ago, read more

Mortgage fixed rate products low because of a sluggish housing market

I just finished reading an article about how the mortgage fixed rate products are being kept low because of a sluggish housing market. Read here if you are interested. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/sluggish-housing-market-keeps-mortgage-rates-rock-bottom-even/ It amazes me on the flip flog news article I am seeing of late. One article stating that rates are going up and expect doom and gloom and then others saying how the rate will stay low. I know everyone has an opinion, but these are read more