Majority of FTB’s underestimate the cost of home-ownership.

In a survey carried out by Aldermore, 57% of respondents spent more money than intended, 23% lived in an empty house for months after moving in and 13% said it took years to afford to furnish and decorate it the way they wanted. https://www.propertyreporter.co.uk/finance/new-survey-reveals-majority-of-ftbs-underestimate-the-cost-of-homeownership.html read more

State loans for First time Buyers

This article goes on to say that the government should provide state loans so young people do not need to rent. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/29/housing-renting-mortgages-loans-home-ownership-first-time-buyers?CMP=fb_gu The purposely seems to run in the same manor as student loans. I am not sure if this is a good idea. Where is the government getting the money? read more

Should 100% mortgages make a come back????

Three market industry leader have there option of a 100% mortgage making a return. Read here if interested http://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/your-community/2018/03/21/100-ltv-mortgages-make-comeback-marketwatch/?utm_source=customsell&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=msol-editorial-newsletter-market-watch-house-advert-bsla-21-march-1521644293 Here is my 2 cents worth. Yes they should but, under the following criteria. 1) Minimum interest rate should be 5% and this would be fixed for 5 years 2) Bring back read more

Bank of England at it again!!!!!

I read an article threating, again, that banks must behave on how much money they are willing to lend to customers. read here https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/03/16/bank-england-warns-mortgage-risk-interest-rates-rise/ I am getting tired of this. It is so simple. Customers will have to take there own responsibility or face losing there home and or bankruptcy. We do not need the Bank of England or the governments help or there influence with these matters. 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