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TMA ensures advisers with Base Rate Hub launch

The Mortgage Alliance (TMA) has announced the launch of its Base Rate Hub for its advisers following the recent base rate change. The Hub will provide the...

British owners are buying new property before selling existing homes

One in five British homeowners purchased a property prior to selling their existing home, a new study conducted by CoverBuilder has revealed. The question of whether it’s...

LendInvest launches BTL loans for specialist lenders

Specialist property finance lender LendInvest has announced its new buy-to-let (BTL) loan products for the specialist lending market. Targeted at professional property investors and landlords operating across...

Finance Professional Show sees increase in visitors

The number of visitors for the Finance Professional Show (FP Show) were up 13% on the 2016 event with over 2,000 attendees, despite a train strike...

New intermediary regional manager joins Skipton

Skipton Building Society has announced the appointment of Paul Holt to its team of intermediary regional managers. Having worked at The Newbury Building Society for the last...

Variable mortgage enquiries soar despite bank rate rise

Borrowers are still opting for variable mortgages despite the Bank of England base rate increase, new figures from Yorkshire Building Society show. Since the Bank of England...

Majority of advisers are unaware of GDPR regulations

The vast majority of mortgage advisers are at risk of failing to comply with the new rules and regulations set in place by the upcoming General...

L&G Mortgage Club campaign busts mortgage myths

Over half (55%) of UK consumers are unaware that a mortgage broker could offer more product options than a bank or building society, according to Legal...

Accord Mortgages fine-tunes product transfer process

Existing customers will benefit from an efficient and simplified transferring experience as part of Accord Mortgages' vast number of product improvements, the company has said. The lending...

Product investment – it’s not important, it's critical

Any company that sells a product or service and wants to survive and thrive needs to constantly come up with new products, new ideas and new...

Kensington Mortgages cuts rates across several ranges

Kensington Mortgages has cut its residential range rates by up to 0.40% and selected buy-to-let products by up to 0.20%. Its select range now starts from 2.49%...

First time buyers underestimate the cost of buying

The homebuying process and its associated costs is being met with a lack of understanding amongst potential first-time buyers, fresh research from Aldermore suggests. Aldermore’s Q3 2017...

Castle Trust increases Development Finance offering

Castle Trust Capital has introduced a number of changes to its Development Finance offering and doubled its maximum loan size. The lending company now offers up to...

Keystone doubles its product range

Specialist lender Keystone Property Finance has upgraded its classic range, doubling the number of products on offer. These changes come after the enhancement of Keystone’s lending criteria...

Foundation Home Loans bolsters its BTL range

A new set of products across Foundation Home Loan’s buy-to-let range are available for both non-portfolio and portfolio landlords. The products complement the existing products across its...

UK BTL mortgages increasingly popular for expats

The number of expats looking for buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages to buy property in the UK has soared over the past year, fresh research from Liquid Expat...

Hesitant borrowers turn to fixed rate mortgages

Yorkshire Building Society has seen a surge in fixed rate mortgage applications from borrowers ahead of a potential Bank of England base rate rise. The ratio of...

Hinckley & Rugby introduce online BTL calculator

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has launched an online buy-to-let (BTL) calculator for landlords and lower reference rates for like-for-like BTL remortgage assessments. Applications will now be...

Metro Bank lowers rates across all ranges

Metro Bank has announced a variety of changes to its residential fixed, buy-to-let (BTL) and large loan product ranges. Rate reductions by up to 40 basis points...

Paragon extends its buy-to-let ranges

Paragon has bolstered its portfolio and non-portfolio buy-to-let (BTL) product ranges. The extended range includes four 2-year fixed portfolio products, starting at 2.99% at 75% LTV. Two...

Unique data reveals the average length of the whole moving process

New research estimates that it takes the average home mover six months to complete the entire process.  Believed to be an industry first, The ValPal Network has...

Demand for 35-year mortgages increases

Nearly seven in ten (69%) mortgage brokers saw an increasing demand for 35-year mortgages, according to the latest research from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA). The...

M&S Bank to launch new mortgage range

In light of its fifth anniversary as a bank and current account provider, M&S Bank has announced its first mortgage range for early next year. Since launching...

Foundation Home Loans expands senior team

Specialist lender Foundation Home Loans has announced multiple new appointments to its senior team, with more to follow. Andrew Ferguson is now heading up the company’s Sales...

Mortgage Brain enhances its Key Client Portal

Mortgage Brain has launched a new version of the Key, the company’s POS and CRM system, offering customers a streamlined service via its Client Portal. Often used...

Research reveals the scope of the Bank of Mum and Dad

Six in ten parents can afford to financially support their children to buy their first home, while only 5% can pay for the full deposit, research...

Keystone bolsters lending criteria

Keystone Property Finance has announced the upgrade of its criteria for portfolio and non-portfolio landlords. The buy-to-let lending brand has increased the maximum individual loan from £750,000...

Lending in England falls as house prices rise

The latest ‘bubble alert’ from One 77 Mortgages found lending in March 2017 was in decline compared to March last year as house prices continued to...

‘Robo-advice’ is the greatest threat to brokers

Nearly five out of 10 brokers (49%) see ‘robo-advice’ and technology as the biggest threat to their business, according to research from Legal & General Mortgage...

Accord advises brokers on avoiding house sales delays

Advice has surfaced from Accord Mortgages on how brokers can reduce house sales delays caused by property valuation set-backs during autumn. Recently, brokers have witnessed a longer...

House purchase lending higher this year than 2016

Fresh data from UK Finance has found that borrowing and lending for house sales increased in both value and volume in August 2017 when compared to...

Legal & General appoints new intermediary director

Craig Brown has been appointed as the new director of Legal & General’s Intermediary division, set to lead its distribution in both the protection and general...

Paragon combines product ranges in line with new site

Paragon has made its buy-to-let mortgage products more accessible for intermediaries following the merging of the Mortgage Trust and Paragon Mortgages ranges on its new website. The...

Bluestone Mortgages’s funding capacity exceeds £300 million

Specialist lender Bluestone Mortgage has announced the launch of a new facility from National Australia Bank (NAB) with funding provided by accounts managed by Cairn Capital. Following...

Yorkshire Building Society set to offer exclusive mortgages to FTBs

Yorkshire Building Society is launching a range of two-year mortgages to help first-time buyers (FTBs) take their first steps on the property ladder. Prospective homeowners with a...

Mortgage Brain bolsters second charge sourcing and appoints new staff

Mortgage Brain has strengthened its integrated second charge sourcing capability by expanding the Master Brokers accessible to network companies, as well as appointing 15 new members...

Aldermore seminars to focus on BTL at MBE London

After a successful seminar program last year, Mortgage Business Expo (MBE) has announced another buy-to-let (BTL) seminar program in partnership with Aldermore at the London Expo...

Gross specialist lending grows threefold since 2009

The value of specialist mortgage lenders’ annual lending has increased 19% per year since 2009, according to a new report from the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association...

Vida Homeloans attracts £800m in applications in first year of lending

Vida Homeloans has attracted £1.6 billion decisions in principle (DIPs) and £800 million in applications one year after launching its specialist residential and buy-to-let (BTL) mortgage...

L&G Mortgage Club updates BTL matrix in line with PRA changes

Legal & General Mortgage Club has updated its buy-to-let (BTL) matrix so it now includes lenders that have recently updated their details and accepts portfolio landlords...

Landbay reports record lending amid greater specialisation of BTL

Digital mortgage lender Landbay has totalled £6.31 million lent across 31 mortgage products, leading to a record month of buy-to-let (BTL) lending for the firm in...

Free legal advice is still a popular choice for borrowers

Free legal assistance is still a popular option among the majority of borrowers remortgaging with Accord Mortgages. Figures from the lender show an average 80% of remortgage...

Digital advice and GDPR take priority at Mortgage Vision 2017

Information on the impact of general data protection (GDPR) and how advisers can create their own digital customer experience are just two of the topics taking...

LendInvest and NACFB to launch first Broker Property Development Course

Property lender, LendInvest, has launched the first LendInvest Broker Property Development Course in partnership with the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB). The launch follows an...

Together secures new funding with £275m RMBS

Specialist lender, Together, has issued £275 million to support the successful completion of its debut public residential mortgage-backed security (RMBS) transaction. Credit-rating agencies The Moody’s and DBRS...

Pepper announces imminent rebrand and new mortgages portal

Specialist lender Pepper Homeloans has announced that it will change its name to Pepper Money and will also be launching a new broker portal in the...

Level 4 mortgage exam qualifiers reaches 1,000-mark

Approximately 1,000 advisers have now passed the RQF Level 4 certificate in Advanced Mortgage Advice, according to The Society of Mortgage Professionals. Launched in the autumn 2014,...

The Mortgage Hut launches new bridging and commercial finance arm

The Mortgage Hut is aiming to meet growing customer demand for complex property loans by launching a new bridging and commercial finance arm. The arm will offer...

Accord launches lowest-ever 80% LTV two-year fix

Accord Mortgages is offering its lowest ever two-year fixed rate at 80% loan-to-value (LTV) with a 0.99% two-year fixed rate mortgage for borrowers with a 20%...

PRA changes enable brokers to offer more guidance to BTL landlords

The imminent Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) changes grant brokers and advisors more opportunity to provide guidance for buy-to-let landlords who are struggling with a lack of information. Through...

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