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Mortgage Brain launches ‘Mortgage Skill’ on Amazon Echo

Mortgage Brain has become the first UK mortgage technology company to develop a ‘Mortgage Skill’ on Amazon’s Echo devices. The feature will enable users to ask Alexa,...

Secure Trust Bank secures 30 partners in first year

Secure Trust Bank continues to expand its service, having signed 30 new partnerships during its first 12 months of operation. Launched in March 2017, the bank aims...

Pepper Money launches new limited edition range

Pepper Money has added Limited Edition pricing as part of its new range, with some rates slashed by up to 1%. Available on Pepper 6, Pepper 12...

First digital mortgage registered at HM Land Registry

The first digital mortgage was entered into the Land Register by Enact Conveyancing and Coventry Building Society for a house in Rotherhithe, London. Part of the ‘sign...

e.surv launches remote valuation service

The UK surveying provider and property risk service, e.Surv Chartered Surveyors, has launched a remote valuation service. Set to offer mortgage lenders an accurate digital alternative to...

Paragon launches new BTL range for portfolio landlords

Paragon has launched a new range of limited edition buy-to-let mortgage products for landlords who have four or more mortgaged properties. Landlords borrowing up to 75% loan-to-value...

Highest demand for specialist mortgages comes from self-employed

A diverse set of customer needs from the self-employed are driving demand for specialist residential mortgages, according to Paragon’s Financial Adviser Confidence Tracking (FACT) Index report. The...

Digital mortgage start-up exceeds crowdfunding target

A round of crowdfunding by digital start-up Property Master that started in January has already beaten its £250,000 target. The start-up uses algorithms to match the requirements...

Metro Bank expands to Scotland

Metro Bank has announced that from April 5 it will expand its mortgage business into Scotland both direct and via brokers. Scottish homeowners will benefit from the...

Hinckley & Rugby and MAB offer exclusive Help to Buy loan product

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society and Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB) have launched an exclusive product for homeowners who want to pay down their Help to Buy...

Mortgage firm expands during second-year milestone

North-East-based mortgage services firm BH Mortgages has appointed Niamh Taylor as case and business administrator. Launched in 2016 as part of the BH Group of companies, BH...

Longer-term mortgage products overtake two-year deals

Two-year deals for mortgage products have been overtaken by longer-term deals for the first time, according to research conducted by Paragon. The Financial Adviser Confidence Tracking (FACT)...

Landbay lending volumes hit £100m milestone

Specialist mortgage marketplace lender Landbay has lent a total of £100 million to buy-to-let landlords since its 2014 launch. Recent regulatory changes have led to some landlords...

Vida Homeloans launches new criteria on BTL portfolios

Specialist mortgage lender for intermediaries Vida Homeloans has announced improved criteria following its full market launch just over a year ago. Vida has introduced a new maximum...

Just Mortgages’ self-employed division grows in under a year

UK mortgage advisers Just Mortgages grew from 13 brokers at the start of 2017 to 81 by the end of the year. The firm launched with just...

Kensington and New Street launch full market in Scotland

Kensington Mortgages and New Street Mortgages have announced a successful market launch into Scotland. While Kensington now offers an extensive range of products across its residential and...

Completion rates in first-time buyer mortgage applications rose in 2017

The majority (74%) of mortgage applications via intermediaries for first-time buyers resulted in a completion during Q4 2017, according to the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA). Its...

Shawbrook expands specialist lending team

Shawbrook Commercial has strengthened its lending team with the recruitment of Anthony Harrison as the lending manager of commercial property. With nearly 40 years’ experience in banking...

Vida Homeloans appoints director of new business operations

Intermediary-only specialist mortgage lender Vida Homeloans has appointed Deb Smith as director of new business operations. Joining from The Mortgage Works where she was head of TMW...

Connect launches new tools for brokers

Connect for Intermediaries has launched new tools, features and expert guides in line with its brand-new website. Boasting over 160 different lender product guides, Connect aims to...

January a ‘solid month’, say market figures

A slow but steady start was recorded at the beginning of 2018, in line with numerous industry predictions on how the UK property market will perform...

The Northview Group appoints new chief executive

The Northview Group – which consists of the Kensington, New Street and Acenden brands – has announced the appointment of Mark Arnold as group chief executive. The...

Openwork extends partnership with Mortgage Brain

Financial advice network Openwork has extended its partnership with mortgage technology firm, Mortgage Brain, in a bid to provide its advisers with improved digital development solutions...

Continued growth and record lending for Together in 2017

Specialist finance provider Together recorded strong progress and record lending volumes in the quarter to 31 December 2017, with its loan book reaching £2.55 billion. Looking closely...

TMA strengthens specialist lending panel

TMA Club has bolstered its panel of specialist packagers and master brokers, giving advisers access to a range of second charge mortgages, buy-to-let packagers, commercial mortgages...

Masthaven joins Brilliant Solutions lender panel

Specialist provider of solutions for mortgage intermediaries, Brilliant Solutions, has added Masthaven to its panel of lenders. Brokers will now be able to access Masthaven’s flexible mortgage...

Alternative Bridging hits the Midlands

Short-term lender Alternative Bridging has recently opened a Midlands office, further expanding its business in the region. With its existing broker network and growing consumer demand, Alternative...

TMA reveals new GDPR Knowledge Base for advisers

TMA Club has unveiled an online platform containing useful guides, infographics and FAQs regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changes ahead of the May 25...

Paragon launches online product switches for BTL mortgage customers

In a bid to make it easier to switch products, Paragon has launched a new online portal for buy-to-let mortgage customers and intermediaries. For the first time,...

Accord launches new remortgage options and reduces rates

Accord Mortgages has launched five competitive remortgage options for borrowers with a 25%, 20% or 10% deposit. The new remortgage range from the intermediary-only lender includes a...

Masthaven teams up with Legal & General to launch second charge range

Masthaven has launched its second charge mortgage range with competitive rates available via Legal & General Mortgage Club. With this partnership, Masthaven aims to provide it clients...

Shawbrook announces several appointments to its residential mortgage team

Shawbrook Bank has appointed Phill Tyson as head of credit, residential lending – further strengthening its residential mortgage team. Having been with Shawbrook since 2009, Maeve Ward...

Too busy? Let technology take the strain

It's only right and proper that as a mortgage adviser you spend most of your time helping your clients buy or keep their home by selling...

Over half a million households at risk of negative equity

Half a million households would be at risk of negative equity if there was a drop in the average UK house price of the scale seen...

Expat Packager partners with Marsden to bring competitive mortgage products

A new wave of residential products is being introduced to help mortgage brokers secure the best solution for their clients. Following the success of Expat Packager launching...

First Complete & Pink join forces to become Primis Mortgage Network

First Complete & Pink Home Loans, appointed representative networks of parent company LSL Property Services, have merged under a single brand: ‘Primis Mortgage Network’. Having operated under...

Chorley becomes latest addition to TMA Club’s lender panel

TMA Club has announced the addition of Chorley Building Society to its lender panel – offering its members access to a broad range of products, including...

M&S Bank launches first mortgage range to assist FTBs

M&S Bank has launched its first mortgage range and developed a first-time buyer range to support first-time buyers (FTBs). The bank’s first mortgage range marks its transition...

Mortgage costs increased during Q4 2017

The cost of mortgages is on the rise with the price of the majority of mainstream residential mortgages increasing during the last three months of 2017,...

Vida launches pilot for second charge mortgage range

Intermediary-only specialist mortgage lender Vida Homeloans has announced the launch of a pilot scheme in the second charge mortgage market. The ‘test and learn’ range offers residential...

Castle Trust launches new mortgage products with competitive prices

Castle Trust Capital has launched a new set of mortgage products – known as Series 2 – in line with the lender’s existing Series 1 product...

Together teams up with Paradigm Mortgage Services

Together has joined forces with Paradigm Mortgage Services to extend its specialist finance offering to members of the mortgage club. Paradigm provides intermediaries with access to procedures...

Metro Bank’s senior appointment bolsters mortgage team

Metro Bank has appointed Jeremy Cook as head of corporate relationships within its mortgage team. Cook will report directly to Charles Morley, director of mortgage distribution, oversee...

Mortgage product availability up by almost a quarter

The number of mortgage products available has increased by 24% over the last 12 months. According to data from Mortgage Brain, an additional 2,007 products were introduced...

Potential movers still undeterred by Brexit

Prospective home movers have been active in January and are failing to be put off by Brexit and last year's interest rate rise. This is according to...

Kent Reliance aims to meet broker demand with new appointments

Kent Reliance has announced three new appointments, which it says will help it cope with increased demand from brokers. The firm, which is part of the lending...

'Brokers confident of successful 2018, despite Brexit' - Shawbrook Bank

Commercial mortgage brokers are 'overwhelmingly upbeat' about their prospects for 2018, according to Shawbrook Bank. The bank's annual Broker Barometer found that 78% of brokers feel confident...

Legal & General Mortgage Club announces 2018 events schedule

Legal & General Mortgage Club has announced its 2018 calendar of events.  The half-day events, which take place across the UK, will provide intermediaries with insights into...

Landlords may need brokers now more than ever

Commercial Trust Limited is urging landlords to speak with specialist buy-to-let mortgage broker firms as many are considering remortgaging options once their initial fixed period ends. According...

More equity release options for ‘silver separators’

Many older divorcees are struggling to pay the mortgage post-split, according to figures from LEBC. The financial planning firm is placing greater focus on equity release options,...

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