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KEYWORD "Affordability" - 87 RESULTS
Right to Buy debuts in top five most searched UK mortgage criteria

Right to Buy became one of the most-searched for criteria by brokers for the first time in July, according to Knowledge...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Mortgage advisers spot increase in interest-only business

Interest-only mortgages comprised 20% of new business introduced in Q2 2019, down from 28% is Q2 2007 but significantly higher than...

09 August 2019

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Number of mortgages for 40 years or more jumps 20-fold in a year

The number of 40-year mortgages approved jumped over 20-fold in 2018, up from only 162 in 2017, according to ludlowthompson. The London...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Self-employed ‘jumping through extra hoops’ to secure a mortgage

Nearly three quarters (71%) of the UK’s growing self-employed population believe their employment status makes it harder to get a mortgage,...

16 May 2019

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Nearly 200,000 annual movers are ‘last-time buyers’, IMLA reports

Over-55s now make up nearly 200,000 owner occupier housing transactions in England each year, according to the latest study from the...

11 April 2019

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Saffron launches upgraded affordability calculator

Saffron Building Society has launched a renewed affordability calculator to assist brokers and their customers when choosing a new residential mortgage. Findings...

01 March 2019

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Hinckley first UK lender to launch digital mortgage application system

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is the first UK lender to go live with an innovative digital system developed in Denmark. Developed...

13 February 2019

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Brokers should prepare now to help mortgage prisoners

Mortgage brokerage CLS Money has warned advisers that it’s high time they revisit all of their customers who have struggled to...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby launches BTL mortgages for limited companies

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has launched buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages for limited companies that are exclusively available through the specialist mortgage...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three million borrowers may still be paying off their mortgage after retirement

A fifth of current mortgage holders believe they will still be paying off their mortgage beyond the age of 65 –...

28 November 2018

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L&G Home Finance launches new lifetime mortgage partnership with Virgin Money

Legal & General Home Finance has announced a new 5-year partnership agreement with Virgin Money. The alliance will see the retirement lender...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Newbury Building Society launches BTL affordability calculator

To work with lending stress tests, Newbury Building Society has launched a buy-to-let (BTL) affordability calculator which takes top-slicing into account. The...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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,...

14 November 2017

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GDPR could speed up mortgage process, say SMP

The implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 offers significant benefits for advisers, according to The Society of...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

OneSavings Bank outlines plans for PRA portfolio landlord changes

OneSavings Bank (OSB) has announced its new lending criteria for portfolio landlords to help brokers prepare for the PRA Phase 2...

21 August 2017

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Gifted deposits fall for both first-time buyers and investors

The number of first-time buyers and buyers of investment properties has fallen in the last two years, My Home Move say. First-time...

21 August 2017

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Regulated mortgage ‘robo-adviser’ to launch in the UK

MortgageGym.com, which claims to be the world’s only regulated mortgage robo-adviser, will be launched in the UK in the coming months,...

07 April 2017

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‘Mortgage accessibility at post-MMR high’ - IMLA

Brokers are encountering fewer difficulties when sourcing mortgages for clients than at any point since the introduction of the Mortgage Market...

05 April 2017

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UAE the best location for first-time buyers

The UAE has been named as the best country for first-time buyers, new research carried out by MoveHub has revealed. Based on...

22 February 2017

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Mortgage affordability on the rise as rates remain at record lows

Mortgage affordability is increasing for first-time buyers, home movers and remortgagors, according to the latest index from Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB). The...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New lender partnership announced by Commercial Trust

A leading buy-to-let broker has partnered with a new lender to improve its selection of offerings. Commercial Trust has added Vida Homeloans...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Brokers find it increasingly tough to secure buy-to-let mortgages for clients

Buy-to-let mortgages are becoming increasingly hard to secure, new research has revealed. The majority of brokers surveyed in the latest Broker...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Together lowers buy-to-let rates

Rates on first charge buy-to-let mortgages have been reduced by mortgage lender Together. This takes them below 7%, with LTVs of...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Self-employed struggling to obtain mortgages

Self-employed borrowers are finding it difficult to get mortgages, according to research by the Nottingham Building Society. The firm's study found that...

07 October 2016

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Lending should be based on affordability, not age

The one area in which a proper affordability assessment is ignored is lending to older borrowers, according to findings from The...

24 August 2016

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The fall in ownership – it’s about affordability rather than the cost of mortgages

Data published this week by the Resolution Foundation confirms the continuation of the downward trend in home ownership in the UK.  Since 2003...

04 August 2016

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Delays causing brokers most difficulty since introduction of MCD

The latest Broker Sentiment Survey by bridging lender MTF has found that delays to mortgage applications have caused brokers the most...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Annual house price growth stable at 9.2%

House prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher than in the same three months a year earlier, according...

08 June 2016

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Green research project calls on householders to complete its survey

A green mortgage research project called LENDERS is asking all householders in the UK for their help in completing a survey...

08 June 2016

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Homemover applications hit record conversion rate

Homemovers have just registered the highest success rate for turning mortgage applications into completions. Some 80% of homemover applications led to an...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Skipton drops first-time buyer lending cap

Skipton Building Society has removed its maximum loan size cap for first-time buyers. It said this follows a 20% increase in UK house...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer sales soar in April

First-time buyer sales soar last month as landlords abandoned the market following the introduction of the new stamp duty surcharge on 1...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Remortgaging hits seven-year high in April

Remortgage lending leapt 48% by value in the year to April to hit £6.4 billion, the largest sum recorded since November...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Pressure on new mayor to resolve London’s housing crisis

New data showing a sharp decline in property affordability in the UK capital will put pressure on the new London mayor...

04 May 2016

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First signs of housing market slowdown

Two sets of industry data published yesterday suggest that house price growth is finally starting to slow. Nationwide's figures showed annual house price...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lenders slash mortgage rates

Buy-to-let lenders continue to slash their mortgage rates helping landlords offset Chancellor George Osborne's tax crackdown on property investing. The average two-year...

12 April 2016

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Kensington hikes maximum loan sizes

Kensington Mortgages has increased the maximum loan limits for first-time buyers and buy-to-let mortgages.  The specialist lender has raised the maximum loan...

11 April 2016

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Fears grow over latest buy-to-let clampdown

Mortgage brokers and property experts are warning that the latest attempt to dampen the buy-to-let market could backfire. The Bank of England...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers resilient as confidence grows

The number of people buying their first home has grown almost 7% over the past year despite growing concerns over affordability. The...

31 March 2016

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It takes 46 years to save London deposit

Single first-time buyers and England and Wales need 13 years to save for a deposit - rising to his 46 years...

22 March 2016

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Asking prices top £300,000 for first time

The average price of a property coming to market in England and Wales has passed £300,000 for the first time. Asking prices...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Ignorant first-time buyers risk rejection

First-time buyers applying for their first mortgage lack knowledge about the application process and risk being rejected as a result. Almost half...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lending hits eight-year high in February

Gross mortgage lending in February hit its highest level for eight years after leaping 30% year-on-year. Lending totalled £17.6 billion which marks a fall from £18.5...

18 March 2016

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Lifetime Isa won’t ease supply problems

Property experts have warned that Chancellor George Osborne's new Lifetime Isa will do nothing to solve housing supply and affordability problems. From April...

17 March 2016

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MCD could bar cheap loans to accidental landlords

The Mortgage Credit Directive (MCD), could bar accidental landlords from switching to cheaper mortgage deals on affordability grounds. Many could be told they...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

House price surge set to slow

Two new sets of figures show house prices continue to power upwards but property experts warn a slowdown could be in sight. The...

04 March 2016

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Mortgage lending soars 38% in a year

Gross mortgage lending surged 38% in the past year to hit £13.6 billion last month, the highest figure for nearly eight...

25 February 2016

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Mortgage market starts 2016 with a bang

The mortgage market has started 2016 "with a bang" as gross mortgage lending rose 21% year-on-year. Lending hit £17.9 billion in January,...

19 February 2016

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House prices rise at twice rate of earnings

Fears of an affordability crisis are likely to grow as new figures show property prices increasing at twice the pace of...

11 February 2016

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House prices jump another £3,500 in January

The collapse in the supply of houses for sale has forced prices to new highs with an average increase of £3,500...

05 February 2016

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Mortgage approvals hit two-year high

New figures show the housing market defying the traditional seasonal slowdown in December as mortgage approvals hit a two-year high. The number of...

02 February 2016

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Mortgage approvals leap 24% in December

Monthly mortgage approvals soared 24% year-on-year to £12.4 billion in December but brokers deny lending is getting out of control. Across 2015,...

28 January 2016

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Average deposit tops £80,000 for first time

The average house purchase deposit jumped 15% in a year to more than £80,000 in December. This is its highest point since the...

27 January 2016

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Mortgage lending jumps 8% in 2015 to £220bn

Gross mortgage lending jumped 8% in 2015 to hit a better-than-forecast total of £220.3 billion. Lending in December totalled £19.9 billion, up 23% on...

22 January 2016

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Construction dip worsens housing shortage

Construction industry output fell by 0.5% in November to put even greater pressure on the UK housing market. The shortage of properties...

18 January 2016

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Housing market shrugs off winter slowdown

Mortgage approvals for house purchases rose again in November as the market defied a seasonal winter slowdown. Loan approvals for house purchases...

05 January 2016

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Strong December growth points to buoyant 2016

The housing market is set for its strongest December since 2006 and next year should be equally buoyant, according to Rightmove. Asking...

14 December 2015

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Life gets better for first-time buyers

Life is getting easier for first-time buyers as barriers to homeownership fall and government schemes help more climb on the property...

10 December 2015

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Lenders reject one in seven remortgages

Lenders rejected one in seven homeowners who tried to remortgage in the past two years. One in four of those who could...

09 December 2015

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House prices will rise up to 6% in 2016

House price growth will slow in 2016 as buyers struggle to get on the housing ladder and interest rates potentially rise,...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Now Bank of England launches attack on buy-to-let

Chancellor George Osborne isn't alone in launching an attack on buy-to-let, Bank of England governor Mark Carney is also muscling in on the act. Carney...

02 December 2015

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Stafford Railway BS lends up to age 85

Stafford Railway Building Society is reminding older borrowers that they can take advantage of its standard variable rate mortgage up to...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Strong buyer demand drives market activity

The property market continued to tick over in September with activity up 5.4% on the same month last year. There were 106,030...

22 October 2015

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Housing market slows despite low mortgage rates

Latest figures show UK house prices slowed in the year to August with annual growth of 5.2%. That is unchanged from July,...

14 October 2015

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Remortgaging levels rise to new record high

The amount of money withdrawn by the typical remortgage customer has hit a new high, according to property service firm LMS. In...

28 September 2015

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Interest-only ticking timebomb is being defused

Brokers have welcomed new figures showing a sharp decline in the number of interest-only loans over the past year. Over the past...

23 September 2015

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August strongest month for lending since financial crisis

August was the strongest month for gross mortgage lending since the financial crisis with loans totalling £20 billion. That is 12% higher...

18 September 2015

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Brokers fear new EU rules will hit mortgage lending

The large majority of brokers and lenders fear that new EU regulations may hit UK mortgage lending. New research shows that 74% of...

14 September 2015

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Mortgage affordability rules leave buyers baffled

Two thirds of potential homebuyers have been left in the dark by new mortgage affordability rules, research reveals. Some 35% of potential...

10 September 2015

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House price growth outstrips incomes

House prices now cost six times income even in the most affordable regions of England and Wales as the affordability crisis worsens. In...

03 September 2015

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Brokers are buzzing as mortgage market hits fresh high

Brokers are buzzing with confidence after new figures showed the mortgage market enjoyed its best July for seven years. Gross mortgage lending...

21 August 2015

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Families can't afford to trade up in 95% of UK towns

New families can't afford to move up the property ladder in more than 95% of UK towns. New research published today shows they...

10 August 2015

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Average house costs record 8.8 times earnings

The average property in England and Wales cost a record 8.8 times local earnings last year, new official figures show. And it topped 10...

06 August 2015

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Property more affordable than in 1997

Talk of an affordability crisis appears overblown as homes are now more affordable than in 1997, new research suggests. A combination of falling...

04 August 2015

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Affordability improves sharply over the last year

The salary of the average homebuyer fell 16% year-on-year in June to £34,584, as improved mortgage affordability boosted lower income borrowers. The...

24 July 2015

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Borrowers withdraw record equity despite rate hike threat

Remortgage customers are withdrawing record amounts of equity despite the threat that rising base rates will force up mortgage costs. Borrowers have...

23 July 2015

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Supply crunch pushes average price towards £300,000

A sharp drop in new property supply is forcing house prices ever higher with the average asking price now just a...

20 July 2015

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Brokers welcome Osborne’s planning reforms

Mortgage brokers and property companies have welcomed government proposals to overhaul Britain’s planning laws and increase housebuilding. Chancellor George Osborne announced on...

13 July 2015

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Preparation is key to best mortgage deals, Equifax says

Would-be borrowers should ensure they are “mortgage ready” before applying for a loan, according to credit-reference firm Equifax. The company said that,...

10 July 2015

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Barclays improves LTI criteria

Barclays has eased its loan-to-income (LTI) criteria and will now lend up to five times earnings for those borrowing smaller sums. The...

01 July 2015

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Mortgage lending soars to post-crisis high

Mortgage borrowing jumped to a six-year high in May and average deposits also hit a new post-recession peak, new figures show. Deposits have...

26 June 2015

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Mortgage affordability rises sharply

Mortgage affordability for people who want to buy a home has hit its highest level for six years. Just one in three...

22 June 2015

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Kensington helps out the self-employed

Specialist lender Kensington Mortgages has launched a new mortgage range targeted at self-employed customers who can't get a standard deal. The new...

18 June 2015

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Young borrowers face lifetime of debt

Young borrowers increasingly expect to be paying their mortgage into retirement as they stretch themselves to get on the housing ladder. Around half of...

17 June 2015

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Barclays offers affordability bonus

Barclays has decided to include annual bonus income in mortgage affordability calculations for clients who meet its minimum basic income criteria. The...

15 June 2015

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Cheaper deals help low-income borrowers

Improve mortgage affordability is helping borrowers on lower incomes to climb the property ladder. Mortgage applications surged 18% in March in response to...

28 April 2015

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