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KEYWORD "First-time buyers" - 182 RESULTS
Buy-to-let borrowing stable despite market slowdown

The buy-to-let market has remained relatively stable despite the decline in overall mortgage business during Q3 2019, according to Paragon Bank. Its...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Furness for Intermediaries cuts rates for first-time buyers

Furness for Intermediaries has made reductions across its 95% product range. This includes the two-year fixed rate products, which now start from...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Help to Buy ISAs supported nearly 89,000 property purchases in 2018

The number of property purchases supported by Help to Buy ISAs increased by 8% this year, rising from 82,940 in 2017/18...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Home movers remain committed despite summer slowdown

Many key indicators for home movers and first-time buyers remained either stable or only marginally changed when compared to the previous...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

The Nottingham launches lifetime ISA online

Nottingham Building Society has cemented its position as a leading Cash Lifetime ISA (LISA) provider as it becomes the only society...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Is Help to Buy dying? London sales fall by 64%

The number of properties available in London under Help to Buy (HTB) has declined by 64% since 2017, according to modular...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer mortgage completion rate at three-year high

First-time buyers (FTBs) saw their completion rate for mortgage offers through intermediaries reach a three-year high of 89% in Q4 2018. That...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Competition at higher LTVs benefits first-time buyers

Data from Moneyfacts UK found the average two-year fixed rate at max 95% loan-to-value (LTV) is at a record low, while...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Growth in number of approvals to small deposit borrowers

First-time buyers and existing homeowners capitalised on low rates across the market in October, according to fresh research from e.surv. Its latest...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Millennials forced to delay marriage and kids to get on the property ladder

People aged 18-34 are having to make sacrifices not experienced in previous generations to get onto the property ladder, according to...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Larger deposit borrowers see market share squeezed

First-time buyers and others with small deposits took a greater share of the market last month than in August, according to...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More clarity is needed around future of Help to Buy scheme, says IMLA

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) is urging government to provide clarity around the future of the Help to Buy Equity...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The Bank of Mum and Dad to initiate tougher lending rules

Tougher lending rules are surfacing after the expansion of the Bank of Mum and Dad (BOMAD) into one of the UK’s...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

M&S Bank introduces 95% LTV and 35-year products

M&S Bank has extended its maximum loan-to-value (LTV) to 95% on three new products in a bid to further assist first-time...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Parents provide financial aid to one in four new buyers, research shows

The Bank of Mum and Dad is very much prevalent, with recent research showing that UK parents will help 316,000 young...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers push through summer property transactions

The proportion of sales made to first-time buyers rose by five percentage points to 29% in June, the highest figure recorded...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

UK property market activity remained consistent in April

April saw significant purchasing and remortgaging activity following forecasts suggesting an interest rate rise in May, according to the Mortgage Advice...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Successful first-time buyer mortgage applications reach two-year high

Over three quarters (76%) of first-time buyers’ mortgage applications via intermediaries resulted in a completion in Q1 2018, the highest number...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Majority of homeowners would turn back time to use a mortgage broker

Some 81% of UK homeowners who purchased a home in the last year would consider a mortgage broker if they were...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers turning to specialist lenders

New data from mortgage lender, Vida Homeloans, found more first-time buyers are seeking lenders for deals that cater to their needs...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Darlington Building Society launches discount mortgage to L&G Mortgage Club

Legal & General Mortgage Club has joined Darlington Building Society to introduce exclusive discount mortgages, aimed at first-time buyers, homeowners or...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Record August for The Mortgage Hut

The Mortgage Hut has seen a year on year rise of 30% in mortgage applications in August despite the traditional seasonal...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers make up half of all property purchases in July

First-time buyers accounted for half of all home purchase valuations in July, according to the latest research from Connells Survey &...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

UK mortgage market surged in June

Fresh statistics suggest the UK’s mortgage market has been boosted again, with approvals for home lending up month on month and...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage holders are at risk of losing £400 a year despite being loyal customers

Bank customers are at risk of paying an extra £400 if they chose not to remortgage after their fixed term deal...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Foundation Home Loans improves first time landlord product range

Specialist mortgage lender, Foundation Home Loans, has reformed its buy-to-let range with new first-time landlord products. New five-year fixed rate options will...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

March housing supply at lowest point since records began

The number of properties available to buy through estate agents in March was the lowest level recorded for the third month...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

‘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

From: Breaking News

Quarter of young Brits have given up on home ownership

A quarter of young people believe the only way they'll ever own a home is by inheriting cash, research by Halifax has...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Small deposit buyers increase share of UK mortgage market

Small deposit buyers were given a New Year boost, with their share of the mortgage market increasing in January 2017. Small deposit...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Eleven buyers chasing every property, say estate agents

As the supply/demand imbalance continues there is an average of 11 prospective buyers chasing every property for sale, according to NAEA...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers on the up, research reveals

The latest research from Connells Survey & Valuation has revealed that January saw an increase in the number of first-time buyers...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Teachers Building Society launches new fixed-rate range

An assortment of new fixed-rate mortgages across all its LTV ranges has been launched by Teachers Building Society. Teachers Building Society, which,...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Popularity of shared ownership on the rise

Conveyancing firm My Home Move's latest research has revealed that the appeal of shared ownership schemes has risen by over 130%...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Lenders launch new high-LTV products aimed at first-timers

Two lenders have launched new mortgage products with LTVs of over 90%. Furness Building Society has introduced a range of five-year fixed...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Saffron announces new fixed rates for owners and FTBs

Saffron For Intermediaries, part of Saffron Building Society, has announced the launch of three new fixed rate deals for homeowners and...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Furness launch two new products

Two competitive variable rate products for 90% loans have been launched by Furness Building Society. Suitable for first-time buyers as well as...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Fifth of first-time buyers could be 'priced off' the property ladder

Following the Bank of England's decision to cut the base rate to 0.25%, a fifth of 18 to 34 year-olds could...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lending to first-time buyers at its highest since 2007

A new report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has shown that more mortgages were handed to first-time buyers in...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Shared ownership range launched by Tipton

Tipton has launched a new shared ownership range, including mortgages available throughout England and Wales up to 90% of the share...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

Mortgage lending plunges almost 30% in April

Gross mortgage lending fell 29% in April following the rush to beat the new stamp duty surcharge on buy-to-lets and second...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit could fuel “mass exit” from housing market

The housing market could suffer from construction skills deficit and plunging rental demand if the UK votes to leave the EU...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buyers race to beat Brexit uncertainty

One in seven mortgage and remortgage customers are racing to complete their application before the EU referendum on 23 June. More than...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let surge turns nasty for first-time buyers

The surge in buy-to-let transactions in the run-up to the stamp duty surcharge on 1 April has left first-time buyers facing...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers desperate as housing crisis deepens

First-time buyers are "increasingly desperate" to buy a place of their own as the housing crisis deepens, new research shows. Today, 73%...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Nationwide cuts fixed rates on high-LTV loans

Nationwide has announced that it is cutting fixed rates on smaller deposit mortgages. The building society is reducing selected fixed rate mortgages...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Barclays launches new no-deposit mortgage

Barclays Bank has this week introduced a new 100% loan-to-value mortgage, aimed at helping struggling first-time buyers get onto the property...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers ‘must act fast’ to get top deals

The cost of servicing a mortgage for buyers with small deposits has fallen sharply over the past 12 months, according to...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

First-time buyers mount fight back in March

First-time buyer activity grew strongly in March as they fought back against property investors. Total first-time buyer transactions 32,500, the highest monthly...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply soars as buy-to-let investors exit

The number of properties for sale jumped by more than half in March as buy-to-let investors exited the market. Demand fell at the...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Halifax launches 1% cashback offer

Halifax has launched a 1% cashback offer for first-time buyers and home movers across its mortgage range. First-time buyers and home movers...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lloyds launches new ‘hassle-free’ mortgage

Lloyds Bank has unveiled a new “hassle-free” mortgage designed to make moving easier and cover the upfront costs. The deal includes free...

25 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Today is UK Mortgage Freedom Day

April 19 is UK Mortgage Freedom Day, the date when the average new borrower will have earned enough to pay off...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers move home to build deposits

Single first-time buyers and couples can significantly cut the time it takes to save for a deposit by moving back in...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lending surges across the board but slowdown in sight

Lending to both residential buyers and property investors soared over the last year but experts warn there is a slowdown in...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let demand collapses as tax changes bite

Interest in purchasing buy-to-let properties has collapsed as new tax changes start to bite. The number of people planning to buy a...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let suffers sharp March slowdown

March saw a sharp drop in buy-to-let valuations activity as landlords ran out of time to beat the stamp duty surcharge on 1 April. Valuation activity dropped...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

Buy-to-let gets Budget kick in the teeth

Chancellor George Osborne's eighth Budget delivered another blow to buy-to-let investors by excluding property from cuts to capital gains tax (CGT) rates. Investors...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Does property market face fresh Budget tax shock?

The property industry is calling on Chancellor George Osborne to reform stamp duty and boost housing supply in Wednesday’s Budget, but...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

150,000 now own through Help to Buy

More than 150,000 people have become homeowners through the Government’s flagship Help to Buy housing scheme. New official figures show that 80%...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let chokes out first-time buyers

The rapid growth of the buy-to-let market during 2015 has come at the expense of first-time buyers, new research shows. Buy-to-let grew...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Now only wealthy first-timers can afford to buy

New evidence suggests that only high-earning first-time buyers are able to afford their first properties, leaving the rest behind. The gap between...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Is this the last hurrah for the housing market?

House prices leapt by 2.5% in January to mark the biggest monthly upswing for 14 years, Land Registry figures show. The average...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Call to scrap stamp duty hike for parents helping children

Tax experts have urged the Government to scrap the stamp duty surcharge for parents helping their children become first-time buyers. Chancellor George...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer deals near pre-crash levels

The number of high-LTV deals aimed at first-time buyers is almost back at pre-financial crisis levels. Mortgages at 90% and 95% LTV...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Ability to buy a home improves

The ability to buy an average home in England and Wales improved everywhere last year except in the South East. First-time buyers...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

First-timers better off buying than renting

It makes sense for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder as they are around £864 a year better off than...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Building society mortgage approvals rise 10%

Building society mortgage approvals totalled £57.8 billion in 2015, a rise of 10% by value over the year. The mutual sector now...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Will today's buy-to-let boom end in tears?

Property agencies report a surge in demand for London buy-to-let property ahead of the looming surcharge on stamp duty. But some fear...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer lending hits eight-year high

First-time buyers returned in force in December to borrow £4.5 billion, a rise of 18% on one year ago. This also marked a rise of...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Accord and Leeds unveil five-year fixes

Accord Mortgages and Leeds Building Society have launched new five-year fixed-rate mortgages with added incentives. Intermediary-only lender Accord’s deals are aimed at borrowers...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

House prices leap over £8,000 in a month

The price of property coming to market has leapt by 2.90% this month pushing the average asking price to within a...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let drives mortgages to nine-year high

The housing market has been given a one-off boost from the surge in buy-to-let lending triggered by April’s tax changes. New figures show that...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

London buyers rush to beat stamp duty hike

Demand for property in London continues to soar as buyers rush to beat April's forthcoming stamp duty surcharge on investment properties. Both new buyer registrations...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Accord hands first-time buyers £500

Accord Mortgages is giving first-time buyers an extra £500 cashback when they complete on a mortgage. All first-time buyers completing on fixed...

09 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Yorkshire hands first-time buyers extra £500 cashback

Yorkshire Building Society is handing first-time buyers an extra £500 cashback when they complete on a mortgage. The cashback is designed to...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers fight back in 2015

First-time buyers staged a fighting comeback in 2015 to make up more than two-fifths of all buyers, new figures show. Last year,...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

London soars as average price tops £514,000

London property prices rose at double the pace of the rest of the UK last year, new figures show. Prices in the capital...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply crunch hits  mortgage lending

The shortage of properties for sale has hit house purchase approvals which fell more than 3% in December. There were 68,218 house purchase...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Barclays announces string of rate cuts

Barclays has unveiled a selection of new residential mortgage products and reduced rates on a further 13 mortgage products. It said the...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Brokers driving 35-year mortgage trend

Mortgage brokers have backed new research from Halifax showing that one in four first-time buyers are now taking out longer mortgage...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer sales top 300,000 in 2015

The number of first-time buyers topped 300,000 in 2015 for the second year in a row, new figures show. This is a...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let surcharge to spark mini-boom

The surcharge on stamp duty for investors and second homeowners will spark a mini-boom in property prices, a new survey says. Six out...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Nationwide cuts 95% LTV mortgage rates

Nationwide is cutting selected deals by up to 0.40% across its range of 95% LTV fixed rate mortgages from today. Its two-year 95%...

06 January 2016

From: Breaking News

First time buyers stage 2015 comeback

The number of first-time buyers rose by almost a quarter in 2015 despite growing fears that they are being squeezed out...

05 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Middle earners forced off property ladder

Continuing property growth will push prices beyond the reach of low to middle earners next year. 2016 will prove a growing struggle...

24 December 2015

From: Breaking News

House purchase lending leaps 8% in October

The property market is set for a strong finish to 2015 after a healthy 8% rise in house purchase lending in...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers locked out of market boom

House purchase lending has leapt almost 20% in the past 12 months but first-time buyers remain locked out of the booming...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers enjoy pre-Christmas bounce

First-time buyer activity jumped in November with a 31% year-on-year rise in valuations. This was slightly higher than the increasing overall housing...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty changes save buyers £1.9bn

George Osborne’s stamp duty reforms announced last December have saved home buyers £1.9 billion in the last year. The average saving since Osborne...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyer sales soar to six-year high

House sales to first time buyers accounted for nearly a third of total sales in October, the highest proportion since August...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Now Santander unveils Help to Buy Isa rate

Santander has joined the growing list of banks and building societies that are announcing the rates on their Help to Buy...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Investors get set for buy-to-let “scramble”

Property market experts have warned that the forthcoming buy-to-let surcharge on stamp duty will trigger a shortlived scramble for property in...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Halifax and Nationwide announce Help to Buy Isa rates

Leading lenders Halifax and Nationwide have announced how much interest they will be paying on their Help to Buy Isas. The new...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Property market surges as London hits double digits

New Land Registry figures showed house prices in England and Wales rising a healthy 5.6% in the year to October, taking...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers driven out of market

Life remains tough for first-time buyers with a shock fall in completions in the three months to October. The new figures underline the...

27 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Cautious welcome for London Help to Buy

The Chancellor's pledge to build 400,000 new homes and support young buyers in London have been welcomed by the property industry but...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers to shun” Help to Buy Isas

First-time buyers are unimpressed by the Government’s Help to Buy Isa initiative with almost half expected to shun the plan. That is...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

TSB launches 10-year fix and cuts rates

TSB has launched a competitive 10-year fixed rate mortgage and cut rates on other deals by up to 0.25%. The new 10-year...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let tax rates harsh even before new crackdown

New figures show that the UK tax rate on buy-to-let investments is already higher than in many other countries, even before Chancellor George...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Co-operative Bank slashes rates across its range

The Co-operative Bank has cut rates across its range of more than 80 mortgage options for both new and existing borrowers...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers need £50,000 salary

First-time buyers need to earn on average £50,000 a year to get on the property ladder, new research suggests. The average salary...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

House prices rise nearly 10% in a year

UK house prices rose 9.7% in the year to October and should continue climbing over the coming year, according to the...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Now Accord and Coventry both cut rates

Broker-only lender Accord and Coventry for Intermediaries are the latest to cut mortgage rates as the lender price war continues. Accord is...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Ipswich BS revamps “mortgage misfits” range

Ipswich Building Society has reviewed its mortgage range and is introducing six new deals with immediate effect. It aims to continue its...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

First-time buyers fight back in September

First-time buyers accounted for 29% of total sales in September, a rise of 45% compared to August. The National Association of Estate...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Yorkshire BS launches cheap 95% LTV fix

The mortgage price war for higher-LTV loans has intensified with Yorkshire Building Society launching a 3.78% two-year fixed rate mortgage for...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Homeownership now an unrealistic dream

Nearly half of Britons believe that homeownership is now an unrealistic dream, a new study shows. One in 10 Brits expects to be...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Barclays unveils fee free mortgages with £1,000 cash back

Barclays is launching fee-free mortgages with up to £1,000 in cash back from today. Its new purchase-only products are available on LTVs from 60% to...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Halifax reveals £500 gift card mortgage offer

Halifax is offering first-time buyers and homemovers a £500 giftcard to spend in Currys and PC World. The offer is available to...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let drives out first-time buyers

Record high demand for first-time buyer properties has pushed prices up by nearly 10% in the year. Although property prices generally have...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Access to mortgages getting worse

Just 12% of UK adults believe access to mortgages has improved in the past five years, despite recent moves to open...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

More lenders cut rates as price war intensifies

More lenders have unveiled mortgage rate cuts as they look to boost business levels in the final months of 2015. Chelsea Building...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Now Tesco and the Nottingham join mortgage war

More lenders are announced cut-price mortgage deals just days after predictions that the market was heading for a new price war. Tesco...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Cameron's starter home plan won't solve housing crisis

The property industry has warned that Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to build 200,000 new starter homes won't be enough to keep...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Now Nationwide enters mortgage price war

Nationwide has announced a string of cuts to its fixed-rate range just one day after analysts warned of yet another mortgage price...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Lenders compete to offer cheap high-LTV loans

Three lenders have launched new residential mortgages aimed at buyers needing higher loan-to-value (LTV) deals. Yorkshire, Leeds and Teachers building societies have...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Boom in price of first-time buyer homes

The cost of taking the first step on the property ladder is soaring according to new figures from estate agent chain...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Higher rates 'should not be cause for concern’

Potential increases in the Bank of England base rate and knock-on effects on mortgage costs should not worry most homeowners, a...

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Strongest summer on record for first-time buyers

First-time buyers enjoy their strongest summer on record as sales picked up 25% in the aftermath of the general election. There were...

25 September 2015

From: Breaking News

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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UK house prices climb and outlook brightens

UK house prices rose by 5.2% over the last year helped by the return of the first-time buyer. The annual pace of...

15 September 2015

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High-LTV lending slumps again

First-time buyers with relatively small deposits are finding it increasingly hard to get on the property ladder, new research shows. The typical...

15 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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Nationwide launches £1bn first-time buyer plan

Nationwide is aiming to boost first-time buyer mortgage lending with £1 billion of new low deposit products. It is launching a range...

10 September 2015

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First-time buyer sales hit post-crisis high

The number of first-time buyer sales rose nearly 5% in July to hit the highest figure since the recession. There were 29,700...

28 August 2015

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First-time buyers confused by mortgages

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is calling on the industry to help young first-time buyers understand the process of buying...

27 August 2015

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Homes for sale hits five-year high

The number of homes coming onto the UK property market has surged to its highest level since 2010, new figures show. Nearly...

26 August 2015

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Housing demand soars to 11-year high

The number of house hunters in July hit the highest level in almost 11 years after leaping 5% in a month. The supply of available...

25 August 2015

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Buying now £670 cheaper than renting

The cost of buying a home for first-time buyers is £670 a year lower than renting, according to new research by...

24 August 2015

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First-time buyers save £2,000 as 95% LTV rates plunge

First-time buyers are £2,000 better off thanks to a sharp drop in rates on 95% LTV mortgages over the past two...

12 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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Halifax launches tool for instant mortgage decisions

Halifax has this week introduced a new online service which will allow potential customers to receive a mortgage agreement in principle...

03 August 2015

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First-time buyers numbers plunge again

The number of first-time buyers plunged more than 27% in the year to June, with no sign of a post-election bounce. There...

31 July 2015

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Housing demand hits 11-year peak

The number of house hunters has hit its highest level in 11 years while supply levels are continuing to fall. Sales to...

28 July 2015

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Nationwide to offer Help to Buy Isa in December

Nationwide Building Society will back the new government-backed Help to Buy Isa from 1 December. The new offering will run alongside its...

27 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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First-time buyers ‘need more support’

A fall in the number and value of mortgage deals taken out by first-time buyers in May is a sign this...

15 July 2015

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Planning system review ‘should go further’

Proposals announced last week by Chancellor George Osborne to reform the planning system in the UK may not do enough to...

14 July 2015

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First-time buyers could benefit from Budget plans

The availability of property for first-time buyers could be increased if the Conservatives go ahead with plans to raise the inheritance...

08 July 2015

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Surge in number of first-time buyer mortgages

The number of home loans available to first-time property buyers has risen to its highest level since before the start of...

07 July 2015

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Property shortage could fuel ‘pensioner pockets’

A lack of affordable homes in England’s rural areas has resulted in young people and families being priced out of the...

06 July 2015

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Deposit costs put squeeze on first-time buyers

Difficulties in putting together deposits and the General Election put a dampener on the number of first-time buyers completing property purchases...

06 July 2015

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First-time buyers account for half of mortgages

First-time buyers accounted for nearly half of all mortgage-financed house purchases in the first half of this year. New figures from Halifax show they...

03 July 2015

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Halifax and Nationwide cut rates

Halifax and Nationwide have both announced rate cuts across a series of mortgage products. Halifax has cut rates on first-time buyer in...

01 July 2015

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Nationwide cuts two-year fixed rates

Nationwide has cut its two-year fixed rates for borrowers with smaller deposits by up to 0.25%. And it has made further reductions...

29 June 2015

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Chelsea cuts first-time buyer rates

Chelsea Building Society has reduced rates for customers with 10% and 5% deposits, in what it says is a bid to...

25 June 2015

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Platform launches new broker range

Platform has launched a new mortgage range for brokers and with cuts to selected fixed rate mortgages of up to 0.25%. The new rates...

25 June 2015

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Help to Buy funds 131 buyers a day

Help to Buy schemes have created 131 new homeowners every day since April 2013, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has said. More than...

19 June 2015

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Sharp falls in lending and house price growth

Record low interest rates couldn't prevent a decline in lending and house prices in April. UK house prices increased by 5.5% in...

17 June 2015

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Accord cuts 90% LTV rates

Accord is reducing its mortgages for customers with a 10% deposit by up to 0.25%. The intermediary-only lender, part of Yorkshire Building...

17 June 2015

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Tesco cuts first-time buyer rates

Tesco Bank is cutting rates on its 95% LTV mortgage products aimed at first-time buyers. It claims its new 95% LTV five-year...

16 June 2015

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Halifax cuts FTB and homemover rates

Halifax has reduced product rates on its first-time buyer and homemover mortgages by up to 0.31%.  Rates on its two-year fixed rate for...

27 April 2015

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