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KEYWORD "rates" - 100 RESULTS
Halifax throws “a massive mortgage curveball” defying rivals

Halifax moved entirely in the opposite direction to its rivals at the very end of last week, cutting rates instead of...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Most Rates Up Again - optimism plummets amongst brokers and analysts

It’s been a torrid time for rates, going back up for HSBC, Santander, TSB, Virgin Money, NatWest and many other mainstream...

26 February 2024

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Mortgage volumes plummet for older borrowers

There were 29,060 new mortgages taken out by older borrowers over 55 in the last three months of 2023 - down...

26 February 2024

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Worst Case Scenario - mortgage costs up hundreds per year

A specialist lender claims that first-time buyers could see annual mortgage costs climb by £398 per year, while landlords suffer a...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Will stable inflation prompt a rate cut? Or will the Bank stick?

Diverse views have emerged from financial services figures in response to last week’s news that the headline rate of inflation remained...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

NatWest rates up and plenty of others to follow - warning

NatWest has made changes to its product ranges for both new business and existing customers. New borrowers can expect a rate increase...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Two year fixes fall by fastest rate since 2022 - Moneyfacts

Average mortgage rates on the overall two- and five-year fixed rate deals have now been falling for six consecutive months. The overall...

19 February 2024

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Virgin Money sees long-term mortgage improvements despite recent dip

High street bank Virgin Money UK says there is light at the end of the tunnel for mortgages and the housing...

14 February 2024

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Octane Capital issues a brutal warning on mortgage rates

By Jonathan Samuels, chief executive of specialist property lender Octane Capital, writes: The Bank of England’s decision to hold interest rates on...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Revolutionary new mortgage product sees rates fall as LTV improves

There’s been widespread speculation that the UK is just weeks away from seeing the launch of a Dutch mortgage product with...

12 February 2024

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TSB raises some rates, reduces others; NatWest and Halifax increase

With the quick-fire mortgage rate cuts which characterised the past month now slipping into the rear-view mirror, the latest changes from...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Worrying rise in mortgage arrears and repossessions - new data

UK Finance says there were 93,680 homeowner mortgages in arrears of 2.5 per cent or more of the outstanding balance in...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Lender’s internal data reveals shocking fast-growing arrears

Global intelligence company Pepper Advantage, which has a portfolio of over 100,000 UK residential mortgages, says there’s been a dramatic increase...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Falling house prices and big mortgages – three major risks

Business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown has identified three major risks associated with the current market, characterised by falling house prices and larger...

07 February 2024

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Nationwide’s shock rate rise may not be the only one - warning

At the middle of last week Nationwide slashed its rates to the most competitive of all in the current lenders price...

05 February 2024

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Mortgage Market Bounce drives housing market recovery

The number of mortgages offered to home buyers went up from 49,300 in November to 50,500 in December, against the normal...

05 February 2024

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House prices fragile but sentiment amongst buyers very strong - Savills

Respected estate agency and property consultancy Savills is warning that house prices may dip in 2024. In the run-up to Christmas it...

31 January 2024

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Just Mortgages reveals details of its leadership programme

National brokerage Just Mortgages has opened nominations for its new leadership programme, which it claims is “designed to find and develop...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Nationwide’s slashed rates take lending war to fever pitch

The UK's largest building society has slashed its cheapest mortgage rate to an eight-month low and significantly under the Bank of...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers seek larger deposits - help may be on the way

New research from Aldermore suggests that some 55 per cent of prospective first time buyers are currently seeking to raise a...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Growing interest in longer-term mortgages - but borrowers pay dearly…

The number of mortgages with over 30-year terms sold to UK borrowers jumped 13 per cent in the year to end...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Negative effects of mortgages on housing market “overstated” - claim

The negative effects of higher mortgage rates on affordability were overestimated throughout 2023 with house prices having dropped one one to...

29 January 2024

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Mortgage costs push big jump in buy to let landlord incorporation

Despite a sharp fall in the number of homes bought by landlords in 2023, the number of limited companies set up...

24 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage defaults jump - and there may be worse to come

Banks are reporting that default rates increased in the final quarter of 2023, albeit more slowly than the quarter before -...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock government figure means likely delays to first rate cut

There are growing fears that the hoped-for Bank of England base rate cut this spring - the first off possibly several...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers may get 25 year fixed term mortgages under Labour

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves says first time buyers could benefit from a "revolution in home ownership" with 25-year fixed-rate mortgages. Reeves says...

22 January 2024

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Promising start to 2024 House Buying Prospects - Rightmove

The average price of property coming onto the market for sale rises by 1.3 per cent (equivalent to £4,571 for an...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Choice of Mortgage Deals on the rise as rates dip

The UK’s residential mortgage market has started 2024 with the biggest choice of products for prospective borrowers in over 15 years. A...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Remortgaging via digital conveyancing - bank claims ‘UK first’

Shawbrook has become the first bank in the UK to offer limited companies the ability to remortgage using the digital conveyancing...

17 January 2024

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Bank of England chief warns of ‘future shocks’ derailing recovery

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey is warning that ‘future shocks’ may yet derail economic recovery. In a session with MPs at...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Lenders sacrifice profits for volume as rates fall yet again

The war between rival mortgage lenders continues with Halifax late last week undertaking its second re-price of the year (and it’s...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Building Society warns it may stop lending on holiday lets

A building society says it is considering ending its policy of lending to buyers of holiday lets. Martese Carton, the director of...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Nationwide’s Warning - no housing market rebound likely in 2024

There’s no prospect of a rapid recovery for the housing market in 2024 despite some green shoots appearing. The warning comes from...

10 January 2024

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Demand for Mortgages Soars as rates war draws in applicants

Latest Bank of England data released in recent days shows net mortgage approvals for house purchases rose from 47,900 in October...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank of England Will Cut Rates sooner rather than later, say experts

A poll of leading economists for London-focussed business newspaper City AM reveals that some believe a Bank of England base cut...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Prime Housing Market - Confidence creeps back into mortgaged sector

High end estate agency Savills has issued an update on prime markets in and around London and south east England. And it...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit hard by Soaring Mortgage Costs - new data

Monthly interest costs have surged by 283 per cent since 2021 for landlords using interest-only mortgages, research shows. Octane Capital compared rates...

03 January 2024

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Swap Rate falls trigger speculation of early 2024 rate cut

Falling swap rates - already falling over the past month - have dropped further following better-than-expected inflation news, triggering speculation over...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Building Societies warn on mortgages: “We’re not out of the woods yet”

A warning has been given to borrowers and the home owning public by Paul Broadhead, head of mortgage and housing policy...

27 December 2023

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Mortgage Rates lead to fewer moves from London in 2023

The number of Londoners leaving the capital to move elsewhere in Britain dropped back sharply in 2023, following two years of...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Brokers Speak Out - key industry issues for 2024

Crystal Specialist Finance has conducted its Annual Survey with over 10,000 brokers for the second year running. The point is to see...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

2024 - forecasts on lending, buy to let, arrears and possessions

UK Finance has published its housing and mortgage market forecasts for 2024 and 2025 together with projections for 2023 full year numbers. Key figures for 2023 In...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Falling swap rates indicate lower mortgage rates - eventually

Mortgage rates are predicted to fall next year as lenders take advantage of cheaper funding, after figures show that average swap...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Alarm Bells Ring as mortgage arrears shoot upwards

The Bank of England says there was £18.8 billion of mortgage borrowing in arrears in the third quarter of this year. That’s...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Twenty straight weeks of small but important rate drops

Since the peak in July, the average five year fixed mortgage rate has reduced from 6.11 to 5.07 per cent while...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - year ends on optimistic note as brokers hope for better 2024

With the Bank of England maintaining base rate - as expected - at 5.25 per cent, the broker community ends 2023...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Two year fixed rate mortgages sub-6%: A housing market boom?

Two-year fixed rate mortgages have dipped below six per cent for the first time since June this year. Back in June there...

18 December 2023

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Landlords to expand portfolios in 2024 despite huge increase in costs

Many landlords say they’re set to expand investments in 2024 despite facing up to 80 per cent higher costs in the...

18 December 2023

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Buy To Let arrears double in 12 months

Cases of buy-to-let arrears have doubled in a single year, according to a new analysis. The research, from Octane Capital, analysed quarterly...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Google search topics reveal growing worries about repossessions

Homeowners are increasingly researching into mortgage repossessions online, signalling that many are worried about falling behind on their payments. The research by...

13 December 2023

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Unpredictable interest rates could spell upheaval for housing market

A new survey - going against the trend of other housing market studies - suggests that house prices could rise six...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Accord cuts rates on buy to let range

Accord Mortgages is cutting rates on its buy-to-let range in what it calls a bid to “offer better value to brokers...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Grinch! No Christmas cheer in Q3 UK Finance sentiment survey

There’s been a sharp decline in household financial confidence in the UK according to the latest UK Finance sentiment survey. The Q3...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove launching its first broker mortgage product

Rightmove is launching its first broker product, which will allow customers to access mortgage advice through the property website.   The portal,...

04 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Falling mortgage costs could trigger 2024 housing bounce - claim

Knight Frank says a reduction in mortgage costs as early as February - or perhaps more likely in Q2 next year...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

OBR warns house prices to fall further before market recovery

The Office for Budget Responsibility - part of the Treasury but operating independently of government - is forecasting house prices to...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New Build Market in 2024 - a mortgage industry perspective

A new analysis of the new build housing market for next year suggests that eventually there will be a bounce, triggered...

29 November 2023

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Nationwide’s slashed rates means price war goes on to end of year

Nationwide has reduced selected mortgage rates by up to 0.43 per cent across its New Business, Switcher, Additional Borrowing, Existing Customers...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘Hit Harder Than Others’ by interest rate hikes - claim

The research chief at lettings agency Hamptons says it’s likely that landlords have been hit harder by high interest rates than...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Thriving Choice of Small-Deposit Mortgage Options - Moneyfacts

Moneyfacts is reporting that there’s what it calls a “thriving choice” of mortgage options.  Its latest UK Mortgage Trends Treasury Report shows the number...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

It’s War - Lenders compete on price as sub-4% rates look likely

Many of the country’s major lenders - and quite a few smaller ones, too - have slashed mortgage rates in response...

20 November 2023

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Lender warns rates must drop further and faster to boost housing market

The Mortgage Lander is warning that mortgages rates will need to come down more, and faster, to really kick-start the housing...

20 November 2023

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Mortgage Interest Tax Relief must be reinstated - agency boss speaks out

The chief executive of Winkworth estate agency chain says this week’s Autumn Statement must see the reinstatement of Mortgage Interest Tax...

20 November 2023

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Buy-to-let landlords reduce borrowing amidst rising rates

The nation’s landlords are responding to higher levels of mortgage interest rates by cutting their borrowing. The research comes from specialist property...

15 November 2023

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Are lawyers holding up housing transactions?

Some 45 per cent of homebuyers cited in a survey say slow property lawyer response time is a key pain point...

15 November 2023

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Warning: Mortgage growth to hit 10-year low amid economic headwinds

The EY Item Club is warning that the UK is set to experience the slowest two-year mortgage growth in a decade. EY...

13 November 2023

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Amazing interest-free mortgage help  scheme introduced by government

Homeowners in Wales who are struggling with their mortgages could get loans that are interest-free for the first five years under...

13 November 2023

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Unique mortgage affordability tool launched by digital broker

A digital mortgage broker has launched an online tool aggregating data from over 50 Buy to Let lenders to calculate what...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Dire borrowing and credit data from Bank of England

There’s been an alarming set of figures in the Bank of England’s latest Money and Credit report, which relates to September. Net...

08 November 2023

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Equity Release begins long haul back to normal market conditions

The equity release market has seen growth for the first time in 12 months with quarterly increases in both new customers...

08 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Single First-Time Buyers cannot afford 75% of homes using Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

Rightmove claims that single first-time buyers on an average salary and with a 5.0 per cent deposit could not afford three-quarters...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Base Rate on Hold - what it means for mortgages

The Bank of England has held base rate at 5.25 per cent, with most analysts saying this is likely to be...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Lender gives dire warning about UK house price future

The UK's largest mortgage lender expects house prices to fall this year and next before rising in 2025. Lloyds Banking Group -...

01 November 2023

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Brokers ‘need to offer more support to hard-pressed landlords’

Landlords need greater support from mortgage advisers in order to navigate the best course through the current economic climate. That’s according to...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Base Rate Decision Week - will the pause turn into an interlude?

The Bank of England is expected to hold base rate at 5.25 per cent this week with many analysts expecting this...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Innovative buy to let mortgage product launched by digital lender

Molo, which calls itself the UK’s first fully digital mortgage lender, has launched a Non-Resident Buy-to-Let Mortgages, unlocking investment opportunities for...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest Only - another surge in demand online

Searches for interest-only mortgages rose a hefty 51 per cent in the past month as buyers seek to improve affordability. Research data...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Record mortgage debt repayments as equity release “changes market”

UK mortgage holders are repaying record amounts of mortgage debt, according to the  Equity Release Council. But the ERC claims high levels...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Debt Prompts Think Tank To Demand Policy Overhaul

Britain’s macroeconomic policy framework needs an overhaul to tackle the risk of an unsustainable ratcheting up of debt. That’s the view of...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Halifax Heads Cluster of Lenders Scrambling for Business

A host of lenders have announced cuts to their rates in recent days, with Halifax arguably the most significant. It’s launched three-year...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Crisis for Landlords With 40% Higher Payments

Landlords in the UK are paying 40 per cent more mortgage interest than in August 2022, which equates to an extra...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Skipton in “unprecedented move” to shake up residential mortgages

Skipton Building Society has made what some brokers call an “unprecedented move” by offering rates for existing borrowers switching products starting...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Defaults Rising - and there’s likely to be worse to come

Analysts suggest that mortgage lending is likely to fall over the rest of 2023 with both demand and supply dropping thanks...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Boom! Big increase in mortgage choice for investor borrowers

The buy-to-let sector has seen fixed rates fall and product choice grow month-on-month, according to the latest analysis by Moneyfactscompare. Overall buy-to-let...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New tech partnership aims to make brokers’ lives easier

Prominent independent brokerage The Mortgage Hut has partnered with Property Circle to adopt its automated lead generation system and client app. Nicola...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates Are Redefining Housing Market - Nationwide

The Nationwide says high interest rates are helping to redefine the housing market in terms of transaction volumes and choices of...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Many More 35-Year Mortgages - new figures show surge

New data from Experian reveals that one in four mortgages lent to those under 30 now have a term of 35...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Average Mortgage Rates Continue To Drop

It’s now the tenth week that average rates of dropped, as the slow but steady downward trend of fixed-mortgage rates continues.  As...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Is The Mortgage Price War Really Over?

Is the mortgage price war really over? On the one hand there are good signs for the housing market - no substantial...

09 October 2023

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More Fall-Throughs Hit Housing Market

The latest industry index on property fall throughs by quick-buy property firm House Buyer Bureau shows the problem accelerating across the...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Millions of Borrowers Struggle with Mortgage Payments

An estimated seven million UK households are struggling to keep up with their rent or mortgage payments, Which? warns, with millions...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

What Next After A Year Of Mortgage Mayhem?

It’s now one year since former Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s ill-fated mini-budget, which acted as a catalyst...

04 October 2023

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Average rate on five-year fixed deal is sub-6% for first time in months

The interest rate on the average five-year fixed mortgage has dropped below 6.0 per cent for the first time in nearly...

02 October 2023

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Huge Increase in Three Year Fixed Mortgage Products

The number of three-year fixed mortgage products available from lenders has been rising over the last few months as borrowers coming...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Brokers Slam NatWest For 'Not Acting In Consumer Interest'

Brokers have criticised NatWest for allegedly offering a sub-5.0 per cent 60 per cent LTV five -year fixed mortgage rate direct...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot… like a Christmas mortgage crisis

Half a million mortgage-holders are facing an imminent financial shock as their fixed deals end in the run-up to Christmas or...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Bad Timing? New product for landlords committing to EPC improvements

Molo Finance - which says it’s “the UK’s first fully digital mortgage lender” - has joined with a PropTech startup to...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

High Mortgage Rates are bad for your health (literally)

Pressure on mortgage holders is leaving Briton struggling to cope with their mental and physical health according to a wellbeing service...

20 September 2023

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Mortgage affordability to be hit by council mayhem - claim

Brokers are warning that dramatic council ‘effective bankruptcies’ will increase local residents’ tax bills and so hurt mortgage affordability. This follows the...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

One More Rate Rise? Or Is This It For Now?

The jury is out as to whether there will be a rate rise this week when the Bank of England Monetary...

18 September 2023

From: Breaking News

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