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KEYWORD "rates" - 100 RESULTS
Call for Labour to create life-long fixed-rate mortgages

A left-wing academic is suggesting that the new UK Labour government should emulate the US and introduce life-long fixed-rate mortgages. Some 90...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Standard Life introduces new EPC scheme

UK lender Standard Life Home Finance has announced a new EPC scheme to encourage consumers to make their homes more sustainable.   Upon...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Lenders' rate cuts so far this week

More rate cuts are being announced by lenders all the time as they vie for business and anticipate the Bank of...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Rate cut hopes and housing optimism rise after Labour’s first week

The latest residential sentiment survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests a currently-subdued housing market but with a more...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Average first timer mortgage £100 cheaper than a year ago

The average five-year fixed mortgage rate is now 4.97%, down from 5.91 % a year ago; and the average two-year fixed...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock as Bank of England advised not to cut rates in August

One of the Bank of England monetary policy committee members has advised against a cut in base rate on August 1. Jonathan...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Lender enhances flexi range after broker feedback

Hinckley & Rugby for Intermediaries has enhanced its flexible mortgage range, cutting selected rates by up to 30bps and launching new...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Boom for low deposit mortgages as shelf-lives increase - Moneyfacts

The availability of deals at 95% loan-to-value has risen to its highest point in over two years.  Overall, it was the fifth...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Buckle Up - two thirds of mortgage business coming in H2

Brokers can look forward to a strong second half of 2024, according to an industry leader. Rob Jupp, group chief executive at...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Millions of borrowers clueless about Interest Rates and their debt

More than a quarter of people are in the dark about interest rates and how much they pay, a new survey...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate and Labour Tax worries hit prime property market

Price growth in high-value prime areas has been put on hold given uncertainty surrounding the General Election, according to the latest...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Regional Housing Markets muted by high mortgage rates

The Nationwide regional house price indices are produced quarterly, with data for Q2 (the three months up to and incluingJune) showing...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Home Ownership Revolution thanks to election - agency's view

The Conservatives are set to lose nearly half of homeowner votes this week, latest polling from national estate agency Jackson-Stops reveals....

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning from Bank of England - mortgage payments up for millions

Some 3m UK households are to be hit with further increases in mortgage repayments over the next two years, the Bank...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyers deterred by over-strict mortgage rules - claim

New research from the Intermediary Mortgage Landers Association suggests that the cumulative shortfall in first-time buyer numbers since the financial crisis...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest-only mortgage holders show no signs of undue stress

Data from UK Finance suggests that interest-only mortgage holders are showing no obvious signs of distress despite interest rates remaining high.  There...

01 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Big banks drop rates and likely to trigger copycat cuts

HSBC has made extensive cuts to rates levied on a vast range of residential and buy to let mortgages, coming into...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyer mortgage costs soar

 A new first-time buyer study from Rightmove reveals that the average first-time buyer mortgage payment has risen by 61% since the...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Volatile Mortgage Rates hurt the Housing Market

Buyers and sellers had to process a series of different numbers starting with five last week. The crucial number was 5.7%. That...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Sharp Criticism for obstinate Bank of England over rate hold

There’s been particularly sharp criticism for the Bank of England’s decision at the end of last week to hold base rate...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Lending plummets to 30-month low - but Better To Come

Total mortgage lending sat at just £50.5 billion during the first quarter of 2024, the lowest level seen since interest rates...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Impact - why rates are volatile for mortgages

Interest rates for borrowers have been volatile over the past six months, despite no change to the Bank of England base...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank of England slammed for interest rate attack on homeowners

The Bank of England has been sharply criticised for an “attack on homeowners” due to its refusal to cut rates. The Monetary...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

High Mortgage Rates and Sluggish Sales Process threaten market

Rightmove reports that the average price of property coming to the market for sale drops by £21 this month to £375,110...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Higher Mortgage Rates sucking life out of the housing market

A number of major mortgage lenders have announced rate increases just as the election campaign enters its second half. Barclays has increased...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Refurb-To-Let loans target landlords improving properties

Paragon Bank has launched a new refurb-to-let deal, offering landlords finance to upgrade their properties. The two refurb-to-let products are designed for...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

What’s Happened to Mortgage Rates Since 2010?

Moneyfacts has analysed the movements in mortgage rates since the Conservatives came to office in 2010. Average two-year fixed mortgage rates fluctuated...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Shelf Life Halved in just One Month - new figures

oneyfacts data reveals the average shelf-life of a mortgage has dropped to 15 days, down from 28 days a month prior. Month-on-month...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Moans - Watchdog asks why rates are so much higher

Jersey's mortgage rates have been consistently higher than those in the UK, sparking concern among consumers and prompting our investigation, according...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates Begin To Fall - will Bank of England follow suit?

The European Central Bank has cut its key deposit rate to 3.75% - so moving faster than the Bank of England...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage market will see off General Election instability - expert's view

The mortgage market is resilient enough to endure temporary political uncertainty created by next month’s General Election. That’s the view of Jonathan...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning that interest rates will stay 'higher for longer' this year

Higher-for-longer interest rates are likely to remain for the rest of this year, warns the deVere Group, an independent financial advisory...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Call for review of mortgage affordability criteria by new government

Rightmove says there should be a review of mortgage affordability criteria undertaken by the next government. The portal’s mortgages expert Matt Smith...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates depress mortgage approvals in spring market

Official Bank of England figures shows that net mortgage approvals for house purchases totalled 61,100 in April, little changed from 61,300...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

First Time Buyer loan applications soar - now biggest sector of mortgage market

Applications from first time buyers have grown by 33% so far this year with FTBs now making up a higher proportion...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Election unlikely to impact property market revival - new figures

Analysis by an estate agency shows that since the 1980s, house prices have climbed by an average of 5.4% in the...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Market hit by sell off of holiday lets and Airbnbs - Zoopla

This accounts for some of the big rise seen recently in the supply of homes for sale - 20% up on...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Lender opens large-loan mortgage range to all brokers

Dudley Building Society has made its residential large loan mortgage range accessible to all brokers. Up until now, access to the building...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Warning - Rate Cut on Ice and Lending Slows

There’s a warning that the general election campaign will probably mean that the interest rate cuts hoped for in June will...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

High Interest Rates push buyers into smaller property purchases

An online agency has analysed current housing market listings to see which types of home are most in demand from England’s...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

April Mortgages launches Dutch-style house purchase product range

April Mortgages has launched its new unique house purchase mortgage range. Now all registered firms will be able to offer the entire...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Debt Consolidation Range from lender  targets older borrowers

LiveMore, the mortgage lender for people aged 50 to 90 plus, has launched a new up to 100% standalone debt consolidation...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Good news as High Street borrowers cut rates once again

There was good news over the weekend as rates reductions announced late last week kicked in. Barclays has cut a number of...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage product choices boom with some at 16-year high

Independent mortgage monitor service Moneyfacts says rises to average two- and five-year fixed mortgage rates have gained pace month-on-month. The overall five-year...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Costs make buying in much of London hugely dearer than renting

Londoners looking to buy a home can expect to spend 42% more on monthly mortgage payments than tenants pay on rent,...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

House Sales stagnate as mortgage rates dampen buyer enthusiasm

The latest RICS UK Residential Survey results shows the recent recovery in buyer demand has mellowed slightly, with the market impacted...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords Make Radical Mortgage Changes to Ease Rising Costs

Many buy to let landlords have made financial changes during the cost of living crisis to mitigate the rising costs of...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landbay cuts stress testing requirements on like-for-like remortgages

Buy to let lender Landbay has enhanced its like-for-like remortgage range with new lower stress testing, alongside new rate reductions. For landlords...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Lending set to double next year - new figures

UK mortgage lending is forecast to grow just 1.5% (net) in 2024, according to the latest EY ITEM Club Outlook for...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate impact on Mortgages - a six month analysis

Interest rates for borrowers have shown mixed signs of both rises and falls over the past six months. Moneyfactscompare has analysed...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Arrears edge upwards - latest official figures from UK Finance

UK Finance’s latest arrears and possessions data shows a modest three per cent rise in homeowner mortgages in arrears to 96,580...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Base Rate Held Again - what this really means for mortgages this summer

Bank of England base rate has been held at 5.25% - where it has been for nine months. The Bank’s monetary policy...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

High Street lenders: Most hike rates, one reduces them

HSBC has made a slew of changes and increases to its residential and buy to let mortgage products. The bank is introducing...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Building Societies target first time buyers with affordability issues

Research from independent mortgage monitor Moneyfactscompare suggests that building societies are working hard to support first-time buyers, for whom affordability has...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage costs push housing market into north-south divide

It might look like house prices have stabilised, staying relatively flat over the first four months of 2024, but at least...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Brokers can educate young borrowers on eco-improvements - claim

Almost three quarters of Millennial and Gen Z buyers - those aged 18 to 34 - think energy efficiency improvements will...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mutual cuts rates twice in a week, against the trend

The Hinckley & Rugby building society has announced two cuts to rates across its mortgage range in short order.  After rate cuts...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Prices of flats rising faster than any other property type

Big demand for small properties has helped to drive growth in UK property prices in the early months of this year,...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Stark figures show mortgage repayment burden for borrowers

Higher mortgage rates are a drag on house price growth says Zoopla - and it’s produced startling figures to prove it. The...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgages target borrowers with CCJs and defaults

Aldermore is reintroducing a broader range of mortgages for owner occupiers. The lender says it wants to support often “overlooked customers” with...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks launches Mortgage division targeting first time buyers

Purplebricks has launched Purplebricks Mortgages Limited - taking over from the old Strike Financial Services brand.  A year ago the Strike online...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

All change - more rate and product changes from major lenders

Several of the UK’s biggest lenders have raised rates on their mortgage products this week already, as speculation grows that the...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Hinckley & Rugby lowers mortgage rates in spring refresh

The mutual has announced a refresh of its product range to ensure it continues to meet the complex needs of today’s...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

New loan covers lifecycle of property, not just purchase

Real estate finance and investment business TAB has launched a long-term lending service extending to all stages of a property’s life...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Popular lenders change rates and products for landlords

Keystone Property Finance has expanded its services by introducing further advances for landlords undergoing product transfers. As part of Keystone’s PT Plus...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning of missed mortgage payments growing in number

A new survey suggests that almost half a million Britons are set to miss a mortgage payment in the next six...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds and Barclays profits drop as mortgage competition surges

Lloyd’s pre-tax profits were just £1.6 billion between January and March, down from £2.3 billion for the same period last year. The bank...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock as major mortgage lenders increase rates

Five major lenders - NatWest, Barclays, Accord, Leeds Building Society and HSBC - have all announced rate increases so far this...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Expanded range from Chorley and new rates from the Dudley

Chorley Building Society has extensive enhanced its mortgage range with new products for limited company buy to let investors, holiday lets,...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending plummets ahead of expected summer surge

Mortgage lending has fallen by -28.6% in the past year, according to a new analysis. Octane Capital analysed gross mortgage lending data*...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Sales Up, Listings Up, Prices Up - great start to 2024 housing market

The number of new sellers coming to the market is up by 12% compared to this time a year ago, and...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage changes across wide range of products

There’s been a bevvy of buy to let mortgage deal changes this week. Shawbrook has made a series of reductions across its...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Record long mortgage terms for first time buyers

An analysis of government house price data by business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown suggests the typical mortgage term for a first time...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the latest trends in UK lending and borrowing

A new report reveals the latest trends  in UK lending and borrowing, compiled by lending software company Lenvi. The most notable trends include...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Fall-throughs costing sellers £909m even before peak period

Fall throughs are costing sellers some £909m a year - and that’s even on recent muted sales figures. Home Sale Pack has...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

First Monthly House Price Fall for Six Months

UK house prices grew in March on a quarterly basis, by 2.0%, with annual growth slowing to 0.3%, from 1.6% in...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Market shows sign of improvement despite high rates

UK house prices fell by 0.2% in March. Nevertheless, the annual rate of house price growth edged higher to 1.6% in...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Crisis - lending plummets and arrears soar

There’s been a huge rise in the number of buy to let property repossessions in the first quarter of 2024 compared...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Good News of Approvals from the Bank of England

Mortgage approvals jumped 7.7% in February to 60,383, and were 40% higher than they were a year ago, new figures from...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

How Much Will Mortgage Rates Affect The Housing Market?

Recent economic data was reassuringly predictable. We learned that core inflation fell by fractionally more than expected while services inflation proved slightly...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Down-valuations biting hard across Britain

New research shows that sellers in Wales are likely to be hit hardest by a down valuation, with the average home...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

April Mortgage’s long-term deals win additional exposure

Legal & General Mortgage Club has added April Mortgages to its lender panel, giving additional exposure to April’s long-term fixed-rate remortgage...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank of England Base Rate Cut - when will it happen?

The Bank of England has signalled that more than one interest rate cut is likely this year - but the question...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

HSBC launches Energy Efficient Homes mortgage range

HSBC used the Easter period to launch its Energy Efficient Homes range, tailored for UK residential first time buyers, home movers...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Analysis shows long term rebalancing housing market

The average volume of UK properties listed for sale month-on-month rose by 58% in 2023 compared to a year previously, underscoring...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rates Continue to Fluctuate Across Mortgage Sectors

Since the start of September 2023, the average two-year fixed rate has fallen from 6.70% to 5.76% and the average five-year...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Kent Reliance for Intermediaries’ new resi ranges and reduced rates

Kent Reliance for Intermediaries - part of the OSB Group - has refreshed products across their residential, buy to let, and...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Wealth manager launches attack on Halifax’s age limit U-turn

Mortgage lender Halifax is imposing a new 70-year age limit on the terms of its home loans for some borrowers. This has...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Growing Mortgage Arrears set off alarm bells for leading analyst

New Mortgage Lenders and Administrators statistics for Q4 2023 paint a very worrying picture of the mortgage market. That’s the view of...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New analysis shows busiest cities for buyers in today’s housing market

Analysis from estate agency Yopa reveals that while the London market may be the worst performing in terms of house prices, it...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tide Is Turning: fewer people worried about mortgage repayment costs

Fewer people are concerned about paying their mortgage and fewer believe mortgage affordability is a barrier to home buying.  That’s the verdict...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage shelf-life plummets and lenders hike rate

The average shelf-life of a mortgage product is just 15 days, with lenders increasing fixed rates, says Moneyfacts. Average mortgage rates on...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Fintech renews long term link with Legal & General Mortgage Club

Mortgage and protection CRM platform Smartr365 has renewed its longstanding partnership with Legal & General Mortgage Club. The agreement means members of...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Many landlords to end fixed-rate deals soon, says lender

Some 40% of residential landlords with a mortgage - fixed, tracker or discount - are due to renew their mortgage rate...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

 Kensington reduces rates and fees on selected products

Kensington Mortgages has lowered rates and reduced arrangement fees across selected 90 and 95 per cent Loan To Value products. For its...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New analysis shows link between rates and longer mortgage terms

The ‘average’ 25 year mortgage term is increasingly becoming a thing of the past says USwitch. A recent study of the data...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing market buoyancy shows mortgage costs not a deterrent

New data from Zoopla suggests that the housing market is becoming buoyant despite widespread uncertainty over the exact direction of mortgage...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Dip in demand for new builds as interest rates keep buyers at bay

Homebuyer appetites for new-build properties have dipped. Demand dropped 1.1 per cent in the last quarter according to analysis by easyMoney of...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Budget Day - Rightmove pours cold water on 99% mortgage idea

Rightmove says the housing market needs a more innovative mortgage initiative than the 99 per cent idea floated by the government. The...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents impatient with mortgage lenders despite better news on sales

The estate agents’ trade body has made the unexpected move of calling on banks to cut mortgage rates. Rates are typically decided...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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