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West Brom unveils 10-year fix

West Brom has launched a 10-year fix with a rate of 3.99% to 75% LTV.

UK GDP up 0.7pc

UK gross domestic product increased by 0.7% in Q3 2014 compared to 0.9% in Q2, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

Homebuyers shouldn’t cut corners on home surveys

Homebuyers shouldn’t skimp out on property surveys or they could encounter problems down the line, Maxwell Hodge conveyancer Alison Love has warned.

 


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UK GDP up 0.7pc

UK gross domestic product increased by 0.7% in Q3 2014 compared to 0.9% in Q2, figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

West Brom unveils 10-year fix

West Brom has launched a 10-year fix with a rate of 3.99% to 75% LTV.

Dragonfly hires commercial property manager

Dragonfly has hired Dominic Gibson as an investment manager for its commercial property team.

Paradigm hosts Belfast round table

Paradigm will host its next mortgage and protection roundtable event in Belfast on Wednesday 12 October.

Homebuyers shouldn’t cut corners on home surveys

Homebuyers shouldn’t skimp out on property surveys or they could encounter problems down the line, Maxwell Hodge conveyancer Alison Love has warned.

Lloyds slashes 90pc LTV mortgages

Lloyds Bank has cut rates on its 2-year fixed rate 90% LTV mortgages.

London will build 570,000 homes in a decade

London will construct up to 570,000 new homes in the next decade with the help of new build projects in Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Islington and Hackney, Stirling Ackroyd has claimed.

First-timer sales up 11pc

First-time buyer sales have increased by 11% annually to September, the latest First Time Buyer Tracker from Your Move and Reeds Rains has revealed.

Annual rate of house price growth hits 9pc

The annual rate of UK house price growth was 9.0% in September, up just 0.1% from August (8.9%), according to Hometrack’s inaugural UK Cities House Price Index.

Scotland sobered by end of Help to Buy

The Scottish housing market will be tempered by the end of the country’s Help to Buy equity scheme in July 2015, Homes for Scotland chief executive Philip Hogg has said.

Spooky homes can devalue by 20pc

Homes with spooky histories can lose up to 20% of their value according to 83% of estate agents, Move with Us research has revealed.

Shawbrook records strong September turnaround times

Shawbrook successfully processed 97.7% of its short-term applications within 72 hours in September.

Teachers launches 3-year exclusive

Teachers Building Society has introduced an 80% LTV 3-year fix at 3.20% for homebuyers and movers who are teachers and education professionals, exclusively via intermediaries.

LendInvest launches buy-to-let index

LendInvest has launched a buy-to-let property index to provide a thorough analysis of the market.

StepChange links up with Magellan

StepChange Financial Solutions has been appointed by Magellan Homeloans to advise clients about its specialist range of credit repair mortgages.

Islamic Bank of Britain rebrands as Al Rayan Bank

The Islamic Bank of Britain will change its name to Al Rayan Bank PLC in December subject to shareholder approval.

James Chidgey set for Nationwide departure in 2015

Nationwide senior manager James Chidgey will leave in March to draw his 29-year career with the building society to a close.

Skipton refreshes rates

Skipton Building Society has refreshed its range of fixed-rate mortgages.

Skipton refreshes rates

Skipton Building Society has refreshed its range of fixed-rate mortgages.

BBA figures show steadier mortgage market

Mortgage approvals have dropped by 10% for new house purchases and 24% for remortgages compared to the same period last year, BBA figures have revealed.

Sluggish wage growth held base rates

The Monetary Policy Committee held Bank of England base rates at 0.50% due to sluggish wage growth, Nick Dixon, investment director at Aegon UK, has said.

Nationwide offers lowest ever fix

Nationwide has launched a 60% LTV 2-year fix at 1.84% for new buyers and 1.74% for existing customers.

LMS: Remortgage lending up 19pc

Gross remortgage lending increased by 19% to £4.4bn in September, data from the LMS has revealed.

Prime London plateaus

House price growth in Prime London has slowed to 0.5% in Q3 2014 compared to 3.1% in Q2, the Marsh & Parsons London Property Monitor has revealed.

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Buy-To-Let

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SPECIAL FEATURE: Property is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme

Derek Bradley, CEO of Panacea Adviser, looks at the buy-to-let market and what it requires to be successful.

Industry backs Rent to Buy

Industry backs rent to buy

The government’s Rent to Buy scheme has received backing from housing professionals although several noted there may be ‘devil in the detail’ when it comes to the scheme’s implementation, writes Ryan Bembridge.

Don’t blame buy-to-let for housing crisis

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Two buy-to-let heavyweights have defended the sector after GoCompare research revealed that 14% of adults blame buy-to-let landlords for the lack of affordable housing in the UK, writes Ryan Bembridge.

SPECIAL FEATURE: UK landlords under threat

Landlords under threat

Despite the potential for mortgage rates to rise, the increasing number of tenants in the market and continued poor returns on savings is still tempting many into the buy-to-let market, writes Kevin Paterson, managing director...


Bridging and Commercial

SPECIAL FEATURE: Bridging a more professional state of affairs

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Matthew Anderson, director of Fincorp, says that there is no room for complacency when it comes to regulation of the bridging sector.

Brokers believe London market is ‘unhealthily overheated’

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Nearly half of development finance brokers and developers see the London market as ‘unhealthily overheated’, research from United Trust Bank has revealed.

Vantage completes cycle challenge

Vantage Finance has completed a 10-day cycle challenge to raise £3,100 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

FSE2014: Boulger backs seconds

FSE2014: Boulger backs seconds

Second charge loans have an important role to play in a functioning housing market and could help the government out when the Help to Buy Scheme comes to an end, Ray Boulger, senior technical manager at John Charcol, said today.


Equity Release

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StepChange links up with Magellan

StepChange Financial Solutions has been appointed by Magellan Homeloans to advise clients about its specialist range of credit repair mortgages.

Bower Retirement Services to double adviser numbers

Business is booming at Bower

National equity release adviser firm Bower Retirement Services is looking to boost its face to face adviser team and support staff and double the number of its advisers to 48.

Key Retirement rebrands

Key Retirement Solutions is rebranding as Key Retirement with two distribution divisions focusing on retirement lending and wealth and retirement options.

Ray McCaarthy joins Later Life Academy

McCarthy joins Later Life

Ray McCaarthy has joined The Later Life Academy as national development manager.


Protection

Geoff Hall Mark Jones

SPECIAL FEATURE: White lie or blatant fraud?

Mick Cairns, insurance director at The Source Insurance, on one in five UK householders admitting to having lied or withholding information when applying for home insurance.

Students urged to study their protection options

students to go with story on their protection needs

As students go to university for the first time, their parents need to make sure their belongings are covered.

Zurich launches support service

Helping hands to go with story on Zurich launching a support service for clients

Zurich has launched a free and confidential support service for its protection customers and their immediate families, available throughout the lifetime of their policies.

Beagle Street kicks off CI upgrade race

Beagle Street kicks off upgrade race

Beagle Street, the online insurer that entered the market in July 2012 has kicked off this seasons critical illness upgrade race, writes Alan Lakey, director at CIExpert.


Industry

Christian Faes Blog

Buying business premises

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Did your business begin at the kitchen table? Have you outgrown the spare room or shared office space?

London will build 570,000 homes in a decade

London will construct up to 570,000 new homes in the next decade with the help of new build projects in Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Islington and Hackney, Stirling Ackroyd has claimed.

Help! Get these hazards out of my home

Does your toaster fail to pop up? Do you have a kettle that won't boil? Or does your vacuum leave more dust than it picks up?

Annual rate of house price growth hits 9pc

The annual rate of UK house price growth was 9.0% in September, up just 0.1% from August (8.9%), according to Hometrack’s inaugural UK Cities House Price Index.