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Together’s loan book reaches £3.25bn

February 21, 2019

In Q4 Together grew monthly loan originations by 24.9% to £171.7m, compared to the same quarter last year. The group delivered profit before tax of £31.2m and cash receipts to £363.0m for the quarter.

Brighstar named Best Small Company to work for in the UK

February 21, 2019

The specialist mortgage distributor, which topped the list of the top 100 best small companies to work for in the national survey, was praised for its ‘extraordinary’ levels of workplace engagement.


News

Over 12 million Brits prepared to fight the division of loved ones’ estates

February 21, 2019

Research amongst family law professionals found the most common reason for contesting a will in the UK is on the grounds of ‘undue influence’, where the deceased was forced to sign a will or unreasonable pressure was placed upon them. 

Online Mortgage Advisor launches broker training academy

February 20, 2019

The introducer’s programme is designed to both train and test brokers about specialist areas of the market.

Capital B Property Finance hires trainee broker

February 20, 2019

Capital B offers an advised and packaged brokerage service, providing intermediaries with support for high net worth individuals with property development loans, bridging loans, commercial finance, buy-to-let and complex residential mortgages.

Ipswich Building Society reports £3.3 profit before tax last year

February 20, 2019

Total regulatory capital totalled at £37m last year, £3m more than the year before. In 2018 Ipswich introduced its ‘later life‘ range, mortgage products specifically designed for borrowers aged 50 and over.

Blogs

John Phillips

Equity release should be a key tool in a brokers’ toolbox

It is clear that equity release is here to stay, which means all mortgage brokers should have it within their proposition.

Mortgage Introducer

London brokers increasing their amount of international bridging

Based on observations and conversations over the past year, there appears to have been an increase in the search for international funds coming through London brokers.


PRIMIS launches marketing portal for brokers

February 20, 2019

Brand services, bespoke solutions and promotional merchandise are also available. The portal is the latest addition to the PRIMIS portfolio to help aid its brokers in developing and growing their businesses. The network said it will be adding new materials throughout the year.

Over half of over 55s love their family home and can never see themselves moving

February 20, 2019

One in five over 55s said they are worse off than they expected to be at this stage in life, and while downsizing could offer a way to free up cash to ease the financial strain, 62% still said they would not want to downsize. 

TML launches Help to Buy mortgages

February 20, 2019

Its products are available to the whole of market and across Real Life (RL) categories one to six. There is a maximum loan-to-value of 75% with a minimum 5% borrower deposit and its rates start at 3.64% for a 2-year fix.

buy-to-let News

Brighstar named Best Small Company to work for in the UK

February 21, 2019

The specialist mortgage distributor, which topped the list of the top 100 best small companies to work for in the national survey, was praised for its ‘extraordinary’ levels of workplace engagement.

Online Mortgage Advisor launches broker training academy

February 20, 2019

The introducer’s programme is designed to both train and test brokers about specialist areas of the market.

Bob Hunt

The relationship between lender, broker and borrower

The relationship between the various parties involved in the mortgage process is pretty complex – even if you might be able to boil it down to a simple lender-borrower relationship, that’s unlikely to be the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Mortgage Introducer

Flexible working doesn’t just mean working from home anymore

Collective working spaces were set up to meet the growing criteria of businesses wanting to offer their employees more than just a desk.

Mortgage Introducer

Foreign buyer tax is another nail in the coffin for investors

An extra tax right now is surely going to result in foreign investors looking to other markets.

Mortgage Introducer

Opportunity knocks

Don't ever be afraid of working for yourself and don't ever let someone talk you out of doing it either.


Capital B Property Finance hires trainee broker

February 20, 2019

Capital B offers an advised and packaged brokerage service, providing intermediaries with support for high net worth individuals with property development loans, bridging loans, commercial finance, buy-to-let and complex residential mortgages.

Keystone hires BDM for the Midlands

February 20, 2019

She will work alongside Keystone’s existing sales team of four external BDMs and three internal business support managers.

Number of first-time buyer mortgages at 12-year high

February 19, 2019

UK Finance's Mortgage Trends Update found the £62bn of new lending in the year was 4.9% more than in 2017. 

Mortgage Introducer

Stuck in the past?

With Open Banking, lenders – for the first time – can make an affordability assessment that is extremely accurate.

Jonathan Sealey

Communication is key to successful short-term lending

While bridging loans offer a range of solutions, they also present a number of challenges.

Mortgage Introducer

Scale without sacrifice

Broker-friendly tech platforms will prove to be a great enabler.