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Santander's seven day mortgage deals point the way for brokers

Created on 13 March 2013.

At the end of February Santander launched two-year fixed rate mortgage at 2.49% that was only available for seven days. The deal was available at 75% loan to value ratio making it a cheap rate but it ...

New Build Supply Creates Trouble For Buyers

Created on 21 February 2013.

The number of new homes starting to be built in 2012 fell by 11%, compared to 2011. This comes from the findings of the property builders Barratt, who also claim that the number of new homes finished this ...

Promising signs of recovery for mortgage market

Created on 16 February 2013.

January saw approvals for mortgages reach a four year high, according to research from e.surv. The Chartered Surveyors, put the rise down to a combination of falling mortgage rates, a wider range of mortgages ...

'Ticking Time Bomb' of Interest Only Loans

Created on 12 February 2013.

A high number of borrowers on interest only mortgages are in danger of being unable to pay off their remaining debt when their mortgage term ends. Recent findings by the market research consultancy company, ...

Housing Market Has New Lease on Life

Created on 06 February 2013.

The UK housing market appears to be gaining momentum as Halifax announced house prices have risen by 1.3% in January 2013 compared to January 2012. This is the first annual improvement in 27 months.

Professional Mortgages Look Set To Rise

Created on 24 January 2013.

Interest on five year fixed rate mortgages are at a 6 year low since 2007, according to one Mortgage Advice Bureau. The average interest on a five year fixed deal is now 4.27%, down by 0.34% from the start ...

CML Have High Hopes for 2013 Lending Market

Created on 22 January 2013.

Lending in the UK housing market will rise by 9% by the end of 2013, according to predictions by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

Deposits For London Houses Three Times National Average

Created on 16 January 2013.

... the majority of mortgages are secured with a 20% deposit.   ...

New Build Plans to Ease Market Pressure

Created on 11 January 2013.

Local communities are expected to develop robust plans to build new affordable housing for the next five years, as part of the Planning Minister’s desire to ease the pressure on the housing market.

Retirement Income Continues to Fall

Created on 10 January 2013.

Those entering retirement in 2013 are likely to have seen their annual income be 18% lower than those who retired in 2008, based upon thefindings by Prudential’s Class of 2013.

Rise in High LTV Mortgages Expected in Q1

Created on 04 January 2013.

Mortgage applications for higher LTVs (Loan to Value) are predicted to rise in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Credit Conditions Survey conducted by the Bank of England.

London House Prices 10% Higher Than At Peak of Market

Created on 03 January 2013.

Hometrack the online valuation company, claims house prices are 10% higher in London than they were at the peak of the market. However, the new research claims that overall prices have fallen across two ...

French Tax Exiles Come To London

Created on 21 December 2012.

The French Government has introduced a 75% top tax rate on high income earners on €1 million a year, equivalent to £800,000.

London House Prices Fall 3 Months In A Row

Created on 18 December 2012.

London has experienced three consecutive months of decline in its average house price, revealed the Office of National Statistics.

UK Expat in Spain

Created on 26 October 2017. Posted in Ask the Specialist

Hello, I am a UK Citizen resident in Spain and I'm exploring the options to apply for a mortgage to buy a property in the North-West of England. I would appreciate more information on the types of Mortgages ...

British Expat in South Asia

Created on 04 October 2017. Posted in Ask the Specialist

Hi,  I am a British citizen with a property in London, which is currently on rent. I have moved to Pakistan for a couple of years for a good job opportunity. My house is currently on a residential ...

UK Expat Mortgages in Qatar

Created on 05 July 2017. Posted in Live News

... realising the few lending options they have, compared to their counterparts in European and commonwealth countries. We are seeing a number of lenders offering expat mortgages, refusing to accept applications ...

Expat in Malaysia Buying New Build Flat

Created on 25 March 2017. Posted in Ask the Specialist

Hi, Do you provide any buy-to-let mortgages that are based solely on rental income rather than affordability? I'm looking for 60% on a £325K new build completing in August. I'm a UK citizen based in ...

Motivation to Remortgage Highest Since 2008

Created on 07 March 2017. Posted in Live News

Mortgage rates may be showing signs of rising, but that shouldn't dampen borrowers' desire to remortgage, particularly those coming to the end of a fixed two-year term. Indeed, our latest figures show ...

Expat Returned from Australia

Created on 28 February 2017. Posted in Ask the Specialist

Hi,  I have just returned from 7 years in Australia (returned Nov 2016). We are currently staying with my in-laws. I am purchasing a house for £250,000 and paying cash (problems getting mortgage). ...