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Housing market cools as price growth slows

Created on 23 October 2014. Posted in Live News

... three years, especially in London and the south-east. But a number of factors are combining to take the heat out of the market, such as tough new rules on mortgage regulation. From April mortgage lenders ...

Is Help to Buy Causing a Housing Bubble?

Created on 05 May 2014. Posted in Live News

... primary aim is to aid people in buying their first homes and raising the right deposits. The scheme is split into two parts. The Scheme - Part 1 Firstly, Help to Buy 1 is available on new-build homes ...

Can I Get a Mortgage with a 6 Month Contract History?

Created on 07 March 2014. Posted in Ask the Specialist

... it has been renewed - ideally (but not essentially) the contract should run for as long as possible and have been renewed once  How much you are looking to borrow, the purchase price and the deposit ...

My wife and I moved abroad and are now looking for a UK base for holidays - is this possible?

Created on 04 March 2014. Posted in Ask the Specialist

... UK.   Ask the Specialist response: Thanks for your enquiry. The good news is that we do typically assist expat clients in similar situations who are looking to purchase a residential property ...

What would an Independent Scotland Mean for Mortgages?

Created on 17 February 2014. Posted in Live News

... if there is a new currency. Even with the same currencies the different rules and regulations from two countries may force lenders to pull out. The truth is that nobody knows the exact impact and many ...

Is Prime London Property Now An Investment Arm of the Super-Rich?

Created on 12 February 2014. Posted in Live News

... majority of central London property purchases, in both the 'prime' and new-build categories, are made with international money. Estimates suggest in the region of £5bn of overseas cash will be spent ...

UK 'pays highest property taxes'

Created on 29 December 2013. Posted in Live News

... to a think-tank report. The right-of-centre Policy Exchange said politicians should reject new levies on property - such as the 'mansion tax' on residences worth over £2 million favoured by Liberal ...

Soldiers Remembered – Forgotten by Lenders?

Created on 10 November 2013. Posted in Live News

... new Forces Help to Buy scheme which will come into effect next April.  This scheme allows both servicemen and women to borrow a deposit of up to 50% of their salary, interest-free allowing them to ...

With the Credit Squeeze in the Rear View Mirror - What's Happening in the Rental Market?

Created on 07 November 2013. Posted in Live News

... of Help to Buy was directly linked to the building of new houses. This easier access to financing new property has helped to rejuvenate the housing stock which has in turn pushed down rental income as ...

Pensions Uncertainty Could Lead Retirees to Mortgage Market

Created on 14 October 2013. Posted in Live News

... have begun to pile on restrictions too. In May, West Brom Building Society cut its maximum lending age from 80 to 70, meaning the day of your 71st mortgage you can not have a pensioner mortgage. Newcastle ...

Foreign Buyers Account for 50% of Top London Home Purchases

Created on 12 October 2013. Posted in Live News

... future of the euro were high. Where the properties were new build the proportion of non-UK buyers rose even higher to 69%. The supply of such property - which include landmark developments such as One ...

Banks Get Moving With Government Lending Schemes

Created on 07 September 2013. Posted in Live News

... news for mortgage borrowers as more money becomes available to buy and move homes. Higher volumes of mortgage lending should lead to greater competition between lenders on rates and easing of criteria. ...

Expat Mortgages for British UK Ex pats in the US

Created on 18 August 2013. Posted in USA

... looking to remortgage an existing buy to let or residential property but a number of clients are also looking to make new purchases for a buy to let investment or a residential home to which the will eventually ...

UK Ex Pat Mortgages for British Expats in Dubai

Created on 18 August 2013. Posted in UAE

... UK-wide to follow suit. Dubai remains one of the top 5 UK expat destinations and the good news is that across a comprehensive panel of lenders, there remain a select number of highly competitive deals still available ...

Mortgage Calculator UK Rates and Expat Mortgages for British Expats in Australia

Created on 18 August 2013. Posted in Australia

... UK rate tables. They tend to generally work out of the major centres such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide but we do obtain enquiries from the smaller cities including Canberra, Newcastle ...

Santander Joins Help to Buy Scheme

Created on 27 July 2013. Posted in Live News

... Government loan, which is interest-free for five year, so only a 5 per cent deposit is needed. The scheme is only available on new build homes worth up to £600,000 and will run for three years helping ...

UK economy grows 0.6 per cent in second quarter

Created on 25 July 2013. Posted in Live News

It seems that the UK economy has grown by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter as the recovery picks up pace which is great news.  After 0.3 per cent growth ...

Skipton restricts interest-only mortgages

Created on 11 June 2013. Posted in Live News

...  It shows there is a new focus on income for interest-only home mortgages and not on loan size as has been the case previously. Barclays decided to move from a minimum £300,000 loan to a minimum income ...

Government Help to Buy booming with 4,000 Enquiries

Created on 09 June 2013. Posted in Live News

... a mortgage indemnity guarantee. The shared equity scheme started in April and offers borrowers a five-year interest-free loan up to 20 per cent of the property price on new build houses. It is available ...

Govt's Help to Buy scheme can help with large mortgages too

Created on 26 May 2013. Posted in Live News

... parts with a shared equity loan scheme and a mortgage indemnity guarantee. The shared equity loans are available now from certain lenders and allow borrowers to buy new build homes with a 20% five-year ...