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Women to Suffer 15% Increased Costs on Critical Illness Insurance from 21 December 2012

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 03 November 2012 20:04.

On 21 December 2012, the European Union’s Gender Directive comes into force which whilst aimed at equalising the premiums paid by both men and women for insurance is highly predicted to increase costs across the board.

Expat Mortgages for HMO's and Unusual Properties Increase

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:41.

Expat Mortgages have been few and far between since the credit crunch hit way back in 2007. Fortunately, there are a few lenders slowly moving back into the expat mortgage market place.

Funding For Lending – is it helping First Time Buyers?

Written by Sam Jones on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 21:43.

The governments funding for lending scheme seems to be having an effect as lenders rush to offer the lowest mortgage rates and a price war gets underway – but only if you have a big deposit.

UK Homeowners in Negative Equity Finally Improving

Written by Sam Jones on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 21:51.

Research by the Council of Mortgage Lenders released today provides a strong indication on the current state of negative equity faced by householders across the nation. The research carried out across seven million property mortgages, looked at the amounts outstanding between the first quarter of 2011 and first quarter of 2012.

Barrister Clerks – The New Gateway to Barrister Mortgages

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 29 October 2012 22:20.

The Barrister’s clerk is the essential component in a Barristers successful career. A good clerk can make (or break) a successful career and the nature of this symbiotic relationship is well understood in legal circles. Whilst the stereotype of today’s barrister is one of intelligence, high IQ and a privileged background, that of the clerk is unfairly seen as the backroom broker, the uneducated, the wheeler dealer. It remains of interest that nothing can be further from the truth at the modern Bar. Successful Chambers employ clerks from a diversity of backgrounds and recruit Barristers from all walks of life. The rich tapestry of society is now reflected in many Chambers through their staff and tenants.

Good News for Pensioner Mortgages

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 28 October 2012 18:36.

This week saw good news for pensioner mortgages as the mortgage regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), set out its rules for the mortgage market from 2014 onward.

September house prices rise

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 27 October 2012 23:58.

New figures from the Land Registry indicate that September house prices have risen by 1.1% on annual basis.  This brings the average house price to £162,561 in England and Wales. It seems that London Mortgage Brokers continue to see the most mortgage  enquiries as the capital has again has experienced the biggest  increase in property values which over the last year have movements of 5.5%.

Double Dip Recession Over – Really…?

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 26 October 2012 22:13.

There has been a great deal of publicity, regarding the growth figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The announcement indicates that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games served to increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 0.2%. This increase, coupled with 1.1% growth in the production industries providing an additional 0.2% growth has served to accelerate the UK out of the second recession.

New Builds - Pros and Cons

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:52.

There are many reasons why some buyers prefer new-build homes over older properties – including the convenience of being able to move straight in.

Huge Aspiration Gap for First Time Buyers

Written by Sam Jones on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 22:40.

A large aspiration gap exists amongst potential first-time-buyers in the UK, according to LSL Property Services. London Mortgage Brokers Capital Fortune, report that the organisation found that 94 per cent of registered tenants want to become homebuyers, but only 7 per cent expect to buy this year. Furthermore, only 54 per cent believe that they would be in a position to make a purchase within five years.