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Data Protection Breaches – How Serious Is Industry Taking Them?

Created on 16 February 2015.

Recent research suggests that financial services have been a major perpetrator of Data Protection breaches over recent years with a disturbing rise in sensitive information being disclosed to the wrong ...

Millions Overpaying on Mortgages -The Cost of Complacency?

Created on 01 February 2015.

New research by Capital Fortune indicates that millions of borrowers may be overpaying on their current standard variable mortgages due to complacency. In light of the numerous deals now available, Rob ...

Is Help to Buy Causing a Housing Bubble?

Created on 05 May 2014.

We are pleased to see the latest data on Help to Buy proving positive for the housing market and showing aspects of the scheme are working. Help to Buy is the Government mortgage support programme.

What are the Problems Facing Expats Landlords?

Created on 22 April 2014.

Since the credit crunch banks have cracked down on many areas of specialist lending.

Pensions Revolution Could Boost Pensioner Buy To Lets

Created on 23 March 2014.

Chancellor George Osborne dropped a bombshell for us all including those of us at Capital Fortune, on how in the future, people can manage their own pension pots. This  Budget could massively boost ...

Equity release market rockets 16% in 2013

Created on 27 January 2014.

We can report today that the equity release market appears to have passed £1bn last year, a 16 per cent increase on 2012 with figures from the Equity Release Council showing the average equity release ...

Inflation falls to lowest levels in four years

Created on 14 January 2014.

We are pleased to see inflation fall to its lowest level in four years in December. The Office for National Statistics reports inflation met the Bank of England target of 2 per cent for the first time ...

Shared Ownership Now More Affordable than Help to Buy

Created on 25 November 2013.

An independent think tank, the Resolution Foundation. claims that the major expansion of newly-built shared ownership could help low and modest income working families across the country onto the ...

Soldiers Remembered – Forgotten by Lenders?

Created on 10 November 2013.

We have celebrated the sacrifices of the armed services since King George V organised the first Armistice Day on 11th November 1919 but a century later, how can the financial industry really support them? ...

Half of Central London Property Buyers From Abroad

Created on 02 November 2013.

Half of buyers of central London property costing more than £1m were foreign, according to research by Knight Frank, the property group.

Bank of England Must Limit House Price Booms, says RICS

Created on 06 October 2013.

The Bank of England should use its powers to limit house price increases to 5% a year to 'take the froth out' of price booms, a surveyors' group says.

Stage 2 Help To Buy Launches This Week

Created on 05 October 2013.

We can report this month that there seems a significant degree of activity in the mortgage and finance market as the political party conferences get well under way.

Santander Joins Help to Buy Scheme

Created on 27 July 2013.

We can report today that Santander has become the latest major mortgage lender to join the Government's Help to Buy scheme. The Government's scheme to boost low deposit mortgage deals has been flying off ...

Stamp Duty Debate Hots Up With Scottish Reforms

Created on 26 July 2013.

We see that the debate around stamp duty is hotting up with Scottish Government reforms to create a more “progressive” system of stamp duty and make more expensive homes pay more.  They seem interested ...

Remortgages rise 17% in April as Borrowers Look for Savings

Created on 28 May 2013.

The number of remortgages increased by 17 per cent in April showing that more borrowers are looking to get a better deal.The LMS remortgage report shows remortgaging rose from £2.9bn in March to £3.3bn ...

Mortgages and Divorce – The Weapon of a Mortgage in Divorce Wars

Created on 12 May 2013.

Divorcing can be stressful enough without having to worry about an outstanding mortgage. There is no doubt that ex-partners, knowing the impact missed payments can have, sometimes use the weapon of a mortgage ...

Help to Buy - Will It Become the UK Fannie Mae?

Created on 11 May 2013.

Help to Buy should not be a permanent feature of the mortgage market or become the UK equivalent of Fannie Mae, the Government owned mortgage arm which crashed in 2008 claims BSA Chairman

UK 'woefully under-prepared' for Ageing Society

Created on 09 May 2013.

The Government is 'woefully under-prepared' for the impact a rapidly ageing population will have on society and public services, a Lords Committee has warned.

Bank Lending Up as Mortgage Optimism Rises

Created on 21 April 2013.

Mortgage lending increased 1% in February compared to the previous month, according to the latest data from the British Bankers' Association.

Comeback for high loan to value deals as NatWest opens up 90% mortgages

Created on 26 March 2013.

NatWest is opening up its range of 90% loan to value deals to all customers in as sign that higher loan to value deals are making a comeback. A two-year fixed rate at 5.99% with no product fee is now ...