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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 ...

Rates Won't Rise Quickly - Carney

Created on 08 January 2014.

We are pleased to see Bank of England governor Mark Carney signaling Bank interest rate rises are a long way off.

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? ...

Down-valuations continue to fall as economy recovers

Created on 09 November 2013.

The proportion of homes down-valued by surveyors continued to fall across the entire UK in the third quarter, according to research from e.surv.

House Price Inflation Could Reach 8% in 2014

Created on 03 November 2013.

A senior economist has warned about the dangers of a house price bubble, following figures that show prices are surging with forecasts that house price inflation could reach 8% in 2014.

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.

Pensions Uncertainty Could Lead Retirees to Mortgage Market

Created on 14 October 2013.

We remain concerned over reports of yet more tinkering with the pensions tax system leaving retirement income more uncertain than ever. With annuity rates at super-low levels and the Government reducing ...

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.  ...

Banks Get Moving With Government Lending Schemes

Created on 07 September 2013.

We are pleased to reveal the Government’s flagship scheme to boost lending has finally started to have a major impact with net lending to homeowners and businesses in the second quarter of 2013 growing ...

UK Property Value Quadruples in 20 Years

Created on 20 August 2013.

With Britain as a whole worth £7.3 trillion according to official figures, we ask are we sleep walking in to another property bubble given half  the nation's wealth is tied up in its bricks and mortar. ...

Mortgage lending rockets 26 per cent in June

Created on 28 July 2013.

We can report this week that mortgage lending has grown by 26 per cent to hit a five-year high of £15bn in June, Council of Mortgage Lenders figures show.  ...

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 ...

UK economy grows 0.6 per cent in second quarter

Created on 25 July 2013.

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 ...

Renters Suffer Inflation More than Homeowners

Created on 17 July 2013.

It seems that homeowners experience a slower rate of inflation than renters because of cheap mortgage rates, according to the latest Office for National Statistics report.  ...

House prices are set to Boom by 6.3 per cent By 2015

Created on 15 July 2013.

We can report that house prices arepredicted to boom by 6.3 per cent in 2015 as the UK economic recovery swings into action according to a new report by the influential Ernst & Young Item Club.

Carney signals 0.5% interest rate for foreseeable future

Created on 04 July 2013.

We are pleased to report that the Bank of England appears to have signalled that the UK base rate is set to remain at 0.5 per cent for some time, much  to the delight of mortgage holders. New Bank ...

Sky-high deposits Force More People To Rent

Created on 17 June 2013.

The average first-time buyer deposit stands at £26,956 forcing more people into the private rented sector. Halifax's third annual Generation Rent report is based on interviews with 20 to 45 year olds and ...