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99.5% of Consumers Don't Undertsand Mortgages - Which?

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 21 June 2013 11:35.

We note some interesting research this morning from consumer champion Which? - they have just released quite worrying research indicating that 99.5 per cent of people do not understand the true cost of mortgages.

Sky-high deposits Force More People To Rent

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 17 June 2013 12:13.

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 their parents.

Remortgages hit highest levels this year in April

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 14 June 2013 15:07.

Remortgage lending has bounced back in April with its best month of the year as it drives growth in overall mortgage lending. Council of Mortgage Lenders figures show £3.4bn was lent to borrowers remortgaging in April, up 9.7 per cent on the £3.1bn advanced in March.

UK house sales hit highest levels for 3 years

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:13.

UK house sales reached their highest level in more than three years in May, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Skipton restricts interest-only mortgages

Written by Sam Jones on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 16:09.

Skipton Building Society has introduced a £40,000 minimum income requirement for all residential interest-only and part-interest-only applications.

Don't Let Your Home Become a Casualty of Your Divorce

Written by Rob Killeen on Monday, 10 June 2013 16:42.

Divorce is one of the most common reasons for repossession alongside unemployment. A divorce, like unemployment can leave the divorcee with a significant and sudden loss of income.

Government Help to Buy booming with 4,000 Enquiries

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 09 June 2013 09:05.

The Government’s Help to Buy scheme is booming with more than 4,000 inquiries in just two months since it launched.

Consumer appetite strong in London as first-time buyer activity remains stable

Written by Sam Jones on Friday, 07 June 2013 09:55.

Half of all adults surveyed in London would like to buy a new home to live in (be that a first or subsequent home) in the next 2-3 years, according to findings released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders based on a survey undertaken by YouGov.

Stamp Duty up 10-fold since mid 90's

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:14.

The astonishing impact of Stamp Duty on homeowners and the housing market has been revealed by the latest report from the HomeOwners Alliance.

Mortgage Availability Rockets 34%

Written by Sam Jones on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:17.

The number of mortgages available for borrowers has increased by 34 per cent since April 2012 when the Bank of England’s funding for lending scheme was announced. Research by Moneysupermarket.com also shows fixed rate and tracker mortgage rates are falling alongside increase availability.