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Help To Buy Mortgages

Written by Sam Jones on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 16:40.

Chancellor George Osborne gave the mortgage market a welcomed boost last month when he announced a package of measures aimed at helping borrowers with a small deposit to get on the housing ladder.

19% Would Consider Mortgage Switch

Written by Sam Jones on Thursday, 02 May 2013 21:37.

One in five (19%) homeowners feel that 2013 could be a good time to consider remortgaging, research released by Lloyds TSB has revealed.

Halifax Reports Prices On The Move

Written by Sam Jones on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 20:35.

House prices in the first three months of 2013 were 1.2% higher than in the final three months of 2012 according to the latest Halifax House Price Index.

1 Million Plus Houses Selling Faster

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 29 April 2013 18:00.

A recent report by Lloyds TSB suggests that the number of UK homes being sold for 1 million plus has rocketed and is the highest for nearly 6 years.

Size Is Not Everything With Buy-to-Let

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 29 April 2013 17:13.

It is not the 1 million mortgage properties but rather, one and two bedroom properties which deliver the highest rental returns with average yields of 6.8% and 6.4% respectively, data from Countrywide shows.

Gross Mortgage Lending Up 9% in March

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 22 April 2013 14:15.

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that total gross mortgage lending increased to £11.6 billion in March. This is 9% higher than February's gross lending figure of £10.6 billion but 8% lower than £12.6 billion in March 2012.

More Tenants Paying Rent On Time, says Countrywide

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 21 April 2013 14:15.

More tenants are paying their rents on time this year, according to new research by Countrywide Letting Agents. The Countrywide Quarterly Letting Index shows that rental payment arrears fell in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the previous year.

Bank Lending Up as Mortgage Optimism Rises

Written by Sam Jones on Sunday, 21 April 2013 13:54.

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

Building societies offer better mortgage rates than banks

Written by Sam Jones on Saturday, 20 April 2013 08:59.

Building societies are offering better deals than banks, new analysis from lender Castle Trust shows.

The analysis of best buy tables shows 83% of the top mortgage deals come from mutuals.

An overwhelming 33 out  of 40 of the best deals across fixed, variable and buy-to-let come from building societies.

Monthly mortgage payments drop 21% since 2008

Written by Sam Jones on Monday, 08 April 2013 19:51.

The average mortgage repayments are more affordable than ever as new research shows the average monthly payment has fallen by more than a fifth since 2008.

Halifax research shows the average payment has plummeted by £950 from £4,521 to £3,571.

The drop demonstrates the huge drop in mortgage payments as the Bank of England has held interest rates at 0.5% for more than four years.