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Treasury eyes LTV cap on buy-to-let mortgages

30 October 2014 5:11 pm | By Samuel Dale

Treasury says it wants to build an “in-depth evidence base” on buy-to-let.


Approvals fall 12.3% year-on-year as MMR continues to bite

29 October 2014 3:03 pm | By Paul Thomas

House purchase approvals at their lowest level in 14 months.

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FCA hits out at lenders over 'baffling' mortgage porting stance

29 October 2014 12:00 pm | By Devraj Ray

FCA director of mortgages and consumer lending Linda Woodall discusses the first six months of MMR implementation.

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6 months on: How the MMR has changed the market

29 October 2014 11:45 am | By Mortgage Strategy staff

Mortgage Strategy reveals the five ways the MMR has changed the mortgage market.


Concerns over plans to repay mortgages with pension funds

29 October 2014 10:58 am | By Devraj Ray

More than half a million people in England plan to use part or all of their pension to repay their mortgage debt.

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Land Registry: House prices fall for the first time in 6 months

28 October 2014 11:30 am | By Devraj Ray

Prices fell 0.2 per cent between August and September.

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Lloyds confirms 9,000 job cuts and 150 branch closures

28 October 2014 8:47 am | By Natalie Holt

Bank is investing around £1.6bn over the next three years to build ’self service technology and remote advice services’.

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Mortgage Advice Bureau plans AIM listing

27 October 2014 9:25 am | By Devraj Ray

Successful listing will see former Mortgage Talk chairman Peter Birch leave the business.

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AMI: Brokers will take 75% market share within 5 years

24 October 2014 10:42 am | By Devraj Ray

AMI chief executive Robert Sinclair says direct-only channel is in “decline”.


James Chidgey to leave Nationwide after 29 years

23 October 2014 10:20 am | By Devraj Ray

Lender recruiting for his replacement.

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Nationwide to launch its lowest ever fixed rate at 1.74%

23 October 2014 9:40 am | By Devraj Ray

Lender is also launching a five-year fix up to 60 per cent LTV at 2.84 per cent.

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TSB to begin operating through brokers in December

22 October 2014 3:23 pm | By Devraj Ray

Lender will launch a pilot scheme through London & Country in December before opening to the wider broker market in January 2015.

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Govt minister says lenders are acting against 'spirit' of MMR

22 October 2014 11:59 am | By Samuel Dale

Lord Dick Newby says the FCA should review how the MMR is working for older borrowers.

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MPC holds off rate rise due to eurozone risks

22 October 2014 10:27 am | By Devraj Ray

Ian McCafferty and Martin Weale again voted to increase the benchmark rate by 0.25 per cent.

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Brokers urge lenders to loosen criteria after cuts to fixed rates

22 October 2014 9:40 am | By Devraj Ray

Competition and falling swaps rates have led to a rush of rate cuts, but brokers want to see more innovation on criteria

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Tesco Bank eyes entry into the broker market

21 October 2014 3:02 pm | By Paul Thomas

Mortgage Strategy understands lender could launch broker proposition by Q2 2015.

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BoE launches review into payments system failure

21 October 2014 10:32 am | By Devraj Ray

A technical error yesterday left UK borrowers unable to access a mortgage for a large part of the day.


All mortgage transactions on hold as BoE hit by technical problems

20 October 2014 2:22 pm | By Samuel Dale

Technical problems have seen the Bank shut down a key system affecting mortgage transactions.


West Brom borrowers set for court in fight over buy-to-let rate hike

20 October 2014 1:35 pm | By Samuel Dale

Landlords suing the West Brom Building Society over a tracker rate hike have been given the go-ahead to take the case to trial.


Ben Thompson to leave Legal & General

20 October 2014 11:59 am | By Devraj Ray

Thompson to join ULS Technology, the parent company of eConveyancer, as its new managing director.


CML: Mortgage lending has hit a 'plateau'

20 October 2014 9:56 am | By Paul Thomas

Figures show lending is up 10 per cent year-on-year in September but trade body says growth may have stalled.

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Virgin delays IPO following equities dive

17 October 2014 12:04 pm | By Devraj Ray

Lender says it will continue with plans for an IPO.


Experts blast 'nightmare' Labour plan to block buy-to-let homes

17 October 2014 8:16 am | By Samuel Dale

National Landlords Association says the move to stop landlords could scare away investors.

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Labour would allow councils to ban buy-to-let on new homes

16 October 2014 8:14 am | By Samuel Dale

Sir Michael Lyons’ report into housing for the party is targeting 200,000 new homes a year by 2020.

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Aldermore scraps IPO plans following equities slump

15 October 2014 10:44 am | By Devraj Ray

Challenger bank had been due to launch its shares on the London Stock Exchange this month.

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Fake property developer jailed for £30m mortgage fraud

15 October 2014 8:45 am | By Samuel Dale

Mark Entwistle conned banks out of millions while living a lavish lifestyle.

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Scotland slashes price ceiling for Help to Buy scheme

14 October 2014 4:23 pm | By Paul Thomas

From 22 October, the maximum price on eligible new-builds will be £250,000, as opposed to £400,000 at present.


London house prices up 20% year-on-year

14 October 2014 11:58 am | By Devraj Ray

Average UK price grew 11.7 per cent year-on-year in August.


Mortgage applications top fraud list in August

14 October 2014 10:21 am | By Devraj Ray

79 in every 10,000 mortgage applications were found to be fraudulent in August.

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Tesco launches into 90% LTV mortgages

13 October 2014 11:51 am | By Devraj Ray

Range begins at 3.49 per cent.

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Scotland abolishes 'slab' structure of stamp duty

10 October 2014 10:07 am | By Paul Thomas

Scottish government replaces it with a more marginal tax akin to income tax.

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BoE votes to keep base at 0.5% for 67th consecutive month

9 October 2014 12:02 pm | By Paul Thomas

Quantitative easing kept at £375bn.


HSBC warned of challenges following shock broker lending announcement

8 October 2014 12:00 pm | By Devraj Ray

Mortgage brokers say HSBC may need to loosen its lending criteria after announcing shock plans to lend through brokers for the first time.

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Nationwide cuts its early repayment charges

7 October 2014 3:06 pm | By Paul Thomas

Lender to introduce a reducing scale for ERCs.

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Lenders: Rate war set to continue during fourth quarter

7 October 2014 10:42 am | By Paul Thomas

Lenders expect credit availability to increase in Q4, after falling in Q3.


Ryan Direct Group set to buy Assurant Intermediary

6 October 2014 9:47 am | By Devraj Ray

Deal expected to complete later this year.


Labour peer Lord McFall joins board of digital bank Atom

6 October 2014 8:54 am | By Natalie Holt

Lord McFall is joining as senior non-executive director as the bank seeks regulatory approval.

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Aldermore eyes £800m stockmarket debut

3 October 2014 8:50 am | By Devraj Ray

Challenger bank hopes to raise £75m in capital through stockmarket listing on 17 October.


BoE seeks power to cap LTVs

2 October 2014 2:18 pm | By Devraj Ray

Bank has urged Chancellor George Osborne to grant it power to place limits on loan-to-value ratios.

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HSBC set to enter the broker market for the first time

2 October 2014 12:11 pm | By Paul Thomas

HSBC will distribute through Countrywide initially.

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