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Equity release sector achieves record first quarter

24 April 2015 10:12 am | By Paul Thomas

Total lending reached £325.7m in the first three months of the year, up 3 per cent on Q1 2014.

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Aldermore management probed ahead of float

24 April 2015 8:48 am | By Natalie Holt

Regulator raised concerns over whether pressure from a dominant shareholder led to the chairman leaving.

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Broker facing jail for role in £700,000 fraud

23 April 2015 11:41 am | By Valentina Romeo

Marcus Copeland admitted fraud and deception charges.

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Aldermore joins the Help to Buy equity loan scheme

23 April 2015 10:38 am | By Paul Thomas

The lender is offering a two-year fixed rate at 3.98 per cent, with a maximum LTV of 75 per cent.

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Lending rises year-on-year for the first time in 5 months

23 April 2015 9:56 am | By Paul Thomas

CML figures show lending was up 7 per cent year-on-year in March.

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Sainsbury's brings in Colin Snowdon as it eyes mortgage launch

22 April 2015 4:44 pm | By Paul Thomas

Sainsbury’s Bank has brought in Colin Snowdon as a consultant to investigate a possible launch into mortgage lending.

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BoE admits it is 'uncertain' what will happen to base rate

22 April 2015 10:43 am | By Paul Thomas

MPC voted unanimously to keep base rate at 0.5 per cent in April.

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Brokers predict surge of sub-2% five-year fixes in wake of HSBC move

22 April 2015 9:32 am | By Paul Thomas

Brokers expect to see more lenders launching sub-2 per cent five-year fixed rates in a frantic attempt to hit their lending targets

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Moneyfacts: B2L going through 'renaissance' as rates tumble

21 April 2015 3:27 pm | By Paul Thomas

Average buy-to-let fixed rates have fallen by up to 50 basis points over the past year.

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Guy Batchelor to leave Countrywide this month

21 April 2015 1:51 pm | By Paul Thomas

Batchelor joined Countrywide in October 2008.

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Lib Dems would allow councils to double tax on second homes

21 April 2015 10:19 am | By Mark Sands

Local authorities could hike council tax by up to 200 per cent on second homes under Lib Dem plans.

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Peter Curran to join Countrywide

20 April 2015 1:07 pm | By Paul Thomas

Lloyds director of strategic partnerships Peter Curran is set to leave on 30 April.

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HSBC 'reignites the price war' with 1.99% 5-year fix

20 April 2015 9:53 am | By Paul Thomas

Product is the first-ever five-year fixed rate below 2 per cent.

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CML chairman urges next Govt to solve housing crisis 'once and for all'

17 April 2015 1:37 pm | By Paul Thomas

Council of Mortgage Lenders chairman Moray McDonald has urged the next Government to sort out the housing crisis “once and for all”.

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Lenders warned over TCF after FOS maximum mortgage age ruling

17 April 2015 9:30 am | By Tessa Norman

FOS upholds complaint against HSBC for rejecting a mortgage application based on age. 

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Tory 'Right to Buy' extension slammed by political rivals

17 April 2015 9:18 am | By Mark Sands

Rival politicians have rounded on Conservative plans to extend discount schemes to housing association tenants.

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Surveyors warn of 'very real housing crisis'

16 April 2015 11:53 am | By Paul Thomas

Surveyors have urged the next Government to address the shortage of housing stock as a matter of urgency as they report increasing growth in house prices.

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CML: Election uncertainty 'dampening' lending

14 April 2015 12:09 pm | By Paul Thomas

House purchase and remortgage lending down year-on-year in February; buy-to-let lending up.

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UK dodges deflation, for now

14 April 2015 10:56 am | By Laura Suter

Core inflation dropped to nine-year low.

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Tories pledge to extend Right to Buy

14 April 2015 8:50 am | By Mark Sands

Conservatives would offer 1.3m housing association tenants the chance to buy their home. 

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UK house prices set to outstrip London for first time in 6 years

13 April 2015 4:03 pm | By Paul Thomas

London prices predicted to drop 3.6 per cent in 2015.

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GE Money Home Lending put up for sale

13 April 2015 11:08 am | By Paul Thomas

Parent company GE Capital plans to concentrate on its industrial and manufacturing businesses.

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FOS rules against HSBC over rejecting mortgage based on age

13 April 2015 8:48 am | By Natalie Holt

Complaint has been upheld against the bank in the first case of its kind.

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Lib Dems unveil £2,000 'Help to Rent' loans plan

10 April 2015 11:57 am | By Mark Sands

The Lib Dems will offer up to £2,000 in government loans to renters under plans announced today.

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BoE holds base rate at 0.5% for 73rd month

9 April 2015 12:16 pm | By Mark Sands

The Bank of England has again voted to maintain base rates and current quantitative easing programmes.

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Trade body questions Labour house building plans

9 April 2015 8:30 am | By Mark Sands

Labour plans to fund house-building through Help to Buy Isas have raised eyebrows among trade bodies.

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Surveyors foresee return of valuation delays after election

8 April 2015 8:28 am | By Paul Thomas

Surveyors predict the return of widespread valuation delays if there is an expected boost in activity after the general election

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Axis Bank UK set to launch later this month

7 April 2015 10:05 am | By Paul Thomas

Buy-to-let lender will have rates starting from 3.79 per cent.

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Bank predicted to hold rates at 0.5%

7 April 2015 9:02 am | By Laura Suter

Economists predict no rise in interest rates.

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Nationwide stops new lending where income is in foreign currency

1 April 2015 12:39 pm | By Paul Thomas

Nationwide has stopped lending to new borrowers who get paid in a foreign currency.

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Close Sesame: What next for Sesame Bankhall members?

1 April 2015 8:55 am | By Natalie Holt

The UK’s largest advice network will soon be a network no more. 

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Shawbrook Bank valued at £725m in IPO

1 April 2015 8:25 am | By Tessa Norman

Specialist lender plans to raise £90m. 

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Barclays loosens LTI criteria

31 March 2015 4:01 pm | By Paul Thomas

Barclays has loosened its loan-to-income criteria for consumers taking out loans over £300,000.

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Sesame to scrap investment advice network

31 March 2015 11:00 am | By Natalie Holt

UK’s largest advice network to restructure to focus on mortgages and DA business.

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BoE: Mortgage approvals down 11%

30 March 2015 4:25 pm | By Paul Thomas

Mortgage approvals were down 11 per cent year-on-year in February, according to figures published today by the Bank of England.

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Brokers braced for more rate cuts following 0% inflation landmark

30 March 2015 10:20 am | By Paul Thomas

Brokers are bracing themselves for further rate cuts as zero inflation keeps a lid on fixed rate pricing

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'Bad day for consumers': FCA publishes final credit directive rules

27 March 2015 1:39 pm | By Paul Thomas

Lenders will be forced to apply affordability checks on remortgage customers coming from rivals.

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Michael Bolton eyeing lending opportunities with new firm

26 March 2015 3:27 pm | By Paul Thomas

Former Edeus chief executive finished working with Clayton Euro Risk this week.

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Mortgage Advice Bureau increases profit by 31%

26 March 2015 10:43 am | By Paul Thomas

Adviser numbers up 22 per cent.

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House price optimism bounces back

25 March 2015 1:16 pm | By Paul Thomas

But 43 per cent of borrowers believe mortgage rates will be higher in a year than they are now.

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