Rebekah Commane

Rebekah Commane is a mortgage reporter for Money Marketing and editor of Money Marketing’s sister title, Mortgage Strategy. She can be reached on or 020 7970 8051.


Sesame partners with M&S Bank for mortgage advice

Sesame has become the latest mortgage adviser network to partner with Marks & Spencer Bank. The partnership with Sesame takes the supermarket bank’s intermediary partnerships to four, having already signed up with Openwork last month, Mortgage Advice Bureau, and London and Country at launch. The bank launched its first mortgage range earlier this year offering deals […]


Mortgage approvals on the rise as low savers seek opportunities

There were 66,614 mortgages approved in the UK in March 2018, according to the latest e.surv Mortgage Monitor. The seasonally adjusted figure is up 4.2 per cent compared to February but is down 1.3 per cent on March last year. Those with smaller deposits accounted for 19.6 per cent of mortgage approvals in the period, […]


Autumn Budget: Stamp duty scrapped for first-time buyers

Chancellor Philip Hammond has scrapped stamp duty for first-time buyers on properties worth up to £300,000. Speculation was rife in the media in the run up to the announcement that the tax would be scrapped altogether for FTBs to make home ownership more affordable for young people in the UK. The Chancellor has said that […]

House prices up 5.4% in September

UK house prices increased by 5.4 per cent in the year to September, the latest statistics from the government’s Office for National Statistics show. The figure is an increase from the 4.8 per cent rise in the year to August 2017. Month-on-month, house prices increased 0.4 per cent between August and September this year. The […]


New home building at highest level for 9 years

The number of new homes in the process of being built is at the highest level for nine years, figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government have shown. The latest housebuilding data shows that 164,960 new homes were started in the year to June 2017, up 13 per cent on the previous year. […]


L&G partners with lender for insurance engine launch

Legal and General has partnered with specialist buy-to-let lender Landbay to launch a ‘quoting engine’ insurance service for landlords. The new solution will be a ‘point-of-demand’ service delivered via insurance technology firm Kasko and will enable real-time quoting and underwriting of building, contents, tenant and rent guarantee insurance. The engine will be integrated with Landbay’s […]


Skipton becomes first provider to offer cash Lifetime Isa

Skipton Building Society has confirmed that it will launch its cash Lifetime Isa on June 8, making it the first provider to offer the product. Money Marketing sister title Mortgage Strategy revealed in March that Skipton was the only lender who had signed up to offer the cash version of the product. The Lifetime Isa can […]


Property transactions 20% higher in April, HMRC says

Property transactions in the UK fell by 3.2 per cent in the month to April but were up 20 per cent on the same month last year on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to HMRC. The year-on-year rise in transactions has been linked to the introduction of higher tax rates on additional properties in April […]


Over one million borrowers struggling with mortgage payments

Research from L&C Mortgages finds one third of homeowners are on a standard variable rate mortgage Data from L&C Mortgages has found that 1.4 million UK households are struggling to pay their mortgage and 2.6 million people think their monthly mortgage payments are too high. A report from the mortgage adviser says over half have […]


FCA signs co-operation deal with Hong Kong regulator

Fintech agreement latest deal to foster collaboration with foreign regulators The Financial Conduct Authority has entered into a co-operation agreement with the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong to “foster collaboration in support of financial technology innovation”. Under the agreement, the FCA and SFC will co-operate on information sharing and referrals of innovative firms seeking […]


Former Bank of England rate setter predicts rise to 3% by early 2020s

Former Monetary Policy Committee member says interests rates could jump as high as 3 per cent A former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member has predicted that interest rates could rise to 2 or 3 per cent by the early 2020s. Now senior economic adviser at PwC, Andrew Sentance was speaking at the Building Society Association conference […]