First Active is entering the buy-to-let market for the first time as part of its plans to expand its product range to intermediaries.The firm launched to mortgage intermediaries in June last year and is now widening its range with fixed and discount BTL mortgages for clients with a maximum of five properties. The fixed rate is set at 5.19 per cent rate until November 30, 2007 and the two-year discount is 5.54 per cent variable, tracking the bank base rate and then a rate of 5.85 per cent for the rest of the mortgage term. No proof of income is required as monthly rental income must be at least 130 per cent of monthly interest payment at the long-term rate. National partnership manager Louis Kaszczak says: “We are launching our new BTL products exclusively through intermediaries as we believe their expertise is vital in the sales process, ensuring responsible lending and that clients fully understand what they are arranging.” London & Country head of communications David Hollingworth says: “The rates are priced competitively but are not absolutely market-leading. It seems as if they are looking to test the water first.”
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IFAs are breaking the FSA’s depolarisation rules and failing to provide an adequate fee option to their customers, say the two biggest IFA bodies. Aifa and the Personal Finance Society are warning their members to ensure the fee option is embedded in their business if they want to operate under the IFA banner or risk […]
Nvesta has established the accelerator growth plan 3, a six-year guaranteed equity bond linked to the performance of the Dow Jones Eurostoxx 50 index.
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