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First-time buyers are taking advantage of cheaper mortgage deals and the number of first-time buyers entering the housing market is at its highest for five... Read more

Written by Claire Allison | Mortgage Consultant

The Bank Of Mum & Dad With Added Springboard

17/01/2013 | No comments

At last we have some real help for 1st time buyers/home movers with small... Read more

Written by Claire Allison | Mortgage Consultant

Nationwide Pulls Out Of Interest-Only Mortgages

12/10/2012 | No comments

Nationwide's decision to pull out of interest-only mortgage lending may be a first – but may not be the last, says Ben Thomson, managing director of Legal & General... Read more

Written by Claire Allison | Mortgage Consultant

The Race To Protect Women Is On

02/05/2012 | No comments

From 21 December 2012, product providers will have to provide unisex rates for annuities and life assurance following the announcement last year by The European Court of Justice. It ruled that basing the price of insurance on gender would be classed as discrimination. The effect of this is that there will be an expected premium price-rise... Read more

Written by Claire Allison | Mortgage Consultant

Mortgage Rates Increase

17/04/2012 | No comments

Average fixed rates have recently crept up and borrowers on SVRs should be wary of future rises and look to fix sooner rather than later. The warning comes from comparison website MoneySupermarket after a number of lenders announced hikes to SVR rates which come into force on May 1. Analysis by the site found that... Read more

Written by Claire Allison | Mortgage Consultant

BoE Leaves Base Rate At 0.5%

04/08/2011 | No comments

The Bank of England bank rate has been held at 0.5% for the 29th month in a row and quantitative easing has been kept at £200 billion. The last rate change was on March 5, 2009, when it was reduced from 1% to 0.5%. On the same day, the Bank initiated a £75 billion quantitative easing... Read more

Written by Claire Allison | Mortgage Consultant

UK Interest Rates Remain At 0.5%

07/07/2011 | No comments

The BBC reports that the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has kept UK interest rates on hold at a record low of 0.5%. Economists had expected no move in rates as the latest data has shown the UK economic recovery remains weak. The committee’s decision comes despite the annual rate of inflation remaining at... Read more

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