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Leeds launches 3.79% five-year fix

Leeds Building Society has launched a five-year fixed deal at 3.79%, available up to 85% loan-to-value exclusively through intermediaries.

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Shared equity and ownership key to improved housing supply

Mortgage providers need to improve their support for the affordable housing sector and offer more shared ownership and shared equity products to combat the UK’s chronic shortage of housing.

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House of Lords attacks lenders' age discriminating criteria

Mortgage lenders have come under attack by the House of Lords for discriminating against older borrowers by placing age restrictions on their homeloans.

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Buy-to-let market celebrates 18 years of lending

Paragon Mortgages has released a report to celebrate the buy-to-let sector’s 18th birthday, which has gone from a standing start in 1996 to gross lending of £20.7bn last year.

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Mortgage complaints rise 11% in Q2

Mortgages were the third most complained about financial products in quarter two, from the period July to September, Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) data has shown.

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Equity release lending hits record levels

Equity release lending has hit its highest quarterly level for six years with a figure of £375.5m recorded for Q3 2014, according to data from the Equity Release Council (ERC).

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House prices rising faster in South East than London

New sellers' price expectations are up 2.6% in October compared to September, according to the latest Rightmove house price index.

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Bank of England wants interest rates lower for longer

Interest rates should remain low to avoid long-term economic stagnation, the chief economist at the Bank of England has said.

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Mortgage lending holds steady in September

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) estimated that gross mortgage lending reached £17.8bn in September, 1% lower than August's figures.

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Barclays offers its lowest ever mortgage rates

In its seventh consecutive mortgage rate reduction, Barclays is offering some for its lowest ever loans at 60% Loan To Value (LTV), including a ten-year fixed rate at 3.49% after plummeting swap rates last week.

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HSBC launches 0.99% variable mortgage rate

Borrowers with a 40% deposit or equity can access a discounted variable rate of 0.99% with HSBC.

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UK average house worth just over £200,000

The average price of a property in the UK has stabilised at £203,135, according to the latest Haart Housing Market Monitor.

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BoE economist: Rates could stay lower without causing inflation spike

The Bank of England's chief economist has suggested interest rates could remain low for a protracted period without causing inflation to spike.

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Teachers launches 95% deal for NUT members

Teachers Building Society has introduced a 95% mortgage for NUT members buying their first home.

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Santander set to cut rates and launch fee-free trackers

Santander is set to reduce rates across the majority of its fixed and tracker range on Monday, 20 October.

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