Warning over advisers' equity release acumen as sales spike

The Equity Release Solicitors’ Alliance (ERSA) has issued an alert to advisers after it became concerned more could be advising consumers on the products "not fully aware of the requirements".

The Bank of England

Purchase approvals take slight knock in July

Mortgage approvals for house purchases took a slight dip in July compared to the previous six month average, lending statistics from the Bank of England have revealed.


Accord introduces large-loan income multiple cap

Accord becomes the latest large lender to cap large loans following June's Financial Stability Report in which Mark Carney announced a cap on high loan to income lending (LTI).


Income multiple cap must be lifted, says trade body

First-time buyers will suffer if smaller lenders are not given greater freedom to lend above four-and-a-half times borrowers' income, warned the Building Societies Association (BSA).


East London property values rocket 800%

The total value of East London property has grown by more than 800% since 1987, outrunning any other area in the capital, including the upmarket West End borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

EE 4G hits more towns and cities

Housing market facing ‘highly uncertain’ future - Nationwide

The outlook for the UK housing market is ‘highly uncertain’ despite strong growth in the last 12 months, Nationwide’s chief economist Robert Gardner has warned.


Value of bridging lending doubles in a year

The value of new bridging loans written has almost doubled to the end of June against the previous years' figures, according to data.

Three shrubs in a row each larger than the other

Foxtons reports 50% rise in mortgage business in H1

Estate agency group Foxtons has reported just under a 50% rise in revenue generated from its mortgage broking arm, Alexander Hall, but has warned a slowdown is looming.


Is superstition why your house won't sell?

Two thirds of Brits could be put off buying a particular home by a bad vibe, whether that was proximity to a crime scene or just an odd feeling about the owners.


Mortgage advisers expect 25% leap in remortgaging

Mortgage brokers expect to see a large increase in remortgage business when the Bank of England chooses to increase the Bank Base Rate.

Social Media Sharing

'Social media charter' for financial services firms launches

A 'charter' for financial services firms using social media has launched weeks after the regulator published guidelines on how to communicate compliantly on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Audit Barriers

Trade body raises product switching concerns

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) is concerned that the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) has created an unnecessary barrier for homeowners wishing to switch their mortgage to a cheaper rate.

Running Toward Finish Line

Homeowners spurred to remortgage ahead of Base Rate rise

Homeowners rushed to secure a new deal on their mortgage ahead of a Bank Base Rate rise, as figures revealed a 7% uplift in remortgage loans in July.


OneSavings Bank lending up a quarter

OneSavings Bank residential lending rose 26% in the first half of the year as the bank took advantage of a post-MMR slowdown at other lenders.

Royal Bank of Scotland

FCA fines RBS and Natwest £14.5m over mortgage advice

Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest Bank have been fined £14.5m by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failings in their mortgage advice.

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