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Saturday 22nd of August 2009

News Tag: borrowers

July 8, 2009

Homeowners reluctant to seek help over mortgages

by Gill Montia
”Homeowners
Homeowners struggling with mortgage repayments can be shy in talking about their difficulties, despite pleas from lenders and debt charities to seek help and advice early. According to research from the Financial Services Consumer Panel (FSCP), 41% of those having difficulty paying their home loans struggle on unaided, even though seven out of eight borrowers in this group defined their problems ...



June 24, 2009

Negative equity afflicts “prime” homeowners

by Gill Montia
”Negative
Northern Rock is leading the field in "prime" mortgages that have fallen into negative equity. A new report from ratings agency, Fitch, reveals that almost one in six households at the upper end of the UK property market have home loans that exceed the value of their properties. In the case of the state-owned Northern Rock, 32% of its Granite prime-loan book is in ...



April 22, 2009

Halifax entices borrowers with Council Tax offer

by Gill Montia
Halifax entices borrowers with Council Tax offer
As of this week, Halifax is plying homemovers and first-time buyers with a new offer that provides help towards the cost of running a home. Borrowers can have 50% of their council tax bill paid by the lender during the first year in their new residence, with all payments being made direct to local councils. There is a ceiling to Halifax's generosity ...



March 5, 2009

Further blow to savers as UK interest rates cut to 0.5%

by Kay Murchie
”Further
As widely expected, the Bank of England has lowered interest rates to a new historic low of 0.5% as it continues its attempts at stimulating the economy. Since October, interest rates have been cut six times in a bid to fight off the recession but the latest cut has been widely criticised since they have done little, ...



March 4, 2009

BSA: Rate cuts an ‘assault’ on savers

by David Masters
Rate cuts an 'assault' on savers
Further cuts to the Bank of England's base rate (BBR) would be an 'assault' on both savers and borrowers, the Building Societies Association (BSA) said this week. The BBR is already at an all time low of 1%, and analysts widely expect the central bank to announce additional cuts later this week. However, the BSA warned that cutting the BBR again would be ...



February 4, 2009

Think tank believes rate cut this week is ‘pointless’

by Kay Murchie
”Think
An influential think tank believes that a cut in interest rates this week would not benefit the economy but said other moves such as the Bank of England purchasing corporate bonds would be better. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee begins its two-day rate setting meeting today and has aggressively cut rates since October last year when rates ...



January 19, 2009

Northern Rock reinstated as a lender

by Gill Montia
Northern Rock reinstated as a lender
The bank bail-out package announced today by the Government could contain good news for Northern Rock borrowers and the UK mortgage market generally because the bank is being reinstated as a lender. Since its nationalisation in February 2008, Northern Rock has focused on paying back its debt to the Government. During last year, it was actually repaying the £26 billion owed to the ...



January 8, 2009

Base rate cut a double-edged sword for mortgage lenders

by Gill Montia
Base rate cut a double-edged sword for mortgage lenders
The director general of the Council of Mortgage Lenders has described today's cut in the Bank of England's base rate to 1.5% as a double-edged sword for lenders who rely on savings deposits to fund their mortgage businesses. Michael Coogan comments that while lower mortgage rates can provide borrowers with the opportunity to repay their mortgages early, lower savings ...



November 30, 2008

Unfair lenders face FSA wrath

by Gill Montia
Unfair lenders face FSA wrath
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is threatening to fine banks and building societies that are heavy handed with homeowners who fall into arrears with mortgage repayments. The regulator has written to the chief executives of mortgage lenders, giving them until 31st January to review their policies. The FSA's managing director of retail, Jon Pain, explains that conditions in the UK mortgage market ...



November 4, 2008

MPs urges banks to pass on interest rate cuts

by Kay Murchie
”MPs
Last month, in a co-ordinated move with other banks, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) slashed UK interest rates from 5% to 4.5%. Central banks in the US, Japan and China have all cut interest rates in the last week in a bid to fight off a recession. Many analysts believe that the Bank of England and ...



August 5, 2008

Negative equity haunts one in five Northern Rock borrowers

by Gill Montia
Negative equity haunts one in five Northern Rock borrowers
As the housing market downturn continues, Northern Rock customers are more likely to be facing negative equity than borrowers with other UK lenders. While the number of people in arrears with their mortgage repayments is rising across the banking sector, Northern Rock is more exposed than most of its competitors because prior to the credit crisis, it offered home ...



July 1, 2008

Northern Rock borrowers trapped on expensive rates

by Kay Murchie
Northern Rock borrowers trapped on expensive rates
Mortgage customers of Northern Rock who are seeing their fixed-rate mortgages run out are facing huge increases because they are trapped on expensive rates with the crisis-torn lender. The business plan for the nationalised bank saw attractive rates scrapped in an attempt to put-off new customers and encourage existing ones to re-mortgage with another lender. Those who borrowed 100% of their ...



April 22, 2008

Chancellor challenges mortgage lenders

by Gill Montia
Chancellor challenges mortgage lenders
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, is meeting with mortgage lenders later today in efforts to extract the maximum benefit for homeowners of the Bank of England's bold move to ease credit conditions with a £50 billion injection of cash. Mr Darling's agenda will include help for borrowers whose fixed-rate mortgages are coming to an end and for households finding it difficult to meet ...