Tag: mortgage

Personal loan rates on downward trend

Personal loan rates on downward trend

Marks & Spencer Money is offering borrowers a personal loan at a rate of just 6 per cent. This represents the lowest rate since 2008 when Moneyback Bank was offering 5.8 per cent, while just one year ago Tesco Bank offered the lowest loan rate, of 8.4 per cent. Marks & Spencer Money’s 6% deal [...]

New rules may ease negative equity problems

New rules may ease negative equity problems

The FSA’s report into lending, due to be published next week, is expected to include proposals to help home owners in negative equity. The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that one in 12 homeowners are in negative equity, with their home now worth less than the price they paid for it, making it impossible for [...]

Government reviews mortgage support for benefit claimants

Government reviews mortgage support for benefit claimants

The government has announced a review of its Support for Mortgage Interest scheme (SMI), which helps people receiving certain benefits if they are finding it difficult to pay their mortgage interest. SMI, which is available to people on benefits such as Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and Pension Credits, costs the Government around £400 million [...]

Concerns raised over mortgage guarantee scheme

Concerns raised over mortgage guarantee scheme

Lenders and financial experts have highlighted a number of potential problems with the Government’s mortgage indemnity scheme, which was announced yesterday. Banks and building societies have commented that the scheme was rushed through with insufficient thought, while financial commentators warned that first time buyers taking advantage of the scheme could end up owning a house [...]

Outlook for mortgage market uncertain

Outlook for mortgage market uncertain

Although the mortgage market is currently stable, the outlook remains uncertain in the face of the eurozone crisis. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has reported that 48,200 mortgages were taken out to buy homes in September, two per cent less than in the previous month. However there was a 3 per cent improvement in [...]

Mortgage approvals fall, house sales down

Mortgage approvals fall, house sales down

The Bank of England has today revealed mortgage approvals fell in September for the first time in six months. According to the Bank, there were 50,967 loans approved in the month – down 3% on August’s figure. However, September’s figure was broadly in line with forecasts and suggests the UK mortgage market will remain subdued [...]

CML: Mortgage lending increases in August

CML: Mortgage lending increases in August

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has today reported the number of loans for house purchase rose in August. According to the Council, there were 52,000 loans advanced for house purchase (worth £7.9 billion) in the month – up from 48,700 (£7.2 billion) in July. The Council described today’s figures as “welcome signs of life” [...]

BoE: Mortgage approvals hit 20-month high in August

BoE: Mortgage approvals hit 20-month high in August

The Bank of England has today revealed mortgage approvals picked up significantly in August to a 20-month high. According to the Bank, there were 52,410 loans approved in the month – almost 3,000 more than the level seen in July and the highest figure since December 2009. The figure was also higher than the 49,500 [...]

CML: Mortgage lending higher in August

CML: Mortgage lending higher in August

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), which represents lenders who offer around 94% of all residential mortgage lending in the UK, has today reported UK mortgage lending grew in August. According to the Council, lending was 6% higher in August on a monthly basis, attributed to seasonal factors. The figures come after July saw a [...]

CML: Mortgage lending edges higher in July

CML: Mortgage lending edges higher in July

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has reported the number of loans for house purchase rose in July. According to the Council, there were 48,400 loans advanced for house purchase in the month – up by 1,000 from June’s figure but almost 7,000 lower when compared with July 2010. Commenting on today’s figures, Paul Smee, [...]

Bovis reports 130% rise in pre-tax profits

Bovis reports 130% rise in pre-tax profits

Housebuilder Bovis has today reported profits more than doubled in the six months to the end of June as a result of cost-cutting and rising house prices. The company said pre-tax profits surged to £8.1 million in the six month period compared with £3.5 million in the same period a year earlier, while revenue rose [...]

BoE: Mortgage approvals hit 14-month high in July

BoE: Mortgage approvals hit 14-month high in July

The Bank of England has today revealed mortgage approvals picked up significantly in July to a 14-month high. According to the central Bank, there were 49,239 loans approved in the month – higher than the upwardly revised 48,500 for June and a significant improvement on April’s 45,855 which represented a four-month low. The figure was [...]

CML reports drop in repossessions in Q2

CML reports drop in repossessions in Q2

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has today reported a fall in home repossessions. According to the Council, lenders seized 9,000 properties in the April to June period – 100 less when compared with the first three months of the year. Meanwhile, there were 18,100 repossessions in the first half of 2011, compared with compared [...]

CML: Mortgage lending up in June

CML: Mortgage lending up in June

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has today reported the number of loans for house purchase rose in June. According to the Council, there were 46,700 loans advanced for house purchase in the month – a rise of 22% compared with the previous month but 11% lower on an annual basis. However, despite the annual [...]

CML: Mortgage lending up 16% month-on-month

CML: Mortgage lending up 16% month-on-month

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has today reported a pick up in mortgage lending for the month of June. According to the Council, gross mortgage lending last month totalled £12.9 billion – this represented a 16% rise on a monthly basis but was 3% lower compared with June 2010. Meanwhile, the CML said mortgage [...]

CML: Mortgage approvals higher in May

CML: Mortgage approvals higher in May

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has reported that the number of loans for house purchase rose in May. According to the Council, there were 41,500 loans worth £5.9 billion advanced for house purchase in the month, up from 40,800 in April. However, the figure remains lower than the 43,800 loans advanced in May 2010. [...]

Report reveals rise in mortgage availability

Report reveals rise in mortgage availability

Figures from Moneyfacts have revealed in the number of mortgage products. The credit crunch resulted in a tightening of lending criteria and mortgages have been hard to secure without a substantial deposit. However, the number of different mortgage products has risen to its highest level since November 2008, according to Moneyfacts, due to increased competition. [...]

BoE: Mortgage approvals remain weak in May

BoE: Mortgage approvals remain weak in May

The Bank of England has today revealed mortgage approvals remained weak in May. According to the Bank, there were 45,940 loans approved in the month – slightly higher than April’s 45,447 but lower than forecasts of a level of 46,100. Furthermore, May’s figure was lower than the average for the previous six months. Today’s figures [...]

SVR mortgage holders will suffer when interest rates rise

SVR mortgage holders will suffer when interest rates rise

Consumer group Which? has warned homeowners with SVR mortgages that they will be financially squeezed once interest rates are lifted. A Standard Variable Rate (SVR) is a mortgage in which the rate of interest is varied from time to time by the lender but it is usually set at about 2% above the Bank of [...]

CML: Mortgage lending rebounds in May

CML: Mortgage lending rebounds in May

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) today reported a rise in mortgage lending for the month of May. According to the Council, mortgage lending rose 12% in May compared with April as demand was boosted by the public bank holidays. Gross mortgage lending in the month totalled £11.3 billion, said the CML. The figure was [...]