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Sunday 28th of March 2010

News Tag: LTV

February 25, 2010

Lenders soften up on loan-to-value ratios

by Gill Montia
”Lenders
Lenders are softening up on their loan-to-value (LTV) ratios, according to MoneyExpert.com. Research by the price comparison website shows the number of fixed-rate deals at 90% LTV or above almost doubling in the last 12 months, with 147 products to choose from today, up from 78 this time last year. However, those seeking LTVs of above 90% have only 61 home loans to ...



February 9, 2010

Nationwide lowers LTVs on remortgage deals

by Gill Montia
”Nationwide
Nationwide has lowered the deposit required for some of its most competitive remortaging deals, from 40% to 30%. From today, all the lender's existing 60% loan-to-value (LTV) fixed and tracker remortgage loans are available at up to 70%. Since the onset of the credit crisis, remortgaging activity has been in a steady decline as lower interest rates and impaired credit histories meant borrowers ...



January 25, 2010

Average loan-to-value ratio eases to 70%

by Gill Montia
”Average
The average loan-to-value (LTV) ratio on house purchase loans increased to 70% in December 2009, leaving the typical homebuyer requiring a 30% deposit. According to research from the Mortgage Advice Bureau, the tendency for lenders to require large deposits in exchange for reasonable rates is softening, having improved from an average LTV of 67% in November and 69% across the final ...



December 4, 2009

Better deals for high loan to value borrowers

by Gill Montia
”Better
First-time buyers are finding it easier to get a foot on the property ladder, according to independent mortgage adviser, Mortgageforce.co.uk. Better deals for high loan to value (LTV) borrowers meant that in November, 14% of all transactions arranged by the online broker were for those buying their first home, compared to the usual 10%. The majority borrowed 85% of the ...



December 3, 2009

First-time buyers dominate mortgage searches

by Gill Montia
”First-time
Figures from realpricecomparison.com show that in October and November, first-time buyers accounted for nearly a third of all mortgage searches. However, small deposits mean would-be homeowners are seeking out deals at 80% loan-to-value (LTV) ratio or above, with around 8.5% of searches for mortgages with LTVs of between 90% and 95%. According to the price comparison website, average rates for 80% LTV loans are ...



September 16, 2009

First time buyers charged “obscene” interest rates

by David Masters
First time buyers charged
Lenders continue to offer mortgages at an "obscene" rate of interest despite the cost of interbank borrowing falling to a record low. Paul Holmes, chief executive of first-time buyer advice site Firstrung, said lenders have "no excuse" for the rates they are charging. Banks and building societies are simply using record low interest rates to boost their profit margins, Holmes claimed. Although some ...



Lenders reluctant to cut mortgage rates

by David Masters
Lenders reluctant to cut mortgage rates
Homeowners are gradually being offered a larger choice of mortgage products, although lenders remain cagey about attracting too much business, MoneyFacts.co.uk claimed this week The number of mortgage products available dropped to a record low of 1,209 at the beginning of April, down from a peak of 11,951 products that were available in July 2007. Since April, more products have come to market, ...



August 24, 2009

Leeds launches five-year 5.35% mortgage

by David Masters
Leeds launches five-year 5.35% mortgage
Leeds Building Society has launched a new fixed-rate mortgage for customers with a deposit of at least 25%. Interest on the five-year mortgage is fixed at 5.35%, and customers can borrow at up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV). Borrowers can make up to 10% capital repayments each year without penalty. Kim Rebecchi, Leeds director of sales and marketing, said the mortgage is a "fantastic opportunity" for ...



July 29, 2009

Clydesdale approves more mortgages

by David Masters
”Clydesdale
Clydesdale Bank has approved more mortgages in the past two months than it did this time last year. The bank approved 30% more home loans in May and June compared to the same period in 2008. This rise in approvals follows Clydesdale's pledge last week to release a further £1 billion of new lending to mortgage and business customers. Clydesdale, together with sister-bank Yorkshire, is one ...



May 26, 2009

First time buyers treble in 2009

by David Masters
First time buyers treble in 2009
First time buyers are taking advantage of plummeting house prices, according to figures released this week by mortgage experts John Charcol. A fifth of mortgage applications during the first four months of 2009 came from first time buyers - an increase of 350% compared to the final four months of 2008. A significant proportion of these first time buyers put down a deposit ...



March 19, 2009

New FSA regulation threatens mortgage cap

by Gill Montia
New FSA regulation threatens mortgage cap
Proposals from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on future regulation of the UK banking sector include the possibility of a cap on mortgages, in terms of their loan-to-value (LTV) or loan-to-income ratios. The woes of the recession are linked to a decade of house price inflation fuelled by irresponsible lending by banks and others and epitomised in the 125% mortgage once offered ...



January 29, 2009

First-time buyer applications increase as LTVs soften

by Gill Montia
First-time buyer applications increase as LTVs soften
Mortgage search engine, mform.co.uk, is convinced that first-time buyers are returning to the market in force. According to the firm's research, applications from this group of house purchasers have increased 30% and people buying their first home now account for 40% of all users of the mform website. In October of last year, the figure stood at less than 10% and ...



January 6, 2009

Shift to larger deposits hampers housing market recovery

by Gill Montia
Shift to larger deposits hampers housing market recovery
Financial data provider, Moneyfacts.co.uk, has published new figures showing that 25% of mortgages available in the UK to new borrowers require a deposit of at least 40%. Those who can only manage a deposit of 5% or less have a mere 21 home loans to choose from, compared with over 1,200 in February of last year. Borrowers who can put ...



December 17, 2008

Nationwide reintroduces 95% mortgage

by Gill Montia
Nationwide reintroduces 95% mortgage
Nationwide Building Society has reintroduced a mortgage with a 95% loan-to-value ratio (LTV). The deal is only available to existing customers who are moving house and borrowers signing up for the loan will be on a two-year fix at 7.18% for the no fee version. The minimum loan size is £25,000 and for those prepared to pay a fee of £599 the rate goes down ...



September 11, 2008

Lenders sweet on 40% deposit holders

by Gill Montia
Lenders sweet on 40% deposit holders
New research from fool.co.uk shows just how dramatically the mortgage market has swung in favour of those who have large deposits. According to the financial website, home buyers looking for a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 60% can access around 4,588 mortgage products. For those even better placed and needing to borrow less than 60% of their property's value the choice of home ...



May 7, 2008

Woolwich abandons 95% LTV

by Gill Montia
Woolwich abandons 95% LTV
Woolwich has become the latest mortgage company to reduce its loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for new customers. The lender, which forms part of the Barclays group, is withdrawing all products with LTVs exceeding 90% from Thursday 8 May. These include a 5% LTV lifetime tracker plus five-year fixed-rate and standard variable rate loans. The move, which follows last week's decision by Nationwide to introduce a minimum 10% ...