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22 Feb 2024
Warning against disreputable spray foam installers

Homeowners are surrounded by messages about the urgency of taking green measures in their properties, and insulation should be a high priority. However, mortgage lenders are increasingly taking a zero-tolerance approach to spray foam insulation and are declining applications.

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29 Jan 2024
99% mortgages risk inflating house prices unless supply is addressed

Reports, originating in The Independent newspaper, that the UK Government is considering a 1% deposit mortgage scheme as part of the March 2024 Budget may feel like a solution for those struggling to get their foot on the housing ladder. But the housing sector is sounding a note of caution about the potential impact on prices if more stock is not made available.

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21 Dec 2023
More mortgage choice for those affected by building safety issues

Virgin Money, TSB and Skipton Building Society will now consider applications for properties in buildings that are yet to be remediated, or where leaseholders are protected from remediation costs, however, buildings that are excluded from such protections do not benefit.

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08 Nov 2023
Targeted support for households facing repossession

The Welsh Government has launched a £40 million equity loan scheme designed to help people struggling to make mortgage payments, with the aim of avoiding homelessness.

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07 Aug 2023
Upfront information requirements bolstered by UK Finance update

An amendment to the Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook for Conveyancers now states that details of remediation work under the Building Safety Act 2022 must be requested for transactions involving leasehold flats in England. Estate agents dealing with this type of property where remediation work is current or planned or has previously taken place must ensure the particulars are recorded and shared with stakeholders.

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27 Jun 2023
Mortgage Charter excludes buy-to-let customers

In updated guidance issued on 26 June 2023, HM Treasury has confirmed that the commitments from lenders to support mortgage holders will not extend to buy-to-let borrowers.

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26 Jun 2023
New Mortgage Charter agreed to support homeowners

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt MP has announced a set of measures designed to provide support to residential mortgage customers as interest rates continue to climb. The plans do not include any specific measures for buy-to-let investors.

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10 May 2023
100% mortgage product to help renters with no deposit

Skipton Building Society has launched a five-year fixed deal at a 5.49% rate with a maximum term of 35 years for tenants who can borrow up to 4.49 times their income up to a maximum of £600,000 to enable them to get onto the property ladder without a deposit.

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20 Dec 2022
Mortgage products available on flats impacted by cladding

From Monday 9 January 2023, lenders will be able to consider mortgage applications in England on domestic properties within residential blocks of five or more storeys or 11 metres or taller.

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30 Apr 2021
How to get client's mortgage ready

With ever-changing mortgage requirements across lenders, Propertymark Industry Supplier, Home of Mortgages outlines how helping clients get an edge over other would-be buyers is key to a successful sale.

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19 Apr 2021
New 95 per cent mortgage scheme launched

The UK Government has today, 19 April, opened a Mortgage Guarantee Scheme to help first-time buyers and current owners with 5 per cent deposits buy a house up to £600,000.

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01 Apr 2021
FAQs: Mortgage Guarantee Scheme

The Chancellor announced a new policy to support homebuyers who can only afford a five percent deposit with a mortgage guarantee. The scheme is not applicable when buying second homes or buy-to-let properties.

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03 Mar 2021
Campaign leads to extended Stamp Duty holiday

The Chancellor has listened to Propertymark’s calls to avoid a cliff-edge deadline to the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday in the UK Government’s budget, today, 3 March 2021. The nil rate band up to £500,000 will end on 30 June, instead of March. A transitional nil rate band up to £250,000 will be in place until September and then return to £125,000 from October.

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14 Aug 2020
Market outlook is strong

With the demand for rental property on the increase and the sales market experiencing a significant rise in mortgage applications, lockdown hasn’t been a deterrent for buyers and renters determined to make a change.

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13 Nov 2019
Buy-to-let mortgages stable despite slowdown in market

Latest data has revealed an overall slowdown in mortgages despite the stability in the buy-to-let market with an expected further growth of 1 per cent in the next quarter.

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19 Sep 2019
First time buyers hold many misconceptions

A new study from Santander Mortgages has revealed striking misconceptions and knowledge gaps among aspiring first-time buyers as they prepare to make their most major purchase.

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