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News related to banking

Half of UK home owners not concerned about interest rate rises, poll suggests
2014-08-20 14:52:36 [Europe]
With a consensus that the first Bank of England base rate interest rise since July 2007 is drawing ever closer on the horizon, it seems that around half of UK home owners are unconcerned about it.Read full article: [Half of UK home owners not concerned about interest rate rises, poll suggests]
 
Lloyds announces it is ahead of schedule for first time buyer lending
2014-08-01 14:00:23 [Finance Update]
Lloyds Banking Group has announced that it is ahead of schedule in meeting its first time buyer commitments for 2014.Read full article: [Lloyds announces it is ahead of schedule for first time buyer lending]
 
Halifax and Lloyds mortgage range changes
2014-07-16 12:48:49 [Finance Update]
Home owners are now able to purchase new build properties through both Halifax and Lloyds Bank Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme products.Read full article: [Halifax and Lloyds mortgage range changes]
 
Bank of England announces new mortgage constraints
2014-06-26 11:00:12 [Europe]
The Bank of England has told mortgage lenders to limit the proportion of mortgages at loan to income multiples of 4.5 and above to no more than 15% of their new mortgages.Read full article: [Bank of England announces new mortgage constraints]
 
Bank of England to get power to control mortgages
2014-06-13 11:54:49 [Europe]
The Bank of England is to get extraordinary new powers to control the size of mortgages in the UK in the likelihood of a property bubble that could threaten the country’s economic recovery.Read full article: [Bank of England to get power to control mortgages]
 
UK home owners expecting interest rates to rise
2014-05-19 08:50:17 [Europe]
Home owners in the UK were already anticipating a rise in interest rates before the governor of the Bank of England warned that the property market is in danger of overheating.Read full article: [UK home owners expecting interest rates to rise]
 
No property recovery in Spain until banks relax lending criteria
2014-05-09 11:22:18 [Europe]
Despite reports of foreign buyers snapping up bargain properties in Spain, the country’s real estate market will not recovery fully until banks relax their lending rules, it is claimed.Read full article: [No property recovery in Spain until banks relax lending criteria]
 
Mortgage approvals in the UK reach seven year high
2014-02-25 13:52:51 [Europe]
Mortgage approvals for new properties in the UK have climbed significantly and are now at their highest since September 2007, according to the latest lending figures from the British Bankers’ Association.Read full article: [Mortgage approvals in the UK reach seven year high]
 
No UK property bubble says the Banks of England, yet
2013-09-25 15:03:15 [Europe]
There is no immediate danger of a property bubble in the UK, according to the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee, but it will be keeping a watchful eye on the residential real estate market.
Read full article: [No UK property bubble says the Banks of England, yet]
 
RICS says UK house price inflation above 5% could create property price bubble
2013-09-13 14:03:11 [Europe]
The Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee should consider limiting annual house price inflation to 5% in order to prevent another housing bubble, it is claimed.Read full article: [RICS says UK house price inflation above 5% could create property price bubble]
 
UK’s flagship Funding for Lending scheme boosts property market
2013-09-02 14:25:50 [Europe]
Mortgage borrowers in the UK are benefitting from the Funding for Lending scheme which is providing a strong foundation for growth in the property market.Read full article: [UK’s flagship Funding for Lending scheme boosts property market]
 
Property industry welcomes Bank of England rates promise boost
2013-08-08 08:19:33 [Europe]
The unprecedented announcement by the Bank of England that it intends to keep interest rates at historically low levels for several years has been welcomed by the property industry.
Read full article: [Property industry welcomes Bank of England rates promise boost]
 
UK and EU regulations holding back the residential mortgage market, says new report
2013-06-14 08:35:56 [Europe]
Regulation is constraining the UK mortgage market which means that fewer people can become home owners, according to a new report published today (Friday 14 June).Read full article: [UK and EU regulations holding back the residential mortgage market, says new report]
 
UK property lending experts upbeat despite disappointing Bank of England mortgage data
2013-06-04 13:58:32 [Europe]
There is disappointment in the UK residential property industry that the government’s flagship Funding for Lending scheme has not yet injected more money into the system but experts say it still needs time.Read full article: [UK property lending experts upbeat despite disappointing Bank of England mortgage data]
 
UK lenders introduce new rates, fees and products for a range of buyers
2013-05-31 13:38:15 [Europe]
A number of lenders in the UK have introduced new products and reduced rates and fees for home buyers and property investors in recent days.Read full article: [UK lenders introduce new rates, fees and products for a range of buyers]
 
Little movement in mortgage lending in UK last month, according to BBA figures
2013-05-24 14:04:22 [Europe]
Gross mortgage lending in the UK remained unchanged last month with the latest figures from the British Banker’s Associations showing little movement in activity.Read full article: [Little movement in mortgage lending in UK last month, according to BBA figures]
 
More UK home owners go for improvements rather than moving, research shows
2013-05-20 13:08:02 [Europe]

Property owners across the UK are increasingly investing to improve their homes rather than looking to move during the current economic climate, new research suggests.
Read full article: [More UK home owners go for improvements rather than moving, research shows]
 
Building Societies urge UK govt to adopt more holistic approach to property lending
2013-05-09 09:40:36 [Europe]

The UK government should adopt a more holistic approach to managing the housing market as there are potential choppy water ahead in relation to changing capital requirements, it is claimed.
Read full article: [Building Societies urge UK govt to adopt more holistic approach to property lending]
 
Bank of England extends flagship Funding for Lending Scheme
2013-04-25 13:40:03 [Europe]

The decision by the Bank of England to extend its flagship Funding for Lending scheme has been widely welcomed with experts saying that the move will help growth in the mortgage market.
Read full article: [Bank of England extends flagship Funding for Lending Scheme]
 
Cyprus property prices likely to fall even further due to banking crisis
2013-03-27 10:27:58 [Europe]

Cash buyers interested in bargain properties could start looking to Cyprus where the prices of homes have been falling for years and are likely to continue downwards due to the island’s banking crisis.
Read full article: [Cyprus property prices likely to fall even further due to banking crisis]
 
Home approvals and remortgaging falls in the UK
2013-03-25 13:29:51 [Europe]

Approvals for house purchases and remortgaging in the UK have each fallen year on year, although net mortgage borrowing from the banks grew by 0.1% last month, the latest figures from the British Bankers’ Association shows.
Read full article: [Home approvals and remortgaging falls in the UK]
 
UAE mortgage limits on hold for up to six months, officials confirm
2013-02-05 14:45:54 [Middle East]

Proposals to limit mortgages for foreign buyers in the United Arab Emirates have been put on hold while further discussions get underway.
Read full article: [UAE mortgage limits on hold for up to six months, officials confirm]
 
UK mortgage approvals rise to 11 month high, latest figures show
2013-01-31 12:24:57 [Europe]

Mortgage approvals rose again in the UK last month, climbing to an 11 month and rising for the fifth month in a row, the latest figures from the Bank of England show.
Read full article: [UK mortgage approvals rise to 11 month high, latest figures show]
 
UK lender commits £6.5 billion for first time buyers
2013-01-23 09:42:00 [Europe]

Lloyds Banking Group has unveiled what it describes as the UK’s largest commitment to support first time buyers by announcing it is to lend £6.5 billion to help customers onto the property ladder in 2013.
Read full article: [UK lender commits £6.5 billion for first time buyers]
 
Clydesdale bank announces changes to interest only mortgages
2013-01-18 13:52:08 [Europe]

UK lender, the Clydesdale Bank is introducing changes to its mortgage range that will see what it describes as an innovative approach to Interest Only mortgages, it has announced.
Read full article: [Clydesdale bank announces changes to interest only mortgages]
 
Encouraging lending outlook for UK property market in 2013 after improved 2012
2013-01-14 13:13:44 [Europe]

Lending to first time home buyers in the UK increased 11% in 2012 as lending to borrowers with small deposits reached its highest level since the financial crisis, according to a detailed analysis of the 2012 mortgage market by e.surv chartered surveyors.
Read full article: [Encouraging lending outlook for UK property market in 2013 after improved 2012]
 
UK lender Barclays announces the launch of some of its cheapest ever mortgage rates
2013-01-09 13:15:11 [Europe]

Barclays banks is cutting its mortgage rates for UK property buyers by up to 1% and is launching a new mortgage for those with a 5% deposit, it announced today (Wednesday 09 January).
Read full article: [UK lender Barclays announces the launch of some of its cheapest ever mortgage rates]
 
Loans for UK homes from banks and building societies increased in 2012, data shows
2013-01-04 15:31:13 [Europe]

The number of loan approvals for house purchases in the UK increased in November and was higher than the previous six month average, the latest figures from the Bank of England show.
Read full article: [Loans for UK homes from banks and building societies increased in 2012, data shows]
 
Potential mortgage blow for Dubai property market amid reports of mortgage restrictions
2012-12-31 14:56:07 [Middle East]

Just as it is recovering well from its real estate crash with foreign buyers returning to the market, Dubai has been dealt a potential mortgage blow.
Read full article: [Potential mortgage blow for Dubai property market amid reports of mortgage restrictions]
 
First time buyers struggle as new lending goes to wealthier buyers
2012-12-14 14:09:16 [Europe]

House purchase lending in November in the UK increased to its highest level for eleven months, with banks choosing to focus an improvement in mortgage funding on wealthier borrowers rather than first time buyers.
Read full article: [First time buyers struggle as new lending goes to wealthier buyers]
 
First Funding for Lending Scheme figures released by Bank of England
2012-12-03 17:14:05 [Europe]

There are now 35 groups taking part in the Bank of England’s Funding for Lending Scheme, it has been announced today (Monday 03 December).
Read full article: [First Funding for Lending Scheme figures released by Bank of England]
 
UK building societies offer lower mortgage deals than banks, research suggests
2012-08-22 12:51:15 [Europe]

Overall building societies in the UK offer lower cost mortgage deal than banks and it is worth looking beyond the headline rates to find the best priced product, according to new research.

Read full article: [UK building societies offer lower mortgage deals than banks, research suggests]
 
HSBC to provide an extra £2 billion for UK home buyers in 2012
2012-07-20 11:12:26 [Europe]

HSBC approved more than £10.6 billion in mortgages in the first six months of 2012, helping over 97,000 UK borrowers and an increase of 16% on the same period in 2011, the leading lenders reports.

Read full article: [HSBC to provide an extra £2 billion for UK home buyers in 2012]
 
Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks extend fee free mortgage offer
2012-07-12 14:46:11 [Finance Update]

A fee free mortgage boost for first time buyers and home owners looking to remortgage or switch to Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has been extended until Tuesday 31st July 2012.

Read full article: [Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks extend fee free mortgage offer]
 
UK lender withdraws interest only mortgage range
2012-05-08 12:57:54 [Europe]

UK lender the Co-operative Bank has withdrawn its interest only mortgage range. From today (Tuesday 08 May 2012), new customers will be able to take out mortgages on a capital and repayment basis only.

Read full article: [UK lender withdraws interest only mortgage range]
 
Bank of Scotland offers help for first time buyers
2012-03-21 09:49:19 [Finance Update]

With the first time buyer stamp duty exemption coming to an end this week the Bank of Scotland has today (Wednesday 21 March) announced the launch of a new product designed to ease the burden for first time buyers taking their first steps on the property ladder.

Read full article: [Bank of Scotland offers help for first time buyers]
 
Mixed effects for increased quantitative easing on UK property market
2012-02-09 16:36:32 [Europe]

The decision today (Thursday 09 February) by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to increase quantitative easing in the UK has been met with a mixed response by property experts.

Read full article: [Mixed effects for increased quantitative easing on UK property market]
 
HSBC launches new mortgage products for those with a 10% deposit
2012-02-02 11:23:28 [Finance Update]

HSBC has today (Thursday 02 February) launched new mortgage products for those with a 10% deposit which it says confirms its commitment to first time buyers.

 

Read full article: [HSBC launches new mortgage products for those with a 10% deposit]
 
Spanish banks lending over 100% on repossessed properties
2012-01-06 13:45:43 [Europe]

Spanish Banks are prepared to lend over 100% on their own properties that have been repossessed, it has been revealed.

Read full article: [Spanish banks lending over 100% on repossessed properties]
 
UK home owners reduce spending but ignore biggest monthly outgoing
2011-12-27 10:35:27 [Finance Update]

Some 58% of home owners in the UK have never changed their mortgage outside of moving house which means that years of potential mortgage savings are going to waste.

Read full article: [UK home owners reduce spending but ignore biggest monthly outgoing]
 
US Government removes support at upper end of home market
2011-10-17 09:14:18 [North America]

Many buyers in the most expensive US residential real estate locations are facing higher borrowing costs as the government has removed support from the upper end of the home market.

Read full article: [US Government removes support at upper end of home market]
 
Euro stumbles as ECB capitulates to crisis
2011-08-05 09:38:56 [Currency watch]
• Sterling hits two month high against struggling euro
• Euro stumbles as ECB capitulates to crisis
• Dollar Set for weekly gain as share drop, slowdown signs spur refuge bid
• Australia’s Central Bank revises growth forecast sharply lower
Read full article: [Euro stumbles as ECB capitulates to crisis]
 
Run up to BoE interest rate decision to keep pound shackled
2011-08-04 10:15:30 [Currency watch]
• Sterling posts decent gains on majors after strong UK PMI Services data
• Run up to BoE interest rate decision to keep pound shackled
• Japan intervenes in currency market, weakening yen
• Euro continues to feel heat, Italy becomes focus of investors debt worries
• After US avoids default, dollar takes a back seat versus majors
Read full article: [Run up to BoE interest rate decision to keep pound shackled]
 
Aussie and Kiwi dollars remain under pressure
2011-08-03 11:27:06 [Currency watch]
• Sterling hits two month high vs weak euro, slips vs dollar
• Euro falls to 2-month low on euro zone worries
• Moody’s affirms US rating, warns of downgrades
• Aussie and Kiwi dollars remain under pressure
Read full article: [Aussie and Kiwi dollars remain under pressure]
 
RBA leaves rates on hold citing global growth uncertainty
2011-08-02 09:31:07 [Currency watch]
• Sterling falls on weak PMI, slide in risk adds pain
• Euro suffers as Greek relief wanes
• US House passes debt-limit bill
• RBA leaves rates on hold citing global growth uncertainty

Read full article: [RBA leaves rates on hold citing global growth uncertainty]
 
Obama confirms both parties have agreed to raise US debt limit
2011-08-01 09:47:37 [Currency watch]
• Obama confirms both parties have agreed to raise US debt limit
• Sterling hits two month high versus dollar on US debt worries
• CBI warns darkening mood among UK business
• Euro remains under pressure versus pound but sight recovery on dollar
• Gold hits another high in Friday at $1,632.90 on weak US GDP

Read full article: [Obama confirms both parties have agreed to raise US debt limit]
 
Yen rises against peers on refuge demand amid US + Europe debt crises
2011-07-28 10:15:13 [Currency watch]
• Euro falls again on speculation sovereign debt crises to spread further
• S + P downgrades Greece, Cyprus feels the heat from Moody’s
• Sterling falls versus dollar on weak UK economic data and risk aversion
• Dollar makes back gains on euro and pound as players shun risk
• Yen rises against peers on refuge demand amid US + Europe debt crises
Read full article: [Yen rises against peers on refuge demand amid US + Europe debt crises]
 
Aussie climbs to record high
2011-07-27 09:29:53 [Currency watch]
• Sterling Hits 6-wk high vs dollar, gains may be limited
• Spain pays a high price at auction
• Dollar suffers mixed signals on data and budget debate
• Aussie climbs to record high
Read full article: [Aussie climbs to record high]
 
US Dollar under broad based selling pressure
2011-07-26 09:35:08 [Currency watch]
• Pound Declines against Euro before GDP report
• Eurozone’s woes continue as nothing has been done about contagion
• US Dollar under broad based selling pressure
• Canada’s dollar at almost the highest since 2007 on haven appeal 
Read full article: [US Dollar under broad based selling pressure]
 
Norwegian Krone slumps versus major peers on last weeks explosion
2011-07-25 12:14:01 [Currency watch]
• Dollar slides versus majors as US debt talks brake down over weekend
• Greece rating cut by Moody’s amid default warning to send euro lower
• Sterling under pressure on weak growth in UK economy
• UK GDP data on Tuesday expected to show slowdown
• Norwegian Krone slumps versus major peers on last weeks explosion
Read full article: [Norwegian Krone slumps versus major peers on last weeks explosion]
 



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