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News related to 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]
 
New home lending in Australia at four year high
2014-07-15 11:16:06 [Australasia]
New home lending activity in Australia is still trending higher with the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing it at its highest level for four years.Read full article: [New home lending in Australia at four year high]
 
Restrictions on buy to let lending would not be good for the industry, it is claimed
2014-07-14 14:29:09 [Europe]
Imposing lending restrictions on the buy to let mortgage market in the UK could have damaging consequences for landlords and the supply of rental properties, it is claimed.Read full article: [Restrictions on buy to let lending would not be good for the industry, it is claimed]
 
UK mortgage lending data published according to post codes for the first time
2014-07-11 12:21:46 [Europe]
Major mortgage lenders in the UK have today published details for the first time of their total outstanding residential mortgage lending according to over 9,000 post code sectors across the country.Read full article: [UK mortgage lending data published according to post codes for the first time]
 
Number of properties qualifying for Help to Buy falling
2014-07-11 08:35:59 [Europe]
The number of eligible properties under the government’s Help to Buy scheme in England and Wales has fallen, while average prices have risen since the launch of the second phase of the scheme, a new analysis shows.Read full article: [Number of properties qualifying for Help to Buy falling]
 
Lending in UK does not seem to have seen dramatic change due to new mortgage rules
2014-07-10 10:54:07 [Europe]
New mortgage rules in the UK have had a subtle effect on lending rather than the dramatic change some had predicted, new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders suggest.Read full article: [Lending in UK does not seem to have seen dramatic change due to new mortgage rules]
 
Bridging loans surpasses Help to Buy in UK mortgage market
2014-07-09 08:15:09 [Europe]
The UK government’s flagship Help to Buy scheme has provided less than half the funding for new homes as bridging since the equity loan scheme was launched in April 2013, it is claimed.Read full article: [Bridging loans surpasses Help to Buy in UK mortgage market]
 
UK financial watchdog seeking views on mortgage contract changes
2014-07-08 08:22:49 [Europe]
Consumers and firms in the UK are to be asked for their views on how fairness should be assessed when lenders make changes to the terms of mortgage contracts and whether the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) needs to make changes to its rules or guidance.Read full article: [UK financial watchdog seeking views on mortgage contract changes]
 
Half of home owners with a mortgage without loan protection insurance
2014-07-07 09:25:04 [Europe]
Over half of all mortgaged residential property in the UK is not covered by any form of protection insurance, it has been revealed.Read full article: [Half of home owners with a mortgage without loan protection insurance]
 
Help to Buy is assisting the right buyers, says new research
2014-07-03 10:08:28 [Europe]
Help to Buy, the UK government’s flagship buying scheme, is assisting the right home buyers with 55% of purchasers coming from the private rented sector, according to a new report.Read full article: [Help to Buy is assisting the right buyers, says new research]
 
UK flagship Help to Buy scheme sales reach 35,000
2014-07-01 08:37:47 [Europe]
The Help to Buy scheme in the UK has enabled 35,000 people to buy their own home and is playing a key role in boosting house building and the economy, new data shows.
Read full article: [UK flagship Help to Buy scheme sales reach 35,000]
 
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]
 
UK public spending committee criticises flagship Help to Buy scheme
2014-06-24 09:21:49 [Europe]
The UK government has yet to demonstrate that its flagship Help to Buy scheme provides value for money, according to a report from an influential parliamentary committee.
Read full article: [UK public spending committee criticises flagship Help to Buy scheme]
 
Mortgage lending in the UK stalls
2014-06-19 14:55:25 [Europe]
Gross mortgage lending in the UK held steady in May and was an estimated £16.5 billion, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [Mortgage lending in the UK stalls]
 
New mortgage rules not affecting UK housing market, it is claimed
2014-06-19 09:46:21 [Europe]
Activity in the UK housing market has bounced back from the effects of new mortgage affordability rules, according to the latest report from chartered surveyors Connells Survey & Valuation.Read full article: [New mortgage rules not affecting UK housing market, it is claimed]
 
Housing market confidence falling in the UK, says building society research
2014-06-18 13:42:49 [Europe]
The number of people in the UK who think that now is a good time to buy a home is at its lowest level since June 2008, new research shows.Read full article: [Housing market confidence falling in the UK, says building society research]
 
IMLA warns against sudden interest rate hike as UK mortgage market slows
2014-06-16 08:21:26 [Europe]
The UK is experiencing a mismatch in housing and mortgage activity and the Bank of England should be cautious about raising interest rates, it is claimed.Read full article: [IMLA warns against sudden interest rate hike as UK mortgage market slows]
 
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 property industry hits out at call for mortgages to be restricted
2014-06-12 11:12:58 [Europe]
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has stepped in the housing price debate by calling for action to be taken to stop a property boom which he claims is getting out of control in parts of the UK.
Read full article: [UK property industry hits out at call for mortgages to be restricted]
 
UK home lending rises despite new mortgage application rules
2014-06-12 09:26:07 [Europe]
First time buyers and home movers continue to be key drivers in the growth of the UK mortgage market despite fears that new regulations might slow things down, according to the latest report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [UK home lending rises despite new mortgage application rules]
 
New home lending and building up in Australia
2014-06-10 14:06:03 [Australasia]
Lending for new home building is continuing to rise in Australia, up 5.4% in April to reach the highest quarterly level since early 2010, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Read full article: [New home lending and building up in Australia]
 
UK mortgage lenders meet commitment on interest only loans
2014-06-10 09:52:19 [Europe]
Mortgage lenders in the UK have successfully met a commitment they gave a year ago to contact their borrowers with interest only mortgages, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [UK mortgage lenders meet commitment on interest only loans]
 
Analysis shows how Help to Buy has boosted first time buyer numbers
2014-06-04 09:41:46 [Europe]
The UK’s Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme has played an important role in encouraging first time buyers back to the market, according to a new analysis of the figures.Read full article: [Analysis shows how Help to Buy has boosted first time buyer numbers]
 
Dip in home loan lending in Wales in first quarter of year described as seasonal
2014-06-03 09:00:18 [Europe]
An expected seasonal dip has affected lending for homes in Wales in the first three months of the year compared to the previous quarter, but year on year comparisons show growth in all borrower types.Read full article: [Dip in home loan lending in Wales in first quarter of year described as seasonal]
 
One in 10 people with mortgages in UK set to be at risk from rate rises, research suggests
2014-06-02 09:10:55 [Europe]
One in 10 of today’s mortgagors in the UK risk being imprisoned by borrowing deals which are likely to make their repayments unaffordable as interest rates rise over the next four years, it is claimed.Read full article: [One in 10 people with mortgages in UK set to be at risk from rate rises, research suggests]
 
Average UK buyer likely to be aged 36 when they buy first property
2014-05-30 15:33:26 [Europe]
The average age of a UK first time buyer is 36 years old but there is variations between regions with the oldest buyers at aged 41 in the south west, new research shows.Read full article: [Average UK buyer likely to be aged 36 when they buy first property]
 
UK Help to Buy schemes benefitting those who need help to get on housing ladder
2014-05-30 15:17:32 [Europe]
There have been calls for the UK government to reign in its flagship Help to Buy schemes amid concerns about rising prices, particularly in London, but new data shows that most help is going to first time buyers.Read full article: [UK Help to Buy schemes benefitting those who need help to get on housing ladder]
 
Number of mortgages for home owners fall in Scotland in first three months of year
2014-05-29 13:57:54 [Europe]
The expected seasonal dip during the early months of 2014 saw mortgage lending fall in Scotland compared to the previous quarter, but there was a strong upward trend year on year.Read full article: [Number of mortgages for home owners fall in Scotland in first three months of year]
 
Mortgage lending down in Greater London in first quarter of 2014
2014-05-28 12:44:32 [Europe]
Mortgage lending in Greater London showed an expected seasonal dip in the first quarter of 2014 but compared to the same time last year there has been significant growth in all borrower types, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [Mortgage lending down in Greater London in first quarter of 2014]
 
Lending for property refurbishment in UK more than doubles in a year
2014-05-27 08:06:10 [Europe]
Property refurbishment projects in the UK have seen funding more than double in the last 12 months, according to a survey of financial intermediaries.Read full article: [Lending for property refurbishment in UK more than doubles in a year]
 
UK mortgage brokers increasingly positive, new report shows
2014-05-26 08:02:53 [Europe]
Confidence in the UK mortgage market has rocketed to its highest level since the second quarter of 2009, according to the latest Halifax Intermediaries Broker Confidence Tracker report.Read full article: [UK mortgage brokers increasingly positive, new report shows]
 
One in 10 UK home owners trapped in potentially unaffordable mortgage deals
2014-05-23 08:10:29 [Europe]
One in 10 people with a mortgage in the UK risk being trapped by borrowing deals which are likely to make their repayments unaffordable as interest rates rise over the next four years, it is claimed.Read full article: [One in 10 UK home owners trapped in potentially unaffordable mortgage deals]
 
Concerns voiced over effects of new mortgage rules in the UK
2014-05-22 17:02:15 [Europe]
The new mortgage market rules introduced last month in the UK are still bedding down but some experts believe they will lead to a slowdown in lending and therefore market activity.Read full article: [Concerns voiced over effects of new mortgage rules in the UK]
 
UK mortgage lending still healthy despite new stress tests
2014-05-22 07:54:42 [Europe]
Gross mortgage lending was an estimated £16.6 billion in April, some 8% higher than the previous month, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [UK mortgage lending still healthy despite new stress tests]
 
Mortgage market should not be complacent as interest rate rises loom
2014-05-19 07:47:31 [Europe]
The mortgage market in Wales has seen a positive 12 months but those in the industry should not be complacent due to an environment where interest rates could rise sooner rather than later, it is claimed.Read full article: [Mortgage market should not be complacent as interest rate rises loom]
 
All types of lending in the UK rises in March but at a slower pace
2014-05-16 08:09:27 [Europe]
The number of new loans for home buyers in the UK increased in March by 4% compared to the previous month and are up 17% on a year ago, according to the latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [All types of lending in the UK rises in March but at a slower pace]
 
Mortgage protection levels in the UK falling
2014-05-15 09:24:38 [Europe]
An increasing number of mortgage holders in the UK are financially exposed as levels of protection cover drop, it is claimed.Read full article: [Mortgage protection levels in the UK falling]
 
Fixed rate mortgages are the most popular home loans in the UK, research shows
2014-05-14 10:23:42 [Europe]
Fixed rate mortgages remain the most popular products for home buyers in the UK and they have a preference towards longer term loans, new research shows.Read full article: [Fixed rate mortgages are the most popular home loans in the UK, research shows]
 
Home owners struggling with mortgage urged to seek help as soon as possible
2014-05-13 12:00:38 [Europe]
Home owners in the UK who have difficulties paying their mortgage should seek help sooner rather than later and lenders need get creative in supporting their customers, it is claimed.Read full article: [Home owners struggling with mortgage urged to seek help as soon as possible]
 
UK home repossessions down, according to CML latest figures
2014-05-12 08:06:03 [Europe]
Both the number and the proportion of mortgages in arrears in the UK fell during the first quarter of 2014, according to new figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [UK home repossessions down, according to CML latest figures]
 
Third of people looking for a new home in the UK unaware of new lending rules
2014-05-09 15:02:23 [Europe]
Over a third, 36%, of people looking for a new home in the UK were unaware that new mortgage rules are now in force despite t meaning they face more stringent checks before being granted a loan.Read full article: [Third of people looking for a new home in the UK unaware of new lending rules]
 
Research shows fixed rate mortgages not always the best deal
2014-05-08 08:48:30 [Europe]
The average rate charged on a two year fixed rate mortgage in the UK increased by 0.09% in one month, the fastest increase in the average rate since February 2012 when it rose by 0.13%.Read full article: [Research shows fixed rate mortgages not always the best deal]
 
Online mortgage applications in UK set to double, survey suggests
2014-05-07 08:56:10 [Europe]
Nearly one in six home owners in the UK applied for their current mortgage online and this is set to double, with 33% saying they are likely to apply for their next mortgage online, according to new research. Read full article: [Online mortgage applications in UK set to double, survey suggests]
 
Buy to let mortgage choice in UK a third higher in first quarter of 2014, latest index shows
2014-05-06 07:41:52 [Europe]
The availability of buy to let mortgage products in the UK in the first quarter of 2014 was one third higher than the number of products available in early 2008 just before the financial crash.Read full article: [Buy to let mortgage choice in UK a third higher in first quarter of 2014, latest index shows]
 
CML says interest only mortgage holder numbers are falling
2014-05-05 08:56:27 [Europe]
Home owners in the UK with interest only mortgages are taking action to reduce the risk of not being able to repay their loan when it matures, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [CML says interest only mortgage holder numbers are falling]
 
Today marks start of frenzied property selling season in the UK, new research says
2014-05-01 11:06:09 [Europe]
May Day is the start of an eight week property selling season in the UK in which 10% more homes are sold than at any other time of the year, according to new research.
Read full article: [Today marks start of frenzied property selling season in the UK, new research says]
 
UK house prices up 11% year on year but mortgage lending falls
2014-05-01 10:18:35 [Europe]
UK house prices increased by 1.2% in April and were 10.9% higher than April 2013, taking annual growth into double figures for first time since April 2010.Read full article: [UK house prices up 11% year on year but mortgage lending falls]
 
New mortgage rules already affecting UK property market
2014-04-25 11:20:09 [Europe]
New mortgage affordability rules coming into force in the UK this weekend have already had an effect on the housing market, it is claimed.Read full article: [New mortgage rules already affecting UK property market]
 
New mortgage rules introduced in the UK
2014-04-25 09:47:07 [Europe]
New rules for mortgage applications in the UK come into force today with those seeking a loan set to be quizzed more fully on their spending including gym membership and eating out.Read full article: [New mortgage rules introduced in the UK]
 
UK mortgage loans up 4% in March, but consumers want more access and choice
2014-04-17 11:49:59 [Europe]
Gross mortgage lending in the UK was an estimated £15.4 billion in March, some 4% higher than February, according to the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.Read full article: [UK mortgage loans up 4% in March, but consumers want more access and choice]
 



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