Category Archives: Lenders

Interest Only – more changes, time to call the tailor

If you have an interest only mortgage you must be wondering what is next for you. If have one and are not then perhaps now is the time to start. A repayment vehicle seemed like a quaint idea to some … Continue reading

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What goes down must come up – Standard Variable Rates head north

Halifax, RBS One Account customers and now Bank of Ireland customers have all been told in recent days that their Standard Variable Rates are going up. Why? It is the cost of funding we are told. Well, given that we … Continue reading

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The search Google is not interested in anymore. Mortgages.

The search giant exits Mortgage comparison. When it launched and its capture of beatthatquote for £37M had commentators reaching for hyperbole and back in 2007 this seemed yet another nail in the coffin of the local mortgage broker looking sit … Continue reading

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A really busy January – is this the storm before the calm?

Like a good few brokers I had a strong start to the year. January was my 2nd best month ever. All this positive start heartily encouraged both me and my colleagues, this is all the sweeter when you take account of … Continue reading

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Aldermore’s new Buy to Let range vs TMW’s products at 80% LTV, are they any good?

Buy to Let, high LTV lending anyone? Aldermore has set the cat among the sole 80% lending pigeon by increasing its max LTV, so let’s look at the rates to see what changes this could mean. The only other lender … Continue reading

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Our Comment on Mortgage Rate Changes

The  Mortgage Rate Update Thursday 12th Jan BoE Base Rate Decision The Bank of England said that Mortgage availability will get harder in the first quarter and nearly every broker on Twitter was telling the world how busy they are … Continue reading

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The Stupid Deals that Saved Our Bacon

How stupid deals saved us from oblivion The 2 worst finance deals in decades* that saved our bacon Deal 1f Bank of America steps into save Merrill Lynch for just $45Bn OK, firstly hindsight is always 20/20 and BoA’s Ken … Continue reading

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Buy to Let’s booming – but who will lend the uplift

Since the crunch we have seen first time buyers pretty much excluded from the market and house prices protected by Government, BoE and lender policy.  The upshot of this is a very healthy buy to let and letting sectors, speaking of health, … Continue reading

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View from the Coalface – Getting Precise about the Scottish Mortgage Market

This is a new set of blogs – with the aim of being a monthly commentry on the mortgage industry from the broker’s point of view, it may have some jargon and TLAs sprinkled about so apologies for that, but I hope … Continue reading

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