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FCA Not Interested In Mis-Selling Of Interest-Only MortgagesFCA Claim There Is No Evidence Of
Mis-Selling Interest-Only Mortgages

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has stated that there will be no further investigation into whether interest-only mortgages were widely mis-sold in the UK.

The FCA have concluded that the vast majority of borrowers with interest-only mortgage deals understood exactly what they were taking on, diminishing the chance of lenders facing mass claims for mis-selling mortgages.

Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) responded to an enquiry from the Treasury Select Committee, saying: “The vast majority of customers understood the mortgage product they were sold and understand the need to repay the mortgage balance and have plans, albeit in some circumstances imperfect, on how to repay”.

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Buy-To-Let Remortgaging Eclipses Property Purchase Borrowing

Buy-To-Let Remortgaging Eclipses Property Purchase Borrowing

Buy-To-Let Remortgage Surge

Buy-to-let remortgages have witnessed a huge surge in demand during the second quarter of 2013, as existing landlords refinance to raise capital for further rental property purchases.

Remortgaging activity has eclipsed all other types of mortgage transactions covering multiple property types, other than granting new mortgages for buy-to-let property purchases.

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Rightmove Doubles UK Property Values Forecast As Property Prices Increase Again

Rightmove Doubles UK Property Values Forecast As Property Prices Increase Again

UK property values increase for seventh month in a row

UK property values have reached a new five year high, according to property portal, Rightmove, who revised their forecast of UK residential property values, and now reckon that residential property prices will increase to double their previous property value forecast for 2013.

As Spotlight reported last week, residential property values have already increased by 0.3% to average £253,658 (GBP), and now Rightmove reckon property values will now climb by up to 4% this year instead of the 2% previously predicted. However, it wasn’t good news for the whole country as residential property prices in London remained unchanged, holding at a record average of £515,379 (GBP).

The economic incentives introduced by the Government and the Bank of England (BoE) to increase overall lending and credit supply has boosted the demand for residential property ownership from first time buyers.

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Post Office Offering Lowest Ever Fixed Rate Mortgage Deal

Post Office Offering Lowest Ever Fixed Rate Mortgage Deal

Post Office Top Mortgage Charts

The Post Office has cut the rates on a variety of its mortgage products and are now offering their lowest ever fixed rate mortgage deals, taking some of their mortgage products to the top of the best-buy mortgages tables.

The Post Office says it will now be offering their best ever mortgage range, slashing rates among its mortgage products.

Three of its fixed rate mortgage products are now the best mortgage deals available in the UK mortgage market.

Topping the list are the 2 year fixed rate mortgage deals that have no arrangement fee.

The market-leading products are:

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Benefits of Property Investment Portfolio Building

Benefits of Property Investment Portfolio Building

Property Investment portfolio building in the present financial climate is no easy task for the traditional property buyer, mortgage companies and lending institutions have stringent criteria to ensure their financial borrowing is covered.

None the less we are where we are and we have to make the best out of what is available and that isn’t always going down the mortgage route to buy if your aim is portfolio building. It can still be done using normal mortgage procedures but these days it’s better done by a third party portfolio builder as lenders want to see landlords with jobs as well as property.

For hands off property investment portfolio building there have never been better times but for those new to property or trying to build wealth from simple means then other alternatives may need to be used. You will hear lots of terminology such as lease options (LO), rent to buy (RTB), rent to rent (R2R), tenant buyers (TB) etc.

Don’t get too hung-up on the names of agreements.

The basic principle is if the vendor and purchaser can make an agreement between themselves over the property, then the legal people should be able to put that agreement into the right wording to draw up a contract that becomes a win/win scenario.

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Rental income down valuations affecting

buy-to-let mortgage applications

Buy-To-Let Mortgages Refused As Surveyors Down Value Rental Income

Buy-To-Let Mortgages Refused As Surveyors Down Value Rental Income

Approvals for buy-to-let mortgages are failing because surveyors are ‘down valuing’ the expected rental income from the private rented sector and are advising mortgage lenders accordingly.

In some cases, surveyors are even down valuing the value of rent already being received by landlords.

The claims were made last weekend in a Sunday Times feature, which says that some buy to let mortgage lenders are rejecting landlords’ rental estimates.

Most buy to let mortgage lenders want to see monthly mortgage repayments covered by rent with a 25% excess, to cover expenditure and void periods. Some lenders want to see 130% of rental cover, while others are happy with 100%.

Down valuation of the potential rental income could result in the refusal of the buy to let mortgage application, or lenders may limit the amount they will offer, often below the borrower’s expectations.

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Hype surrounds 2013 Mortgage Figures

Hype surrounds 2013 Mortgage Figures

2013 started with claims that the UK had recorded the best lending on mortgage figures in five years, but these claims by the UK Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) are being disputed.

According to the CML, a total of 38,300 loans were advanced for residential property purchases in January, the highest for the month since 2008 when 47,800 loans were advanced. The January performance came despite a marked drop from December 2012 when 45,900 mortgage loans were advanced.

Now critics have suggested that the CML’s mortgage figures were pure hype and speculation as mortgage approvals, and not actual monetary advances, were actually down in January this year, and no figures were released for the UK Buy To Let mortgage market for the same time frame.

Mortgage figures for approvals on residential property purchases appeared to be up 11% compared with January 2012 when there were 34,600 mortgage loans approved for residential property purchases and activity by first-time buyers and home movers both increased.

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UK property shortage becoming criticalWith an ever increasing population and open immigration policy, the UK currently needs around 3 times more houses than are currently being built, and the situation is set to get even worse when the EU restrictions on immigrants from Eastern Europe are lifted on 1st January 2014, according to a recent report by the Future Homes Commission (FHC), a body instigated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The FHC have called for 300,000 extra residential properties to be built every year on brownfield land and sections of green belt land close to virtually every city, town and village in a much needed UK housing revolution.

There are currently a number of government backed schemes to try and kick start some life in the UK property market, including the Funding For Lending Scheme, New Buy and NewBuild incentives, all designed to encourage growth and movement in the market.

However, it will as always be down to the skills and expertise of entrepreneurial property developers negotiating skills enabling them to continue buying land at the right prices, or completing previously part built developments and most importantly selling the finished properties onto willing buyers including first time and next time buyers and even property investors at the right prices.

Having high street banks and mortgage lenders being encouraged to extend more lending to property purchasers including First Time Buyers (FTB’s) is vitally important and a must to assist buy to let investors to expand their property portfolios and allow them to fill the gap in the market created by the unprecedented tenant demand.

The massive demand for affordable residential rental property in almost every part of the UK and private sector rents are still increasing due to this demand, as landlords attempt to cash in.

Get your numbers right, and buy property now to enjoy some huge rental yields.

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No Buy To Let Mortgages For Landlords with Benefit Tenants

No Buy To Let Mortgages For Landlords with Benefit Tenants

It has emerged that one of the property investor’s best mortgage resources is going to have restrictions placed on their Buy To Let mortgage products.

The Mortgage Works, who were once the lender of choice for hundreds of UK property investors, have changed their mortgage acceptance and lending criteria to such an extent that they will no longer accept buy to let properties that will be inhabited by any tenants claiming any form of state benefit, local housing allowance (LHA) housing benefit or even the upcoming Universal Credit.

As the major buy to let mortgage lender used by portfolio landlords, this news is a real blow for anyone with DSS tenants or even working tenants claiming Housing Benefit.

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UK Council of Mortgage Lenders May Change Buy To Let T's & C's

UK Council of Mortgage Lenders May Change Buy To Let T’s & C’s

Lenders may have to change their terms and conditions on buy to let mortgages and rethink their attitudes towards standard tenancies, according to the UK Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) was responding to calls by Labour leader Ed Miliband for longer-term tenancies in the private sector after he said he wanted to see greater security offered to households in rental accommodation. Similar calls have also been mounted by Shelter, and longer tenancies were also discussed in Parliament at the end of January.

But the CML acknowledges that lenders are nervous about extended tenancy agreements because of the risk of a build-up of rental arrears leading to buy to let mortgage arrears, affecting lenders’ ability to repossess the property if a long-term tenant is in place.

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