May was a truly great month for new business with AToM recording our best month for actual new applications received, since October 2009. However, for all the jubilations this may bring, it’s probably been the toughest month for actually getting cases through to offer via the lenders. For example, one high street named super giant has decided that on all loans under a certain percentage of the property value, they won’t need a full physical valuation. So rather than a surveyor going in to the property to view all the details, they just drive past…! In one recent case, the drive by valuer decided said property was worth £35k less than the owner thought (despite the property next door selling for the same price in Nov 2011). We were then told in order to challenge the valuers decision, we had to provide two comparable properties that have been sold in the immediate vicinity within the last 120 days! Nigh on impossible…yet remember the adjacent property had sold for the same amount, just six months ago! No two days are the same in the mortgage market, but many are very frustrating!
Then, we are witnessing the demise of interest only as a repayment option. Virgin Money have now followed most others and reduced their 75% Interest only offering down to 70% with an acceptable repayment vehicle, ISA etc, and only 60% LTV if Sale of Property is to be used. The days of Interest Only are surely numbered!
Finally, on the up side, we’re seeing a lot of the smaller Building Societies and Mutuals offer products that may not be looking for mass volume, but which do fit gaps in the market or which are looking to assist the more complex scenarios that won’t fit the normal high street mould. Examples recently placed include, properties in trust, lending to those already in retirement, cross collateral charges (more than one property), lending to those not paying
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