Category: halifax

AToM’s chairman Vic Jannels picks up ‘Service to the Industry’ award!

I start this week with some fantastic news in the AToM’s chairman Vic Jannels was awarded his second accolade of the year as he picked up ‘Service to the Industry’ at last week’s Specialist Finance Introducer Awards 2018.   The event, held at Madison in St Pauls, London, was attended by over two hundred of the […]

Stick with your current lender?

So, your mortgage product is coming to the end of it’s term.  You may have fixed for an amount of time, maybe two, three or five years.  And now your rate is due to change to the lenders variable rate, which in the main, is higher than the rate you are currently on, and your […]

Two million sitting on a Lenders Standard Variable Rate!

New lenders will be a key part of the mortgage market in 2016.  A number of lenders have applied for authorisation from the regulator and a number of others have contacted AToM with regards to re-launching in to the market place.  It’s a buoyant market and lenders can see growth in 2016, especially whilst rates […]

Volumes continue to rise, but so do delays..

The market is creaking as delays strike lenders, valuers, solicitors and ultimately the end consumer.  Volumes continue to rise, rates remain low and attractive, but the new regulations are biting in to the processes and thus these are taking longer than normal.  Some lenders are taking over an hour to answer their phones whilst taking […]

Help to Buy New Build extended and FTB mortgages increasing!

Good news for those looking to buy a new build property, Help to Buy phase one is being extended to the end of the decade.  The first phase of Help to Buy allows borrowers with a 5% deposit and  75% mortgage to secure up to a 20% loan from the Government for the remainder. The […]

Is now the right time to Fix?

Activity remains high in the financial sector.   Halifax has reduced some two year deals by up to 0.2%.  Santander have launched two year tracker rates in the region of 1.79% (40% deposit) and Woolwich (Barclays) has launched products on the Governments Help to Buy Mortgage Guarantee scheme, available up to 95% loan to value.  We’ve […]

Halifax help First Time Buyers

A helping hand for First Time Buyers this week as Halifax for Intermediaries launched a promotion where they will pay the Stamp Duty for all properties with a value between £125k and £250k.  With products available to customers with a minimum 10% deposit, this is a nice move by the lender, especially as this is […]

The Mortgage event of the Year…

The great and the good of the industry descended upon London’s ExCel last week for the annual Mortgage Business Expo.   Around 70 exhibitors offered their wares to mortgage brokers, intermediaries, financial advisers, solicitors and others who attended the largest trade mortgage event in the calendar.  The two day extravaganza was well received in its new […]

Much has changed since 2007…

Someone said to me this week its five years since Northern Rock crashed the ‘mortgage boom’ party and to be honest, I did ponder on where those years have gone!  Much has changed since 07 and lenders now appear to be run by their credit risk personnel, who in turn report to the Financial Services […]

House prices increase as Remo market ‘well and truly open’!

According to a recent poll by Safestore Moving and Improving Index, a massive 50% of tenants believe they won’t own a property at any stage in their lifetime.  Its recent poll, which quizzed 2,058 adults, found that 42% of people wanting to get on the property ladder think that their best hope of being able […]