Category: interest only

Don’t stay on the lenders standard variable rate for the sake of it!

2019 has started as expected, with the main stay being uncertainty. Already we’ve seen three lenders stop lending or pull all of their products due to ‘costs of funding’ and ‘uncertain times ahead’.  This is all a bit ‘de ja vu’ compared to back in 2007/8 before the big ‘crash’.  However, this time we’re not […]

Aldermore have launched a fantastic lending in to later life proposition.

I’ve mentioned lending in to later life a number of times over the last few weeks.  It’s a market that is heavily underserved and one that a number of lenders are looking to assist over the coming months.  At the moment, it’s a product range only really offered by the smaller lenders who can think […]

Coming to the end of your interest only mortgage?

According to our good friends at Shawbrook Bank, there are an estimated 600,000 people due to come to maturity on their interest only mortgage by 2020.   Many will probably have no way of repaying their interest only mortgage.  Some will have endowments that didn’t meet expectations, or maybe the house has not increased in price […]

Arranging a repayment vehicle for an Interest Only loan is not a job for ‘tomorrow’.

There has been increasing commentary recently regarding Interest Only and Repayment mortgages. With an Interest Only mortgage, you only pay interest and no capital and so, at the end of your chosen term, you still owe the lender the same amount as when you began. Normally with this method, it is recommended that you contribute […]

What is a normal retirement age for mortgages?

You may have seen the Citizens Advice Bureau release research estimating that nearly 1 million people have an Interest Only mortgage with no obvious way of repaying it.  This means that come normal retirement age, the lender has the right to request repayment of their loan.  If the customer has no way of repaying this […]

Delays with high street lenders? – same products quicker with Mortgage Brokers.

AToM has launched a new exclusive mortgage product aimed at the over 65s.  The Retirement Remortgage product is designed to assist those who wish to continue with a mortgage when their current mortgage term expires and their lender requires repayment of funds.  Or those with large equity in their property who wish to raise finance […]

Funding for Lending to be stopped, market confidence good.

The big news of the week is the imminent withdrawal of the Funding for Lending scheme, a year earlier than planned, by the Bank of England.   The FLS scheme was launched in July 2012 and currently offers cheap loans to lenders who in return are expected to pass on lower rates to the end consumer.  […]

Age is not an issue when it comes to mortgages.

You may have seen last week’s Watchdog where an article covered the maximum age that most high street lenders will allow customers to keep their current mortgage to.   The report, in the main, suggested that on the high street the term of a mortgage must finish when a customer’s age reaches 70.  A small number […]

Lenders look for opportunities

Interest Only mortgages have been hitting the headlines once again.  This time after our regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), have carried out a thematic review on interest only across the market. The report highlights that 2.6m residential interest only mortgages represented 29.4% of all residential mortgages in December 2011.  It is also estimated that […]

Mortgages for the Self Employed or Over 65s

Mortgages for the self employed have, over the years, sometimes been as difficult and as scarce as those for First Time Buyers.   Lenders have noticed this and a few have taken action.  Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen some lenders launch products just for the Self Employed.  Specifically aimed at those newly self […]