90% mortgages are back – but there’s a catch

First-time buyers can once again get on the property ladder with a deposit as low as 10%. However, the interest rates they now face may exceed 5%. Are there still affordable first mortgages out there? After several months being shut out in the cold, first-time homebuyers can now borrow up to 90% of the value … Continue reading “90% mortgages are back – but there’s a catch”

Mortgage market makes ‘astonishing’ recovery

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, positive news about the mortgage market has been hard to come by. Instead, we’ve seen predictions of economic disaster, soaring unemployment rates and a deep property market slump. However, as lockdown restrictions eased, the outlook started to look more hopeful, though infection rates started to rise in early … Continue reading “Mortgage market makes ‘astonishing’ recovery”

New property trends emerge following lockdown

The property market is gradually showing signs of recovery and a number of new trends are emerging. It’s likely that these trends will continue to influence the market over the coming months. Sales rise due to high demand Pent-up demand and incentives including the temporary Stamp Duty holiday have provided a much-needed boost to the … Continue reading “New property trends emerge following lockdown”

‘Generation Buy’ – PM pledges 95% fixed-rate mortgages

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to bring back affordable 95% mortgages and ‘create two million more owner-occupiers’ under a new scheme already being dubbed ‘Generation Buy’.  It is not yet at all clear how the scheme would work, or what it might cost, but millions of frustrated buyers are doubtless hoping that it might help … Continue reading “‘Generation Buy’ – PM pledges 95% fixed-rate mortgages”

Remortgage to renovate: the new UK property trend

A growing number of homeowners are turning to remortgaging to release funds to improve their homes and raise their value. Meanwhile some lenders are seeing remortgagers as a safer prospect than new buyers, resulting in better deals becoming available. Being locked down at home has given millions more Brits a chance to notice the peeling … Continue reading “Remortgage to renovate: the new UK property trend”

Game of Loans – is winter coming for homebuyers?

Stark warnings have been issued from lenders and mortgage experts that the property market could soon get much tougher and loans more expensive. But there are still ways for the more shrewd homebuyer to fulfil their ambitions. Getting on the property ladder has never been easy for first-time buyers. However, soon it might feel as … Continue reading “Game of Loans – is winter coming for homebuyers?”

House prices spike as property market reshapes

The UK housing market has defied predictions of a crash and instead has entered a mini-boom. However, there are still question marks over how long this will last, and whether the slump has simply been postponed until later. Several factors are behind the surge in property prices. The biggest is undoubtedly the rush to take … Continue reading “House prices spike as property market reshapes”

Rishi Sunak announces Stamp Duty holiday

The Chancellor has granted a stamp duty land tax holiday to homebuyers in England and Northern Ireland with immediate effect. It means that buyers of homes valued at up to £500,000 will no longer pay any stamp duty on the purchase. In a bid to boost a housing market still in shock from the COVID-19 … Continue reading “Rishi Sunak announces Stamp Duty holiday”

Thousands of homebuyers lost deposits in property freeze

The property market shutdown earlier this year proved especially painful for buyers nearing completion. In a recent survey by Butterfield Mortgages of over 1,300 homeowners and would-be homebuyers, three in 10 buyers said they had lost their exchange deposit as a consequence, due to the shutdown taking place after contracts had been exchanged. If this … Continue reading “Thousands of homebuyers lost deposits in property freeze”

Property market health check: how will house prices move?

With the reopening of the housing market in the UK, all eyes are watching to see how it responds. If you’re hoping to buy, sell, remortgage or just get on the property ladder, here’s why the coming six months could be crucial. The government has opened the starting gate on the UK housing market, and … Continue reading “Property market health check: how will house prices move?”