Features
Last call for the annual MFG Awards
Now in its 15th year, the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards acknowledge the achievements of the mortgage lending industry, covering anything from an innovative...
The steps to mortgage portfolio asset trading...
There are many steps on the road to successful asset trading that investors need to take in order to maximise the value of a mortgage portfolio, explains...
The valuer obstacle course
Richard Sexton, business development director at e.surv chartered surveyors, looks at how the valuations industry is bringing in new blood as the demand...
Complex buy-to-let seeks specialist lender
Karen Bennett, sales and marketing director, commercial mortgages at Shawbrook Bank, outlines the latest trends in specialist buy-to-let lending and reveals...
Bank of America hit with record fine for...
MFG’s Joanne Atkin takes a look at the case of Bank of America, which has been ordered to pay almost $17 billion for its involvement in mortgage fraud...
On the alert for fraud
Technology is key in helping lenders stay one step ahead of fraudsters, says Peter Stimson, managing director of financial risk at Landmark Information...
Mortgages & Housing
CML publishes a ‘manifesto’ for next...
The Council of Mortgage Lenders has produced a ‘manifesto’ aimed at the political parties in advance of the next General Election.
Magellan to provide mortgages for clients...
Magellan Homeloans, the specialist credit repair lender, is working with Payplan Financial Services (PFS) to make credit repair mortgage facilities available...
Switch from seller's to buyer's market this...
The UK's housing market is set to move in favour of buyers in the second half of this year, according to independent real estate agents haart.
Middle-aged lodgers on the rise
Nearly twice as many homeowners have a lodger now compared to five years ago, a new study shows.
CML forecasts improve
The Council of Mortgage Lenders has revised its market forecasts upwards in the face of stronger-than expected mortgage lending.
Buyer registrations soar 21 per cent in a...
Demand is high for houses outside London, a new report from Sequence shows.
Arrears
Debt management firms must raise their game,...
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) says debt management firms must demonstrate they provide appropriate advice, do not charge unfair fees, and have...
Bank of Scotland to appeal Northern Ireland...
The Bank of Scotland is to appeal the decision made in the High Court Case in Belfast over three customers who won their case against the bank for unfair...
Repossession and property maintenance contractor...
Stowe Property Management Services has been awarded the ISO 9001 Quality Management standard from BSI.
Bank of Scotland held to account over bad...
A group of Bank of Scotland mortgage holders have won their High Court Case in Belfast over a problem relating to how the lender was dealing with their...
Borrowers at financial limits, says British...
News that wages have grown at their slowest rate - 0.6 per cent - since records began has prompted British Money to remind lenders that borrowers are at...
Mortgage arrears, repossessions decline again
Arrears and repossessions continued to fall in the second quarter of 2014, according to data published today by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
Legal
Yorkshire’s largest conveyancer expands...
Beaumont Legal, one of the fastest growing law practices in the UK and largest residential conveyancer in Yorkshire, has opened a second office in Wakefield.
One in seven conveyancing transactions undertaken...
Members of the Conveyancing Association (CA) accounted for more than one in seven of all housing transactions in 2013, according to research and analysis...
Searches UK offers Account Plus scheme for...
Conveyancing search provider, Searches UK, is launching a scheme which offers a variety of benefits to clients in dealing with the management of their...
Bank of Scotland to appeal Northern Ireland...
The Bank of Scotland is to appeal the decision made in the High Court Case in Belfast over three customers who won their case against the bank for unfair...
Two new conveyancing apprenticeships announced
Total Conveyancing Services is part of a consortium that has developed two new apprenticeships, offering individuals the opportunity to become a licensed...
SLC in tie up with Conveyancing Map
The Society of Licensed Conveyancers (SLC) has announced a tie up with the newly launched Conveyancing Map with a special deal for its members.
Technology
Lenders should embrace smartphone technology
Four out of five brokers say that being able to send information to lenders using their smartphones would improve the mortgage or loan process.
Nationwide goes live with AxiomSL’s platform...
AxiomSL, a global provider of regulatory reporting and risk management strategies, has been selected by Nationwide Building Society to deliver its reporting...
The steps to mortgage portfolio asset trading...
There are many steps on the road to successful asset trading that investors need to take in order to maximise the value of a mortgage portfolio, explains...
What does the ideal originations platform...
Richard Klemmer, CEO of Pepper UK, considers what type of technology platform is best for new lending when looking to outsource your mortgage administration
The UK mortgage market: opportunities for...
By David Tweedy, market relations director at Target Group
Opportunities for challenger banks to buoy...
By Paul Hunt, managing director of Phoebus Software Ltd
Other
AMI boss says proc fees are set to rise
Lenders’ payment of procuration fees to brokers are likely to go up from around 0.35 per cent to 0.45 per cent by the end of the year, says Robert Sinclair,...
Homes for Scotland disappointed at lack of...
Builders in Scotland have warned that the rug is being pulled from beneath them as new figures demonstrate the importance of the Help to Buy scheme, which...
New guidance on loan-to-income caps
The Financial Conduct Authority has published its proposed guidelines on the planned loan-to-income cap for residential mortgages.
Public Accounts Committee critical of Help...
The government has yet to demonstrate that the Help to Buy scheme provides value for money and the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG)...
House prices continue to rise, up 2 per cent...
House prices continue to rise, up 2 per cent in three months House prices in the UK are continuing to grow at a steady pace, the latest data has shown.
Finding insurance for flooding proves difficult
A survey of 371 people - 172 insurance customers and 199 insurance brokers – carried out by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), has...
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