Bradford & Bingley returned to the lending market last week with a first-time buyer product that it plans to offer to brokers through Mortgage Express later in the year.The Professional First-Time Buyer mortgage is B&B’s first in five years and is aimed at young professionals who are looking to buy their first home but are still under training contracts and studying to gain their professional qualifications. It is available to people training as solicitors, accountants and actuaries, as well as couples where one applicant is qualified and practising as an architect, doctor, dentist, surveyor or vet. The list of eligible professionals will be reviewed and could be extended later in the year. Sean Murphy, product development manager at B&B, says: “We felt there was a gap in the first-time buyer market which other lenders had been slow to explore. “Young professionals who are not yet fully qualified and on training contracts can now benefit by being able to step onto the property ladder sooner than they expected.”
Homes that are left empty for more than six months can be seized by councils and converted into social housing under new legislation due to come into force next month.The Empty Dwelling Management Order allows local housing authorities to effectively step into the shoes of the owner of an unoccupied property if it is unlikely […]
Burns-Anderson have published A Guide to Starting Your Own Business. The guide is aimed at financial, mortgage and general Insurance advisers who wish to start up their own firm.Chief executive Mike Hughes says Many advisers working for larger firms, including tied agents feel ready to break out on their own but are nervous about taking […]
Derbyshires specialist lender Salt is expanding into the direct to broker market through Premier Mortgage Service and Mortgage Promotions.Salts product range had only previously been available through packagers and the move is part of a strategy to open itself up to the wider market.The service will be available through an online intermediary proposition, with full […]
Jo is a first-time buyer and is looking to purchase an ex-council flat that is on the top floor of a six-storey block. She has only been self-employed for the past nine months so does not have a full set of accounts. Jo’s income is 22,000 and the flat is worth 90,000. She has raised a 10% deposit. What are her options?
By Rob Burnett, head of European Equities at Neptune The ECB delivered a strong package in its latest policy announcement that managed to find the right balance between supporting the economy and not endangering the banking system. The EU banking system is very sensitive to negative rates and, if the ECB were to have cut […]
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