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Rule change boost for equity release

The government’s plan to scrap the need to get planning permission for minor home improvements could boost the equity release market, says In Retirement Services. It estimates 47% of its clients use equity release to fund home improvements.

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Do you expect your parents to help you get on the property ladder?

Glynne Wiley, 28, account assistantI will not ask for help from my parents when it comes to buying a home but I know they helped my brother. I don’t think I will need money from my parents because I plan to wait until I am in a stable financial situation before I buy a property. […]

Lib Dems warn more could struggle

The Liberal Democrat Party has warned that more than the predicted one million home owners may be affected by rising mortgage rates.Its warning follows research by Mortgage Advice Bureau that up to one million home owners could get a financial shock when their two year fixed rate deals run out and they are put on […]

Debt consolidation via mortgages is dangerous

Moneynet.co.uk has warned that home owners could slip further into the red by consolidating debts through their mortgages.Recent research from Credit Action shows the UK’s debt mountain grows by 1m every four minutes. Moneynet.co.uk says home owners looking to transfer debts racked up on credit cards, bank loans and overdrafts to their mortgages could end […]

UCB extends free valuations

UCB Home Loans is extending its free valuation incentive across its entire product range.This move is to include the recently launched sub-prime and full-status mortgage ranges as the incentive was previously only available on its self-cert and buy-to-let products. UCBHL is also reducing the tracking increments on its self-cert and full-status prime, and buy-to-let two, […]

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