Santander is updating its quality-based fee structure, including extending the assessment to loan terms of five years or more, resulting in lower adviser fees.
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Mutuals and building societies have doubled their net mortgage lending over the last year, figures from the Building Societies Association (BSA) show.
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The mortgage market is experiencing "strong upwards momentum" and gross lending may top £200bn for the first time in seven years in 2015, but there is little evidence of a housing boom developing, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
The mortgage aspect of the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) is to be discontinued in light of improved market conditions.
The government is undermining its own Help to Buy scheme by imposing a large tax burden on first-time buyers, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has argued.
UK house prices are now 5.8% higher than this time a year ago, according to Nationwide, but are still 7% off their 2007 peak.
Mortgage advisers are reporting a rise in Help to Buy enquiries, despite the fact they are unable to places cases yet.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has warned the government’s Help to Buy scheme will make it harder for would-be first-time buyers to get onto the housing ladder.
More than a quarter of home-buyers in England and Wales are now paying stamp duty at the higher rates of 3% or more, research suggests.
Lloyds Banking Group is back in the black after announcing a profit before tax of £2.1bn for the six months to the end of June - and said it is on course to target IFA clients orphaned by the Retail Distribution Review (RDR).
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