Bank of England Base Rate currently 0.1%
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Can David Cameron keep mortgage rates low?

We are delighted to hear that Prime Minister David Cameron wants to “keep mortgage rates low” but does he really have the power?

Government Offer 20% Discount to All First-time buyers

The Government's plans to offer a 20% discount to all first time buyers launched this weekend allowing first time buyers in England, under the age of 40 to register to buy new homes for 80% of the market value.

Data Protection Breaches – How Serious Is Industry Taking Them?

Recent research suggests that financial services have been a major perpetrator of Data Protection breaches over recent years with a disturbing rise in sensitive information being disclosed to the wrong recipients in many key industries. “Convenience, not security, continues to be key when information is being shared with third parties, regardless of the risks” according to the conclusions of a report published by data software company, Engress.

Millions Overpaying on Mortgages -The Cost of Complacency?

New research by Capital Fortune indicates that millions of borrowers may be overpaying on their current standard variable mortgages due to complacency. In light of the numerous deals now available, Rob Killeen, Business Manager at Capital Fortune, considers how misguided they may be?

The challenges on taking out a UK mortgage as an expat

We speak to people all the time who have left the UK to work abroad either for work or to be with family or friends.

In London today companies can relocate individuals anywhere around the world with law and financial firms having a global footprint particularly in places such as Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.

Lenders cut rates on long-term fixes

We are delighted to see mortgage rates plunge to even greater depths, across the board.  With interest rates at 0.5% and not appearing to be moving anywhere fast, borrowers on standard variable rate mortgages are still enjoying incredible low borrowing costs.

Economic Headwinds

The Bank of England has signalled rates will stay at a rock bottom 0.5 per cent for another year. This is due to economic headwinds stirring in the Eurozone and a slowdown of Chinese growth.

Housing market cools as price growth slows

We are concerned to report the first signs that the UK housing market is starting to cool after a long run of price rises.

More pension freedoms could boost mortgages

We are pleased to see the Treasury unveiling more and more freedoms to access pension pots. Chancellor George Osborne today confirmed pensioners could use their pots like a bank account. From next April all over 55's will be able to access their pot ion full and make as many withdrawals as they wish.

Scotland launches major overhaul of stamp duty

We were delighted to see Scotland announce plans to reform the outdated slab structure of stamp duty last week.

The new rates will come into effect in April and unlike the English and Welsh system will only be payable on the amount of the purchase price above the stamp duty thresholds.

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