Coronavirus: what it means for our mortgage customers

Coronavirus Mortgages

The government and some of the UK’s biggest banks have announced a range of measures to help customers who face financial difficulties if they’re affected by the coronavirus outbreak. For example, homeowners can apply for payment holidays on their mortgages, renters have been offered protection against eviction and some banks are allowing borrowers to increase credit card limits and access … Read More

Mortgage Availability during the Coronavirus

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Whilst there is no doubt that many lenders are struggling to manage the operational implications caused by the Coronavirus, the availability of mortgages has to date not been impacted significantly. As such, if you are looking for a new mortgage or will require a re-mortgage in the next 6 months then please do get in touch.  In particular, if you … Read More

THREE-MONTH MORTGAGE “PAYMENT HOLIDAYS” OFFERED BY ALL LENDERS

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Government announces three-month mortgage holiday in Covid-19 package You may be aware that on March 17, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that anyone struggling financially as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to take a three-month mortgage repayment holiday. A number of lenders had already announced repayment holidays for those affected by Covid-19, but the Government’s announcement means ALL lenders … Read More

Homeowners benefit from increased competition on mortgage packages

RE-MORTGAGING Belfast

The true rates on two and five year fixed rate mortgages being offered by the top 10 lenders* have fallen by as much as 0.14% since January 2020. A true rate takes into account a range of different factors that can impact the mortgage rate, including the initial interest rate and the product fee being charged. Research, due to be … Read More

First Time Buyer Event 20th Feb 2020 – FREE EVENT

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Thursday 20th February 5pm to 9pm Book in at our branches in Belfast, Bangor & Portadown You will have the opportunity to talk with qualified and experienced Mortgage and Insurance specialists, together with experts from other local businesses including: Co-ownership Advisors Solicitors Talk to us today… 028 9065 4555 email info@mortgagefirstni.com or request a call back from www.mortgagefirstni.com

UK banks approve highest number of mortgages since 2015

Mortgage Approved

Bank of England could be more likely to leave interest rates on hold amid property upturn The number of mortgages approved by Britain’s high street banks jumped to the highest level for almost five years in December, in the latest sign of a revival in the housing market. Mortgage approvals for house purchases increased to 46,815 in December compared with 44,058 … Read More

Buyer enquiries rise 15%: Rightmove

Buyer enquiries rise

Buyer enquires increased by 15 per cent between December 2019 and January 2020, Rightmove’s latest house price index shows. Average asking prices across the UK rose by 2.3 per cent over the same time frame. This has resulted in the average asking price rising from £300,025 to £306,810. There has also been a 7.3 per cent growth in the number … Read More

Housing market perks up post-election

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Following the General Election result, the UK housing market has seen a lift in sentiment, according to the December 2019 RICS Residential Market Survey. Sales expectations have risen sharply, and a number of other key activity metrics have turned positive for the first time in several months.  That said, this change in activity levels is expected to lead to house … Read More

A quarter of SMEs would use cash reserves if owner died

SMEs

According to Legal & General’s most recent ‘State of the Nation’ research, 25% of small-to-medium enterprise (SME) business owners would rely on their business’ cash reserves if a fellow business owner passed away unexpectedly, while 51% would use their own personal wealth. The findings also revealed that while 37% would expect to purchase the business owner’s shares in this scenario, … Read More