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Are you Mortgage Ready

When the times comes for you to remortgage or buy for the first time, there are certain things you can do to speed up the process. reach001

If you can get yourself as mortgage ready as possible (possibly around 6 months prior to you needing a mortgage) then when the time finally comes, you will be in a much stronger position and your mortgage could go through much quicker. 

So what can I do to get myself mortgage ready?

When applying for a mortgage or when remortgaging, your lender will perform an affordability test on you, to see if your finances are in order and ultimately decide if you are trustworthy enough to lend money to. 

The tests will include a look at your income vs your expenditure, so it’s important that you are able to show that you are capable of keeping your finances in order. 

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Rightmove House Price Index March 2018

rightmove house price index march 2018Brian Murphy Head of Lending for Mortgage Advice Bureau comments:

“Rightmove’s report provides us with an in-depth view of asking prices and consumer activity with regards the property market, rather than data on completed transactions, and therefore provides us with an up to date ‘coal-face’ view rather than a historical one. Based on today’s insights, it would seem that after a steady start to the year, pent up demand has now meant that asking prices in certain regions have escalated to the realms of never-seen before highs, bringing with them a whiff of the fizzy market last witnessed in 2007.

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Moving home for school catchment areas

school catchment area imageUp to a quarter of home movers move home specifically to make sure their children are in with the best chance of securing a place in their chosen school.* This is one of the top reasons for families choosing to move house.

This behaviour has increased competition for houses in specific areas, particularly those within the catchment areas of good schools with outstanding Ofsted reports. So in order to get your child into your preferred school, you have to be ready to move quickly, when the right home for you becomes available (see our ‘How to get mortgage ready’ article). This is made much easier if you can plan as far in advance as possible, so start thinking about which school you would rather your child go to before the rush begins (the deadline date for primary school applications is 15th January and secondary school is 31st October).  

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Autumn Budget 2017: What does the stamp duty change mean for the first time buyers?

Brian Murphy, Head of Lending for Mortgage Advice Bureau comments:news 71217

“In an Autumn windfall, First Time Buyers just benefitted from a very welcome boost to their deposit savings, courtesy of Chancellor Hammond. Whilst this is great news for those taking their first steps on the ladder, and doubtless will inject a bit of impetus into a plateauing market, in the short term this could actually have the effect of creating a demand for properties that fall within the exempted values which may further stymie buyers at entry level, as although today’s move may enable First Time Buyers to purchase a home more quickly, they still need the stock available to buy in the first place.

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How to create your dream self-build home

create a dream homeIs it your ultimate dream to one day design and live in a home that you’ve created yourself? But perhaps the thought of going into the unknown is putting you off making it happen?

In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the journey of a self-build project so you can easily see the steps you need to follow in order to turn your dream into a reality!

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Bank of England increase base rate

New Build ImageBrian Murphy, Head of Lending at Mortgage Advice Bureau (MAB), comments:

“As the decision to raise the Bank of England base rate today demonstrates, it would seem that current economic indicators have provided members of the Monetary Policy Committee sufficient evidence to reduce monetary easing to the UK economy.

The increase in the bank base rate seen this afternoon will have little impact on many new borrowers who’ve probably opted for a fixed rate product, which has been the case for the majority of those taking out new mortgages for quite some time. However existing borrowers whose mortgages are directly linked to the bank base rate will see a minor increase in monthly repayments.

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New rules on borrowing for portfolio buy-to-let investors

New Build ImageFrom the 30th September this year, landlords with four or more buy-to-let properties will have to satisfy different criteria to secure mortgage borrowing, as they will be considered ‘portfolio investors’ under new rules being introduced by the Prudential Regulation Authority.

In order to comply with the new portfolio landlord underwriting standards, lenders will now be looking at the total income versus borrowing across all a landlord’s properties, to ensure that any new borrowing doesn’t adversely affect affordability for other properties within the portfolio.   

This means more work for lenders, who will have to investigate each mortgaged property held by the landlord in more detail, then apply an Interest Coverage Ratio (ICR) across the portfolio. This ICR will vary, depending on the individual lender and the number of properties owned with a mortgage

In addition, in some cases, the lender will also take into account the landlord’s individual earned income/salary.

Read more: New rules on borrowing for portfolio buy-to-let investors

How could an interest rate rise affect you

saving money on household billsThe next opportunity for a change in interest rates is just around the corner, with the Bank's monetary policy committee meeting on 2nd November.

Predictions of a 0.25% increase in the bank rate are rife, having been fuelled by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, stating that he expects an interest rate rise in the ‘relatively near term’.

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We won't put our lives on hold because of Brexit...

brexit imageWith Brexit dominating the news agenda currently and potentially creating uncertainty, consumers would be forgiven for being cautious with regards any major financial or life changing decisions. But for many, life continues as normal regardless of political rhetoric. Laura and Matt have a nine-month old son called Eric, and Laura is just about to return to work as a Pharmacy Technician at a local hospital following her maternity leave. Far from letting political agenda or Brexit concerns govern their long-term family plans, the Stockport based couple have just moved up the property ladder into a new home to accommodate their growing family.

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Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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