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John Charcol regularly contributes to all forms of media and our lead spokesperson, Ray Boulger, is widely regarded as the guru of the mortgage market.  Ray is a regular on BBC Television, BBC Radio, ITV and Sky News.  As well as broadcast media, he is a regular in the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph and other leading newspapers.

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Here is a selection of the latest developments at John Charcol.


Almost 300,000 homeowners switched product with their existing provider in Q2 2019 according to the latest figures from UK Finance.


John Charcol today announces that it has teamed up with Key Partnerships, which will see both firms refer cases to each other on a reciprocal basis.


The mortgage market is likely to see more and lengthier long-term fixes as lenders aim to cash in on what they think will be a sustained period of low interest rates, brokers have predicted.


John Charcol has signed an exclusive partnership with digital platform OwnMyNest in the latest of a series of new partnerships announced by the mortgage broker.


Nick Morrey, Mortgage Technical Manager from John Charcol, answers your questions on the buy-to-let market.


Interest-only mortgages for retired borrowers – also known as RIOs – are one of the options in a rapidly-growing market for borrowers aged 55 and over. We spoke to John Charcol, independent mortgage broker, and Tipton & Coseley Building Society, a RIO provider, to find out more.


Residential stamp duty receipts have fallen 6 per cent year-on-year, official data has shown. JC's Nick Morrey agreed the reduction was down to a mix of low buy-to-let purchase levels and uncertainty around Brexit, but added that fewer people moving was the “major reason here”.


Mortgages which allow parents or family members to guarantee or provide security on a loan for their child or relative are becoming increasingly popular. So-called ‘intergenerational mortgages’ have developed in recent years and, according to new analysis, are offering some of the most competitive rates on the market. JC's Nick Morrey warned potential borrowers to weigh up the cost when looking into these deals.


Wild swings recorded in the Halifax House Price Index in 2019 have brought the utility of house price indices into sharp focus. JC's Ray Boulger says: “The Halifax index must have become an increasing embarrassment to Halifax over the past few months.”


Although Sadiq Khan’s proposed rent controls would give tenants a benefit in the short-term, it would ultimately cause a drop in supply, Ray Boulger, senior mortgage technical manager at John Charcol has argued.

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