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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.
Here is a selection of the latest developments at John Charcol.
Tight regulations and concerns over visas have made it difficult for many American citizens to secure mortgages on UK properties. “If an individual has indefinite leave to remain, most lenders will look to lend to them,” says JC's Nicholas Morrey.
A ‘primary property gains tax‘ has been mooted as a replacement for stamp duty in an effort to close the gap in wealth inequality and help address the housing crisis. We asked this week’s Marketwatch panel if such a tax could be a good idea.
A survey of 1,000 people by John Charcol, an independent mortgage adviser, found that UK couples are together for 4.5 years before buying a home, whereas London couples wait an additional 4 months.
A key trigger for the anticipated rise in arrears is the conversion of state benefit ‘support for mortgage interest’ to a loan. JC's Ray Boulger blames the Government’s ‘inept implementation’ of the new scheme for the low take-up.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned government ministers that a worst-case scenario no-deal Brexit could lead to house prices plunging by over a third, the BBC has reported. JC's Ray Boulger said: “I think there’s been some misleading reporting. It appears to be based on a briefing to the Cabinet."
Foundation Home Loans has launched a buy-to-let five-year incentive package, targeted at landlords looking to manage their costs when remortgaging. JC's Nick Morrey said for landlords it was generally cheaper to purchase than remortgage, but there were additional fees.
The mortgage club debate has raised its head once more, with some brokers expressing dissatisfaction at the manner in which they operate. JC's Ray Boulger said: “New lenders have to carefully manage the speed at which they offer their products. A lot choose to enter the market through mortgage clubs.”
The RIO market is relatively small, meaning competition is lacking and interest rates are high. JC's Ray Boulger said he expects this to change within a year, as more lenders plan to enter the market.
Halifax Intermediaries has reintroduced its cashback offer for first-time buyers and home movers. JC's Nick Morrey said it was not unusual for lenders to produce "new" offers for the autumn in anticipation of increased activity from people looking to move before Christmas.
Homeowners face higher mortgage bills from today as banks pass on increased interest costs to their standard variable rate (SVR) customers following the Bank Rate rise last month. JC's Nick Morrey said: "Lenders that have not announced a change run the risk of not quite looking as transparent as they could be."
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