Scottish Building Society has appointed Raymond Abbott as its new Chairman, Abbott takes over the role from Rob Golbourn who will remain as non-executive director until he retires from the Board in October. Abbott, who is a chartered accountant, has been vice-chairman and senior independent director at the Society since 2015, and a member of the Board since…

Virgin Money has announced a new partnership with Countrywide Surveying Services to support new build, custom build and shared ownership borrowers. The move follows the lender launching a range of custom build and shared ownership products last month. Countrywide will provide a specialist and operational team dedicated to all new home valuation instructions, supporting borrowing on properties…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show growth of 7% in consumer finance new business in June, compared with the same month last year, and growth of 4% in the second quarter of 2017 overall. Credit card and personal loan new business together grew by 10% compared with June 2016, while…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the second charge mortgage growth continued in June. Commenting on the June 2017 new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA), said “In June, the second charge…

UK Finance has announced the latest first-time buyer activity statistics which show continued growth in June. Here is an overview of the main statistics: On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, UK Finance data shows that mortgage lending in June rose: First-time buyers borrowed £5.9bn, up 26% on the previous month and 9% on June 2016. This…

Developments in the wider economy are making it more challenging for homebuyers and savers. Building societies continue to support both groups and maintained a high market share of new mortgage lending and savings in the second quarter of 2017 according to latest figures from the Building Society Association Building societies approved 112,340 new mortgage loans.…

The number of mortgages in arrears of 2.5% or more of the outstanding balance declined to 88,200 in the second quarter of this year, the lowest level since at least 1994 when this run of data began. The total was 5% lower than in the first quarter (92,600) and amounted to 0.8% of the more…

Figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the number of second charge mortgage repossessions in Q2 2017 was 36, 10% lower than in the same quarter in 2016. The annual rate of second charge mortgage repossessions as a percentage of average outstanding agreements at the end of Q2 2017 was 0.06%,…

Here is an overview of The Money Charity’s latest statistics for August 2017: Personal debt in the UK Total UK personal debt The average total debt per household – including mortgages – was £57,005 in June. The revised figure for May was £56,791 Based on June 2017 trends, the UK’s total interest repayments on personal…

Tandem has announced that it has agreed on a deal to acquire Harrods Bank, subject to regulatory approval. The deal will bring around £80 million of capital into the business. Once the deal has been completed Tandem can accelerate launch plans and start to offer savings accounts as well as continued development of the app and credit card. The…

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