More than half (57%) of residential mortgage products currently available have a standard maximum mortgage term of up to 40 years according to new research from Moneyfacts. The figures show that 40-year mortgage products stand at 2,782, up from 2,412 products (55.55%) this time last year. Darren Cook, finance expert at Moneyfacts.co.uk, said “Historically, a…

The number of first-time buyers in August reached the highest level since just before the financial crisis, according to the latest mortgage trends data by UK Finance, with 35,010 mortgage completions for new buyers – an increase of 0.7% on August last year. During the month there were 18,640 new remortgages with additional borrowing, down…

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business held steady in August, and grew by 1% in the twelve months to August, compared with the same period last year. Retail store and online credit new business in August was at a similar level to the same month…

New research from equity release lender, more2life, reveals that the proportion of over-55s who have been in debt in the last five years and have borrowed using credit cards has significantly increased over the past 12 months, from 37% in 2018 to 54% in 2019. The growing levels of unsecured debt among over-55s is also…

To mark World Mental Health Day, four leading banks have announced they are backing Money and Mental Health’s campaign to ‘Stop the DebtThreats.’ Barclays, Monzo, Nationwide and Metro Bank have joined over 30 charities in calling on the government to change out-of-date rules on debt letters, to make them less intimidating, and more supportive to…

New figures released today by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that the Second charge mortgage market has reported volumes increased by 12% in August. Commenting on the latest new business figures for the second charge mortgage market, Fiona Hoyle, Acting Director General and Head of Consumer and Mortgage Finance at the Finance &…

Skipton Building Society and Experian have announced a new partnership with the aim to save mortgage applicants from the hassle of gathering their paper bank statements by adopting Open Banking technology. The new agreement will mean that people applying for a mortgage will have the option of giving consent for Skipton to securely view their…

New research from mobile bank N26, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, has revealed that money worries are plaguing the minds of more than 18 million UK adults on a daily basis. This not only causes significant distress among those affected but has resulted in around 9.5 million consumers suffering from mental health issues as…

Poverty is rising for all groups – even those in work – according to a new financial inclusion monitor report. The report from the University of Birmingham and the University of Lincoln shows nearly 1.6 million people falling behind with council tax payments, with six in ten people in the poorest fifth of the population reporting…

With 30 days until the October 31 Brexit deadline, the number of Brits saying they have put off a big financial decision has risen to one in five (19 per cent) – equal to ten million people. The major outgoings currently on ice for one in five people include booking a holiday (38 per cent…

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