Older homeowners release a record £4.4bn in property wealth

20th January 2022 Consumer Lending | #Private equity

Older homeowners released a record £4.4 billion in property wealth last year at a rate of more than £12 million a day as customers helped family and secured their own finances by repaying debt or remortgaging existing borrowing, data from the UK’s leading equity release adviser Key shows. Around one in five equity release plans (19%) taken…

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Consumer finance new business grows by 33%

17th January 2022 Consumer Lending | #consumer lending

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew by 33% in November 2021 compared with the same month in 2020. In the eleven months to November 2021, new business was 14% higher than in the same period in 2020. The credit card and personal loan sectors…

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Lenders report lower borrowing demand

14th January 2022 Consumer Lending | #consumer lending

Lenders have reported a lower borrowing demand at the close of the year according to a new report from the Bank of England (BoE). The quarterly survey of banks and building societies found that demand for secured lending for house purchases fell in the final quarter of last year. The demand for mortgages fell back…

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House prices rise at fastest pace since 2007

10th January 2022 Consumer Lending | #mortgages

The average price of a property in the UK increased by more than £24,500 last year to hit a new record high of £276,091, according to the Halifax. The 9.8% rise during 2021 was the fastest increase for any calendar year since a 12.5% rise in 2004. The mortgage lender said buyers sought more space…

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Bank of Mum and Dad financing more than home deposits

New research by Interactive Investor has found that Bank of Mum and Dad are financing more than home deposits. The research found that helping with university costs (58%), allowing adult children to stay at home, rent-free (50%) and buying a car or helping with car-related costs (46%) were all more common ways of financially supporting…

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Households borrowing on credit cards increases

5th January 2022 Consumer Lending | #consumer lending

Latest figures from the Bank of England (BoE) show that credit card spending increased in November, with spending and borrowing showing signs of normalising after being distorted by pandemic-driven support measures. The report shows that £1.2 billion was borrowed in November using credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans, with £862 million spent on credit cards.…

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Fear of rejection putting off millions of borrowers

15th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #consumer lending

Millions of people in the UK are being put off accessing credit products because they fear a rejected application could harm their chances of a loan in the future, according to new analysis from Freedom Finance, one of the UK’s leading online consumer lending platforms. The research shows that more than one in 10 (11%)…

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Biggest banks pass financial stress test

14th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #consumer lending

A new report by The Bank of England (BoE) says that Britain’s financial system is healthy enough to withstand a deep recession. The report found that major UK banks are strong enough to keep supporting households and businesses, even in severe scenarios. The Bank’s annual stress test found that the country’s eight biggest lenders would…

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Consumer credit predicted to fall 0.7%

13th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #consumer credit

Net lending via credit cards and personal loans is also set to end the year in negative territory, falling 0.7% on top of 2020’s 9.8% decline according to the latest EY ITEM Club for Financial Services Forecast. The lrnfingfigures equates to a £1.4bn fall in the stock of consumer credit, as households have made more repayments…

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Record year for mortgage lending

13th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #mortgage

Latest UK Finance data has indicated that 2021 is set to be a record year for mortgage lending. Publishing its housing and mortgage market forecasts for 2022 and 2023 together with projections for 2021 full year numbers UK finance has estimated that gross lending overall will peak this year at £316bn, up 31 per cent…

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Concerns raised about housing market challenges

13th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #housing

According to new research from Lloyds Banking Group, consumers across the country are concerned about the current challenges the UK housing market is facing, with only one in five believing there are enough affordable homes in their area. This news comes as house prices reach record highs and activity levels remain robust. Despite more than…

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Consumer finance grew by 11% in October

10th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #consumer finance

New figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) show that consumer finance new business grew by 11% in October 2021 compared with the same month in 2020. In the ten months to October 2021, new business was 13% higher than in the same period in 2020. The credit card and personal loan sectors…

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Lenders announce moratorium on possessions over Christmas

9th December 2021 Consumer Lending | #possesions

Mortgage lenders have announced a voluntary moratorium on possessions from Monday 13th December until Tuesday 4th January 2022. The industry is committed to providing ongoing support to those in financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic, especially those who may be worried about making their mortgage payments over the Christmas period. Members of UK…

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