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Which? equity release comparisons 'pretty meaningless' - IFS

Mortgage Solutions | 27 Jan 2015 | 16:27

A Which? report denouncing equity release schemes as “an expensive way to borrow money” has been criticised for comparing "apples and pears" by the Institute for Financial Services (Ifs).

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Scottish Widows Bank cuts rates

Mortgage Solutions | 27 Jan 2015 | 10:39

Scottish Widows Bank has cut the rates on its professional and flexible mortgage product range with immediate effect.

Barclays allows landlords to use own income to top up rent

Mortgage Solutions | 26 Jan 2015 | 17:20

Landlords will be allowed to use personal income when submitting an application to Barclays to bolster any shortfall in rent on buy-to-let applications to improve the chances of receiving a mortgage.

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The idiot's guide to repossession

If you are in difficulty with your mortgage the first thing to do is don't stop paying what you can. Intent to pay goes a long way in the beginning.

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Watch the Equity Release Awards highlights

Mortgage Solutions | 22 Dec 2014 | screening image

The Equity Release Awards at Merchant Taylor's Hall in the heart of the City were attended by a raft of industry luminaries.

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Barclays launched the UK's lowest ever ten-year residential fix last week. This week, buy-to-let lender The Mortgage Works launched a two-year fixed rate at up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV) at 4.99%. Lenders have offered long-term fixes for years and the benefits to customers of stability are clear. But, brokers, do you think customer appetite for these products is finally on the rise?

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Buy to Let Market Forum 2015

22 Apr 2015

Manchester, Birmingham, London, UK

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The British Mortgage Awards 2015

09 Jul 2015

London, UK