Nationwide building society
Nationwide was established in 1846 and is headquartered in Swindon in Wiltshire from where it offers its mortgage, savings and other personal finance products. In May 2013, it announced plans to bring its merger partners Derbyshire, Cheshire and Dunfermline Building Societies under the Nationwide brand.
In 2011, Nationwide was the fourth largest mortgage lender in the UK after providing £17.1bn of borrowing, matching Barclays' lending for the year.
The autumn property market has leapt back into life after the summer lull with a 0.9% monthly increase in asking prices in September.
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A mortgage fraudster and surveyor imprisoned in 2011 after admitting defrauding the Cheshire Building Society, Bank of Ireland, Societe Generale and the Nationwide Building Society in a £50m deception, has finally paid an overdue £1.5m confiscation order.
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The outlook for the UK housing market is ‘highly uncertain’ despite strong growth in the last 12 months, Nationwide’s chief economist Robert Gardner has warned.
Nationwide reported a 9% drop in gross lending and a reduction in its market share, in the three months to June, which it said was due to increased competition in the market.
Over a third of brokers say they are placing significantly more business through the top five intermediary lender brands than a year ago.
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House prices grew at their slowest pace since April 2013 with a rise of just 0.1% this month, the Nationwide House Price index revealed.
Homeowners are starting to feel the effects of tougher lending rules put in place to protect borrowers from taking on large debts which may become unaffordable in the future.
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