The return of Spring heralds something truly exciting. No, not Easter eggs, daffodils and woolly lambs; I'm referring to the inaugural quarterly Equity Release Market Report from the Equity Release Council.
There are just a few weeks until MMR officially comes into force on 26 April.
The Help to Buy scheme – both the shared equity and mortgage guarantee elements – began something of a new chapter recently.
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Recently I looked at the impact of early redemption penalties in dissuading people from taking out the longer term fixed rate mortgages that might be most suitable for borrowers and the economy.
I've never really been interested in playing ‘the blame game' when it comes to determining who might be responsible for delays in the property purchasing process.
Stamp Duty, and the potential reforms that could change the way this levy is distributed, look set to stay on the industry agenda for some time to come.
We have now officially entered the season of new beginnings. As such it seems sensible that this period also shepherds in the closure of one fiscal year and the birth of another, at least for the purposes of personal taxation and the payment of state benefits.
We work in an industry where trust and professionalism are paramount and are the norm.
Many markets are driven by social influence – the way we feel, think and act is strongly influenced by what other people say and do.
The introduction of the MMR on April 26 might initially come as a shock to some mortgage customers.
As a network, preparing for the MMR has demonstrated how key the role of a network is in educating brokers and communicating in the right way.
We are now less than a month away from the launch of the new mortgage market regulatory regime.
I’m a great believer that the mortgage market is at its most effective when it works together - this might seem like a fanciful idea to some however collaboration between stakeholders should always be the ultimate aim.
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