This week’s top five stories:
1) British Mortgage Awards 2013: the shortlist revealed
Mortgage Solutions is proud to reveal the shortlist for the British Mortgage Awards 2013.
2) Top six UK mortgage lenders – the climbers and fallers
The release of Nationwide’s annual results today means we now have the final gross mortgage figures for each of the UK’s six biggest lenders in 2012.
3) Irish mortgage lending collapses after govt withdraws tax breaks
Gross mortgage lending in the Republic of Ireland plummeted by almost 70% in the first quarter of 2013 following the withdrawal of government tax reliefs for new borrowers.
4) Bank of Ireland axes rate increase for 1,200 borrowers
Bank of Ireland has given a reprieve to around 1,200 mortgage customers who were expected to be hit with an increased mortgage rate.
5) BTL mortgage struggle looms for Reading landlords
Reading landlords could struggle to find mortgages should plans for stricter regulation of the private rental sector gain approval.
Here are some stories you may have missed:
Bank of Ireland ‘breaching regulations’ with rate rise – landlords
The lawyer leading a class action against the Bank of Ireland has urged the regulators to do their job and protect borrowers from the ‘unfair’ Standard Variable Rate rise.
Will-writing scammer migrates to Australia
A dodgy will-writer who was banned from acting as a company director for 11 years has resurfaced – in Australia.
Halifax expands lending to contract workers
Workers on short-term contracts are eligible to apply for any Halifax mortgage via income verification for the first time.
Top 5 ways to use Twitter effectively
How can a mortgage adviser use Twitter effectively? Emma Mason, business development manager at Blacks Connect, takes a closer look.
The end of forbearance – The Insider
In time honoured tradition, the new regime dictating that we are now requesting evictions on most accounts with arrears sitting on them has meant that the workloads have increased to Soviet Gulag levels.