In the week where the mortgage industry officially came back to work, the announcement that fresh lockdown restrictions would remain in place until at least February was partially offset by the welcome news housing markets would remain open.
And while stamp duty stories continued to make the most read of the week, news that Danish banks were launching 20-year fixed rate mortgages at zero per cent stole the show.
The continuing recovery of the 90 per cent lending market was evident as HSBC stepped back in to low deposit lending and Barclays added more choice to its range.
And in a welcome break from Covid-related news, readers were interested in the buy-to-let remortgage surge expected at the end of March.
Danish banks offer 20-year zero per cent mortgage deals
Halifax tightens income multiples
Mortgage industry should accept stamp duty holiday end – Marketwatch
Buy-to-let brokers prepare for surge in remortgages
First-time buyer market shrinks 12 per cent following stamp duty holiday – Reallymoving
Barclays adds 90 per cent LTV deals and overhauls cashback
Housing market remains open in fresh Scottish lockdown
HSBC re-enters 90 per cent LTV lending
Mortgage market ‘under extreme pressure’ and ‘likely’ some will miss stamp duty deadline
Connells completes £130m Countrywide takeover
Samantha Partington is a freelance trade and consumer journalist writing about property and personal finance. Previously she worked worked for the Daily Mail and Property Week. She is the former deputy editor of Mortgage Solutions and editor of Specialist Lending Solutions.
Before becoming a journalist, Samantha worked as a mortgage broker and latterly for a mortgage, bridging and secured loan lender. Samantha is CeMAP qualified. Follow her on Twitter @SamJPartington1.