Banks continued to show their confidence in the market with more high loan to value mortgages hitting the shelves this week, along with rate cuts and improved income criteria.
Meanwhile, a tightening of the rules around the new Help to Buy scheme got brokers talking.
But stamp duty is still at the top of the housing market’s agenda, with news and views about the tax holiday making four appearances in this week’s top 10 mortgage broker stories.
Stamp duty holiday extension ‘does little to help’, conveyancer says
Buyers could save £1bn with six-week stamp duty holiday extension – Rightmove
HSBC accepts overtime as mortgage rates are cut
NatWest re-introduces high LTV options
First-time buyers have greater mortgage choice as lenders step back into market – Moneyfacts
Help to Buy rules get tougher as couples forced to jointly apply, say brokers
Lenders cut maximum loans as affordability used to regulate mortgage volumes
Sunak considering stamp duty holiday extension – reports
The risks ahead from unwinding the stamp duty holiday – Pike
Santander cuts mortgage rates and adds cashback