The stories which defined specialist lending in 2019

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The stories which defined specialist lending in 2019
The last 12 months have been a rather turbulent time for the specialist mortgage market, particularly where the lending community is concerned.


The year began with Magellan Homeloans withdrawing from the market and this followed the demise of Amicus at the end of 2018. Secure Trust Bank too closed its doors to new business.

When Fleet Mortgages announced it was pausing lending that added to the nervousness in the market.

But the buy-to-let specialist returned in April with a fresh £1bn funding line and has since added further funding to its reserves.

Lendy’s end came in the summer through a long slow build-up of warnings precipitating a sharp collapse which has left lenders and borrowers exposed and stuck in a potentially costly administration process.

The market also saw two of the largest lenders, OneSavings Bank and Charter Court, announce plans to merge.

After a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation found there were sufficient competing forces, the deal completed.

Aside from lender upheaval, the market has continued to focus on complexity, with houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) being a particular centre for attention.

And the issues of conveyancing, fraud, regulation and specialist packagers will always remain high on broker agendas.


Magellan Homeloans closes to new business


Fleet Mortgages re-enters buy-to-let lending with £1bn funding line


Lendy administrators reveal loan book insolvencies, AML issues and property transfer concerns


When conveyancing goes wrong: The £200k sent to a client instead of a lender – Syms


Claims companies targeting HMOs post-PPI – Whittaker


Landlords caught out by HMO rules need quick solutions at valuation – TBMC


‘This mortgage price war is different from the last’ – Cleary


All the winners of the British Specialist Lending Awards 2019


FCA investigates second charge and subprime lenders for targeting unaffordable borrowers


The rise in fraudulent mortgage introducers and how to tackle them – Syms


TMW biggest threat to OSB and Charter Court on limited company BTL lending – CMA


Packagers have had to adapt to the evolving market – Together


‘Artificially high’ second charge fees are a ‘thing of the past’ – Specialist Mortgage Group


Private Residence Relief cuts will hit accidental landlords hardest – brokers




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