Are offset mortgages set to rise with an increase in self-employment?

October, 10th 2017

Since 2015, the number of self-employed workers in the UK has risen to almost five million.1 This change in workforce demographics has no doubt altered demand in the mortgage market.

How to get a large mortgage loan as a portfolio landlord

October, 05th 2017

Changes to buy to let mortgage and remortgage lending regulations which came into effect on 30th September 2017 are set to revolutionise property investment forever for portfolio landlords. But what are the key changes and how can UK buy to let portfolio landlords navigate the new landscape? CEO Paul Welch takes us through the buy to let mortgage criteria changes and explains how they will impact property investors.

The number of landlords with ten or more properties increases by a third

September, 26th 2017

The number of portfolio landlords in the UK is on the rise. While the number of individual landlords has dropped since 2015, the number of rented homes has increased to 5.1 million from 4.9 million.1 The figures suggest that each Buy to Let investor is building up their property portfolio or deciding to leave the market altogether. More specifically, the number of landlords with ten or more properties has increased by a third from 2015 to date.1

The UK sees an increase in expat Buy to Let investors

September, 08th 2017

The falling pound has opened up opportunities to expats who are looking to invest in the Buy to Let market. We discuss the current state of play here.

Bank of Mum and Dad is top 10 UK lender

August, 11th 2017

The Bank of Mum and Dad has become the equivalent of the ninth-biggest mortgage lender in the UK in 2017, up from 10th place last year1. This comes as we discover that 46% of parents and grandparents have given financial support to their sons and daughters2.  As a result; new mortgage products have gone on the market, that further enable older generations to help the first time buyers in their family.

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Bridging for commercial borrowers – what, why and who?

July, 19th 2017

Bridging finance is a constant hot topic; the sector has demonstrated resilience and continued to grow in recent years, with confidence of further growth in 20171. This is a great time to be considering commercial bridging financing. Brokers are receiving many new and additional commercial funding to support clients with their business purchases.

Mezzanine Finance – Top up your Development Finance

July, 14th 2017

1. What is it?

Mezzanine project finance could give you that final tranche of funding required to fill the gaps in any construction or development costs for residential, commercial or mixed-use projects.

Charles Ayton, Senior Commercial Manager at, comments that:

High street banks take on the private lenders in the large loans sector

July, 06th 2017

High street banks take on the private lenders in the large loans sector

Traditionally, as a borrower looking to take out a mortgage above £1 million, a private bank or boutique lender may have been able to meet your needs best. However, you may find that some high street lenders could now offer you an alternative range of products.

Are you eligible for a foreign currency mortgage?

June, 23rd 2017

Foreign Currency Mortgages

If you are looking for a mortgage on a UK property, but earn in a foreign currency, there may be more options available to you than you think. Recent political and economic changes and new regulations may have made some investors buying in a foreign currency less likely to make big financial decisions. However, there are still many attractive rates worth considering, especially at a time when foreign currencies are strong against the pound sterling and there are great rates available.

Why you should re-mortgage or purchase your Buy to Let property now

June, 08th 2017

The first phase of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) Buy to Let underwriting changes have now come into effect. Further amendments, affecting borrowers with four or more mortgaged Buy to Let properties, are to be implemented by the end of September 2017. These changes will impose tighter underwriting criteria for Buy to Let landlords.

This means that now is a great time to consider purchasing or re-mortgaging a Buy to Let property, in order to reduce the potential future complexity of your application and stricter affordability criteria.


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