Buy-to-let crackdown: Tougher underwriting standards for lenders

Last year, The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the arm of the Bank of England that regulates banks and the financial sector, confirmed it would be bringing in tougher underwriting standards for buy-to-let lenders. These rules, which come into play on September 30th 2017 will affect landlords who have 4 or more mortgaged properties. (more…)

3 tips to help you save a deposit for your first house

You feel ready to purchase your first house and take on the responsibilities that come with it – but you need to save for a deposit.

Saving up for a deposit may seem difficult and can test your patience, but having a sizeable deposit has many benefits. It means you could be offered better mortgage rates due to reduced risk for the lender and it provides them with confidence in your ability to budget, save, and therefore be able to meet your monthly repayments. (more…)

Business Loan Protection: What is it?

As the name suggests, business loan protection is a type of insurance policy that is designed to pay off part of or all, of a business’ debts should a key employee die or suffer from a critical illness. Currently, a study has found that 65% of British SMEs have some form of business debt, with the average borrowing being £176,000, and being unable to repay these loans can turn into a serious issue quickly. (more…)