The Boom and Gloom

Politicians need to save face A new government could apply measures to support the ailing housing market. “There has been a recovery in the housebuilding sector, and a future government is not going to want to see that stall for …



Buy-to-let loans slump after stamp duty shake-up

Simon Checkley, managing director of mortgage broker Private Finance, said other factors were at play in the dip in activity, which fell not only in buy-to-let but also for home movers and first-time buyers. “The impact of fear and uncertainty …




Home repossessions at record lows

Simon Checkley, managing director of mortgage broker Private Finance, said a low interest rate environment in an improving economy could lure borrowers into a false sense of security, which was “potentially dangerous” if borrowers were not prepared for an eventual …