Housing & mortgage round up: House prices fall, whilst Nationwide pull out of Interest Only mortgages

Housing & mortgage round up: House prices fall, whilst Nationwide pull out of Interest Only mortgagesA busy week for housing and mortgage news. Two house price surveys have shown prices fell during September, with the average price falling though the psychological £160,000 barrier. In other news, the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold, whilst Santander have increased their Standard Variable Rate for existing customers. House prices fell in September...

Housing round up: Two surveys show house prices fall whilst Standard Variable Rates rise

Housing & mortgage round upA packed housing round up this week. Firstly, two surveys indicate house prices have fallen over the past couple of months and continue to do so year on year. Secondly, the mortgage market looks as though it will continue to get harder for borrowers who want an Interest Only mortgage after the announcement by the Co-operative Bank that they are pulling out of this type of lending. Finally, over one million borrowers have seen their mortgage payments ...

How to avoid falling into the Interest Only mortgage trap when you retire

No surprise as interest rates on hold for another month_istockNew research, from the Independent on Sunday newspaper, has found that more than a quarter of a million people with Interest Only mortgages could retire by the end of this decade whilst still having the debt outstanding. Popularity of Interest Only mortgages Interest Only mortgages were very popular in the 80’s and 90’s when they were often set up with Endowments or ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) as repayment vehicles. However, ...