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Mortgage affordability tests introduced after the financial crisis are being ditched by the Bank of England.
The guidelines were issued by the Bank in 2014 to help tighten the mortgage market after the loose selling of home loans contributed to the financial crash six years earlier.
But after consulting with industry bodies, the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee has decided the existing loan to income (LTI) ratio limits will be enough to prevent large numbers of borrowers defaulting on their mortgages.
So, from 1 August lenders will not be expected to apply the affordability test or ‘stress interest rate’ (if rates rise) when assessing potential mortgages, only using the Financial Conduct Authority’s more general Mortgage Conduct of Business.
In statement the FPC said the new guidelines “ought to deliver the appropriate level of resilience to the UK financial system, but in a simpler, more predictable and more proportionate way”.
Selling a home – the period from listing to completion – is now back to its pre-pandemic levels of 16 weeks according to agents contributing to the latest RICS survey.
It reports a net balance of +16 per cent of respondents saying they had seen an increase in new buyer demand, up from +9 per cent in December and the strongest reading since the height of the Stamp Duty holiday in May 2021.
However the market remains unusually active and strong.
Some exciting news coming soon to Apex Estate Agents. Keep your eyes peeled.
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Who qualifies as a first-time buyer?
You’ll be classified as a first-time buyer if you – and anyone you are buying with – are purchasing your first residential property. If you’ve owned a house or flat before – in the UK or abroad – you’re unlikely to be eligible for many of the schemes designed to help first time buyers on to the property ladder.
This is true whether you owned an entire property or a share in one, for example as a joint tenant or under a shared ownership scheme. Different schemes will vary in their rules and criteria so read any small print first before applying.
taken from Money Supermarket