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Save £22,000 off your mortgage
13 May 2006 source: thisismoney.co.uk

Simon Lambert, This is Money13 May 2006 WHAT could you do with £3? The options for any sum smaller than a £5 are limited nowadays and it seems that no sooner is in your pocket than it's gone. WANT TO KNOW MORE? DEALS: Offset mortgages GUIDES: What is offsetting? OTHER STORIES In search of the good life A licence for all estate agents New on the market My claims firm nightmare Secrets of your street USEFUL LINKS GUIDES: Homes, loans and mor ...


In search of the good life
12 May 2006 source: thisismoney.co.uk

Christine Webb, Daily Mail12 May 2006 DO YOU fancy keeping a few pigs or chickens so you can enjoy home-grown food - without the full-time demands of running a farm? Well, a growing band of well-heeled professionals who seek 'The Good Life' are snapping up an astonishing 60% of farms and buoying prices for old farmhouses. FARMYARD FAMILY: Jamie and Tammy Tucker at High Green farm with Isabelle and Olive WANT TO KNOW MORE? DEAL FINDER: The pick of the mortgage offers CH ...


UPDATE: Higher Mortgages And School Loans Squeeze U.S. Households ...
12 May 2006 source: morningstar.com

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones) -- Americans' debt levels are rising, but not because we can't resist charging the latest plasma television to our credit card, according to a new report. Instead, consumers' debt burden jumped higher in recent years because wages grew slowly even as costs increased on items that most of us don't consider frivolous, such as mortgages, health insurance and college tuiti ...


Bank chief's debt warning
11 May 2006 source: thisismoney.co.uk

Becky Barrow, Daily Mail11 May 2006 SPIRALLING levels of personal debt are becoming 'a potentially large social problem', the Bank of England governor warned yesterday. MERVYN KING: 'More people have overxtened themselves than ever before' OTHER STORIES Catch you if they can Victims of debt advice scandal New on the market Older Britons struggle with debt The credit card interest lottery CREDIT & LOAN TOOLS DEALER FINDER: Loans DEALER FINDER: Credit  ...


UPDATE: Wachovia Deal May Force More Mergers
10 May 2006 source: morningstar.com

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) -- Wachovia's agreement to buy Golden West Financial earlier this week may spark a new wave of bank mergers as big rivals rush to avoid losing ground in the huge California market, while a difficult interest rate environment continues to highlight the need for economies of scale. On Monday, Wachovia Corp. (WB) , after falling short in efforts to bring off a major acquisitio ...


Commodities surge 'may force rate rise'
10 May 2006 source: thisismoney.co.uk

Tom Nicholls, Evening Standard10 May 2006 THE Bank of England is poised to raise interest rates if soaring commodity prices continue to push up inflation. OTHER STORIES Glaxo wins extremist injunction Dixons scores early World Cup winner Market report: Wednesday 12.30 Tesco U-turn over Sunday hours Booze cruisers, fill your boots THE EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TOOL: Broadband deal ...


Woolwich Two-Year Discounted Tracker mortgage 'better than a fixed-rate' ...
10 May 2006 source: moneynews.co.uk

Wed 10th May 2006 A Woolwich Two-Year Discounted Tracker mortgage is currently available, with an initial rate of 4.38 per cent, to run at 0.12 below the Bank of England base rate. This rate is available for loans up to 75 per cent loan-to-value (LTV) and amounts above this LTV will carry a rate of 4.79 per cent. Following the opening two-year period this offer will revert to 0.95 per c ...


Stamp duty still hitting first-time buyers
10 May 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By David Burrows LONDON (Reuters) - Government attempts to ease the burden of stamp duty on first-time house buyers have failed, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. CML figures show that half of all first-time buyers and more than three-quarters of home movers now pay stamp duty, despite the decision to raise the threshold for it from 60,000 to 125,000 pounds in the last two Budgets. A CML survey shows that in March, 17,200 first-time buyers (50 percent) had to pay stamp duty. In al ...


UPDATE: Fannie Mulling Ways To Return Capital To Shareholders ...
10 May 2006 source: morningstar.com

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones) -- Fannie Mae has created an internal team of advisers and hired outside experts to help the mortgage giant come up with ways of returning capital to shareholders, Chief Executive Dan Mudd told analysts during a conference call late Tuesday. Mudd said Fannie (FNM) was "substantially complete in the resolution of accounting policies that are relevant" to its planned acc ...


Prudential Property Value Release Plan 'has customers needs in mind' ...
9 May 2006 source: moneynews.co.uk

Tue 9th May 2006 The Prudential Property Value Release Plan "has been designed with customers' and advisers' needs in mind" the company has claimed today, in response to comments made regarding equity release drawdown mortgages by the Personal Finance Society. Jan Holt, head of lifetime mortgages sales at Prudential, spoke of the company's agreement with the statement that due  ...


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