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BOEAll mortgage transactions on hold as BoE hit by technical problems

UK borrowers cannot access a mortgage right now as the Bank of England confirmed a key payments system has been hit by technical problems.

The Boe says it identified a technical issue this morning related to some routine maintenance of the real time gross settlement system payment system and has paused settlement while it resolves it.

The RTGS system allows money to be transferred between banks in real time to fund investment banking and consumer loans.

The fault has affected the Clearing House Automated Payment System, which processes high value same-day transfers, used by solicitors to transfer the mortgage during the house-buying process.

The Boe says it is working to address the issue as quickly as possible and plans to restart the RTGS payment system in a controlled manner.

It says the most important payments are being made manually and says all payments made today will be processed.

It is unclear whether house purchases are being included in the important manual transactions. The Council of Mortgage Lenders says it has yet to be alerted to problems by its members.

The Chaps system moves billions of pounds every day between Britain’s main banks and building societies.

In September 2014, Chaps processed 3.2 million payments worth £5.8trn with an average volume of 145,638 a day.

Principality stops lending to payday loan users

Principality Building Society is set to stop lending to applicants who have taken out a payday loan within the previous 12 months.

The Wales-based lender Principality has stated that it would continue to process transactions under its current criteria until close of business on 18 February, meaning borrowers applying for a mortgage from the 19 February with the Principality must not have taken out a payday loan in the previous 12 months.

Principality is the latest lender to explicitly exclude recent payday loan borrowers, you need to consider your actions before taking out this type of credit as it can impact on your ability to obtain a mortgage.

Principality has also tweaked a number of other areas of its mortgage criteria, including for debt consolidation and for cases where the borrower takes part in online gambling. The lender will request further information at its discretion, where it identifies online gambling or any gambling debts on an applicant’s history. It says this is to ensure there is no underlying affordability issue.

The Principality has reduced its maximum LTV for debt consolidation mortgages from 90 per cent to 75 per cent and will now only offer them on a capital-repayment basis.

If you would like to review your financial position to see if you would be better off remortgaging to another lender offering a more competitive rate than taking out a short term loan.

Call us on 01489 580020 or “contact us” and one of our qualified advisers can discuss your requirements before you apply to the Principality and get declined.

Help to BuyHelp to Buy to Date

Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced that over 6,000 people have applied for a mortgage through the Help to Buy mortgage indemnity scheme in the three months since it was launched.

Figures published in November showed that 2,000 applications were made in the first month of the scheme and the number has more than trebled since then.

In total, almost £1bn in new homeowner loans will have been advanced once pending applications are approved. So far, nearly 750 homeowners have completed their purchases through Help to Buy 2.

The average Help to Buy customer is looking to purchase a home worth £160,000 and faces monthly repayments of around £900. The average household income of £45,000 means Help to Buy mortgages, on average, represent 23 per cent of borrowers’ gross income.

Cameron says: “Too many people have found themselves frozen out of the market in recent years as a result of the size of deposit required.

“That is why as part of our long-term economic plan we introduced the Help to Buy scheme, so hardworking people with sufficient earnings can get on, fulfill their aspirations and enjoy the security of owning their own home.

“In less than three months, the scheme has already helped thousands of people.”

If you would like to know more about the Help to Buy scheme, why not call one of our qualified mortgage advisers who would be more than happy to review your financial requirements. Please call us on 01489 580020 or email us via our “contact us” page.

No increase in base rate. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep base rate on hold at 0.50%, for the 40th consecutive month. The Bank has also said that an additional £50 billion is to be injected into the economy, bringing the total size of its asset purchase, or quantitative easing (QE), programme to £375 billion.

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