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Have lenders stopped using the interest stress test?

From the 1st of August 2022 lenders were able to stop stress testing mortgages. An affordability test that was introduced in 2014 to ensure borrowers could still cope with an interest rate shock. Although we are only 3 weeks on have any lenders dropped the test?

Support for Mortgage Interest

Support for mortgage interest (SMI) is a government scheme to help struggling homeowners pay their mortgages. It is as you would expect packed with rules for qualification. So it may not be for everyone.

Mortgage Protection Insurance

Mortgage protection through insurance is vital to protect yourself and your family should something go wrong. Here we will look at the options you should consider.

Mortgage Affordability Guide

Mortgage Affordability can be a complex area. Since 2014 changes in the way affordability is assessed by lenders must take many elements into account. This can often go against borrowers either in terms of how much they could borrow or if they can borrow at all. This Mortgage affordability guide should help understand the process.

Lifetime Mortgage Guide

Lifetime mortgages are becoming more popular and many homeowners are taking advantage of them to release equity from their homes to support retirement. Are they right for you? Do you understand them? That is what we are going to look at in this guide.

What is a mortgage prisoner?

Mortgage prisoner is a term heard more often these days, what does it mean? Simply put it refers to those borrowers who cannot due to either current lender restrictions or affordability requirements switch to a different product or lender for a better deal.