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Paid off your mortgage? Five things to do with your money now

At last! You're mortgage-free. But what should you do with the extra cash? Supercharge your finances, says High50’s Julian Knight, and diversify your shares, savings and investments instead

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  • Halifax Increases Mortgage Age Limit To 80

    The Halifax says it is responding to the growth in Britain's ageing population by raising its upper limit for mortgages from 75 to 80. The bank announced the move in a week of renewed debate about lending practices after Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) said it had launched a 100% mortgage – the first time such a product …

  • Barclays Offer Sees Return Of 100% Mortgages Sky News - Wed, May 4, 2016 20:23 BST
    Barclays Offer Sees Return Of 100% Mortgages

    Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) has launched a 100% mortgage – the first time such a product has been made widely available since the financial crisis. Barclays also emphasised that it would carry out a full affordability check on borrowers. Under the Barclays deal, the 10% guarantee would be returned to the "helper" with …

  • Buy-To-Let Sale Collapses Amid Brexit Fear Sky News - Wed, May 4, 2016 12:21 BST
    Buy-To-Let Sale Collapses Amid Brexit Fear

    A £400m auction of one of the UK's fastest-growing buy-to-let mortgage lenders has collapsed amid investor concerns about the impact of a possible 'Brexit' on Britain's housing market. Sky News has learnt that bidders for Charter Court Financial Services - which owns the Exact and Precise Mortgage brands - were informed …

  • Virgin Money's mortgage lending jumps, warns of Brexit impact Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, May 4, 2016 11:04 BST

    British challenger bank Virgin Money reported record mortgage lending in the first quarter but warned that consumers would face rising borrowing costs if Britain votes to leave the European Union. Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the first female CEO of a listed British bank, said that a so-called Brexit would deliver an "economic jolt" …

  • Barclays' no-deposit mortgage lets you borrow 5.5 times your income. A good idea?

  • Virgin Money's Q1 mortgage lending jumps to 2.1 bln stg Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, May 4, 2016 07:17 BST

    British challenger bank Virgin Money Holdings Plc said gross mortgage lending jumped 30 percent to 2.1 billion pounds in the first quarter, winning a 3.4 percent share of the UK mortgage market. The bank, ...

  • 'Bank Of Mum & Dad' To Fund 25% Of Mortgages Sky News - Tue, May 3, 2016 08:10 BST
    'Bank Of Mum And Dad' To Fund 25% Of Mortgages

    The 'Bank of Mum and Dad' will pump £5bn into mortgages to help their kids this year, according to a report which blames weak wage growth versus soaring house prices. The financial services firm estimated they would provide deposits for more than 300,000 mortgages, purchasing homes worth £77bn. The FT reported it said …

  • Buy-to-let investors face mortgage crisis as lenders introduce 'brutal' criteria

  • Retail focus helps to shield Lloyds from banking chill Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 12:36 BST

    Lloyds Banking Group (Other OTC: LLOBF - news) bucked the downward trend among major British lenders on Thursday, maintaining flat first quarter revenue and cutting bad debts despite a tough economic environment. Lloyds, Britain's largest mortgage lender, reported underlying pre-tax profit of 2.1 billion pounds ($3.05 …

  • UK house price growth cools after land tax changes - Nationwide Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Apr 28, 2016 08:31 BST

    British annual house price growth cooled in April after the government introduced extra taxes on purchases of properties for rental and second homes, according to a survey from mortgage lender Nationwide (LSE: NBS.L - news) on Thursday. House price growth eased to 4.9 percent year-on-year from 5.7 percent in March, slightly …

  • These 3 stocks have released important updates today: Stagecoach Group plc (LON: SGC), Hargreaves Services plc (LON: HSP) and Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) plc (LON: MAB1).

  • Property prices return to growth in Irish capital Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Apr 26, 2016 11:27 BST

    Residential property prices in Dublin posted their fastest growth in five months in March, outpacing the rest of Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) for the first time since last summer, official data showed on Tuesday. Prices in Dublin led a sharp recovery from a devastating property crash but the rate of growth slowed …

  • Toby Anstis: 'Three mortgage-free flats are just the start of my pension saving'

  • U.S. home sales rebound signals strong spring selling season Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 18:10 BST

    The sales surge at the start of the spring selling season was a sign of confidence in the economy, and the momentum is expected to be sustained given low mortgage rates, recent stock market gains and a firming labor market, analysts said. It (Other OTC: ITGL - news) shows confidence," said Chris Rupkey, chief economist …

  • Permanent TSB says sees spike in mortgage applications Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 13:47 BST

    Ireland's permanent tsb has seen mortgage applications spike in recent months, its chairman said on Wednesday, weeks after 2015 results showed it was lagging rivals in the sector. "I think we improved ...

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