Category: Commentary

Commentary

Lucy Barrett is managing director of Vantage Finance

Lucy Barrett Rewind the clock just five years and the term ‘specialist lending’ wasn’t one bandied about the mortgage market. Now, every trade publication...

06 Oct 16

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Market Update

It’s a funny time to be writing about the state of the market. Several months on from the Brexit referendum and despite our new prime minister’s assurances that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, no-one really knows what Brexit actually means. The uncertainty is palpable and while it’s far too early to see...

09 Sep 16

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Private equity investment

Vantage Finance has secured inward investment from private equity firm, Chiltern Capital. The investment marks a significant new chapter in Vantage Finance’s story, and will enable the business to continue its ambitious growth strategy as one of the UK’s leading master brokers.

Chiltern Capital has taken a significant minority stake in...

01 May 16

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Bridging shouldn’t be the answer to tougher affordability tests

I recently saw some research by MTF that found a rising number of brokers are resorting to bridging loans for clients who fail to secure a mortgage. I was surprised to find that in the fourth quarter of 2015, more than half of brokers turned to bridging finance as an...

22 Apr 16

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Stamp duty hikes: no need to panic!

With the upcoming stamp duty hikes for buy-to-let properties just around the corner, there’s a palpable sense of anticipation amongst professionals as to how the market will react come April 1st. I have come across various articles recently forecasting a mass market exit and even the “death” of the buy-to-let...

18 Mar 16

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A big year for bridging finance

For many industries, January can feel like a somewhat sluggish month compared to the buzz of Christmas and year end. But for the bridging industry, the start of 2016 is anything but a time for complacency. Following the sector’s unprecedented growth in 2015, brokers have a lot to look forward...

05 Mar 16

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