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A quarter of mortgage brokers in the UK say they have experienced a decrease in volumes since new mortgage rules came into being almost a year ago, a new survey shows. The self-employed and retirees are the most difficult to find a mortgage for and mortgage intermediaries are very much divided on the impact of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) on business volumes. The research by Paragon Mortgages that covers the first quarter of sought to establish the impact of MMR in terms of intermediaries’ business levels as we reach the one year anniversary of the changes coming into force. Of the 200 intermediaries who took part in the survey, 43% said that in their view there had been no change to their business volumes as a result of MMR and 24% said that business had increased. However, some 25% of those surveyed said they had experienced a decrease and only 3% said there has been no change in business. The majority of intermediaries who said they had experienced a decrease reported this had been up to 30% and only 14% said the decrease in business had been any higher. Looking ahead, 15% of intermediaries said they did not know what the long term impacts of the new regulations would be. Intermediaries were also asked which of their customers are now the most difficult to find a mortgage for. Top of the list were the self-employed at 75%, followed by retired customers at 52% and 51% said it was those customers with complex incomes. ‘The research shows is there is still some uncertainty in the market about the long term impact the MMR changes will have on business volumes. This isn’t unexpected, as with any significant change in regulation there will always be a period of adjustment, but it is important the industry monitors this carefully,’ said John Heron, director of Paragon Mortgages. ‘Looking at the feedback from intermediaries on the underserved areas of the market also provides a valuable insight into what lenders could be doing better. We need to recognise that there is no such thing as the average mortgage customer anymore, people have a greater variety of circumstances and we need to be more innovative in order to meet increasingly varied demand from customers,’ he added. Continue reading →
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