The government has announced that the construction and housing markets will remain open during the latest lockdown measures.
Estate agents are allowed to stay open, though the government recommends not going for physical viewings unless you are seriously considering purchasing the property. Physical surveys and valuations are still allowed to take place.
Removal firms are still allowed to operate, however they may have new procedures in place to do so safely. You should not enlist the help of anybody else outside of your household or bubble to help with the move unless “absolutely necessary”. Hotels are open to house buyers to help facilitate the move.
Seasons Greetings from Us All!
As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to wish you a restful, safe and happy break over the festive period.
In what has been an especially challenging year for everyone, we are proud to have supported many of our customers who took positive steps, be it securing mortgages with the help of our no-fee advice, deciding to remortgage or organising protection.
In the latter part of the year we have taken some time to analyse what is truly important to our customers, and how we can do even more to help you achieve the home and lifestyle you’ve always wanted. We are looking ahead to future years filled with positivity and possibility for us all.
New Year New Look!
We are undergoing a brand update in time for the New Year so that we can start 2021 refreshed and ready to go. As part of this process we’ve produced a 5 Point Promise that we are making to both our customers, and ourselves. There’s nothing new here, but it’s a good idea to focus the mind on the impactful ways in which we can help.
Dinners on Us!
Introducing our NEW Dinner’s on Us referral offer for first-time buyers
There’s nothing quite as exciting as the first night in your new home, exploring rooms and planning out where everything will fit.
But it can be tricky organising something to eat…
“where did I pack the tin opener again?”
To celebrate all our first-time buyers’ first step on the property ladder, dinner is on us! We’ll email an exclusive link treating the new homeowners to a Deliveroo meal for two to enjoy in their new home.
And there’s more…
If you know someone who is searching for their first home and point them our way, you can enjoy the same! Put us in touch and, if we end up supporting them in their first purchase, we’ll treat you to a Deliveroo dinner for two as a thank you.
Find out more: warrenifa.co.uk/dinnersonus
Warren & Co Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
24 December: 8am – 2pm
25, 26, 27 & 28 December CLOSED
29 & 30 December 9am – 5pm
31 December 8am – 3pm
1 January CLOSED
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from us all at Warren & Co
As a result of the Covid outbreak at the start of the year, most 90% mortgages were withdrawn and 95% mortgages all but disappeared. However, after several months of limited availability, 90% mortgages for homebuyers are starting to come back to the market. The rates aren’t as favourable as they were before, but we will be able to source the market to find you the best rates for your circumstances.
Customers are classed as mortgage prisoners by the FCA if they took out a mortgage with a lender who is no longer accepting new applications or product transfers for parts of their mortgage book (closed book lenders) and they are now unable to remortgage to a cheaper new deal with another lender, as a result of policy and criteria changes across the market. New rules from the FCA will now allow lenders more flexibility to consider remortgage applications from these customers.
Customers who are classed as mortgage prisoners will receive a letter from their existing lender referring them to the Money Advice Service website which has further information and a basic eligibility tool.
The Stamp Duty holiday ends on 31st March 2021. Purchases need to complete on or before this date to benefit from the reduced rates.
Please be aware that due to lenders backlogs and the pressure on solicitors, the average time from putting in an offer to completion is approximately 16 weeks.
The Christmas and New Year period will also slow the process down, so please keep this in mind when budgeting for your fees and timescales.