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4th March 2021

Big banks poised to launch 95 per cent government-backed mortgages

Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed plans to launch another government-backed 95 per cent Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme in the Budget, open to all buyers. The scheme […]
14th January 2021

RICS cladding guidance changes could remove thousands of buildings from EWS1 surveys

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is proposing a major overhaul of the guidance for external wall survey (EWS1) forms that would potentially see vast […]
4th August 2020

When does Help to Buy end? Deadlines are now extended

The government has extended two key Help to Buy deadlines by two months, but the present scheme is still set to formally end on 31 March […]
16th July 2020

Lenders reviewing cladding form use after ‘negative effect on mortgage market’

Mortgage lenders are reviewing how they use the EWS1 forms for assessing buildings with cladding and the advice given to surveyors after meeting with government. Housing […]