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Estimates recently published in the ONS’ survey on ‘Families and Households: 2017’ show that the number of families in the UK have increased by 8.1% over the last ten years to 18,997,000.

Married couples and those living in civil partnerships are the most dominant group, with civil partnerships driving the growth of this group, increasing by 66.7% (versus 4.8% for married couples) particularly at younger age groups.

14 million dependent children are currently estimated to be living in families in the UK. It is, however, families with no children or no dependent children that were more common. Some 6.6 million (40%) 15-34 year olds live with their parents.

The ONS suggests that the larger numbers of young adults tending to stay at home for longer may be explained by staying in education and training for longer, formalising relationships and having children at older ages, and increased costs in renting or buying a home.

September 2017

After months of hard work, our new website finally went live over the weekend and is looking fantastic! Why not have a good look around and see what amazing new features and information are included. 

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Natalie took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life Pretty Muddy on Sunday 3rd September. It was "pretty muddy" due to the Cornish Autumn weather, but a brilliant time was had by all and Natalie raised a fantastic total of £183.00 for Cancer Research!

August 2017

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Our new banner has arrived today ready for tonight, and it looks great!! We are proudly sponsoring the Pink Wig event which is part of Falmouth Week and raises funds for vital research projects, the best care for breast cancer patients in Cornwall and a safer future for the next generation.​

Mortgages - Government to improve the switching process

Mortgages - Government to improve the switching process

News & Legislation The Guild of Professional Estate Agents 13th June 2016

The Government has recently announced details of a consultation, which plans to make switching bank accounts, utilities, and even mortgages easier for consumers, by forcing providers to improve their procedures. L&C, the UK's award-winning fee-free mortgage and insurance expert, helps us understand the switching process within the mortgage industry. 

Part of the consultation will involve gathering information to allow a better understanding of the switching process throughout different sectors – including broadband services and mobile phone contracts.

Within the mortgage industry however, experts have suggested that a 7-day turnaround is not currently a realistic target. Regulation requires that all borrowers are subject to affordability and credit checks, which must be established through the provision of documents such as banks statements and payslips. 

More of this information is likely to become available digitally, which will speed up the process, however, the recent Mortgage Credit Directive introduced a 7-day reflection period for consumers, and the requirement for lenders to offer this is an immovable object.

A property must then be valued to ensure it can provide adequate security for the loan, and the timing of this can be dependent on the surveyor. There is also a certain amount of legal work required, and again the timing of this is down to the solicitor.

Mortgage deals often come with incentives such as a free valuation or legal fees, which help to reduce the actual cost of switching, and technological advances have also already improved the process considerably. For example, in most cases applications can be submitted on-line, and automated valuations have become more commonplace. 



The process itself is not a difficult one, but homeowners are still encouraged to allow around 3 months before the end of their current deal to ensure a smooth transfer takes place. Getting all of this work done within 7 days is a difficult task, and possibly an impractical one. 

The aim of the consultation, according to Business Secretary Sajid Javid, is to ‘give consumers more power over switching providers for the services they rely on, to make sure they are getting the best deals’.

Clearly, any improvements that can be made to the switching process and any barriers that can be removed for borrowers to prevent them from becoming ‘mortgage prisoners’ are always welcome. However, it is imperative that these important checks are not abandoned, and as a result, a 7-day turnaround is likely to be some way off yet.

If you are confused about your remortgage options or simply need mortgage advice, then please speak to the Guild Mortgage Service provided by Fee free L&C Mortgages.

You can contact L&C mortgages on: 0800 073 1945


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