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::: April 2013 :::
At the recent Financial Reporter Awards 2013, Blemain Group won Best Specialist Lender as chosen by the Industry.
Buy-to-let mortgages and secured loans have been tipped as the main sources of business for brokers this year.
10 Questions with Nick Jones, National Sales Manager at Blemain Group.
With the huge amount of economic data and predictions currently available itís almost impossible for property professionals to know what to believe.
::: March 2013 :::
This year could see an increased interest in 'micro mortgages' according to Cheshire Mortgage Corporation. The specialist residential property lender has said it expects to see more brokers looking at this source of business.
As we begin 2013, many property investors are looking for new ways to increase their income in a tough economic climate. One route that is set to boom this year is investing in the buy-to-let market, one of the few sectors of the UK housing industry that is thriving.
We recently asked our experienced and knowledgeable business partners in the specialist lending industry to take part in our broker survey.
::: January 2013 :::
In August 2012 we launched the Blemain Group Twitter account to build on the communication routes with our brokers and partners via social media.
For almost 40 years Blemain Finance has responded to the market conditions and broker feedback and now the lender has introduced new plans, interest rates, LTVs and enhanced services.
::: December 2012 :::
Blemain Group has donated over £400 and written over 200 Christmas cards to children at the burns unit at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
In 2012, the industry has witnessed significant growth in bridging finance. There is no question that the industry is thriving with success stories and reporting an increase in the number of bridging deals.
Gary Bailey, Sales & Marketing Director of Blemain Group, discusses how brokers can benefit as homeowners are increasingly looking to renovate their homes instead of moving.
This year has witnessed significant growth in the world of bridging finance. There can be no question that the industry is thriving as the trade press is regularly filled with industry success stories and reporting an increase in the number of bridging deals.
::: November 2012 :::
Cheadle-based Blemain Group recently launched a children's clothes appeal in aid of the Wood Street Mission charity in central Manchester.
The recent government announcement to relax the planning rules for homes and businesses has been met with mixed response.
::: October 2012 :::
The so-called 'death of the high street' and small local businesses facing financial difficulty is often the focus of many news headlines.
::: September 2012 :::
The government's announcement to relax the planning rules for homes and businesses could be a good opportunity for the specialist lending industry, predicts Blemain Group.
Using credit scores to determine if a borrower is eligible for a loan means more people are looking for alternative options, according to specialist lender Blemain Group.
It's no news to anyone in the commercial lending market that traditional lenders are restricting their lending criteria making it increasingly difficult for investors to take advantage of the current investment opportunities out there.
I am delighted to announce that the Blemain Group of lending companies, which incorporates Blemain Finance and Lancashire Mortgage Corporation, has secured a £640m three-year banking facility to contribute towards funding its existing business and to provide a platform for its future growth.
::: August 2012 :::
The past couple of months have seen positive signs for the secured loans market. A number of sources have shown a sharp increase in lending figures compared to last year, indicating a new era for secured loans.
The specialist lending market is continuing to perform well. High street lenders continue to tighten criteria and use a blanket approach to assessing whom they can lend to. Combined with the flexibility and innovation in products that specialist lenders can offer to a broker, the industry continues to thrive.
When asked about reasons for declining a residential mortgage or secured loan, it is likely that most people would automatically think of more 'personal' factors such as having a low affordability or credit impairment.
::: July 2012 :::
There's been a lot of talk about bridging finance reaching its saturation point after it hit the £1 billion mark recently and I can see why people may think this to be the case. However, all of the press coverage draws its comparisons from property index and fails to look at bridging as an innovative product with more uses than bridging the gap when buying and selling property.
::: June 2012 :::
Obtaining a high-street bank loan has become increasingly difficult over the last few years with criteria continuing to tighten. People that would not normally have an issue in obtaining funds from their bank have to look for alternative options more and more.
At the recent Bridging & Commercial Awards 2012, Lancashire Mortgage Corporation won Best Specialist Lender for the third year running and were also highly commended in Best Product Range.
Blemain Group has announced that it will be relocating offices to 'Lake View' Cheadle Royal Business Park on the 10th September 2012.
With the turnover of owner occupied housing stock expected to remain relatively consistent over the next couple of years and house prices still too high for most new homebuyers, and in light of restricted criteria from mainstream lenders, there is an increasing trend for people to stay put and 'upgrade' their current property.
::: May 2012 :::
Another tax year has come to an end. Whilst for some this might mean a rest from reviewing paperwork and entering tax returns, many people use this milestone in the financial year as an opportunity to investigate new investment opportunities for the year ahead.
::: April 2012 :::
Blemain Group is calling for members of the industry to pledge their support for its brave Sales Manager ahead of his Iron Man challenge in June.
Blemain Group has started Easter celebrations early with the donation of around 500 Easter eggs to two of the region's children charities.
Blemain Group has won Best Specialist Lender in the MyIntroducer 2012 Lending Industry Awards.
::: March 2012 :::
A Blemain Group manager has confirmed his participation in this year's Iron Man 70.3 challenge, in aid of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.
We have already seen the influx of new bridging loan providers in past few months alone, which is likely to continue throughout 2012.
::: February 2012 :::
A recent survey from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents (ARLA) has shown that more people are staying in their rented accommodation for longer.
::: January 2012 :::
Employees at Blemain Group have worked together to donate a selection of our favourite books for children at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
::: December 2011 :::
Leading commercial lender, Lancashire Mortgage Corporation, has become a patron of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers.
::: November 2011 :::
We are pleased to announce that Lancashire Mortgage Corporation has achieved a significant milestone as it celebrates its 25th anniversary of successful trading.
Specialist Distributor Flexible Finance (UK) LTD has joined forces with Blemain Finance to further strengthen its panel offering.
The current economic climate has affected all industry, which has opened up a range of opportunities for brokers.
::: October 2011 :::
We are proud to announce that our employees have raised £6,500 so far this year for the Many Hands campaign in support of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital charity.
::: September 2011 :::
Blemain Group rewarded excellence in the specialist lending industry at a prestigious award ceremony last night held at the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club.
::: June 2011 :::
At the recent Bridging & Commercial Awards 2011, Marc Goldberg won an Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to the bridging and commercial finance industry. Lancashire Mortgage Corporation also won Best Specialist Lender for the second year running.
::: April 2011 :::
Lancashire Mortgage Corporation is delighted to announce that we are nominated in six categories at this year's Bridging & Commercial Awards.