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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kick Starting The Mortgage Market

The ongoing mortgage drought has caused pain not just to those seeking to borrow, but also those wishing to lend (less loans means less commission and less interest).

Finally those in the mortgage industry appear to be waking up to the fact that they need to do something about this mess. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) want to free up UK banks and building societies to offer new home loans, to do this it wants the Bank of England to guarantee a market in mortgage-backed securities and covered bonds.

The CML claims that the key issue is the lack of available funding to support new mortgage lending, the proposal would cover new mortgages.

"The CML firmly believes that with quick and decisive implementation of the mortgage market funding proposal, the Government could mitigate the difficulties that households and the housing market will otherwise face, as well as helping to restore greater confidence to the financial system as a whole."

A nice idea. However, I doubt that the government or Bank of England will rush to act on it.

Speed and decisiveness is not the hallmark of the current administration.

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