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Lenders Appeal to the Government For Bank of England's Swap Plan


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Getting a mortgage in this day and age has become increasingly impossible for the general public; this obviously leads to less people being able to get a mortgage that will assist them in buying a house and brings about the current housing crisis facing much of the British public.

This outcry for leniency isn't lost on the Council of Mortgage Lenders either; they have been busy appealing to the government, specifically finance minister Alistair Darling pleading for the government to extend the Bank of England's mortgage swap plan to help relieve some of the problems brought about by unattainable mortgages.

In a letter addressed to Mr Darling the CML had pleaded that “the extension and early announcement of the Special Liquidity Scheme and other measures would help resolve market uncertainty"

This liquidity scheme being proposed is the scheme introduced in April this year which allows banks to swap hard-to-trade mortgage securities for government debt, on the conditions that the mortgages are dated before 2008.

The scheme which initially had a shelf life of 6 months may end up being extended if the CML get their way but they have also appealed to allow mortgages from after their cut off point of before 2008 to be allowed. The mortgage market is clearly suffering as a result of the current credit crisis but the government is remaining tight lipped on the subject for the time being.

The government is planning to release a report on how to deal with the current problems with the mortgage and remortgage situation and it is hoped that some of these appeals will be acted upon as both the public and the mortgage lenders themselves are united in the feeling that there are serious problems that need to be acted upon in order to achieve any hope of resolve.

If you are confused about mortgages and whether to go for fixed or tracker then check with as many sources of info as you can. If you're coming to the end of a fxied mortgage then perhaps you should consider a remortgage to a different type or company. A Mortgage is a big commitment and you should take time to make a decision before signing up.


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