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    30% of house sales in February were made to first-time buyers, the highest amount since September 2014 and joint highest since records began in 2009, according to NAEA's February Housing Market Report. Read more

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    In today’s policy paper published by the FCA, the regulator has stated that some bridging firms may still need to prepare to adhere to the Mortgage Credit Directive, despite having exercised its right to shield bridging lending from the new rules. Read more

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February’s data reveals a consistently improving mortgage market with a greater number of loan approvals for house purchase and remortgaging compared to the average over the previous six months.

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Freelancer Financials 27 Mar 2015

For us that's great news as their lending criteria is Contractor Friendly. They place no restrictions on occupation or earnings which is great news for contractors. We've already placed some of clients...

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Savers don’t seem to have any further good news for the near future, and can only wait for the Bank of England to increase the base rate. Even then, I am not entirely confident that savers will feel any...

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A six month high in the value of lending and a second successive rise in the number of approvals shows that there is plenty of life in the market.

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Once the General Election is behind us, the property market could put the pedal to the floor again.

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For the mortgage market this could mean we see a fall in the costs of fixed rates once more as SWAP rates edge down.

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We need to use every facility we have to create the best outcomes for advisers and their clients and this joining of technology and human being is the best we have to offer.

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The Help to Buy ISA will help some households but we must guard against a situation where house prices rise faster than savings – the fate suffered by previous interventions in this area.

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A new £1,000 Personal Savings Allowance for basic rate taxpayers shows that the Chancellor has come round to our way of thinking, just in time for the last Budget before the General Election.

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Most pensioners across the country will now be considering the best way to use their new freedom and it is likely that many will decide that property investment yields are a more attractive investment

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The newly-announced Help to Buy ISA will no doubt be eagerly received... However, the money could have been better spent addressing the fundamental problems of affordability, high prices and a lack of

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Another reduction in the lifetime allowance is scandalously counter-productive. This pre-election gimmick is a disincentive to save as much as possible for retirement– and therefore it could be harmful...

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In the Spotlight with Roland McCormack, Intermediary Director at TSB

We spoke to Roland McCormack, Intermediary Director at TSB about rate rises and the challenges affecting brokers in the current market. Read more

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The future for pensions in bankruptcy

In anticipation of the government’s pension reforms, the importance of financial advice has been widely discussed, with online information, forums and seminars for both advisers and retirees becoming increasingly popular. Read more

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