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    Lloyds Bank has cut rates on its two year fixed rate mortgages for first time buyers, homemovers and those looking to remortgage, taking some first time buyer rates to their lowest levels in five years. Read more

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Financial Advice Network appoints MD

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Mortgages the ‘hardest financial product to switch’ post-MMR

West One Loans grows loan book to £200m

Skipton launches new ISA and bond range

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LMS partners with Monmouthshire BS

LendInvest appoints Microsoft senior exec

One in four don't know how to apply for a BTL mortgage

Average equity release drawdown rises 9% in Q1

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Stephen Johnson: When it comes to Central London, keep one eye on May

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Nationwide launches lowest ever 2 and 5 year fixes

From tomorrow, Nationwide is making a series of rate reductions across its mortgage range, reducing selected fixed rate deals by up to 0.20%.

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Stephen Johnson: When it comes to Central London, keep one eye on May

An area of concern bubbling to the surface these past nine months has been the drifting values of the prime and central London property market.

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Pension Freedom is here

Lloyds cuts rates across its range

Zoopla warns housing industry of Labour proposals

V Loans announces targeted solutions for older borrowers

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LMC & Brightstar facilitate £3.2m 're-bridge'

West One Loans grows loan book to £200m

Quarter of BTL customers 'don't know how to apply'

Aldermore makes key appointment in invoice finance team

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An area of concern bubbling to the surface these past nine months has been the drifting values of the prime and central London property market.

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The FCA dictates, rightly, that a broker has to give advice on the right product for each client’s circumstances and attitude to risk, but what chance does a poor broker have of advising a client appropriately...

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Based on these figures, arguably the mortgage market may need a jump start to get things moving again after this period of political unpredictability.

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While the latest Nationwide and Halifax house price indices indicated positive momentum in the housing market, the Land Registry records a decline in prices in March, suggesting the picture is rather more...

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Even with the most recent dip, the UK grew at the fastest pace of all the G7 countries over the last year.”

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Despite the government initiatives currently on offer, both gross mortgage borrowing and house purchase approvals in March remain down from last year.

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incompetent regulators

The FOS staff are nuts. It was only a short while ago the FOS was upholding complaints where endowments linked to mortgages went past the age of 65. It's about time a full independent investigation...

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Those at or nearing retirement age need options; until the age of 55 homeowners routinely remortgage to boost finances but after that point are increasingly restricted in their access to this – and other...

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Nicholas Grange-Bennett

I rember this guy at school, he was a few years below me. I was a House Prefect at the time and had to protect him from a bullying situation. I guess this would a bit out of my league now.

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It is encouraging to see that gross lending has climbed by 7% in the year to March, as the market begins to pick up after a slow start to the year.

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Buy-to-let is the real lending success story, seeing a huge improvement in terms of deals available, rates and relaxing of criteria since the downturn.

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TISA is working to develop the digital passport and we anticipate that a prototype will be ready later in the year. Financial services lags behind other industries in the use of technology to meet consumers’...

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In the Spotlight with Rob Jupp, Brightstar

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In recent years protection products, new business models and adviser client interaction have become more commoditised which has led to a more transactional type of relationship. Read more

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