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Homeowners missing out on lowest fixed rate mortgages in decades

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Homeowners missing out on lowest fixed rate mortgages in decades

New research reveals standard variable rate mortgage is still the preferred option with 37% of homeowners, rising from 35% from January 20111, report Unbiased.co.uk.

21 Sep 2011

Buy-to-let celebrates 15th anniversary

Buy-to-let celebrates 15th anniversary

The Paragon Group of Companies has praised the positive contribution buy-to-let has made to the UK housing market as the sector celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this month.

21 Sep 2011

Aldermore Bank adds Q-Guard into its anti-fraud ‘first line of defence’

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Aldermore Bank adds Q-Guard into its anti-fraud ‘first line of defence’

Aldermore Bank Plc has integrated the Q-Guard fraud detection and prevention tool as part of its stringent risk management procedures.

21 Sep 2011

Stephen Gibson, Operations Director of Ecompli

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Stephen Gibson, Operations Director of Ecompli

myintroducer.com catches up with Stephen Gibson, Operations Director of Ecompli, the FSA compliance support specialists.

21 Sep 2011

Pension protection levy for 2012/13 is lowest ever set

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Pension protection levy for 2012/13 is lowest ever set

Chief Executive of the Pension Protection Fund, Alan Rubenstein, announced today that the pension protection levy estimate for 2012/13 will be £550 million.

21 Sep 2011

Property web portal for mainland Chinese investors launched

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Property web portal for mainland Chinese investors launched

www.Luckywu.com, the world's first web portal focussing on Mandarin-speaking mainland Chinese investors looking to buy property in the UK, Europe and beyond, has been launched.

20 Sep 2011

Confidence in pensions hits record low

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Confidence in pensions hits record low

Public confidence in pensions has hit a record low in the ongoing fallout from the financial crisis, report the National Association of Pension Funds.

20 Sep 2011

CML: Gross mortgage lending 10% stronger

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CML: Gross mortgage lending 10% stronger

Gross mortgage lending was an estimated £13.4bn in August, a 6% rise from £12.6bn in July and a 10% increase from £12.1bn in August 2010, report the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

20 Sep 2011

Intermediaries remain optimistic in markets

Mortgages

Intermediaries remain optimistic in markets

Mortgage intermediaries are becoming more confident about the future prospects of the sector, report the IMLA.

20 Sep 2011

HSBC launches new online mortgage services

Mortgages

HSBC launches new online mortgage services

HSBC has launched two new online mortgage services to meet growing consumer demand to arrange their finances remotely.

20 Sep 2011

 

Sustainability measures could impact on property value

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Sustainability measures could impact on property value

A home's sustainability characteristics should be considered within property valuations, according to a new information paper launched by RICS today.

20 Sep 2011

FreshStart Living helps disadvantaged FTBs

FreshStart Living helps disadvantaged FTBs

Salford based property developer FreshStart Living is helping first time buyers get a foot on the property ladder by offering market leading prices for its Empress Mill apartments

20 Sep 2011

LV= enhances protection proposition on Assureweb

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LV= enhances protection proposition on Assureweb

Protection specialist LV= has enhanced its offering on financial services portal Assureweb.

20 Sep 2011

Andy Homer to succeed Patrick Smith as Chairman of BIBA

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Andy Homer to succeed Patrick Smith as Chairman of BIBA

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association has announced that Andy Homer will become Chairman of the trade association in January 2012.

20 Sep 2011

All claims management companies are not rogue traders

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All claims management companies are not rogue traders

All claims management companies are not rogue traders, argues Mitchell Farrar.

19 Sep 2011

Aldermore and Hitachi Capital launch 95% house buyer scheme

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Aldermore and Hitachi Capital launch 95% house buyer scheme

Aldermore and Hitachi Capital extend a further helping hand to hard-pressed house buyers.

19 Sep 2011

AIPs rise by 37% over six months

AIPs rise by 37% over six months

Short and medium-term lender, Dragonfly Property Finance, today announced a sharp rise in the number of AIPs (agreements in principle) over the past six months.

19 Sep 2011

Countrywide appoint new Scotland Area Director

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Countrywide appoint new Scotland Area Director

Clare Horne has been appointed as the new Scotland Area Director for Countrywide Land & New Homes.

19 Sep 2011

Short term lending is not a ‘magic bullet’ for SMEs

Short term lending is not a ‘magic bullet’ for SMEs

Following recent comments and responses regarding funding from short term lenders and the results from the NACFB’s annual survey reporting a 180% increase in short-term lending amo

19 Sep 2011

Is there value in the banks?

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Is there value in the banks?

With the banks the centre of attention last week, Graham Spooner, investment adviser at The Share Centre, shares his views on the sector.

19 Sep 2011

Joined-up approach is needed to help mortgage borrowers in difficulty

Mortgages

Joined-up approach is needed to help mortgage borrowers in difficulty

The Building Societies Association today publishes a report to urge Government, the industry and consumer groups to work together to help prevent home repossessions.

19 Sep 2011

New study reveals £103bn downsizing gap

Retirement

New study reveals £103bn downsizing gap

4.7 million homeowners are looking to downsize over the next five years but they could be overestimating the amount of equity they will release by an average of £22,000 each – a st

19 Sep 2011

Goldsmith Williams refreshes marketing team

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Goldsmith Williams refreshes marketing team

Law firm Goldsmith Williams has boosted its marketing and strategy team with the appointment of Fiona King and Andrea Stott.

19 Sep 2011

OFT consults on draft guidance for estate agents and property developers

OFT consults on draft guidance for estate agents and property developers

The OFT has today launched a consultation on draft guidance to estate agents and property developers which aims to help businesses handling sales of property and land in the UK com

19 Sep 2011

Brits spend £9 billion every month paying off debt

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Brits spend £9 billion every month paying off debt

Research from MoneySupermarket.com reveals one in four people are using over 40 per cent of their wages each month just to pay off non-mortgage debt.

19 Sep 2011

France still No.1 for Brits buying abroad

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France still No.1 for Brits buying abroad

France still reigns supreme when it comes to Brits buying abroad, according to the latest overseas property ‘hot spots’ report compiled by Conti, the overseas mortgage specialist.

19 Sep 2011

Countrywide Corporate Property Services appoint new Property Sales Director

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Countrywide Corporate Property Services appoint new Property Sales Director

Richard Freedman has been appointed as Property Sales Director for Countrywide Corporate Property Services; Countrywide’s asset management business.

19 Sep 2011

Rent rises accelerate as demand heats up

Rent rises accelerate as demand heats up

Rents recorded their largest monthly increase in a year in August, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services plc.

16 Sep 2011

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