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Majority of advisers expect rise in accountant and solicitor referrals

Majority of advisers expect rise in accountant and solicitor referrals

Advisers expect referrals from accountants and lawyers will become a bigger source of new business over the next 12 months, according to Prudential research.

19 Oct 2017

Countrywide to launch online mortgage broker

Countrywide to launch online mortgage broker

Countrywide has partnered with Blenheim Chalcot to develop an online mortgage broker, Mojo Mortgages, as well as a set of digital tools for mortgage advisers.

19 Oct 2017

DWP to take lead on Pensions Dashboard

DWP to take lead on Pensions Dashboard

Pensions minister Guy Opperman has confirmed that the Pensions Dashboard will go ahead and that DWP will be the 'lead department' during the development and roll out.

19 Oct 2017

Bridging lending drops 4.9% in Q3

Bridging lending drops 4.9% in Q3

Gross bridging lending fell by 4.9% to £142.75 million in the third quarter of 2017, but remains 2% higher than the same quarter last year, according to the latest Bridging Trends data.

19 Oct 2017

Paradigm offers free mortgage and protection compliance package

Paradigm offers free mortgage and protection compliance package

Paradigm Mortgage Services is offering a free basic mortgage and protection compliance package to any DA firms that use the distributor as their exclusive payment route for mortgages and align their protection provider agencies.

19 Oct 2017

Treasury Committee launches inquiry into Women in Finance

Treasury Committee launches inquiry into Women in Finance

The Treasury Committee is launching a new inquiry into Women in Finance, focusing on HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter and the progress made against it.

19 Oct 2017

Newcastle Intermediaries cuts 95% LTV rates

Newcastle Intermediaries cuts 95% LTV rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has reduced its 95% LTV first-time buyer rates.

19 Oct 2017

Smart Money separates regulated and unregulated arms

Smart Money separates regulated and unregulated arms

Smart Money has undergone a strategic restructure which sees the launch of Smart Money Finance as the focal point for all unregulated business activity.

18 Oct 2017

Mortgage Brain's Key updates to save advisers 30 minutes

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Mortgage Brain's Key updates to save advisers 30 minutes

Mortgage Brain has launched a new version of the Key, its POS and CRM system, enhanced with an online customer Fact Find within its Client Portal.

18 Oct 2017

13% who take regulated advice report mis-selling: FCA

13% who take regulated advice report mis-selling: FCA

At least 1.3 million UK adults claim to have experienced mis‑selling from an adviser at some point, a new FCA survey has found.

18 Oct 2017

 

Are you missing a trick when it comes to digital engagement?

Are you missing a trick when it comes to digital engagement?

Client engagement and the digital relationship – it’s built on common interest, mutual commitment and trust to help the relationship thrive and grow. Sounds awfully like a marriage to be honest! After all, when considering the mortgage and protection sales process, we know there’s a high level of involvement and maintenance, but if all parties work together the goal of delivering a great outcome will become a certainty.

18 Oct 2017

Newcastle Intermediaries launches free legals and cuts fixed rates

Newcastle Intermediaries launches free legals and cuts fixed rates

Newcastle Intermediaries has cut rates across a number of fixed rates and introduced free legal fees on many of its products.

18 Oct 2017

AMI calls for BoE action on Brexit and consumer credit affordability tests

AMI calls for BoE action on Brexit and consumer credit affordability tests

The Association of Mortgage Intermediaries believes the Bank of England "has a duty to take a position on Brexit" but expects a rate rise to come in February rather than November.

18 Oct 2017

TML launches family gifted equity and enhances contractor criteria

TML launches family gifted equity and enhances contractor criteria

The Mortgage Lender will now accept family gifted equity applications up to 75% LTV and has enhanced its contractor criteria across six of its product tiers.

18 Oct 2017

Furness BS increases offer validity period to 6 months

Furness BS increases offer validity period to 6 months

Furness for Intermediaries has increased its mortgage offer validity periods from 3 months to 6 months on residential and buy-to-let cases throughout the UK.

18 Oct 2017

IRESS introduces new digital solutions for advisers

IRESS introduces new digital solutions for advisers

IRESS has integrated Suitebox's digital workspace solutions into XPLAN. The new software will enable advisers to schedule and hold video meetings with clients using XPLAN, screen share documents and applications, record advice discussions and return all records of meetings directly to the client’s file notes in XPLAN.

18 Oct 2017

Castle Trust appoints Phoebus Software for mortgage servicing

Castle Trust appoints Phoebus Software for mortgage servicing

Phoebus Software has migrated Castle Trust’s mortgage book onto its cloud-based mortgage servicing solution as part of a five-year deal. The migration includes buy-to-let and limited company loans with products that feature rolled up interest.

18 Oct 2017

Rising automation: humans and robots in harmony or competition?

Rising automation: humans and robots in harmony or competition?

For those who were big fans of Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner film – and the various director’s cuts that followed – 35 years later we've got the sequel in the form of Blade Runner 2049. The reviews are slowly starting to trickle in but there’s no doubting that the original feature had a major impact on film-makers and fans alike with its vision of a 2019 future that saw ‘replicants’ living side by side with human beings.

17 Oct 2017

Fluent Money appoints 18 new team members

Fluent Money appoints 18 new team members

Fluent Money Group has expanded its core second charge business team as new business volumes increase.

17 Oct 2017

FCA agrees to scrutiny of its RBS report

FCA agrees to scrutiny of its RBS report

The Chief Executive of the FCA has agreed to Treasury Committee proposals which involve assessing the transparency of an FCA investigation into the treatment of RBS business customers.

17 Oct 2017

TMA and Precise launch portfolio BTL exclusive

TMA and Precise launch portfolio BTL exclusive

TMA Mortgage Club has launched an exclusive three-year fixed rate buy-to-let product with Precise Mortgages aimed at large portfolio landlords.

17 Oct 2017

House prices rise by 5% in August: ONS

House prices rise by 5% in August: ONS

Average house prices in the UK increased by 5% in the year to August, up from 4.5% in July 2017, according to the latest ONS statistics.

17 Oct 2017

Industry predicts November rate rise as inflation hits 3%

Industry predicts November rate rise as inflation hits 3%

CPI inflation rose to 3.0% in September, up from 2.7% in August, according to ONS data released this morning.

17 Oct 2017

Chancellor considering stamp duty cut for first-time buyers

Chancellor considering stamp duty cut for first-time buyers

Chancellor Philip Hammond is reportedly considering a cut to stamp duty for first-time buyers.

17 Oct 2017

British Friendly expands Mutual Benefits proposition

British Friendly expands Mutual Benefits proposition

British Friendly is expanding its discretionary Mutual Benefits programme with three new initiatives focused on health and wellbeing.

17 Oct 2017

VitalityLife launches new adviser tools

VitalityLife launches new adviser tools

VitalityLife has launched two tools for advisers - the Reality Checker and the Trust Hub.

17 Oct 2017

Pepper appoints London BDM

Pepper appoints London BDM

Pepper Money has strengthened its presence in London with the appointment of Phil Quinn as Business Development Manager.

17 Oct 2017

Moving networks - is the grass always greener?

Moving networks - is the grass always greener?

It is human nature to continually wonder whether the grass is greener on the other side, particularly when you’re an AR firm owner and there are a considerable number of network propositions keen to bring you on board with promises of greater riches and resources should you make that decision in their favour.

16 Oct 2017

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