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British Friendly boosts short term IP offering

British Friendly boosts short term IP offering

British Friendly has extended the deferred period options on its short term income protection products, Short Term Protect and Breathing Space.

08 Jun 2016

Pepper appoints Northern Regional Development Manager

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Pepper appoints Northern Regional Development Manager

Ryan Brailsford has joined Pepper Homeloans as Regional Development Manager for the North.

07 Jun 2016

Aviva’s Andy Briggs appointed ABI Chairman

Aviva’s Andy Briggs appointed ABI Chairman

Andy Briggs, CEO of Aviva UK Life and Chairman of Aviva Global Life, will become the next Chairman of the Association of British Insurers.

07 Jun 2016

Yorkshire BS cuts fee-free FTB rates

Yorkshire BS cuts fee-free FTB rates

Yorkshire Building Society has cut its rates on fee-free mortgages at 90% and 95% LTV by up to 0.15%.

07 Jun 2016

FCA under fire for refusing FSCS levy reform

FCA under fire for refusing FSCS levy reform

Tenet chief executive, Martin Greenwood, has hit back at the FCA’s refusal to consider introducing a product-based premium as a means of funding the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

07 Jun 2016

Mortgage Intelligence adds Kent Reliance to panel

Mortgage Intelligence adds Kent Reliance to panel

Mortgage Intelligence has added Kent Reliance to its panel of mortgage lenders.

07 Jun 2016

Newcastle launches self employed range

Newcastle launches self employed range

Newcastle Intermediaries has launched a revised mortgage range available exclusively for self employed borrowers.

07 Jun 2016

TMA launches conveyancing panel

TMA launches conveyancing panel

TMA has today announced the re-launch of its conveyancing panel.

07 Jun 2016

Sesame and PMS launch BTL exclusives via Leeds

Sesame and PMS launch BTL exclusives via Leeds

Sesame and PMS have launched two exclusive buy-to-let two year fixed rate products to appointed representatives of its network and members of its mortgage club via Leeds Building Society, which have no early repayment charges.

07 Jun 2016

Halifax: house price growth at six month low

Halifax: house price growth at six month low

House prices in the three months to May were 9.2% higher annually - unchanged from April and the lowest rate of growth since last autumn, according to the latest Halifax house price index.

07 Jun 2016

 

SMP: 'holistic expertise' can still be achieved

SMP: 'holistic expertise' can still be achieved

The Society of Mortgage Professionals has said that the regulator’s proposal for consumers to receive ‘holistic expertise’ can still be achieved, but only through a combination of qualifications, on-going CPD and the ability to refer to an appropriate adviser.

07 Jun 2016

Leeds BS launches new HTB1 rates

Leeds BS launches new HTB1 rates

Leeds Building Society has refreshed its Help to Buy equity mortgage and added new two year fixed rates.

06 Jun 2016

A housing crisis?

A housing crisis?

A bit inflammatory I know, but it’s a phrase that’s used from time to time. Do we really know what it means? Could it be that house prices are too high? There aren’t enough properties for sale in certain areas? The young (or not so young) can’t raise enough cash to hoist themselves onto the first rung of the metaphorically infamous property ladder? Folks can’t afford to pay their mortgages due to sky rocketing interest rates and are being ejected from their homes onto the streets by ferocious lenders?

06 Jun 2016

Aldermore deputy CEO joins P2P platform

Aldermore deputy CEO joins P2P platform

CrowdProperty, the specialist property peer-to-peer lending platform, has announced the appointment of Mark Stephens to the role of Non-Executive Director.

06 Jun 2016

Tenet AR acquires Furness Financial client bank

Tenet AR acquires Furness Financial client bank

Tenet’s wholly owned appointed representative, Aspire Financial Management Ltd, has completed the acquisition of the client bank of Furness Financial Advisers Ltd, the financial advice business of Furness Building Society.

06 Jun 2016

OneSavings Bank expands intermediary network with new hires

OneSavings Bank expands intermediary network with new hires

OneSavings Bank has announced a number of new appointments across its Kent Reliance, InterBay Commercial, and Prestige Finance brands.

06 Jun 2016

Lenders call for larger mortgages on 'green homes'

Lenders call for larger mortgages on 'green homes'

A new project, chaired by Nationwide Building Society, is aiming to demonstrate that more accurate fuel cost estimates used in mortgage lending decisions could result in lower energy homes being responsibly allowed larger mortgages.

06 Jun 2016

Shawbrook updates short term loan criteria

Shawbrook updates short term loan criteria

Shawbrook Bank has made four key changes to its short term loan criteria after feedback from their panel of broker partners.

06 Jun 2016

Are networks losing their appeal?

Are networks losing their appeal?

As the saying goes there are lies, damned lies and statistics. Having seen this to be the case on many occasions, I tend not to put too much emphasis on figures.

06 Jun 2016

Intelliflo prepares for MiFID II with call recording function

Intelliflo prepares for MiFID II with call recording function

Intelliflo has added communications capabilities, including secure automated call recording functionality, to its adviser management software, Intelligent Office.

06 Jun 2016

Pensioners "could lose "£10,000" from govt pension changes

Pensioners "could lose "£10,000" from govt pension changes

The Government’s recent consultation on rule changes for the British Steel Pension Scheme reveals that the oldest pensioners could lose the most.

04 Jun 2016

In the Spotlight with David Robinson, Accord

In the Spotlight with David Robinson, Accord

We spoke to David Robinson, National Intermediary Sales Manager at Accord, about the future of the first-time buyer market and bridging the gap between supply and demand.

03 Jun 2016

House purchase timescale - is conveyancing to blame?

House purchase timescale - is conveyancing to blame?

While it’s yet to appear, the Department for Business, Skills & Innovation’s forthcoming ‘call for evidence’ on the house purchase process is eagerly anticipated. Not least because I suspect that, in some areas, it will be apparent what type of changes the BIS wants to make in order to speed up the whole end-to-end process and to try and cut down the number of aborted transactions every year.

03 Jun 2016

Leek United appoints new Chair

Leek United appoints new Chair

Leek United Building Society has appointed a new Chair to its Board of Directors.

03 Jun 2016

Technology - the be-all and end-all?

Technology - the be-all and end-all?

The debate around the utilisation of technology appears to permeate throughout every part of the advisory market at the moment – from how lenders are looking to technology to re-establish their direct to consumer channels, how advisers can combat this and develop strong relationships via technology, to the whole ‘robo advice’ situation and whether there might be a significant read-across from financial advice to say mortgage or protection. These are significant issues to be dealing with and their answers may well dictate how the future of advice might look like in the very near term, let alone over the next decade.

03 Jun 2016

L&G Mortgage Club adds LV= to Later Life panel

L&G Mortgage Club adds LV= to Later Life panel

LV= has joined Legal & General Mortgage Club's direct to lender Later Life Lending panel.

03 Jun 2016

Homemovers see highest completion rates in Q1

Homemovers see highest completion rates in Q1

Homemover loan applications recorded the highest conversion rate in Q1, with 80% of applications resulting in an offer and 80% of those leading to a completed deal.

03 Jun 2016

North-South repossession gap halves as numbers decline

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North-South repossession gap halves as numbers decline

The gap between home repossessions in the North and South has almost halved in the last year, but Northern towns still make up 9 in 10 repossession postcodes.

03 Jun 2016

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