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Treasury committee announces inquiry into SME lending

Treasury committee announces inquiry into SME lending

Following its recent evidence sessions with Sir Andrew Large, Laurence Tomlinson and the Financial Conduct Authority, the Treasury Committee has today announced that it will be conducting a short inquiry into SME lending.

21 Feb 2014

Taking the reins to drive up standards

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Taking the reins to drive up standards

[Blog from Karen Bennett, Sales and Marketing Director, Commercial Mortgage, Shawbrook Bank]

21 Feb 2014

Housing starts up 23% last year

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Housing starts up 23% last year

Housing starts in England climbed 23% last year against 2012 to reach the highest level seen since 2007, according to government figures released.

21 Feb 2014

Half of all inheritance tax paid from London and South East

Half of all inheritance tax paid from London and South East

Estates liable for inheritance tax in the UK in 2010-2011 faced a bill of nearly £166,000 on average, according to new analysis of HMRC data by Prudential.

21 Feb 2014

Nucleus issues adviser guide to platform and pension changes

Retirement

Nucleus issues adviser guide to platform and pension changes

A step-by-step guide on legislative changes to platform payments and pensions has been launched by Nucleus, the adviser influenced wrap, today.

21 Feb 2014

London landlords see double the national average in returns

Mortgages

London landlords see double the national average in returns

Landlords across England and Wales have seen returns eclipsed by those in the capital, according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from LSL Property Services.

21 Feb 2014

Mortgages take back seat as cash & equity fuel market recovery: IMLA

Mortgages

Mortgages take back seat as cash & equity fuel market recovery: IMLA

Mortgage lending made its smallest contribution to the financing of house purchases since before the recession as buyers used cash and equity to move in 2013, according to the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association.

21 Feb 2014

Clients 'shocked' by changes to mortgage application process, say brokers

Mortgages

Clients 'shocked' by changes to mortgage application process, say brokers

Increasing numbers of Springtide Capital’s clients have been shocked by the extent of changes to the mortgage application process in the last six years.

20 Feb 2014

FCA 'pleased' with MMR preparation

Mortgages

FCA 'pleased' with MMR preparation

The FCA today announced that their second Mortgage Market Review readiness survey shows that firms are well underway with MMR preparation.

20 Feb 2014

Brokers are divided over commission transparency

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Brokers are divided over commission transparency

The results of Shawbrook Bank's second Broker Barometer – its quarterly survey to test the temperature of the commercial intermediary market – have revealed that brokers are polarised when it comes to commission disclosure.

20 Feb 2014

 

Hinckley & Rugby launches new 95% LTV product

Mortgages

Hinckley & Rugby launches new 95% LTV product

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, which lends throughout England & Wales, has today launched a new two year fixed rate mortgage for home buyers with only a five per cent deposit.

20 Feb 2014

Gross mortgage lending up a third year-on-year

Mortgages

Gross mortgage lending up a third year-on-year

Gross mortgage lending was an estimated £15.5 billion in January, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

20 Feb 2014

Connells sees mortgage business grow 38% in 2013

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Connells sees mortgage business grow 38% in 2013

The Connells Group has announced it continued to see significant growth in its Mortgage Services business in 2013.

20 Feb 2014

Increased M&A activity 'good news' for commercial brokers

Increased M&A activity 'good news' for commercial brokers

Julian Wells, Marketing Director at rebuildingsociety.com, has said today the recent upturn in mergers and acquisitions activity is good news for brokers.

20 Feb 2014

First Finance teams up with Harvard professor to offer financial skills training

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First Finance teams up with Harvard professor to offer financial skills training

Over a fifth (23%) of British employees plan to undertake training to boost their finance skills in 2014, according to new research from First Finance, a financial training and consultancy firm.

20 Feb 2014

Commercial microfinance lender Ezbob gets EU backing

Commercial microfinance lender Ezbob gets EU backing

Ezbob, the commercial lender, whose web based technology is revolutionising the underwriting of loans to businesses, has signed an agreement with the European Investment Fund, which will help Ezbob provide enhanced access to finance for UK SMEs.

20 Feb 2014

Blacks Connect launches new online will-writing service

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Blacks Connect launches new online will-writing service

Broker-focused conveyancer, Blacks Connect, has today launched a new online will-writing service allowing brokers to provide a will to clients in as little as 15 minutes.

19 Feb 2014

1st Stop launches niche secured products in Northern Ireland

1st Stop launches niche secured products in Northern Ireland

Blackpool-based lender 1st Stop Homeloans, who will be celebrating 10 years of trading in June, have made the decision to offer its niche secured products to the Northern Ireland market.

19 Feb 2014

Scotland sees third highest price growth in Great Britain

Mortgages

Scotland sees third highest price growth in Great Britain

According to the latest data from LSL Property Services/Acadametrics, average Scottish house prices in December had risen 3.6% year-on-year (£5,131).

19 Feb 2014

Only half of mortgage brokers prefer face-to-face BDMs

Mortgages

Only half of mortgage brokers prefer face-to-face BDMs

Research conducted by NatWest Intermediary Solutions amongst 501 mortgage brokers has found a shift in preferences for the way in which they receive BDM support from lenders.

19 Feb 2014

Shawbrook streamlines short term loans process

Shawbrook streamlines short term loans process

Shawbrook has today introduced a new process for its short term loan offering in order to further streamline its practices for its brokers and offer a quick and nimble service to help them complete more deals.

19 Feb 2014

Study finds 'worrying' levels of ignorance about pension allowance changes

Retirement

Study finds 'worrying' levels of ignorance about pension allowance changes

With just weeks to go until the lifetime pension allowance is slashed by a sixth, research by the pension provider Liberty SIPP has found worryingly high levels of ignorance and complacency about the changes.

19 Feb 2014

Credit repair lender Magellan joins IMLA

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Credit repair lender Magellan joins IMLA

Magellan Homeloans, the specialist credit repair lender, has become the latest member of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association.

19 Feb 2014

Renters pay £41,900 before buying their first property

Mortgages

Renters pay £41,900 before buying their first property

UK homeowners spend an average of £41,900 on rental payments before buying their first property, according to new research from Santander Mortgages.

19 Feb 2014

Aldermore extends Help to Buy product range with 3- and 5-year fixes

Mortgages

Aldermore extends Help to Buy product range with 3- and 5-year fixes

Aldermore Bank has today extended its Help to Buy mortgage guarantee range under the Government’s scheme to include three and five-year fixed rates.

19 Feb 2014

Second charge lending sees record lending in January

Second charge lending sees record lending in January

The Secured Loan Index has today revealed a post-credit crunch record-breaking January, with lending figures up £6,500,000 (16%) on December 2013 and £14,600,000 (43.95%) on the same time last year.

19 Feb 2014

Precise adds mortgage distributor 3mc to panel

Mortgages

Precise adds mortgage distributor 3mc to panel

Leading mortgage distributor 3mc has become a member of Precise Mortgages Bridging Premier Panel.

19 Feb 2014

Ex-Pink sales boss joins Homeloan Partnership

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Ex-Pink sales boss joins Homeloan Partnership

Specialist mortgage, protection and general insurance network HomeLoan Partnership have appointed former Pink Home Loans Head of Sales, Ian Merriman, as Business Development Executive.

18 Feb 2014

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