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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

Legal

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

L&G unveils analysis of lender MMR readiness

Mortgages

L&G unveils analysis of lender MMR readiness

Legal & General Mortgage Club has today published the first issue of its 'MMR Matrix' which will show brokers what changes they need to know about in the way they do business with lenders.

18 Feb 2014

FTBs aim high with a three-bed house top of the wish list

Mortgages

FTBs aim high with a three-bed house top of the wish list

A three bedroom home tops the wish list for the largest percentage of First Time Buyers according to new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

18 Feb 2014

UK inflation falls to 1.9%

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UK inflation falls to 1.9%

The UK's inflation rate, as measured by the consumer prices index, fell to 1.9% in January.

18 Feb 2014

Average UK house price hits quarter of a million, says ONS

Mortgages

Average UK house price hits quarter of a million, says ONS

UK house prices increased by 5.5% in December 2013 compared with a year earlier, up from 5.4% in November 2013, taking the average UK house price to £250,000 in December 2013.

18 Feb 2014

Skipton joins Help to Buy scheme

Mortgages

Skipton joins Help to Buy scheme

Skipton Building Society is today strengthening its efforts to support first time buyers even more, as it joins the government backed Help to Buy Equity Loan scheme.

18 Feb 2014

New bank launched by Paragon Group

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New bank launched by Paragon Group

Paragon Bank, part of Paragon Mortgages’ parent company Paragon Group, has been granted a banking licence by the Prudential Regulation Authority.

18 Feb 2014

Three ex-Barclays bankers charged over LIBOR

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Three ex-Barclays bankers charged over LIBOR

Three former Barclays bankers have been charged by the Serious Fraud Office over allegations that they were involved in the LIBOR-rigging scandal.

17 Feb 2014

Standard Life launches bespoke wrap due diligence service

Protection

Standard Life launches bespoke wrap due diligence service

Standard Life has introduced a bespoke due diligence service for its Wrap users to support advisers in meeting their regulatory obligations.

17 Feb 2014

Saffron launches limited range of two year fixes

Mortgages

Saffron launches limited range of two year fixes

Saffron For Intermediaries, the dedicated broker channel of Saffron Building Society, has launched a limited tranche of two year fixed rates across its range of Special Situations and Everyday Situations mortgages.

17 Feb 2014

Average urban home £30k more expensive than rural retreat

Mortgages

Average urban home £30k more expensive than rural retreat

Asking prices for properties in urban areas have risen much faster than those for rural properties over the last year, according to the latest research from PrimeLocation.com.

17 Feb 2014

Over 30,000 Yorkshire BS customers to be refunded mortgage arrears

Mortgages

Over 30,000 Yorkshire BS customers to be refunded mortgage arrears

Yorkshire Building Society Group will voluntarily refund all administration fees for mortgage arrears since January 2009.

17 Feb 2014

Five-year fix aimed at large-scale landlords launched by Paragon

Mortgages

Five-year fix aimed at large-scale landlords launched by Paragon

Specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages has launched a new five-year fixed rate product specifically aimed at large-scale landlords.

17 Feb 2014

Average asking prices jump £16,223 in a year

Mortgages

Average asking prices jump £16,223 in a year

According to the Rightmove House Price Index for February, new seller average asking prices are up 3.3% this month, or £8,103, taking the average asking price to £251,964.

17 Feb 2014

Chris Thompson, CEO of Vertex Financial Services

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Chris Thompson, CEO of Vertex Financial Services

Financial Reporter caught up with Chris Thompson, CEO of Vertex Financial Services.

14 Feb 2014

Leeds launches two new fixed rate ISAs

Savings & Investments

Leeds launches two new fixed rate ISAs

Leeds Building Society has launched two new competitive Fixed Rate cash ISAs to add to its savings portfolio.

14 Feb 2014

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