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SPECIAL FEATURE: In conveyancing capacity is key

Capacity is key in conveyancing

Emma-Maria Coffey, business development manager at Blacks Connect, says that in conveyancing capacity is key

Economy surpasses pre-crisis level

Economy is growing

UK gross domestic product has surpassed pre-credit crunch levels with a second successive quarterly rise of 0.8%, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

RBS reports surprise rise in profit

RBS

Royal Bank of Scotland said it expects pre-tax profits of £2.65bn for the first half of the year, up from £1.37bn last year.

 


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Virgin pays back government and creates 200 jobs

Virgin Money is creating 200 jobs and paying back £154.5m of the financing package issued by the government which was used to acquire Northern Rock in 2012.

Average rents rise 1pc

Private rents paid rose by 1.0% annually to June 2014, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

Remortgage lending up 11pc

LMS latest figures reveal that the average remortgage loan has risen to £163,161 (a 5% increase from last month and 9% higher than June 2013), representing the largest amount ever recorded and a result of rising house prices.

RBS reports surprise rise in profit

Royal Bank of Scotland said it expects pre-tax profits of £2.65bn for the first half of the year, up from £1.37bn last year.

Economy surpasses pre-crisis level

UK gross domestic product has surpassed pre-credit crunch levels with a second successive quarterly rise of 0.8%, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

SPECIAL FEATURE: In conveyancing capacity is key

Emma-Maria Coffey, business development manager at Blacks Connect, says that in conveyancing capacity is key

Industry urges rethink over flood plans

The property industry has urged Government to rethink the scope of Flood Re after ministers confirmed that millions of homeowners could be left out of the new scheme designed to provide households with affordable flood insurance for their...

SPECIAL FEATURE: Improving building standards

Jeff Maxted, director of technical consultancy at BLP Insurance, says home performance labelling will drive improved building standards

Rate rise could imprison 800,000

Rising interest rates could create an additional 800,000 mortgage prisoners by 2018, a Resolution Foundation report has concluded.

Virgin remove H2B income cap

Virgin Money is removing the £30,000 minimum income threshold for mortgage products which make up its Help to Buy Equity Loan range.

Lakey leaves APFA Council

Alan Lakey has stepped down from his role as Association of Professional Financial Advisers Council member.

TMW offers rent guarantee

The Mortgage Works is partnering with Rentguard Insurance to offer new buy-to-let customers six months’ free rent guarantee and legal expenses cover.

Blimey! Loans hire new BDM

Scottish based Packager Blimey! Loans has recruited a new business development manager for the North West of England.

House price growth slows

House prices are currently growing at the slowest pace for 18 months, Hometrack’s July National Housing Survey has found.

Landlords fume at extortionate lettings fees

Seven in 10 UK landlords think letting agent fees are inflated considering the amount of work being done, Movebubble research has revealed.

L&G adopts MortgageBrain technology

Legal and General has selected Mortgage Brain’s sourcing system for its appointed representative network.

Northern bridging on the up

Bridging in the North of England is taking off according to Merseyside-based Bridging Finance Solutions.

Welsh anxious about deposits

The Welsh public see raising a deposit as the greatest barrier in securing a mortgage, research from Bishop’s Move has revealed.

Welsh anxious about deposits

The Welsh public see raising a deposit as the greatest barrier in securing a mortgage, research from Bishop’s Move has revealed.

Family Building Society in Brilliant partnership

The newly launched Family Building Society has linked up with mortgage specialists Brilliant Solutions.

Men twice as likely to ignore serious health symptoms

British men are almost twice as likely as women to avoid seeking medical help when experiencing a serious health symptom, protection specialist LV= has found.

IMLA and AMI publish panel removal guidance

The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association and the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries have published joint guidance on the governance of lender and intermediary relationships.

Panacea and Mortgage Brain link up

Mortgage Brain has become the latest partner firm of Panacea Adviser.

Paragon buy-to-let lending up 94pc

Paragon Mortgages has completed £456.3m in buy-to-let advances so far in 2014, a 94% increase from the £234.9m recorded last year.

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Buy-To-Let

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Landlords expecting stable growth

Landlords expecting stable growth

Almost 100% of landlords report that tenant demand is currently stable or growing, a survey from specialist buy-to-let lender Paragon Mortgages found.

Foreign student renters on the up

Foreign student renters on the up

The numbers of independently wealthy foreign student renters has been increasing, with their share of the sector doubling from 12% to 29% between 2006 and 2012, writes Charlotte Lloyd.

Commercial Trust launches B2L comparison tool

Commercial Trust launches B2L comparison tool

Commercial Trust has launched a new buy-to-let product comparison tool for landlords.

Barclays slash rates

Barclays slash rates

Barclays is cutting the rates across its 2-year and 5-year fixed rate range, writes Charlotte Lloyd.


Bridging and Commercial

FCA to investigate banking options for SMEs

FCA logo to go with story on investigating banking for SMEs

The FCA and the Competition and Markets Authority has recommended a full competition inquiry into the provision of business lending by banks.

ABC appoints business development director

Alternative appoints new BDD

Alternative Bridging Corporation has appointed Tanya Elmaz as business development director.

Funding Circle receives additional investment

Funding Circle receives additional investment

Funding Circle has raised US$65m in a Series D funding round led by Index Ventures with participation from existing investors, Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spotlight on Bristol property

Spotlight on Bristol

Bridging lender Bath & West teamed up with Bristol estate agent Bluesky to help brokers understand the local development opportunities. B&W MD Martyn Smith reports


Equity Release

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Government must look at pensioners finances

Government must look at pensioners finances

Future generations of pensioners face a bleak future unless the government addresses the long term challenges of working age poverty, the International Longevity Centre – UK has warned.

Enhanced equity release has untapped potential

Enhanced equity release can help those with medical conditions

The enhanced equity release sector – which enables more money to be released for people with health problems - has the potential to grow if advisers are better trained, Stuart Wilson, marketing director at more 2 life, claims.

Pure Retirement partners with Phoebus

Pure Retirement

Pure Retirement has signed with originations and servicing platform Phoebus Equity Release solution on a five year contract.

Yorkshire house prices racing ahead

Yorkshire house prices racing ahead

House prices in Yorkshire have increased by 3% in the last year, 9% in the last decade, research from Age Partnership has revealed.


Protection

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Men twice as likely to ignore serious health symptoms

Men twice as likely to ignore serious health symptoms

British men are almost twice as likely as women to avoid seeking medical help when experiencing a serious health symptom, protection specialist LV= has found.

F&TRC adds comparison service

F&TRC adds comparison service

F&TRC has boosted the comprehensiveness of its Quality Analyser for Protection comparison service to include Mortgage Protection for Life and Critical Illness Cover.

LV= to use vScreen

LV= to use vScreen

LV= is to pilot the use of Vizolution’s vScreen to improve the end-to-end customer journey in its life and broker insurance divisions, writes Charlotte Lloyd.

Nation’s financial well-being in ‘critical state’

Nation’s financial well-being in ‘critical state’

Some 52% of the population will be in severe financial trouble if they are not paid next month, research from protection specialist British Money has found.


Industry

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Buying business premises

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Did your business begin at the kitchen table? Have you outgrown the spare room or shared office space?

SPECIAL FEATURE: Improving building standards

New building

Jeff Maxted, director of technical consultancy at BLP Insurance, says home performance labelling will drive improved building standards

Help! Get these hazards out of my home

Does your toaster fail to pop up? Do you have a kettle that won't boil? Or does your vacuum leave more dust than it picks up?

Blimey! Loans hire new BDM

Blimey! Loans hire new BDM

Scottish based Packager Blimey! Loans has recruited a new business development manager for the North West of England.