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SPECIAL FEATURE: Capacity not the only issue for conveyancers

SPECIAL FEATURE: Capacity not the only issue for conveyancers

Eddie Goldsmith, partner at Goldsmith Williams, responds to critics on the firm's decision to scrap broker introductions

EXCLUSIVE: Understanding the housing market

Insights and understanding of renting

With the appointment of a new housing minister, increasing intervention in the market by the government and Bank of England and major changes in pensions, plus an election, all within nine months, Brian Hall writes to our policymakers...

Untapped demand: Islamic mortgages

Untapped demand: Islamic mortgages

Despite Islamic mortgages being seen as an exciting and flourishing sector a decade ago demand for ‘home purchase plans’ is dampening, brokers have warned.

 


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UK property overvalued by 10-30pc

Property in the UK is overvalued by anywhere between 10% and 30%, the International Monetary Fund has claimed.

Private tenants are ‘silver lining’ in cost of living crisis

Private renters are the one ‘silver lining’ in the cost of living crisis, property expert Kate Faulkner has claimed.

Untapped demand: Islamic mortgages

Despite Islamic mortgages being seen as an exciting and flourishing sector a decade ago demand for ‘home purchase plans’ is dampening, brokers have warned.

British Money offers Conduct Risk Dashboard

Payment protection specialist British Money is helping lenders fulfil their risk and governance controls through the provision of a bespoke risk reporting tool known as the Conduct Risk Dashboard.

Leeds relaunches BTL range

Leeds Building Society has relaunched its range of short term fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages, with rates starting from 2.65%, writes Charlotte Lloyd.

EXCLUSIVE: Understanding the housing market

With the appointment of a new housing minister, increasing intervention in the market by the government and Bank of England and major changes in pensions, plus an election, all within nine months, Brian Hall writes to our policymakers...

Brokers have key role in FTB protection

Brokers have a key role to play in ensuring that first-time buyers protect their investment, Gary Duggan, CEO, Paymentshield has said.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Capacity not the only issue for conveyancers

Eddie Goldsmith, partner at Goldsmith Williams, responds to critics on the firm's decision to scrap broker introductions

Aegon strengthens protection team

Aegon has appointed a new distribution development director and a head of protection sales, writes Charlotte Lloyd.

Bridgewater outlines four equity release sessions

Bridgewater Equity Release has announced the details of four equity release advice sessions being held from September onwards across England.

Barclays slashes rates

Barclays has reduced its rates on fixed, tracker and offset mortgages in addition to offering two new ‘great escape’ products.

Rumours of new lender as Bob Young exits CHL

Rumours are rife that Capital Homeloans managing director Bob Young and other executive team members have stepped down to launch a new lender.

Cost of mortgages set to pinch

The cost of a mortgage is set to be double that of a homeowners disposable income by 2020, writes Charlotte Lloyd.

Outer London outperforms Prime Central

Property values in Outer London have increased by 4.3% in the three months to June compared to a rise of just 2.1% in Prime Central, Marsh and Parsons London Property Monitor figures have shown.

House prices up 6.4pc despite slowdown

House prices have increased by 6.4% annually to June although on a monthly basis the market has slowed down, the Land Registry House Price Index has revealed.

RBS revealed as worst bank for rate hikes

Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have been revealed as the worst banks for hiking mortgage rates over the past year, writes Charlotte Lloyd.

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.

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.

Confidence divided in housing market

Confidence in the housing market is split with the public more optimistic about house sales but the outlook for the purchase market is at its lowest level since 2011, the latest quarterly Halifax Housing Market Confidence tracker reveals.

Greater London rents soar

Average rents in Greater London are now more than double those across the rest of the UK at £1,412 and £694 respectively.

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.

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Buy-To-Let

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Greater London rents soar

London rents soar

Average rents in Greater London are now more than double those across the rest of the UK at £1,412 and £694 respectively.

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.

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.


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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Bridgewater outlines four equity release sessions

Bridgewater outlines four equity release sessions

Bridgewater Equity Release has announced the details of four equity release advice sessions being held from September onwards across England.

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.

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.


Protection

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British Money offers Conduct Risk Dashboard

British Money offers Conduct Risk Dashboard

Payment protection specialist British Money is helping lenders fulfil their risk and governance controls through the provision of a bespoke risk reporting tool known as the Conduct Risk Dashboard.

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.

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.


Industry

Bob Hunt Blog

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?

Untapped demand: Islamic mortgages

Untapped demand: Islamic mortgages

Despite Islamic mortgages being seen as an exciting and flourishing sector a decade ago demand for ‘home purchase plans’ is dampening, brokers have warned.

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?

EXCLUSIVE: Understanding the housing market

Insights and understanding of renting

With the appointment of a new housing minister, increasing intervention in the market by the government and Bank of England and major changes in pensions, plus an election, all within nine months, Brian Hall writes to our policymakers...