Emma Lunn

Regions yield a profit if you know where to look

Commuter belt and university towns are worth examination, writes Emma Lunn Landlords have had a challenging time of late. Changes to mortgage tax relief, tougher mortgage lending criteria and continuously changing legislation make it tricky to turn a profit. But generous rental yields are still out there – you just need to know where to […]

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UK property investors remain positive: MT Finance

The majority of UK property professionals are set to expand their portfolios in 2019, remaining resilient despite a backdrop of uncertainty and squeeze on affordability. MT Finance polled property professionals as part of its research into the future performance of the UK property sector. It found 80 per cent of investors plan to increase their […]

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Heather Wheeler to give evidence to HCLGC leasehold inquiry

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee will take evidence from Heather Wheeler MP as part of its inquiry into leasehold reform on Monday, 4 February. The session will investigate the government’s position on a range of issues highlighted over the course of the inquiry. These include concerns around onerous ground rents and service charges, […]

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Primis and Personal Touch Financial Services integrate under one brand

Primis and Personal Touch Financial Services, both appointed representative networks of parent company LSL Property Services plc, are joining forces under the single “Primis” brand. PTFS was acquired by LSL in January 2018. LSL hopes that by bringing the two networks together it will unify the businesses under one, stronger network identity. Primis and PTFS […]

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SimplyBiz Mortgages launches new conveyancing proposition

SimplyBiz Mortgages has re-launched its conveyancing partner portal with two new partners: Blacks Connect and When You Move. The service offers members a choice between a traditional direct conveyancing proposition and a range of conveyancers accessed through a platform. Both offer case tracking, on-line solutions and remortgage packages to help clients. SimplyBiz Mortgages chief executive […]

Half of Londoners would welcome new homes being built

Only half of Londoners are open to more homes being built in the capital, despite the housing shortage. Business campaigning group London First commissioned a YouGov poll to determine what proportion of Londoners would welcome new homes being built in their local area. The poll showed that only half would welcome additional housing, down from […]

Smaller lenders are proving to be our flexible friends

Nimble firms are adapting quickly to market change, writes Emma Lunn Various policies and legislation introduced over the past couple of years have had a material effect on demand for buy-to-let properties and related mortgage products. As a result, a growing number of small and specialist lenders have risen to the challenge of catering for […]

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Twenty7Tec partners with eKeeper Group for CRM

Twenty7Tec Group has entered into a strategic partnership with fellow technology provider eKeeper Group. The new partnership will allow users of eKeeper Group’s customer relationship management system Mortgage Keeper to access Twenty7Tec’s MortgageSource and MortgageApply systems directly from Mortgage Keeper. The integration of the systems will enable Mortgage Keeper users to seamlessly transfer client data […]

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NatWest makes rate changes to resi and BTL deals

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has made rate changes to its core and semi-exclusive residential and buy-to-let mortgage products which will be effective from tomorrow (Wednesday 16 January). The rate changes include rate decreases of up to 21bps on selected five-year high value remortgage deals; rate decreases of up to 50bps on selected two-year remortgage deals; and rate […]

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VitalityLife launches new mortgage protection plan

VitalityLife has launched a new protection product, specifically designed to cover mortgage payments. It claims the new mortgage plan is the most comprehensive coverage available, covering 145 conditions as verified by Defaqto. The insurer has also made a number of enhancements to its income protection product which will provide members with more inclusive cover. VitalityLife […]