Emma Simon


Scottish property market outpaces rest of UK: Your Move

The Scottish property market continued to power on at the end of 2017, with the number of transactions at the highest level for almost a decade. This increased activity helped drive prices upwards. In November, house prices in the country rose 3.5 per cent according to the Your Move/Acadata Scottish House Price Index. This is […]


Vida Homeloans expands sales team

Vida Homeloans is expanding its UK account management team as part of the company’s restructuring. As part of this process the specialist lender has promoted three senior sales people, and will also be recruiting for three newly-created roles. Sally Wright, previously key account manager for the London & South region will promoted to corporate sales […]

Cracks in London market as fewer planning applications result in new homes

Cracks are appearing in London’s housing pipeline, with no new homes built on almost half the sites that were approved for planning permission three years ago. This new analysis, by London First and Grant Thornton, shows that planning permission was granted for 54,941 new homes in the capital in 2014. But three years later only […]


JLM Mortgage Services launches ‘robo advice’ service

JLM Mortgage Services has launched the first stage of its new ‘robo advice’ service. The mortgage and protection network claims it is the first network to launch such a tool to its members. The Virtual Adviser will allow member brokers to offer an online service to residential and buy-to-let customers. This service will offer an […]


Open banking could spark mortgage market changes

New open banking protocols could pave the way for widespread changes in the mortgage market, experts say. This new legislation came into effect on January 13. It requires nine major banks to share customer data with FCA-approved third parties, provided customers have agreed to this. To help, banks need to develop standard programming interfaces. However, […]


Octopus Property appoints new head of credit

Octopus Property has appointed Sean Deacon as head of core credit. Deacon joins from Amicus, where he was group head of credit. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in credit and risk, which has included senior roles at Harrods Bank, Credit Suisse and UBS AG. Octopus Property’s chief executive Mario Berti says: “Sean […]