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Weak CMA powers risk more leaseholder pain, warns MP

The Competition and Markets Authority needs greater powers in order to tackle abuse of the leasehold system, the chairman of an influential group of MPs has claimed. Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee chairman Clive Betts has written to secretary of state for housing James Brokenshire to warn that without reforms to watchdog’s enforcement role, […]

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Mortgage fraud down 18%: Cifas

The number of cases of mortgage fraud dropped by 18 per cent to 2,495 in 2018 compared to a year earlier, the latest figures from Cifas have shown. The organisation, which collects and shares intelligence among its 350 member firms, reported that overall levels of fraud were up by 6 per cent over the same […]

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Rise in homes built by govt schemes: Homes England

Building work began on 45,692 new homes through government-run programmes in the year to April, the highest figure for nine years according to Homes England. Today’s figures from the body tasked with delivering the government’s new homes programmes show that 40,289 homes were completed over this time. Of the total number of housing starts, 30,563 […]

London slowdown spreads south: Zoopla

London’s housing market slowdown has spread throughout the south of England, but house price corrections are expected to be short-lived, according to Zoopla and Hometrack data. The analysis looked in detail at pockets of housing market activity outside the capital and found that 36 per cent of locations in southern England had seen house price […]

OneFamily boosts lifetime mortgage team

OneFamily has hired five new members of staff to join the underwriting and processing teams to support its lifetime mortgage business. The new underwriters are Christine White and Lisa Green. Green has 25 years’ experience in financial services and has spent the past five years in equity release underwriting at Partnership and Just Retirement. Prior […]