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Evaluate boosts technology personnel

Evaluate Technologies has boosted its number of technology personnel with the appointment of seven additional members of staff.

Evaluate has expanded its internal testing team with the appointment of four test analysts.

They include Julia Massam, former team leader of Edge’s products team at Enterprise Group, and Laura Grady, Sharon Kelby and Kelly Tan, who previously worked at Lehman Brothers.

The newly appointed team has a collective experience in the mortgage industry spanning over 25 years.

The company has also employed Marcus Andrew, Gilberto Filho and Dapinderjit Sohal as developers.

Julie Gaskin, national accounts director at Evaluate, says: “We exhaustively test all our software and take stringent efforts to ensure the 100% accuracy of our data at all times.

“These appointments are an extension of our drive to recruit personnel with an abundance of mortgage experience and an excellent eye for detail. They are an important step in our ongoing mission to become the leading mortgage sourcing system in the UK market.”


HBOS will fight for pole position

Joe Higgins, head of HBOS Mortgages, says the lending giant traditionally takes between 20% and 25% of market share and is unlikely to give up this mantle lightly. Speaking in Edinburgh late last month, he challenged the industry to do more to help first-time buyers. HBOS has seen its market share of first-timer mortgages rise by 50% in the past 12 months. He added that he was concerned about the legacy lenders would leave behind if they failed the sector in this difficult time.

l For the full story see the September issue of Lending Strategy

Sub-prime deals down over 80%

Sub-prime deals have been slashed by over 80% since July 2007, says The website adds that only 13 lenders now operate in the sector, down from 36 last summer.

Time for sex, truth and measuring tape

I’m no prude. In fact, I rather approve of the use of the female form to sell property. Glossy sales brochures advertising new developments with swimming pools always display young women in swimsuits rather than podgy 50 year old men such as myself.

Halifax sees 1.8% fall in house prices

Halifax has reported a 1.8% fall in house prices from July to August 2008, taking the average house price down to £174,000, a fall of 10.9% from last year.

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