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88% of brokers worry about claims in IVA ads

A whopping 88% of Mortgage Strategy Online readers are concerned about the advertising claims of individual voluntary arrangement firms following news that the Advertising Standards Authority is investigating at least four for making false claims.

This week Mortgage Strategy asks: “Should the government part-fund green mortgages?” Q: Are you concerned about the advertising claims of IVA firms?

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Terraced houses rise in price

Terraced houses have seen the greatest increases in price over the past 10 years, research by Halifax Estate Agents reveals. Over the past decade, the average terraced house price has risen by 239%. Semi-detached house prices rose 95% while flats and maisonettes have increased in value by 87%.

Alexander Hall adopts Trigold

Alexander Hall has ditched Mortgage Brain for Trigold after five years of using the sourcing system.

FSA cost savings are nowhere near enough

So the Financial Services Authority has vowed to save firms 1m by merging customer functions in its approved persons reg-ime into a new single category.

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Fit for Work: guidance for employers published

On Friday, the Department for Work and Pensions published its guidance for employers on using the new Fit for Work (FfW) service to help ill employees return to the workplace. It also includes more details on the tax exemption for medical interventions that commenced on 1 January 2015.

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