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Skipton takes shares in IFA

Skipton has acquired a 75% shareholding in Thomson Shepherd, the IFA that trades as Coggans Wood in Edinburgh.

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Mortgage Strategy deputy editor Robert Thickett disgraced himself at last week’s mortgage market rally courtesy of HBOS.

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Opal Home Loans teams up with Commercial 1

Opal Home Loans, the Essex-based mortgage packager, has appointed Commercial 1 in a move that makes the specialist Bromley-based brokerage its preferred partner for all secured loans, bridging and commercial finance. Opal, a member of the Exclusive Connections panel,offers a wide range of near-prime, sub-prime, self-certification and buy-to-let plans. The partnership with Commercial 1 means […]

Brokers must tread carefully with debt management firms

There’s little for brokers to feel bullish about right now but one of the few bright spots for developing new business – providing debt solutions to clients – is in danger of being hijacked by companies that have neither the expertise nor the required knowledge of the broker sector.

A question of service

Roy Armitage, head of credit, LendInvest Selling a loan is the part of a lender’s workload most visible to brokers and borrowers. Just as crucial – but less frequently observed – is how that lender services that loan. A commitment to quality servicing is one that’s front and centre for us at LendInvest and it’s […]

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