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Equity Release Summit to take place in France

Following our extremely successful Mortgage Summits, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Equity Release Summit.

Taking place in January at the Relais de Margaux Ch᳥au in France, the Summit will be held over two days and one night and will be attended by the top 50 broker decision-makers and 10 product providers in equity release.

To ensure maximum delegate interaction, the event will include conference sessions, workshops and hosted lunches and dinner. Topics to be debated will range from choosing the best rates for clients, drawdown flexibility and LTVs to training and product design.

Dean Mirfin, business development director at Key Retirement Solutions, says: “What a fantastic idea. It will be a must-attend event.”

For more information and sponsorship opportunities please contact Patrick Ponsford on 020 7970 4527 or email


Employment at record high

Twenty years after unemployment hit a post-war high, the government says employment is now at record levels. Speaking on the twentieth anniversary of the highest unemployment in post-war history, the minister for employment and welfare reform Jim Murphy says: “Twenty years ago claimant unemployment hit a post-war high. “Since then employment is up by four […]

Portman reprices two-year fixed rates

Portman has repriced its two-year fixed rates with new products available from Friday August 11 as a result of upward movement in swap rates.It now offers a two-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.69% with an arrangement fee of 999, a two-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.89% with an arrangement fee of 599, and a two-year […]


Swaps surged last week. The shorter rates increased by almost the full 0.25% increase of the previous week’s base rate. While I had been expecting them to increase slightly, I thought markets had already priced the increase into swaps, as a base rate increase had been expected. With the base rate at 4.50%, having swaps at 5% seemed to show that this was the case.

Pink sees big rise in business for MPLC

Pink Home Loans has seen a substantial rise in packaged business for its lender partner Mortgages plc. Applications in June represented an increase of 155% compared with January’s figures and a 61% rise compared with the same period last year. Pink’s packaging department is working to a 24-hour turnaround on all new mortgage applications, post […]


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