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Change of attitude towards HIPs

As the June 1 deadline for the implementation of Home Information Packs draws nearer, HIP provider The Partnership reports a change in attitude among estate agents. It says there is growing acceptance that the introduction of HIPs is looking more certain.

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GMAC hits back at its B2L critics

GMAC-RFC has defended its new buy-to-let product following criticism from lenders and brokers over its overhanging early repayment charges.

SAGA to offer equity release advice

SAGA has created the SAGA equity release service, an advice service for those considering releasing equity in their property.The service, in partnership with equity release advisers Just Retirement Solutions, includes a full state benefit analysis to see whether equity release is the best solution. SAGA charges a one off flat fee of 349 is payable […]

Portman appoints accounts manager

Portman has appointed Jeremy Cook as its national accounts manager.Cook joins Portman and The Mortgage Works from Friends Provident where he was mortgage relationship manager, responsible for the mortgage, general insurance and packaging proposition. As national accounts manager, Cook will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating with mortgage clubs, networks and national intermediary connections.He says: […]

'Feeling the Squeeze'

Royal London carried out a UK wide survey with 2,500 consumers age 35-44 over the summer. The survey found that over a third, 34 per cent, said their finances felt Squeezed and so were struggling to meet day-to-day expenses, despite 87 per cent being aware that they need to save more. However, the survey did […]

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