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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: […]

Sickness absence

Sickness absence — a key piece to the productivity puzzle?

We recently wrote about the productivity puzzle and how the UK lags very far behind most of the other major economies of the G7 on this particular measure. There are of course many pieces to this particular puzzle – and a timely report by The Work Foundation highlights how sickness absence plays a part in this issue also.