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More people plan to move to France

Double the number of UK residents are planning to move to France this year compared with last, says VEF. And more UK owners of holiday homes in Europe and the US are predicted to sell up and buy in France as fears of aviation fuel surcharges grow.

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Learning to trust automated systems

The use of automated decisioning systems improves the consistency and speed of underwriting and the accuracy of data. It also facilitates volume lending. Perhaps you agree with me here, but thinking auto-decisioning is better is one thing and proving it is another.

The ber-packagers get serious

Kevin Paterson takes a weekly look at the latest developments in the market and brings you what’s hot and what’s not in the world of mortgages

Commercial opportunity

European commercial properties may become bigger money-spinners than UK alternatives, fund manager and property analyst Seven Dials predicts.

BDS to double in size this year

BDS Mortgage Group signed up more than 100 appointed representatives in the past year. It has set itself a target of doubling in sizein 2007.