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Rate rise won’t hit buy-to-let market

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the fundamentals of the buy-to-let market will remain unchanged despite last week’s base rate rise to 5.25%.

A spokesman for ARLA says: “Our research shows that the majority of buy-to-let investors make a long-term commitment that is measured in decades. Built into this approach is the knowledge that there will be rate rises and falls.”

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Doom-sayers could be right this time

In addition to welcoming a new year with exuberance and alcohol, many people see this as an opportunity to draw a line under the trials and tribulations of the previous 12 months and begin again with a clean sheet, a shed-load of good intentions and the sprightly step of renewed optimism.

Brokers launch first finance CIC

Two former John Charcol brokers have launched Quotes4Charity CIC, the first financial services’ Community Interest Company.CICs are limited companies created for the use of people who want to use the profits of a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage. This is achieved by a ‘community interest test’ and […]

Housing equity outweighs mortgage debt

Halifax has calculated that housing equity significantly outweighs mortgage debt with UK private stock now worth 3.8 trillion. This means housing equity is 3.5 x the value of outstanding mortgage debt of 1.1 trillion.The value of the housing stock has increased by 78% over the last five years, with stock rising by 12%, or more […]

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Johnson Fleming set to host webinar on auditing auto-enrolment schemes

With 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued by the Pensions Regulator, and an evolving legislative landscape meaning previously compliant schemes may now be in breach of regulation, now is the time to think about auditing your auto-enrolment scheme. Johnson Fleming is hosting a webinar on 9 October at 11:00 on how to audit your scheme to ensure compliance, avoid breaches and fines and overcome data issues.