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First Direct takes on staff as low fee deals take off

First Direct is being forced to hire staff after a surge in interest in its deals with a £99 fee. The direct-only lender has created an appointment system but customers are being forced to wait at least two weeks.


Home buyer interest up last month, says NAEA

The number of individuals looking to buy a house rose in July but lending restrictions remain a problem, says the National Association of Estate Agents. The NAEA says the average estate agent saw 292 house hunters in July.

Packagers played a part in creating the risky lending model

It’s sad to hear that Rob Jupp, director of Savills Lending Solutions, and all staff at the firm have been placed in consultation.I know Jupp from his estate agency days and he’s a nice chap. But I think we also need to recognise that packagers have been responsible for the type of lending that has […]

The next recession is already riding the merry go round

If we can’t have decent growth to get us out of the proverbial, inflation is the next best thing. Ask anyone who was around in the last three recessions – a little inflation along with low interest rates and a weak pound can work wonders. But to counter inflation late next year we will see […]

Conti teams up with tax specialist

Conti, the overseas mortgage specialist, has entered into a partnership with Property Tax International, provider of accounting services for UK and Irish non-resident property owners.

Certification guide

Guide: how to… certify your pension scheme

Certification is highly complex and surrounded by a minefield of information and auto-enrolment jargon, which can make it very difficult to understand. However, for many employers it is a necessary process that must be executed successfully.


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