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A&L unveils latest products

Alliance & Leicester has unveiled its latest range of prime, self-cert, near-prime and buy-to-let mortgage deals. It includes a self-cert two-year fixed rate from 5.69% up to a maximum 85% LTV, an arrangement fee of £1,999 and an early repayment charge of 6% until August 31 2009.

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Commercial First appoints BDM for Northern Ireland

Commercial First has appointed Sally Williamson as business development manager for Northern Ireland, six months after it first launched in the region. Williamson joins Commercial First from Interbay and has 10 years’ experience in mortgages and financial services, including a period as a self-employed mortgage broker and a spell at Friends Provident. Her role will […]

Lloyds TSB texts to keep consumers informed

Lloyds TSB has launched a mobile text service for customers that aims to take the stress out of the home buying process.The free service gives customers updates on their mortgage applications through regular text messages to their mobile phones.Customers applying for new mortgages through Lloyds TSB branches or by telephone will receive text alerts when […]

Act smooths path to equity release

Arranging equity release on leasehold properties is an issue I’ve written about before, but such is its continuing relevance that it’s worth revisiting.

Building society advances hit £4.636m in May

The Building Societies Association has reported that building society gross advances hit £4,636m in May 2007,up from £4,613m in May 2006.Net advances were £1,261m in May 2007, versus £1,527m in May 2006. Approvals were £4,739m in May 2007, down from £5,454m in May2006. Adrian Coles, director general of the BSA, says: “It has been a […]

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The lucky ones

By Denise Wond, Marketing Relationship Manager, Royal London Do you consider yourself lucky? I don’t; I never seem to win a prize in the raffle, if there’s a cancelled train it’s usually the one I’m meant to be on and don’t start me on last year’s holiday. On the other hand, when I think about […]

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