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Brown’s SIPPs U-turn not disastrous

The abolition of residential mortgages in self-invested personal pensions will not have a negative effect on 74% of Mortgage Strategy Online readers’ businesses. Just 26% say chancellor Gordon Brown’s U-turn will have a negative effect on their business.

This week Mortgage Strategy asks: “Is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s prediction that house prices will increase by 4% in 2006 an underestimation?”


S&P sees 100% growth on age-banded MPPI product

General insurance provider Select & Protect says sales of its age-banded mortgage payment protection insurance product, Intego, has increased by 100% since its launch in August.

Hit the books to head up the pack

The Financial Services Skills Council has a range of initiatives planned for 2006 and mortgage professionals must keep abreast of the changes to stay ahead of the game, says Brad Baker

Barclays to invest more in Woolwich products

Barclays has admitted that it needs to invest more into its mortgage products through The Woolwich brand next year. The bank recently decided to bring its entire mortgage processing inhouse and will also count service as a key priority for 2006. It hopes the decision to take control of its mortgage operations from product development […]

Chimneys could be a thing of the past, says RICs

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is warning that chimneys could be a thing of the past, because with new homes not featuring one and many older homes not maintaining or restoring their existing ones.John Reyers, spokesman for RICS, says: “There are three things working against the old-fashioned chimney – an increasing focus on energy […]


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