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Distant Star

Mole was intrigued to learn that prior to winning The X Factor and becoming a superstar singer, Leona Lewis worked at London-based brokerage Metropolitan Mortgages.

Last Friday, Metropolitan boss Michael Marks waxed lyrical in The Sun about the virtues of Lewis when she was a PA.

“I even offered her the chance to train as a mortgage broker but I have to come to terms with the fact that she’s not coming back,” he told the paper.

With kids downloading tunes illegally rather than flashing their cash times may be tough in the music world but while the credit crisis is still in full swing, Mole suggests that Lewis delays her return to the mortgage market.

While Simon Cowell and the The X Factor audience might have been hard to please, they were probably pussy-cats compared with hungry borrowers hunting cheap fixed rates.


Landlords could flee London

Fitch Ratings is warning that the heavy presence of buy-to-let borrowers in urban centres could trigger a deterioration in the wider market.In a two-part report entitled Demystifying UK buy-to-let, Fitch says the strong concentration of buy-to-let mortgages in cities could contribute to destabilisation in the market.It says if investors lose con-fidence and sell off properties […]

Leadbay slashes LTVs on leads

Leadbay has reduced the LTVs on its leads for the second time in two months and is insisting that borrowers have realistic deposits that lenders are likely to accept.The lead generation firm says it ensures borrowers have realistic deposits in place for every mortgage type or it won’t offer them as leads.Leadbay says this means […]

em- strengthens its commercial mortgages offering

em- has brought in two time-served bankers with over 60 years experience in commercial lending as well as specialists in commercial administration to sharpen processes its commercial offering.em-commercial now offers development finance, cash flow funding / factoring products and 100% deals amongst its commercial range . They offer a hands best advice service.which is tailored […]

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Johnson Fleming set to hold auto-enrolment support webinar

Two years since the process of auto-enrolment began, the looming re-enrolment deadline provides the perfect opportunity to assess whether the support you have in place, which may well have been hastily selected at the start, is fit for purpose. Johnson Fleming is holding a webinar on 10 September at 11:00 to discover the key issues and concerns you should consider when thinking about your current support options.


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