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66% Back the introduction of energy inspectors

Some 66% of Mortgage Strategy Online readers back the government’s decision to introduce energy inspectors. But trainee home inspectors still say the solution is a slap in the face after the time and money they invested in becoming full inspectors.

This week Mortgage Strategy asks: “Is the Tory party’s revamped Right to Buy scheme a vote winner?”

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Rocketing house prices and the need for financial security means that Inheritance Tax is still a key issue for most people despite the increase in the thresholds in April 2006, says the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.Following calls from former Labour cabinet minister Stephen Byers for IHT to be abolished, Chas Roy-Chowdhury, head of taxation […]

Edeus joins Hamptons’ panel

Edeus has been appointed to the panel of Hamptons Mortgages. Kevin Duffy, managing director of Hamptons, says: “The excitement over this entrant to the market is unprecedented and we are delighted to appoint edeus to our panel.”

Brokers forum launched

A new chat room and forum facility called 1BigTable has been launched, where brokers and IFA’s can share their views.Whether brokers are part of a network and directly authorised, at www.1bigtable.co.uk they will be able to chat and communicate freely with one another to help their own business and potentially improve the level of service […]

Standard Life relaunches discount gift plan

Standard Life is to relaunch its discounted gift plan on Friday 18 August. Trevor Matthews, chief executive of Standard Life Assurance, says:We are delighted to be in the position to reinstate the Discounted Gift Plan. Like many providers, Standard Life initially suspended its trust range earlier this year after a budget announcement created uncertainty around […]

Three catalysts for European equities

By Rob Burnett, Manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund In recent weeks, the bear case for European equities has become more pronounced on the back of weaker-than-expected GDP data and deflation concerns. This softening in economic momentum has led some investors to question whether the ECB is behind the curve and indeed whether it […]

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