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Average house price rose in June

The mix-adjusted average house price in June 2006 stood at 190,883, up from 190,065 in May 2006, reveals the Department of Communities and Local Government.


Fun Stuff

What’s your favourite restaurant? Curry Corner is the restaurant that gets most of my custom. But restaurants I would most like to return to include Ripples Café at the Sydney Olympic swimming pool from which the views are stunning, Quay 4 in Cape Town where the fish is superb and The Brew House in Whistler […]

Clients are at the heart of innovation

Innovation is one of the big business buzz words. It is held in the highest regard – every company attempts to claim to be innovative. But while the UK mortgage market as a whole is one of the most innovative in the world, some companies advance quicker than others. What is it that drives innovation in these firms?

Shut up about interest-only ‘problem’

If you talk an issue up enough it can eventually become a problem and that’s what I fear is going to happen to interest-only mortgages. For at least three years I’ve heard people describing them as a mis-selling scandal waiting to happen.

HMRC to take bullish approach, warns Grant Thornton

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs is looking to change both its civil and criminal powers, as it continues to take a more bullish approach to dealing with individuals and businesses, says business and financial advisers Grant Thornton. Charlie Hall, investigations partner at Grant Thornton, says: “Recent high profile arrests and attempts to extend HMRC powers […]

Now more than ever, we need to back the small developer

In the context of the current housing deficit, the latest housebuilding stats aren’t great. But what does doing better look like? The Department for Communities & Local Government published its latest figures at the end of August, which revealed that housebuilding starts in England rose 2 per cent in Q2 compared to the previous quarter […]


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