The Institute of Financial Services is developing a standalone qualification in commercial mortgages – the certificate in commercial mortgages.The qualification is being developed in partnership with the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers and was unveiled recently at the association’s annual general meeting. Keith Heron, chief executive of the NACFB, says: “The IFS’s certificate in commercial mortgages provides an excellent grounding for anybody wanting to give advice on commercial mortgage products, and it will be promoted to NACFB members. “Brokers who pass the examination will be eligible for a discount on full or associate NACFB membership.” The single-module qualification is open for registrations this week, with learning materials expected to be available next March. John Ford, head of commercial mortgages at The Business Mortgage Company, says: “Anything that boosts the professionalism of the industry is welcome but we await details of the syllabus before deciding on this certificate’s relevance.”
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The North-East is the place to invest, say SmartNewHomes.com, as house prices have increased by 108% over the last five years, compared to average UK growth of 87% over the same period. One factor is the extensive regeneration work around the Newcastle area, which has increased the popularity of the city with investors. One such […]
Bank of Scotland Mortgages has launched two exclusive large loan Personal Choice products with rates from 4.85% at this years Mortgage Business Expo.The first product tracks the Bank Base Rate at +0.35% and is available on up to 80% Loan To Value. There is a 5% additional drawdown option, accessed via a chequebook facility and […]
Coventry has reassured the public that it plans to keep its administrative operations in Coventry.Martin Ritchley, chief executive of the society, says: “We have no intention of outsourcing anything to India. Weve made significant investment into our customer service centre in Coventry over the last few years, aimed at providing our customers with first class […]
Nationwide has denied losing its grip on the mortgage market after its half-yearly results revealed its share of the net market dropped by 5.4%. The society’s half yearly results show an 8.3% share of the net mortgage market for the period April to September 2005, down from 13.7% in 2004. It also had a reduced […]
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