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Focus Solutions appointments

Focus Solutions Group has appointed Clive Boulton as BDM and Alan Gordon as business consultant. The point-of-sale and extranet solutions provider is hoping to boost its position within the mortgage market with these additions to its team. Earlier this month, Peter Hain, MP for Neath and a candidate for deputy Prime Minister, called for Stamp Duty to be the burden of sellers rather than buyers. Some pundits have backed his proposal as a way to help first-time buyers onto the property ladder. But what do members of the public think?

So, this week Mortgage Strategy asks…

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