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MS should charge networks for appearing in letters pages

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to charge networks for advertising in Mortgage Strategy‘s letters pages? They ply their trade every week and puff their corporate chests out for free, playing out their tit for tat assaults on each other. Isn’t it about time they started paying their way when they want space in the magazine?

Chris Gardner
Managing partner
National and Capital
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Newcastle confirms adverse and B2L plans

Newcastle has confirmed that it looking at entering the light adverse and buy-to-let markets. The plan follow the appointment of Jon O’Brien as head of intermediary lending. O’Brien will be responsible for developing Newcastle’s plans to provide a product range for the intermediary market. Most recently, O’Brien worked for five and a half years as […]

Thousands spent on HIP ads

The government has been accused of wasting public mon-ey after it admitted spending thousands of pounds on Home Information Pack press advertising prior to its U-turn on the legislation.On June 15, housing minister Yvette Cooper responded to parliamentary questions regarding the advertisements. She confirmed that adverts had been placed in 117 trade and lifestyle magazines, […]


As a new columnist, I am eager to share some highlights of my 20 years spent funding some of the elite properties in the London market. I have had the honour of working primarily in the golden triangle of Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea, not forgetting St John’s Wood and Hampstead. For me, business has a […]

MPC member hints at interest rate rise

John Gieve, the deputy governor of the Bank of England, has hinted that he will vote for a base rate rise next week in order to bring inflation back into target. In a speech to the University of Surrey, Guildford, the Monetary Policy Committee member said the full impact of past increases in interest rates […]

Why we all need to back the housing underdog

The UK loves an underdog. There is something irresistible about the story of the little guy standing up to the established players and leaving them with a bloody nose, whether it is Henry Cooper putting Muhammad Ali on the mat or the Wallabies trouncing the Kiwis in rugby. At the Conservative Party conference, LendInvest championed […]


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