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House prices rose 0.8% this month

The latest national housing survey from Hometrack shows that average prices grew by 0.8% in March, up from 0.7% the previous month. The annual rate of growth now stands at 6.7% – the highest annual rate since June 2003.

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Rate cut on B2L deal

Royal Bank of Scotland Intermediary Partners is to cut the rate on its NatWest buy-to-let two-year fixed rate mortgage to 5.35% from 5.74%.

Inequitable treatment of equity release

Wasn’t it comforting to see financial guru Martin Lewis on TV last Monday having yet another go at an industry which is no doubt making so much money for him?

Personal advice spurs saving

Face-to-face financial advice is the key to helping to bridge the UK’s £2.3trillion protection gap, claims Co-operative Insurance. Its research has found personal advice is a key factor in encouraging previous non-savers to get into the savings habit – a process that should be replicated in the protection market.

Equity release plugged as biggest growth area

Brokers predict equity release will be the biggest specialist growth area in the over the next 10 years, independent research commissioned by BM Solutions reveals.The One Specialist survey asked 200 intermediaries which specialist products they thought had the greatest potential growth for over the next 10 years and 47% of respondents expect this area to […]

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