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RAMP looks for mid-sized firms

The Regulatory Alliance of Mortgage Packagers announced this month that it will offer associate membership to 10 new mortgage distributors and packagers over the next year. The alliance, says it is keen to target mid-sized companies which are finding it hard to invest in systems and compliance but have aspirations to grow in a future regulated packaging market.

RAMP says associate members will be able to access its exclusive products but will also need to accept the same compliance advice as other members.

John Rice, managing director of RAMP says: “With the strong possibility of packager distribution becoming regulated we see this as ideal timing for many to become involved with RAMP. If companies are serious about addressing their future in a potentially regulated market then talking to RAMP about associate membership would be a good idea. We have designed a

compliance facility which will let new associate members flourish in the existing environment and also to be ahead of the game if packaging becomes regulated.”


Apply TCF approach to buy-to-let deals

Last month, the Council of Mortgage Lenders issued its statistics pack for 2006 relating to buy-to-let. For brokers doing buy-to-let mortgages it was doubtless gratifying to note that outstandings at the end of 2006 represented close to 9% of the market, large enough to be meaningful.

Mortgage club recommends Evaluate

Mortgage Promotions has agreed to recommend Primrose’s technology platform Evaluate to its members. Evaluate is now recommended to all directly authorised brokers using the mortgage club as an online sourcing and application system for sub-prime mortgages. Evaluate offers a compliant audit trail through its mortgage comparison matrix and is integrated with several lender systems, offering […]

NatWest International joins AIPP

NatWest International has become the first bank to become a member of the Association of International Property Professionals.As part of the NatWest International Personal Banking product set, NatWest offers a Spanish mortgage product to customers wanting to buy a home in Spain and strongly supports giving purchasers guidance and confidence when buying overseas.AIPP is a […]

Popular innovations are few and far between

Throughout the history of mortgages there have not been too many innovations which, with the benefit of hindsight, could be considered ground-breaking – or perhaps more accurately, both ground-breaking and popular.

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Auto-enrolment — don’t leave it too late…

With auto-enrolment (AE) well under way for the UK’s largest businesses, over the next three years an additional 800,000 smaller employers (with less than 60 employees) will start their journey to comply with the legislation. AE mandates all eligible employees and their respective employers to make regular pension contributions into a qualifying pension scheme. To learn more about the legislation read our brief Jelf AEase — simple steps to AE compliance guide.


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