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Study praises planning mix

A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reveals a planned mix of homes for ownership and rent on three estates built more than 20 years ago has helped avoid many of the problems associated with large concentrations of social housing.

The research shows that despite having higher than average deprivation, the estates have developed into communities where demand for empty property remains high. The research looked at sites in Peterborough, Norwich and Middlesbrough.

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Bankhall unveils new corporate identity

Bankhall has unveiled a new corporate identity at its annual sales conference in Monte Carlo the first change to its look since its launch in 1993.The introduction of a new corporate identity is one part of a major overhaul at Bankhall under the direction of chief executive Peter Mann. This has included a root and […]

Cost of regulation little value to consumers, reveals IMLA

Research by the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association earlier this year has revealed that many lenders have seen little value for the substantial costs to consumers from mortgage regulation.These research findings triggered IMLA to conduct further research, this time among the intermediaries that provide IMLA members with most of their mortgage business. This additional research has […]

Dinosaurs dying on the high street

Throughout this year we have seen a stream of societies closing their high street branches. The dinosaurs are slowly dying out. As I shall try to explain, this is effectively a vote in favour of intermediary sales and a recognition that intermediaries make for a low-cost distribution channel for all mortgage lenders. Too low in […]

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