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Online property sales grow

A BBC2 programme last week lifted the lid on the growing practice of house hunters selling their properties on the internet to escape estate agent fees.

Titled Beat the Estate Agent, the show revealed that about 75% of people looking for property now carry out a search on the web. Last year, Brits paid agents £2.5bn in commissions and on average estate agents charge 1.5% commission or around £3,000 on a £200,000 home.


Rising property prices deter buy-to-let investors

Hampton’s October best buy mortgage tracker has revealed a percentage decrease in its buy-to-let mortgage business over the last month.Hampton’s data shows that buy-to-let purchases decreased from 21.88% of all Hampton’s mortgage business in September 2006 to 18.03% in October, a fall of nearly 4%. This reduction in buy-to-let purchases is in contrast to the […]

Lehman considering retention policies

Lehman Brothers has entered the retention policy debate by confirming this is something it is also looking at across its three brands.Simon Hinshelwood, managing director and chief operating manager of the investment bank’s European Capital Mortgage division, says that all sub-prime lenders should be considering its approach towards retention and looking to structure both its […]

PPI is becoming too hot for brokers to handle

From Simon Burgess I’ve criticised the Financial Services Authority and other bodies in the past for producing a stream of review documents and not doing anything tangible to address the payment protection insurance mis-selling situation. But its recent 445,000 fine of does show it has some teeth. The FSA investigation found the firm failed […]

A common system is the way forward for the market

From Danny O’Sullivan Richard Griffiths is right to point out that sourcing systems are already obsolete and non-compatible with many lender websites. He is also correct in saying that a web-based solution for brokers is the only one that makes sense. But one important piece of the jigsaw remains, will lenders cooperate? Haven’t there been […]

Identifying best-in-class UK stocks — Mark Martin, Neptune UK Opportunities Fund

FE Alpha Manager Mark Martin assumed management of the multi-cap UK Opportunities Fund at the beginning of February. As manager of the highly regarded UK Mid Cap Fund, Martin has begun restructuring the new portfolio to focus on our very best UK stock ideas from across the FTSE All-Share Index. In this video, update Martin addresses:

– Themes informing the UK Opportunities Fund
– The multi-cap structure of the fund
– UK equity valuations


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