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Tories push to protect suburbs

The Tories are launching a national campaign to prioritise building family homes over one-bedroom flats and stop England’s gardens and suburban neighbourhoods being over-developed.

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B&B purchases 599m portfolio

Bradford & Bingley has purchased a mortgage loan portfolio from GMAC-RFC for 599m.The purchase, funded from Bradford & Bingley’s existing resources, has been made by Mortgage Express, its wholly owned subsidiary.This latest loan portfolio acquisition will increase the Bradford & Bingley Group’s total assets, which stood at 43.4bn on June 30, by around 1.4%.All lending […]

Em- predicts price war after edeus launch

Em-financial has predicted that a lender price war will determine the winners and losers in the mortgage market when edeus finally launches in September. Roger Morris, managing director of em-Financial, says he expects rates to improve when the new lender begins trading. “The lenders that are wise are sitting on a mountain of cash ready […]

Building strength

It is well known that we are building too few houses to meet our needs. The causes of this failure are many.

Great time to sell endowments

There has never been a better time to sell an endowment, figures from the Association of Policy Market Makers reveal. Brian Goldstein, chairman of the APMM, says high demand for traded endowment policies mean consumers could realise top prices.

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Guide: Johnson Fleming produces auto-enrolment checklist

For a job as big as managing the auto-enrolment changes, it’s important to know what has been completed and what still lies in front of you to give you the reassurance that everything is in hand. Getting the planning and project management right at the outset can help you see the path ahead and ensure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities. To help with this, Johnson Fleming has produced a checklist outlining every step that needs to be taken when preparing for auto-enrolment.

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