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Brokers could win 250 for their HIP feedback

Intermediaries could win themselves 250 by offering feedback on Home Information Packs for Pink Home Loans’ eighth Pink 1000 Index Survey.

The survey runs from November 24 to December 2 and intermediaries taking part in the survey will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win 250 worth of vouchers of their choice. The winner will be selected on December 5.

Tony Jones, managing director at Pink says: “Though it is not planned that HIPs will be effective until 2007, there has already been significant coverage of the topic in the trade press. Pink wants to give brokers the opportunity to air their views on this important subject.”


Abbey launches Spanish mortgage for ex-pats

Abbey is launching a range of mortgages for UK residents wishing to buy properties in Spain. The mortgages, issued in Euros, will be available direct from Abbey by calling the Spanish home finance team, who will give mortgage advice and guide customers through the application process. Jeff Scott, head of specialist lending at Abbey, says: […]

Christmas costs first-time buyers 1,000

As if first-time buyers didnt have enough to worry about, a study from the Co-operation Bank has revealed decorating their homes for Christmas could cost new home owners as much as 1,000. While longer-term home owners will have built up their collection of Christmas decorations year on year, first-time buyers spending Christmas in their new […]

Callcredit updates database with latest electoral role information

Callcredit has already started updating its databases with 2005 electoral roll information and expects to have completed the process by the end of January.Initial estimates indicate about a third of UK councils appear to be embracing the standard format for submissions known as Election Markup Language introduced earlier this year by the Office of the […]

B&B reveals the savings gap shows no sign of closing

The Bradford & Bingley savings report reveals there is still no sign that the well documented 27bn per annum savings gap is closing. B&B say many are simply not saving at all and those that are saving are not saving enough. This, combined with the current deficiencies in state pension provision, means millions will be […]


Almost nine in 10 employers admit failings with post-DRA compliance

The default retirement age (DRA) was abolished more than three years ago, yet new research from Jelf Employee Benefits suggests that the vast majority of employers still have some way to go to fully understand, comply and communicate the landmark legislation change that prevents older employees being forcibly retired on the grounds of age alone.


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