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Huntswood sponsors award

Huntswood, the provider of services to the retail financial services industry, is to sponsor the Scottish Financial Enterprise Innovator awards. Huntswood says it has a record of commitment to financial services in Scotland. In November 2004 it opened an office in Strathclyde Business Park that now employs 250 people.

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Agents inflate rent estimates

By Rebecca Atkinson Research from Landlord Mortgages shows that letting agents in some regions of the UK are overstating rental returns on investment properties by up to 25%. Posing as tenants and potential property investors, researchers asked how much a two-bedroom flat in specific developments could be rented for. While London at 25% and Birmingham […]

Woolwich reveals living in a lane costs 50,000

New research from Woolwich reveals home owners pay a premium for living in quintessential English lanes. A three bedroom semi-detached house located in a Lane is worth on average almost 50,000 more than an equivalent house on a ‘Drive’.The results show a clear victory for ‘Lane’ with an average price of215,000, almost 17% higher than […]

Elephant sees record October

Elephant, the mortgage and loans packager floated last week on the Alternative Investment Market, says it will continue to exceed budget with October being a record month for turnover and profits. It says its shares have been over subscribed, with 21,666,6666 shares issued at 3p a share, and a market value of £6.3m.

em-homeloans offers buy-to-let product with Rooftop

em-homeloans, the branded lending division of em-, is offering a buy-to-let product in conjunction with rooftop mortgages.The Rx product range features an LTV of 85%, with no proof of rental required and a 5.5% fixed rate with no overhang on mortgages and remortgages.Simon Mouncher, operations director at em-, says: “This buy-to-let product is just one […]

UK policy: Kate Moss and short-termism

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” said supermodel Kate Moss, who is not often credited for her insights into policy making. Perhaps she should be. In politics, as in matters of diet, the course of action that is the best over the long term is often not the most desirable course of action in the short term. Add the instant gratification of the democratic electoral cycle and, instead of good policy making, you sometimes get the equivalent to a midnight binge in front of the fridge.

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