The Buildings Research Establishment has selected xit2 as a technology partner to support its home inspector qualification programme.The online Home Condition Report developed by xit2 will form part of BRE’s training programme leading to the Awarding Body for the Built Environment diploma in home inspection. From January 2007, all houses for sale will require an HCR as a part of the Home Information Pack. The HIP will include all documentation and searches needed to sell the house. BRE is offering an assessment and training service for potential home inspectors. The xit2 technology being used has been developed in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and gives trainee home inspectors the chance to gain accreditation using an as-live HCR. Paul Duckworth, chief executive of xit2, says: “It’s full steam ahead for HIPs, and there is pressure to get home inspectors trained. We are pleased to support BRE which, with over 80 years’ experience in the housing market, is well placed to deliver training and play a huge part in ensuring the a successful introduction of HIPs.”
From Jonathan Cornell I was interested to read the recent letter from Eddie Royce (Mortgage Strategy October 17) in which he claims only clients borrowing in excess of 250,000 would benefit from BM Solutions’ latest products. I’m not sure where he got his figures from. While nobody would dispute the fact that the fees are […]
Stroud and Swindon has withdrawn its fixed rate mortgage products with immediate effect, excluding its 4.99% two-year flexible fixed.All other products will remain unchanged.
Education secretary Ruth Kelly and trade and industry secretary Alan Johnson says the Financial Services Skills Council has been successful in its bid to create a National Financial Services Academy. The NFSA is scheduled to open in September 2006, with an initial three centres in London, Manchester and Norwich. Further centres will be developed in […]
From Bob Singh If Key Facts Illustrations retain their current format they’re unlikely to be used as a comparison tool by consumers. The dream that they might aid choice and ease comparison of products is still distant. Lenders should provide a ‘true cost’ figure in their KFIs, not over the whole mortgage term but for […]
The political uncertainty in Europe is not deterring the Artemis European Opportunities Fund, says manager Laurent Millet. There are still stocks, he tells Artemis’ Ross Leckie, which should thrive.
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