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£168- the amount parents will spend on presents per child this Christmas, according to a survey by LV=.

31% – the percentage of people who say they don’t care what presents they receive this Christmas, according to NS&I.

18% – the percentage of 18 to 24 year olds who would rather pay for a tradesman to do household jobs than indulge in some DIY.

4% – the number of men who said they would like to take a bottle of whisky with them when they are cremated, according to the Post Office.

0.3% – the amount house prices fell in November, says Nationwide.

48% – the amount of over-65s who struggle to open milk bottles because of the packaging, according to Age UK.

87- the number of associate members the Council of Mortgage Lenders now has with the addition of Tesco Bank, which joined last week.

£10,883- the amount a house buyer had to cough up to an estate agency that did not sell her home after it was proven in court that she’d breached the terms of its sole agency agreement.


Outlook poor as approvals halve

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has warned that the mortgage market will not return to normal lending levels for the foreseeable future. It revealed last week that mortgage approvals have dropped by around 50% since 2007. There were 518,800 mortgages approved in 2009, compared with 1.01 million in 2007. In its latest issue of News […]

SLS loan repayment fears are keeping banks from lending

I was interested to read last week that Labour MP George Mudie has hit out at what he describes as the FSA’s reign of fear on mortgages, but why is everyone trying to turn the regulator into a scapegoat? Surely everyone knows the real reason that banks aren’t lending is because they are afraid of […]



London & Country brokers raise money for Movember Can you put the boot in to your nearest and dearest to win this delectable bottle of bubbly? In addition, competition sponsor Tiuta will donate £100 to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Submit a witty caption for the photo above and you will be automatically entered into our […]


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