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Hometrack says housing demand dropped in May

Demand for housing fell in May for the first time in three months, with the number of new buyers registering with estate agents declining by 0.5%, Hometrack’s monthly housing survey shows.


Mark Smitheringale

Satisfaction comes in smaller packages

Does it boil down to rates or service, or a combination of the two? This question always arises about smaller lenders and is never easily answered. While it depends on preference and clients’ circumstances, brokers should not shy away from smaller lenders just to save their clients a basis point or two.In fact, they should […]

Property prices and B2L are key issues FTBs have to battle

On Mortgage Strategy Online last week was the story that two-thirds of first-time buyers have given up the dream of owning their home. But why is everyone continuing to pussyfoot around the core issue? The answer is that house prices need to fall further to put them within reach of most first-time buyers. Over-generous lending […]


ARs in the dark about Citri future

Appointed representatives of Citri have complained of being left out in the cold by the firm regarding its future. Mortgage Strategy recently reported that the company’s future was in doubt after a deal to transfer its 138 advisers to Openwork fell through. At the time, Openwork said it was in discussions with Citri and looking […]

A modern horror story

Every day a quick scan of the news reveals some new horror that will change the lives of those involved forever – the unlucky accident on the way to work, a tragic illness that cuts a young life short or the holiday accident that leaves more than just a scar to cope with. We barely […]


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