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Hamptons Awards short list

Best underwriterGeoff Bagley, Northern RockMorgan Beake, Cheltenham & GloucesterColin Dale, SkiptonPhil Regan, BM Solutions

Best business development managerTony Batchelder, HalifaxMarc Beever, GMAC-RFCCharles Durose, ClydesdaleChristine Newell, BM Solutions

Best large loans lenderBank of ScotlandCheltenham & GloucesterHalifaxWoolwich

Best sub-prime lenderBM SolutionsGMAC-RFCPlatformVictoria

Best lender technologyBM SolutionsEdeusGMAC-RFCIntelligent Finance

Best specialist lenderBM SolutionsEdeusGMAC-RFCPlatform

Best Mainstream lenderAbbeyCheltenham & GloucesterHalifaxNorthern RockBest Overall LenderBM SolutionsBristol & WestClydesdaleRBS Intermediary Partners

Best lender service

Bank of IrelandBM SolutionsHalifaxPortman/The Mortgage Works

Best buy-to-let lenderBM SolutionsClydesdaleMortgage ExpressThe Mortgage Works

Best surveyorAshdown LyonsColleysLexicon


Advantage opens lending doors to over 65s

Advantage has removed the maximum age limit from its ADV sub-prime range to allow people to take out a mortgage despite being aged over 65 at completion. This is the first-time a lender has officially opened the doors to lending to people aged over 65, and Advantage says it hopes over lenders will follow suite. […]

Rate rise won’t dampen housing market, says Sequence

Sequence estate agency says the interest rate rise will not dampen activity in the housing market. David Plumtree, operations director of Sequence, which has over 300 estate agency branches throughout the country, says: “In historic terms interest rates are very low and we see this latest rise as a precaution as house prices have increased […]

Blackwell quits

Mark Blackwell has quit The Derbyshire after two and a half years as marketing director.

Mortgage Promotions adds Advantage to lender panel

Advantage, a Morgan Stanley Group company, has been added to the Mortgage Promotions lending panel.Intermediaries using the panel can now access the Advantage product ranges including ADV sub-prime range, the flexishare Home Ownership Plan, and the Advantage HomeBuy Home Ownership Plan.Further products will be added to the Advantage product range, and enhancements made to the […]

The death of retirement – a boost for protection?

According to our recent report on the death of retirement, changes in workplace pension provision mean that coming generations of retirees could have a radically different experience of retirement from their parents. The average contribution rate into an old-style final salary pension was around 20% of total wages, the statutory minimum for a new automatic […]


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