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Agents lose faith in housing market

Estate agents’ confidence in the housing market plummeted last month, according to HotProperty.co.uk’s confidence index. This reveals a 22% fall in confidence among agents in March compared with February. Shawn Luetchens, managing director of the property portal, says the result is due to a seasonal slowdown plus negative media coverage.

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Former Optoma chief in partnership talks

Andrew Seymour, former chief executive of Optoma Mortgage Services, and Connect Mortgage Group are locked in negotiations about establishing a packaging partnership.Seymour thinks a combination of his experience, contacts and sales team with Connect’s back office system could pay dividends.He says: “There’s a place for a firm that offers brokers quality services and an experienced […]

China: growth defence or another debt-fuelled boom?

By Douglas Turnbull, Head of Chinese Equities at Neptune Following recent stimulus efforts from Beijing, Neptune’s Douglas Turnbull examines how the government’s long-term reform agenda can be balanced with supporting growth and addressing structural challenges, and the investment opportunities arising from this.Click here to read more Important information: Investment Risks Neptune funds may have a […]

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