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Countrywide reveals HSBC valuations deal

Countrywide Surveying Services has been appointed by HSBC to undertake valuations for its UK brands and businesses, as part of a new agreement that commenced in November.

“Our aim at Countrywide is to find the right solution for each client we serve.  This is proving to be a winning formula with banks, building societies and other lending institutions, and we plan to continue to build on this success in 2011.”

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Scottish buyers with poor credit records left out in the cold

Mortgage Strategy Online revealed that Scotland continued to see a subdued mortgage market in Q3, broadly mirroring the UK as a whole. I’ve found selling mortgages in Scotland to be a terrible experience because like in the rest of the UK many people have a bad credit record, but lenders like Aldermore, Hanley Economic and […]

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