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The top ten most-read mortgage stories this week

Here are the ten most popular stories published by Mortgage Strategy over the last week.

A fresh interest-only review by the Financial Conduct Authority topped the list. However, brokers also showed an interest in stories about big acquisitions and the ever-controversial state of procuration fees.

The list also includes a couple of older stories that enjoyed a fresh lease of life, such as our February story on the direction of mortgage rates in 2017.

Click on the headlines to read the stories.

  1. FCA to investigate interest-only market
  2. Market Watch: Atom Bank breaks the mould
  3. Key Retirement sold for £208m
  4. PPI claims boss banned for ten years
  5. Which way for mortgage rates in 2017?
  6. Brokers back Ami over harm from proc fee ban
  7. Building societies face steep bills for new EU payment rules
  8. CML urges FPC to reassess 3% affordability testing
  9. Santander helps buy-to-let mortgage prisoners
  10. Government ‘could ban unfair leasehold terms’: Javid


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