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Scottish property tax could punish first time buyers, says academic

Mortgage Solutions | 21 Nov 2014 | 15:42

The Scottish government's incoming property purchase tax, the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is a really “bad idea”, said the first academic to speak out on the replacement for Stamp Duty.

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Advantage Property Lawyers join Broker Conveyancing Panel

Mortgage Solutions | 21 Nov 2014 | 17:02

After a successful pilot in October Broker Conveyancing has confirmed Advantage Property Lawyers (APL) will join its panel.

A look back at this week's most read stories

Mortgage Solutions | 21 Nov 2014 | 16:57

Each Friday, Mortgage Solutions rounds up the most popular articles on the website over the past week.

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Star Letter 21/11/14

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Editor's pick of the week

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Skill-up or refer on? Marketwatch

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Peter Brodnicki - MAB, Mark Harris - SPF Private Clients and Gemma Harle - TenetLime discuss

Poll

As gross mortgage lending rose 5% to £19bn in October, commentators are suggesting December could also be one of the busiest for brokers for some time. Do you expect the usual pre-Christmas slowdown or will you be juggling cases right up to the 24 of December?

Remortgaging

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The guide to remortgaging: Adviser's guide

Welcome to our complete remortgaging guide for the intermediary market, in association with Woolwich, mortgages from Barclays. Interest rates have been at record lows over five years, but the uptick will come. Read our guide to cement the right strategy for the months ahead.

Audio & Video

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Broker Toolbox: Making protection sales to the over 50s

In the final episode of our two-part video, our panel debates key strategies to make the most of your client bank and focus on he opportunities in the over 50s market.

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TMPE2014: Client banks key to selling protection

Mortgage Solutions | 19 Nov 2014 | 12:15 | screening image

TMPE2014: Barclays - ignoring pensions 'not prudent lending'

Mortgage Solutions | 19 Nov 2014 | 11:55 | screening image

Blogs

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We may be fast approaching the so-called ‘silly season' but lenders have been showing us they mean business this month with a series of criteria and product changes.

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With building technologies continuing to develop to meet issues of both sustainability and profitability, our views of what constitutes a good lending risk are being constantly challenged.

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When it comes to mortgage sourcing, there's accuracy, and then there's accuracy. A recent survey suggested that 94% of brokers rated accuracy as the single most important factor when assessing a sourcing system.

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Equity Release Awards 2014

25 Nov 2014

London, UK

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Buy to Let Market Forum 2015

22 Apr 2015

Manchester, Birmingham, London, UK