American estate agency giant Keller Williams has arrived in the UK and has partnered with broker firm John Charcol to create property ‘super-centres’.
As the MMR lengthens mortgage interview times putting pressure on retail branch resources and customers' schedules the online mortgage option has started to grab attention and spark debate.
The theory is that the majority of advice firms in the mortgage market have had their MMR ducks in a row for some time. So,forward-thinking advisers in the industry are thinking about the post-MMR market and how in reality this will change the way lenders, distributors, brokers and consumers interact with each other.
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After years of negotiations, the European Parliament has quietly passed the EU Mortgage Credit Directive today. This means firms will soon be following the same rules as mortgage professionals across the European Union.
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In just one week, the private life of Reverend Paul Flowers has become headline news. But while the public absorbs the revelation a former Co-op Bank chair took cocaine and ketamine, financial services firms will be pondering the damage a single, poor appointment can do.
Help to Buy 2 is off to a flying start. More than 2,000 applications made under the mortgage guarantee scheme in the first month have been agreed in principle, and interest shows no sign of flagging.
They snap up million pound properties in Mayfair. They invest in badly-needed new build developments. They may be looking for a fashionable pad, or simply a safe place to park their money.
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