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Towergate Financial sold to private equity firm in £8.6m deal

5 March 2015 3:29 pm | By Devraj Ray

British-based Palatine Private Equity will acquire TF Financial Planning and John Charcol subject to regulatory approval.

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Cover story: Force of character

4 March 2015 | By Paul Thomas

Mortgage Personality of the Year winner Roger Morris survived a host of quirky jobs, 18 years as a fireman and liquidating his highly successful business before finding his ideal role at Precise 


Cover story: Good drop, bad drop?

25 February 2015 | By Edmund Tirbutt

With UK inflation widely expected to fall below zero in the coming months, experts are upbeat about the likely impact on the housing market while highlighting the crucial distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ deflation

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Cover feature: Positively rejuvenated

18 February 2015 | By Devraj Ray

Having relaunched in the middle of the financial crisis and lived to tell the tale, the joint chiefs of Positive Lending are embracing the changes facing the industry and are confident the specialist packager will become an even bigger player in the second charge market

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Nic Cicutti: Osborne shows grasp of personal finance

11 December 2014

Like Gordon Brown, George Osborne is a highly political Chancellor but one who understands how personal finance resonates with the public.

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MM leader: Osborne has not addressed the real problem

11 December 2014

There is more to stamp duty move than simple electioneering.

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Outflanked: Osborne has stolen the election...and Ed Balls just stood and watched

5 December 2014

The Chancellor’s decision to axe the hated “slab” stamp duty system could seal the 2015 election for the Conservatives.

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Stuart Gregory: Solicitors need to up their game

11 November 2014

Too many delays lay solely at the feet of this one element of the home-buying process.

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Alan Lakey: Flawed mortgage logic only hurts lenders

31 October 2014

Halifax is encouraging lower-quality lending and penalising the applicants it should be looking to help.

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Robert Sinclair: Buy-to-let traps

10 October 2014

The decision by the Treasury to regulate buy-to-let loans where there is an accidental landlord is a clever sleight of hand to capture the smallest niche possible.


Alan Lakey: Rate increase bombshell is looming

5 September 2014

As advisers we are often expected to be adviser, marriage guidance counsellor and often clairvoyant.

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Alan Lakey: Illogic is king in the mortgage market

27 August 2014

The old adage that “rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools” has never been more appropriate.

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Buy to Let Watch


Buy-to-letwatch: Enhance criteria instead of rates

4 March 2015 | By David Whittaker, managing director, Mortgages for Business

When the lenders can go no lower on headline rates, how will they compete? Hopefully by improving their criteria 

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Marketwatch: Have mortgage rates hit their nadir?

4 March 2015 | By Andrew Montlake, Director, Coreco Group

With the FTSE hitting a new high and Greece extending its bailout, things are looking up. But have mortgage rates hit their nadir?

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Bridgingwatch: End-to-end transparency

25 February 2015 | By Phil Jay, director, Complete FS

The sector is in rude health but some lenders’ sharp practices, such as ‘honeypot’ marketing, mean we still need end-to-end transparency  

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