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C&G releases homebuyers survey

Cheltenham & Gloucester is launching a new homebuyers survey that is specifically designed to be simple to read, following customer criticism of wordy and confusing surveys.

The &#39C&G Survey&#39 is an optional extra to the free standard mortgage valuation provided on all C&G mortgage applications. Customers will pay for the survey on a sliding scale, starting at £200 for properties costing under £50,000.

C&G&#39s Giles Cooper says: “We wanted to make sure the end result was more user-friendly than anything else on the market.”


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Growth fund Chases choosy investors

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Exclusive Connections cap and discount

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Bonds going bust? Not so fast….

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