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Kylie&#39s home truths

Kylie Minogue tops the list of most wanted lodgers, with 41 per cent of men naming her as their ideal housemate, according to a survey of first-time buyers by Yorkshire Building Society.

However, the survey reveals that women are more practical, with 21 per cent opting for the cooking skills of Jamie Oliver rather than the good looks of Brad Pitt, who got just 13 per cent of the vote.

The survey reveals that the most important purchase for all new homebuyers was a bed at 36 per cent. However, the second choice differed between males and females, with 23 per cent of females preferring a washing machine compared with 28 per cent of males opting for a TV, DVD player or hi-fi.

The research marks the launch of a new range of mortgage products for first-time buyers available up to 100 per cent loan to value and offer a choice of fixed and variable rates.

General manager (marketing) Iain Cornish says: “Our research showed that mortgage-free living was what first-time buyers would miss the most so we have designed our new products without any major upfront costs.”


Latest protected plan launched by L&G

Legal and General is to continue its Capital Protected Investment Series with the launch of the protected index plan 3, available from April 28.The provider says the plan, which has a minimum investment of £1,000, is suitable for investors wanting a low risk option in the face of equity market volatility. It is open for […]

Newcastle Building Society – Guaranteed Property Bond 4

Tuesday, 30 April 2003 Type: Guaranteed equity bond Aim: Growth linked to the performance of the Halifax house price index Minimum-maximum investment: Lump sum £1,000-£500,000 Term: Five years Guarantee: Original capital returned in full regardless of performance in index Return: 85% of average growth in index at end of term Closing date: June 9, 2003 […]

Secret agency?

Following a plane crash in Tibet, two men and a woman end up with superhuman powers and are now working for the top-secret Nemesis organisation. They&#39re the tops. The best. The peak. They&#39re the Champions.Or are they in fact fledgling consultancy Onevoice? Looking marginally more like the early 1970s superheroes than a still from Popstars: […]

First step in the definition debate

The FSA&#39s much anticipated publication of a definition of misselling has been greeted with something less than overwhelming enthusiasm by the industry trade bodies which have been lobbying so hard for the term to be defined.Arguably the most positive thing anyone has to say about it is that it provides a useful first step to […]

Guarantees in the retirement income market

Lorna Blyth, Royal London  Do guarantees benefit customers and, if so, when? To answer this conundrum we commissioned Millimans, a global actuarial consulting firm, to conduct an independent review of the UK retirement income market and whether guarantees really do offer customers better value for money. The brief The study was one of the most comprehensive undertaken […]


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