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National Counties launches stepped discount mortgages

National Counties Building Society is offering stepped discount mortgages linked to its standard variable rate of 6.99 per cent.

For borrowers paying their own application and legal fees for purchases and remortgages National Counties offers a 1 year discount of 2.25 per cent followed by a second year discount of 1.25 per cent.

For remortgages only, National Counties offers a version with the application fee waived and legal fees paid, carrying a 2 per cent discount in the first year and a 1 per cent discount in the second year.


The DIY approach

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Cazalet says commission influences IFAs

Influential analyst Ned Cazalet is predicting a bleak future for the IFA market. Cazalet claims IFAs will be squeezed out of the market as their bread and butter products become unviable because of low inflation and lower investment returns together with high charges and commission. His views follow the publication of the Myners&#39 report into […]

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