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Origo collaborates with Pisces

Origo has announced plans to collaborate with international property standards organisation Pisces.
The move follows the launch of Origos mortgage standards initiative and Pisces launch of an XML standard for homes information packs.
Pisces has published e-commerce standards in the property industry for 10 years and is publishing standards for residential conveyancing, searches, occupancy costs and investment valuations this year.
Origo managing director Paul Pettitt says: The concept for developing e-commerce standards is the same for both organisations in that we provide a common computer language that allows the efficient, automatic transfer of data between different systems.


Half of FTBs pay stamp duty

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A&L takeover draws closer after suitor confirms interest

French bank Cr裩t Agricole has confirmed it is considering a takeover bid for Alliance & Leicester. In a statement CA says it has not yet made a bid and its interest is only at an early stage.A&L shares surged over the weekend over speculation CA would make a move for its UK counterpart. A&L has […]

Peter Chadborn

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High-earners could see S2P cash slashed

Aegon says the introduction of Lord Turner’s NPSS proposals could see benefits from the state second pension almost halve for mid to high-earners. Its research reveals higher-earners could see S2P benefits cut by up to 50 a week. Turner wants S2P to be downgraded, removing the earnings’ link and just paying a flat-rate benefit. Aegon […]


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