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Three steps to home heaven

Legal & General has produced a guide for homeowners to explain Government legislation on sellers&#39 packs due to come into force in 2005.

The guide explains in three steps what sellers will have to do before they put their home on the market.

The first step is to get a mortgage agreement in principle before househunting. This will help househunters know how much they can afford and when they have found a property it will help to speed up a formal loan offer.

The second step is to prepare for the legal work. L&G is offering movers, concerned about costs if a sale falls through, conveyancing on a free fees basis if a sale fails.

The third step is to protect the home move. L&G says because nothing is guaranteed until contracts are exchanged, it will offer buyers and sellers protection insurance to cover the costs if the deal falls through due to adverse survey, death, gazumping or job loss.


Financial roadshows to offer themed expertise

Training and development firm Summits Afoot is setting up a new company to offer free roadshows for financial services professionals.The Partnership in Planning company will run roadshows around a financial planning theme, offering technical knowledge as well as product ideas.The conferences are sponsored by product providers and admission for delegates is free. A series of […]

Highly charged

This year, I will be celebrating 20 years in financial services. In 1994, I undertook some prudent measures which I believed would provide a stable income instead of the helter-skelter of good month, bad month.Since then, all regular-premium business has been on non-indemnity commission. Furthermore, I have built up over £5m in funds paying trail […]

Product Matters

Inheritance tax planning is one of the areas of financial planning that has by and large managed to resist the onslaught of low-cost, league table-driven, direct-access solutions for consumers.The two most obvious reasons for this are that the sort of people affected by IHT tend by definition to have the cash to pay someone else […]

Optimism despite global gloom

The UK housing market looks set to remain buoyant in 2002 despite concerns over a global econ- omic slowdown, according to Yorkshire Bank.Its quarterly survey of attitudes towards the UK property market found nine out of 10 people say the economic climate has no effect on their intention to buy a house this year.The number […]


Guide: reporting to the Pensions Regulator — what and when?

Johnson Fleming has published a step-by-step guide demonstrating the importance of record keeping and reporting, and how it can ensure you operate a successful scheme. The guide takes you through some key questions you need to ask and identifies the information you need to obtain. The topics include: why you need to keep records and the benefits of doing this; registering your scheme; what information you need to record to ensure you meet the Pensions Regulator’s requirements; and what items need to be recorded and when.


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