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Scottish & Southern Energy lead the way in the simplification of the energy switching process

light switchScottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has laid a marker down to its competitors becoming the first supplier out of the so called ‘Big Six’ to offer a faster switching service in what could prove a watershed moment for disenfranchised energy customers everywhere. Continue reading

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Energy, Latest News Tags: , , , Comments Off

Property Spotlight: Guy Fawkes hometown of York

fireworks-1104949-m‘Remember remember the 5th November…’ but unfortunately we didn’t! However, with many bonfire and firework displays continuing over the weekend, we thought there’s still time for us jump on the bandwagon!

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Buying, Estate Agents, For Sale Tags: , , , , , , , Comments Off

Countrywide Lettings Scoop Top 4 Industry Awards

Gold_LargeLettingAgencyOTY_originalCountrywide plc, the UK’s largest integrated property services group, has been named Large Lettings Agency of the Year, Employer of the Year and Property Management Company of the Year at The Negotiator Awards 2014. Countrywide plc were also delighted to receive the silver award for Innovator of the Year. Continue reading

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Santander to break the mould with launch of lifetime mortgages in 2015

 

MortgageBritish borrowers who find themselves unable to afford their repayments from their interest-only mortgages at the point of their expiry will be able to acquire a fresh mortgage deal till they die, as Santander officially unveiled plans to provide lifetime mortgages from next year.
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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Finance, Industry News, Mortgages Tags: , , , 1 Comment

Interest rates could be retained at historic low for a while yet, says a Bank of England Governor

 

Question MarkInterest rates might be retained at their historic low of 0.5% for far longer than first expected, the Bank of England’s deputy governor has identified, in what will be welcome remarks to those suffering from the inflationary pressures of stagnant wage growth in the UK at present. Continue reading

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Mastercard unveils pioneering biometric bank card using thumbprint technology as identification

 

thumb-printMastercard has unveiled its pioneering biometric bank card enabling consumers to carry out transactions in shops across the UK using their thumbprint as identification.
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Property Spotlight: Trick or Treat?

5 formation of flying batsToday when dusk turns to dark, fright night begins and soon the nation’s children, out to spook us in their favourite Halloween costumes, will descend upon our door steps to ask one simple question – Trick or Treat? So we’re beating them to it! Continue reading

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Buying, Estate Agents, For Sale, Property Market Tags: , , , , , Comments Off

Bank of England proposals could require a third of new landlords to put down larger deposits

 

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The Bank of England have recently outlined a new proposal to impose stricter lending criteria for buy-to-let investors. If agreed, these extra powers could see new buy-to-let landlords having to put down a 40% deposit in order to secure a mortgage.

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Posted by: Leanne Halsey Categories: Industry News, Letting, Mortgages Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment