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Got A Property or Mortgage Related Question? Ask Ed & Monty

17th April 2014 - 0 Comments.

For those of you not aware, the BBC has been showing a “fly-on-the-wall” documentary on the lives of Estate Agents, Under Offer,  which is both entertaining and interesting. One of the stars of this is one of the most knowledgeable agents in London, Douglas & Gordons very own Ed Mead who has forgotten more about […]

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House Prices Rocket Whilst Inflation Drops

15th April 2014 - 0 Comments.

The results of this weeks’ House Price Index from the Office for National Statistics, (ONS) makes for some remarkable and thought-provoking reading. The highlights from the report :- UK house prices increased by 9.1% in the year to February 2014, up from 6.8% in the year to January 2014. Annual house price increases in England […]

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Buy To Let Market Continues to Rock

14th April 2014 - 0 Comments.

Whilst all the talk has been about the Mortgage Market Review recently and no doubt we will get back to that soon enough, the Buy To Let market has been quietly storming ahead as lenders look to make hay while the sun is shining. Although there have been a couple of reports saying that rental […]

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Fixed Rates Continue to Rise And MMR Begins

07th April 2014 - 0 Comments.

Coreco were again in The Sunday Times this weekend talking about the fact that the pricing of mortgages, especially over 5 years, seems to be tripping upwards once more. There has been a  hike in SWAP rates over the last couple of weeks and 5 year pricing looks to be the most affected. Already the […]

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London Property Powers On

27th March 2014 - 0 Comments.

It has been an interesting time in the property market. Many of us sat watching the Chancellor deliver another budget, hoping that the big news was finally going to be a much rumoured change in Stamp Duty. Perhaps a new 2% rate band or even the holy grail of a complete overhaul to charge the […]

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The Bingo Budget – A Boon for Interest Only Mortgages?

20th March 2014 - 0 Comments.

In just under an hour our dear Chancellor delivered the latest budget blockbuster, under a torrent of attempted heckles from an opposition struggling to gain a foothold in the conversation. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a Tory sympathiser, but it was hard to see a chink in the Chancellors smile as he rattled […]

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Mortgage Market Update – Pre-Budget Days

17th March 2014 - 0 Comments.

As if by magic Budget time is almost upon us once more and the political elite, (ha ha “elite”, I made myself laugh then), are gearing up for the usual playground antics and point scoring that envelops such an event. With an election on the horizon this has even more significance and it will be […]

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Coreco : Award Winners Again

28th February 2014 - 0 Comments.

Good news from Coreco Towers this week as on Wednesday night at The Grosvenor House Ballroom in London, Coreco walked off with the Award for the Best Use of Technology by a Broker. The prestigious Mortgage Strategy Awards was filled with over 1,000 of the industries finest and this award was particularly pleasing as it […]

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Guest Blog From Ed Mead – Who Is Now Overseeing Estate Agents?

24th February 2014 - 0 Comments.

The latest Guest Post offering is from the legendary Ed Mead, @ed_mead on Twitter, from the highly respected London Estate Agents Douglas & Gordon. Here Ed talks about the latest step in regulating Estate Agents.   Powys Council and HMRC to oversee estate agents from 1st April; if it had been written on 1st April […]

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About Monty

Andrew Montlake, Director and Spokesperson for Coreco, gives his honest and forthright views on the mortgage market, economy and all things property related. Monty was voted "Mortgage Personality of the year 2008" and is the current holder of the British Mortgage Awards "Best Press Spokesperson" title. Expect expert analysis, delivered in a down to earth style with a side helping of exuberance.