Two major lenders have reported a strong uptake in the first month of the government's extended Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Halifax said they had received a total of 2,384 applications, potentially worth £365m in mortgages.
The scheme is designed to encourage lenders to offer mortgages with deposits as low as 5%.
But critics are concerned it could help to create a UK housing bubble.
RBS and its subsidiary NatWest, and Halifax - owned by Lloyds Banking Group - are among the few lenders to offer mortgages under the government's extended scheme.
Congratulations to Laura Stafford and Emily Rowe who passed their examination for the NFOPP Technical Award for Residential Letting and Property Management last week.
NFOPP (The National Federation of Property Professionals) is the parent body of the letting industry body ARLA and the estate agent body NAEA. The technical award requires serious commitment from each team member that undertakes the training, with a ten week study program and in-house training for each module, followed by four separate examinations in:
Unit 1 - Health and Safety, Security and General Law
Unit 2 - Legal Aspects of Letting and Management
Unit 3 - Residential Property Letting Practice
Unit 4 - Residential Property Management Practice
The qualification allows both Laura and Emily to become members of ARLA with more than ten other members of the scottfraser team.
"We are very proud of all of our team members who have passed the technical award program. scottfraser invest heavily in training with both NFOPP examinations and motivational training with some leading consultants within the industry." Says Andrew Greenwood. "We have one of the most qualified and dedicated teams in Oxfordshire and with further exams planned in for later this year. We hope to soon have all team members with at least one formal qualification in residential lettings and property management."
Well done girls, you have done us proud!
Laura Stafford - Assistant Manager (East Oxford Office) 01865 244666
Emily Rowe - Lettings Negotiator (Headington Office) 01865 761111