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Jan 2022

Financial Advice: a £4bn market

Over £4 billion earned by financial advisors in 2020 In 2020, intermediaries and advisors offering advice on retail investments earned over £4 billion in revenue. IRN expects this to have risen to near £5 billion in 2021. These findings come from the IRN Research report Retail Financial Advisors 2021. 2020 was a difficult year for financial investing given the COVID crisis but markets recovered in...

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05

Nov 2021

35 million homeowners

19.2 million homes in owner occupation There are around 35 million homeowners in the UK, owning 19.2 million homes. Homeowner split into outright owners who own their homes without a mortgage and those buying their home with a mortgage (mortgagees). 51% of owner occupied homes are owned by outright owners and 49% by mortgagees. Compared with outright owners, those buying with a mortgage are more...

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29

Oct 2021

Non-FTBs mortgage customer journey

Six-in-ten recent Non-FTBs mortgage journey takers affected by COVID IRN Research have released their new report Non-First Time Buyers Mortgage Customer Journey 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mortgage customer journeys of individuals who were not first time buyers when they purchased their homes (i.e. non-FTBs). Overall, 61% of non-FTBs who purchased their homes during the COVID years of 2020...

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18

Oct 2021

Seven-in-ten FTBs impacted by COVID

67% of FTB buyers feel the effects of the pandemic IRN Research have just published the First Time Buyer Mortgage Customer Journey Report 2021. This shows that 67% of first-time buyers (FTBs) who purchased their homes during the COVID years of 2020 and 2021 were impacted by COVID. COVID generally reduced home buying activity among FTBs, with the main negative effects coming at the start...

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06

Oct 2021

Recovery in 2021 as housing transactions set to reach 1.5m but still uncertainties ahead

The Conveyancing Market Trends Report 2021 states that the market is recovering after COVID-19 restrictions but there are still questions about the health of the market going forward. Key findings: The pandemic hit the conveyancing market hard in the first half of 2020 but residential property transaction volumes began to grow again in the second half of the year. The overall result was a decrease...

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13

Aug 2021

BTL gross mortgage lending falls by 12% in 2020 under the impact of COVID-19

Buy to let mortgage market under COVID-19 The IRN Research Report Targeting Buy-to-Let Landlords 2021 found that gross BLT mortgage lending declined by almost 12% in 2020. Recent legislative and tax changes have had a negative impact on the BTL market from 2016 onwards and these negative forces were compounded in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the market is expected to see a recovery...

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05

Aug 2021

Some improvement in personal injury market in 2021/22 but still uncertainty for many firms

Value growth in the personal injury (PI) market stalled in 2020 as the pandemic hit claims numbers and revenues for many firms while cashflows were impacted by delays in completing cases.  There was a 1.5% decline in market value in 2020 although larger PI firms performed much better than the rest of the market. The last 12 months have seen the divide between the larger...

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26

Jul 2021

18% of insurance consumers make COVID-related adjustments

COVID-19 changes consumer insurance behaviour 18% of consumers who currently own any type of insurance either cancelled a policy or switched to cheaper alternatives because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings come from the IRN Research report, The Insurance Consumer 2021. As a result of these changes, the amount consumers in total spend on general insurance produces declined by around 6% in 2020, compared with...

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