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2011

Land banking scams on the increase

Land banking is where an area of land is acquired, by alleged ‘developers’, which is then sub-divided into smaller plots . These are then sold, often under the false pretext that planning consent for development will be granted. Needless to say, prices are grossly inflated above true values. I am pleased to say that we have not had many enquiries for […]

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Farm bridging finance – warning!

We have been receiving a number of enquiries about farm bridging finance. Some of these have come from farmers who are sitting tenants, wanting to buy their farm from a landlord. For example, the Duchy of Lancaster has been selling off a lot of land in 2011. Often there is a huge gain to be […]

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Renewable energy news – some good some bad!

Not surprisingly, we are getting a number of enquiries for finance for renewable energy projects. Whilst we get some enquiries for finance for anaerobic digestion plants (where the investment is higher) most enquiries are for finance for wind turbines or finance for solar panels. A recent  announcement by the Department for Energy and Climate Change […]

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Farmland flying high

According to the most recent Land Market Survey by the Royal Institue of Chartered Surveyors, farmland prices reached an all time high in the first half of 2011 with an estimated average price of a shade over £6,000 per acre. Demand is far outsripping supply – 50% of respondents to the survey reported increases in […]

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You couldn’t make it up!

Looting a Poundland or stealing water – our riot idiots have nothing on these demi-wits mainly from across the pond.  These apparently true stories make some of our rioters look positively Einstein next to the feckless persons contained in them. Please enjoy these little anecdotes though bear in mind, whilst doing so, that these people can […]

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The riots.

I’ve read a report suggesting that the recent riots in London and other cities in England will cost the taxpayer £100m. This is on top of the distress and heartache, caused to the majority, by a mindless minority. What investor is going to put money into this once green and pleasant land if our government […]

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Call us and save £70,000

One of our competitors has recently changed the term bridging finance to opportunity finance. Presumably, the term opportunity would imply that there is some benefit to the customer. Our competitor appears to be a slick operation – on the day after you call you’ll get a visit and during this visit an assessment of your business […]

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