The national housing market reported another increase in mortgage lending in March.
Gross mortgage lending totalled £15.4bn during the month, up 4% on February and 33% higher than a year earlier, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
A BBC report says that lending in the first quarter of the year, traditionally a quiet period, was down on the previous three months.
The figures show that total UK mortgage lending in the first three months of the year was £46.3bn. This was 10% down on the last three months of 2013.

The national inflation rate has dropped - which is good news for businesses and homebuyers.

UK inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 1.6% in March from 1.7% in February, according to the Office for National Statistics (

It is the lowest since October 2009 and the third consecutive month to remain below the Bank of England's 2 % target rate.

The ONS says falling petrol prices played a key part in the drop.

A former construction boss is on the fast track to becoming a chartered surveyor after joining McAndrew Martin.
Simon Lee has become our 18th member of staff as we step-up expansion in our 25th year.
He has started as a Trainee Surveyor after graduating with a Masters Degree in Property Development from the University of Portsmouth School of Civil Engineering and Surveying .
Simon, who is 51, is on the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) fast-track graduate course to professional Membership because of his experience and background.

We're set to employ more staff after a surge in demand for surveys by house-buyers.
We are carrying out 40 per cent more reports this month, February 2014, compared with February 2013 as the housing market and wider economy gains pace.
The increased instructions come as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that average house prices nationwide hit £250,000 for the first time - and as the Bank of England indicated that interest rates would not rise for some time

McAndrew Martin has merged with a design and building services related company.

We have taken over the Brunel Design Group as the business continues to grow.

Staff from Brunel Design Group led by Structural Engineer Noor Awan are moving from their offices in Fareham to our headquarters at the Fairway Business Centre in Portsmouth.

The merger has bolstered the wide range of specialist services and depth of expertise we provide - including an in-house structural engineering service.

McAndrew Martin is setting its sights on expansion in 2014 after a record year.

We are aiming to boost staff numbers and step-up its residential and commercial work as we celebrates our landmark 25th anniversary in 2014.

The ambitious plans come after we enjoyed our best ever year in 2013 with a bumper 40 per cent increase in turnover amid an improving economy.

Bill McAndrew, who is Managing Director of the company, said: "All at McAndrew Martin are looking forward to our exciting 25th anniversary year of 2014 with great confidence.

The Directors and staff of McAndrew Martin attended the RICS South East Awards Evening at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking in May 2013. We were delighted to be shortlisted yet again for another prestigious award.

It was a hugely successful 2013 for the Practice, which continues to go from strength to strength with an ever increasing and - more importantly - very satisfied client base.

Due to continued expansion and an increasing client base, McAndrew Martin Chartered Surveyors are seeking new people to join our forward thinking and dynamic team.

We are looking for a range of new employees.

They include a Chartered Surveyor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, and a Trainee/Apprentice Surveyor.

We're delighted to have been shortlisted in the RICS South East Awards 2013 under three categories. They are the Building Conservation, Community Benefit and Regeneration classes. They all relate to the John Cheverton Centre on the Isle of Wight.

This reflects the very high standard of project that we are now being asked to work on and are often the result of a recommendation from one of the company's ever increasing list of very satisfied clients.

The awards evening will take place on Thursday 16th May 2013 at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking.


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