UK catches the property auction bug

Are Brits abandoning the estate agent for the auction house? This year nearly 40% more property by value has been sold at auction, compared to 2019. Leading provider Auction House has enjoyed a record October performance, having shifted £65m worth of property in that one month alone, while John Pye Property saw transactions more than … Continue reading “UK catches the property auction bug”

Residential Property Review – November 2020

Housing market activity remains strong The October ‘UK Residential Market Survey‘ from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reported another strong month for the housing market across the UK. The survey feedback indicated that buyer enquiries, agreed sales, new instructions and prices have all remained firm. A net balance of +46% of respondents cited … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – November 2020”

Are you in a pension savings risk group?

Belonging to an ethnic minority or being a home renter are just two of the factors putting people at risk of insufficient pension savings, according to a new report. We take a deeper look at who is more likely to be retirement-ready, and who may need to save harder. Worried about your current rate of … Continue reading “Are you in a pension savings risk group?”

Coronavirus scams – how to spot and avoid them

Scammers are exploiting fears over coronavirus to target consumers. Follow these tips to avoid being scammed. There’s been a worrying increase in the number of scams since the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic.  The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received over 2,000 reports of coronavirus-related fraud in the first 3 months of the outbreak, with victims being … Continue reading “Coronavirus scams – how to spot and avoid them”

ESG – investor interest piqued?

According to recent figures1, UK-based ESG funds saw record inflows between March and July this year. In July, £362m was invested. Investing according to environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles has been a fast growth area, but you may be left wondering – what does it all mean?  ESG refers to three factors used by … Continue reading “ESG – investor interest piqued?”

Mortgage market makes ‘astonishing’ recovery

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, positive news about the mortgage market has been hard to come by. Instead, we’ve seen predictions of economic disaster, soaring unemployment rates and a deep property market slump. However, as lockdown restrictions eased, the outlook started to look more hopeful, though infection rates started to rise in early … Continue reading “Mortgage market makes ‘astonishing’ recovery”

Economic Review October 2020

UK recovery slows The latest gross domestic product (GDP) statistics show that, while the UK recovery did continue in August, the pace of growth has slowed and output still remains significantly below pre-coronavirus levels. Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the UK economy grew by 2.1% in August. A significant proportion … Continue reading “Economic Review October 2020”

Lockdown 2: Can my business still use furlough?

The UK’s new nationwide restrictions – popularly known as the ‘second lockdown’ or ‘lockdown 2’ – mean that the furlough scheme that was due to end from the start of November will now be extended. The current plan is to continue it until at least until 2 December, though it may extend further if the … Continue reading “Lockdown 2: Can my business still use furlough?”

Residential Property Review – October 2020

Our monthly property market review is intended to provide background to recent developments in the residential property market, as well as to give an indication of how some key issues could impact in the future. Housing market activity remains robust – for now Across the UK, housing market activity continued to advance strongly in September, … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – October 2020”

Can money worries remodel your brain?

Financial anxiety is a feature of many people’s daily lives at the moment. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, while the end of the furlough scheme threatens the livelihoods of many more. Lying awake at night counting the pennies may cause more harm than just making you tired the next day. A … Continue reading “Can money worries remodel your brain?”