Bank of Mum & Dad still paving the way to property purchases

Children are still relying on financial assistance from their parents to get their foot on the property ladder. For ‘Generation Rent’, becoming a homeowner is harder than ever, meaning that the Bank of Mum and Dad continues to play a significant role. Parental support has become so vital, in fact, that the Bank of Mum … Continue reading “Bank of Mum & Dad still paving the way to property purchases”

Are your finances mortgage-ready?

Time spent organising your finances before you apply for a mortgage will help lenders assess your suitability and may even result in them lending you more. ASSESS CURRENT DEBTS A prospective lender will want to know about any debts you already have. If you can afford to, pay down loans and credit card balances, but … Continue reading “Are your finances mortgage-ready?”

Homeowners put off moving due to stress

If you find yourself recoiling at the prospect of selling up and finding a new property, you’re not alone. Quite apart from Brexit uncertainty and the housing market slowdown, it seems that many homeowners are putting off moving because it’s simply too stressful. Concerns about moving to a new location, having noisy neighbours and high … Continue reading “Homeowners put off moving due to stress”

Virgin boasts the longest fixed-rate mortgage

Super-long fixed rate mortgage deals continue to make a comeback, as Virgin Money launches the first 15-year fixed since 2008.  The mortgage is available for buyers with surprisingly low deposits – but such long deals may not be right for every buyer. The first 15-year fixed rate mortgage in a decade has come onto the … Continue reading “Virgin boasts the longest fixed-rate mortgage”

How to save up a deposit in 6 years (or less)

Saving a deposit for your first home can seem like a mountain to climb. However, if you approach this challenge in the right way you’ll find it can be conquered – just as mountains can be. There’s a cruel paradox at the heart of the housing market, which is that it’s usually more expensive to rent … Continue reading “How to save up a deposit in 6 years (or less)”

Optimist vs pessimist – what does it mean for your money?

Is your glass half full or half empty? When managing your money and ensuring your financial security, both optimism and pessimism have key roles to play. Does it matter if you’re an optimist or a pessimist? Optimism is generally considered far more desirable, and research has consistently correlated it to many positive outcomes, ranging from … Continue reading “Optimist vs pessimist – what does it mean for your money?”

Brexit delay spurs the housing market

The slowdown in the housing market caused by Brexit uncertainty is showing signs of shifting, thanks to the postponement of the UK’s leaving date. Asking prices are bouncing back as more homeowners decide they can wait no longer. After more than six months of falling buyer enquiries, the slowest house price growth for six years … Continue reading “Brexit delay spurs the housing market”

A French twist on equity release arrives in the UK

More people in retirement are turning to their homes as a source of cash. This usually means using a specialist equity release provider – but could an arrangement popular in France provide an alternative solution? Welcome to the strange world of the ‘viager’. Going up: the cost of living, life expectancy and the state pension age. Going … Continue reading “A French twist on equity release arrives in the UK”

Over-55s borrowing £11m a day against their homes

Many older people turned to their properties as a source of cash last year, due to the rising costs associated with later life. In 2018 homeowners borrowed nearly £11 million a day against the value of their homes, via the process known as ‘equity release’. Borrowing via equity release is at an all-time high in … Continue reading “Over-55s borrowing £11m a day against their homes”

First-time buyers keeping the market buoyant

The recent slowdown in the market has been good news for those who want to get into the housing market and make that all-important first purchase. Whilst the number of current owners moving home has come to a virtual standstill, due in part to the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the number of first-timers has increased. Analysis … Continue reading “First-time buyers keeping the market buoyant”