It pays to get advice

Buying a house involves making lots of decisions, some simpler than others. Finding the right house in your chosen location can be the easy part, finding the best and most suitable mortgage deal for your financial circumstances can prove to be more of a headache. With so many mortgage deals available in the market how … Continue reading “It pays to get advice”

Homeowners would rather improve than move

New evidence suggests that, in England and Wales, many more of us are putting down roots and choosing to stay in our current homes for longer. It used to be that homeowners moved four times after their first purchase but now it is closer to two.  Research1 carried out by Queen’s University Belfast points to … Continue reading “Homeowners would rather improve than move”

Preparation is key to stress free home buying

A recent industry survey1 showed that 41% of people feel stressed by the mortgage process, taking the fun out of looking for a new home.  Although applying for a mortgage can involve alot  of paperwork, and the new affordability rules introduced by the industry regulator in 2014  mean borrowers face many more detailed questions before … Continue reading “Preparation is key to stress free home buying”

Looking for a mortgage in later life

With people getting on to the property ladder at all stages in life, a growing number are looking for mortgage finance in their 50s and beyond.  This has created demand for greater flexibility, and lenders are now beginning to address the needs of this age group. THE OLDER BORROWER Following the Mortgage Market Review in … Continue reading “Looking for a mortgage in later life”

July’s inflation statistics: another gloomy sign about the UK’s prospects?

What conclusions can be drawn from the most recent inflation statistics? Is it a sign of the UK’s ongoing weakness, alongside slower wage growth, and therefore another reason to avoid UK assets? Or should investors be encouraged by lower inflation? After all, it continues to lag wage growth, and at some points consumers must surely … Continue reading “July’s inflation statistics: another gloomy sign about the UK’s prospects?”

How long should you fix your mortgage for?

Most new mortgages are fixed deals as home buyers try to beat potential interest rate rises – and there’s been an increase in how long people are fixing for. Nearly half (48%) of new mortgages were for fixes of longer than five years in the most recent figures analysed by mortgage provider Paragon. This is … Continue reading “How long should you fix your mortgage for?”

Do you have the mortgage of Damocles?

Some borrowers are living with a sword hanging over their heads: a mortgage they have little or no hope of repaying. One possible answer is the “lifetime mortgage” – but it’s hardly ideal. What is an interest-only mortgage?  It’s one where only the interest is paid off each month, so the full amount must be repaid … Continue reading “Do you have the mortgage of Damocles?”

Autumn Budget 2017

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has unveiled his Budget to Parliament – here’s a brief summary of some of the measures announced which may affect your own personal finances. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) abolished for first-time buyers on homes under £300,000 from 22 November First-time buyers of homes worth between £300,000 and … Continue reading “Autumn Budget 2017”

Young and in debt

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt” – Herbert Hoover Today’s younger generation may well be discovering the truth of Hoover’s remarks as they adjust to living with the consequences of the 2008 banking crisis. Millennials – typically defined as those born between the 1980s and early 2000s – face lower … Continue reading “Young and in debt”

Are you a mortgage prisoner?

‘Mortgage prisoners’ are having their sentences extended due to Brexit, according to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) chief executive Andrew Bailey1.  Prior to the referendum the FCA had been ‘making progress’ with the EU over reforming the Mortgage Credit Directive, which had resulted in people being unable to remortgage onto cheaper deals, due to no longer … Continue reading “Are you a mortgage prisoner?”