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”

How the bank of Mum & Dad can help first-time buyers

With property prices out of sync with wages, high rents and living costs rising, it comes as little surprise that first-time buyers are finding it hard to afford the deposit for a home. Unsurprisingly, many find they need to turn to the Bank of Mum and Dad for some additional financial help. The challenge facing … Continue reading “How the bank of Mum & Dad can help first-time buyers”

Two more years of Help to Buy will benefit First-Timers

The 2018 Budget contained measures aimed at tackling housing issues, including welcome news that the Government’s Help to Buy scheme was to be extended. Help to Buy was launched back in 2013 and is designed to make home ownership more accessible to first-time buyers and home movers. Under the scheme, the government offers a loan … Continue reading “Two more years of Help to Buy will benefit First-Timers”

UK housing market at a crossroads

The UK housing market is facing a unique combination of pressures, which could have major consequences for first-time buyers and sellers alike. In particular, the long-term trend of climbing house prices may be losing steam – but is this good news or bad news? Five straight months of falling house prices in London is just … Continue reading “UK housing market at a crossroads”