Are you a mortgage prisoner?

The government pledged to tackle the issue of ‘mortgage prisoners’ – people who are trapped in an expensive mortgage because of regulations that stop them getting a cheaper one. Imagine asking to buy a meal costing £6, and being told you couldn’t afford it – then being forced to buy a meal you don’t like, … Continue reading “Are you a mortgage prisoner?”

Can you downsize to fund your retirement?

For most people lucky enough to own one, their biggest financial asset is their house.  And it may have been your long-term plan to sell up in retirement and live off the proceeds.  But when it comes to the crunch, could you do it?  Our ‘Look before you leap’ checklist below will help you get … Continue reading “Can you downsize to fund your retirement?”

Buying a house? Don’t forget these costs

If you’re house hunting the main numbers you probably think about are the house price and monthly mortgage payments. If they seem affordable then the property might be the one for you. But there’s more you need to consider which could considerably increase the cost of buying a home. Here are the eight main costs … Continue reading “Buying a house? Don’t forget these costs”

Five dos and don’ts if you’re buying to let

Are you planning to buy to let? Or perhaps you’re a landlord already. Whether you’re a first-timer or hope to expand your property portfolio, take some tips for success! Buy-to-let property investment has soared in popularity, thanks to the combination of a raft of perks and poor returns from traditional investments. Now that pension freedom … Continue reading “Five dos and don’ts if you’re buying to let”

Should you get a 30 year or longer mortgage?

The length of a mortgage is typically 25 years, yet more people are considering borrowing money for longer to bring down the average cost of monthly repayments. But taking a 30 year or longer mortgage could end costing you a lot more money. House prices rises might have slowed down, but they’re still very high … Continue reading “Should you get a 30 year or longer mortgage?”

Who has benefited from Help To Buy?

The latest statistics1 show the scheme has  helped over 220,000 home-buyers. The average house price across the scheme is £191,000, illustrating that it’s helping people buy at the lower end of the housing market. With the government having pledged earlier in the year to fix the UK’s “broken housing market” it’s welcome news that over … Continue reading “Who has benefited from Help To Buy?”

Three Ways to Cope with Losing Buy-to-Let Tax Relief

The game has changed for many buy-to-let landlords. From April 2017 the change to buy-to-let tax relief started being phased in, which could translate into a big loss of profits for many with rental properties. What can you do about it? It used to seem as if buying to let was a licence to print … Continue reading “Three Ways to Cope with Losing Buy-to-Let Tax Relief”

From student loan to your first pension and mortgage

You go to university because you want a good job and career. But what you won’t necessarily learn is how to adapt to your new life earning money and being financially responsible. Here are the top tips about work and finance that every graduate should know. There are many daunting aspects of graduating from university. … Continue reading “From student loan to your first pension and mortgage”

Buy-To-Let – Where are we now?

The buy-to-let market looks set to change in the coming years as April’s tax changes start to bite.  Buy-to-let landlords have already faced changes in Stamp Duty Land Tax in England and Wales, and Land and Buildings Transaction Tax in Scotland. New landlords, or those wanting to take on new loans, will also find themselves … Continue reading “Buy-To-Let – Where are we now?”

How your family can help you buy a home

Your parents would love to help you onto the property ladder – they just don’t have a huge lump sum to give you. Fortunately there are other ways for them to help, from guarantor mortgages to family flexible mortgages. We take you through the main options, and their pros and cons. As a first-time buyer … Continue reading “How your family can help you buy a home”