Residential Property Review – December 2020

Positive start for property market in 2021 The property market is expected to start 2021 with a bang, according to experts. Low interest rates, combined with the imminent expiry of both the existing Help to Buy scheme and the Stamp Duty holiday, mean that the market is expected to be busier than ever going into … Continue reading “Residential Property Review – December 2020”

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”

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?”

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?”

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?”

New property trends emerge following lockdown

The property market is gradually showing signs of recovery and a number of new trends are emerging. It’s likely that these trends will continue to influence the market over the coming months. Sales rise due to high demand Pent-up demand and incentives including the temporary Stamp Duty holiday have provided a much-needed boost to the … Continue reading “New property trends emerge following lockdown”

Rain or shine? A guide to weathering the UK economy

The UK’s favourite habit is talking about the weather. But lately the economy has proved even harder to predict. So what’s the forecast for businesses, homebuyers, savers, investors and spenders? ‘The economy is bouncing back.’ ‘There’s a recession coming.’ ‘Don’t panic!’ ‘We’re all doomed.’ To say there are mixed messages about the UK economy right … Continue reading “Rain or shine? A guide to weathering the UK economy”

Economic Review of July 2020

UK Economy Recovering Although recent data has confirmed that the UK economy is recovering from its coronavirus lockdown slump, the longer-term outlook (unsurprisingly) remains decidedly unclear. Official data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the UK economy grew by 1.8% in May, following April’s record 20.3% contraction. While this modest rebound … Continue reading “Economic Review of July 2020”