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?”

Is there life after Help-to-Buy?

The Help-to-Buy ISA is closing to new savers after 30 November 2019. Existing account holders will still be able to keep their Help-to-Buy ISAs, but must claim their 25 per cent bonus (payable on completion of a first home purchase) by 1 December 2030. For nearly four years this ISA has helped prospective first-time buyers … Continue reading “Is there life after Help-to-Buy?”

Shortage of suitable homes scuppers downsizing plans

Once their offspring have left home, parents can often find the family house is too big for their needs and expensive to maintain. That’s why, as retirement approaches, many people think about downsizing, and moving to a smaller, easier-to-manage home that’s cheaper to run. However, it seems that suitable properties might not be that easy … Continue reading “Shortage of suitable homes scuppers downsizing plans”

Lifetime ISA investors losing out to high fees

People using the Lifetime ISA to save for a first home, or to boost their retirement income, may be sacrificing thousands of pounds to avoidable management fees. But lower cost alternatives are available. The Lifetime ISA (LISA) has been a godsend for first-time buyers, offering the fastest way to save a deposit for a first … Continue reading “Lifetime ISA investors losing out to high fees”

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)”

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”

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”