Thousands of homebuyers lost deposits in property freeze

The property market shutdown earlier this year proved especially painful for buyers nearing completion. In a recent survey by Butterfield Mortgages of over 1,300 homeowners and would-be homebuyers, three in 10 buyers said they had lost their exchange deposit as a consequence, due to the shutdown taking place after contracts had been exchanged. If this … Continue reading “Thousands of homebuyers lost deposits in property freeze”

Chancellor to call time on the state pension triple lock?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak may be ready to row back on the Tories’ manifesto pledge to keep the state pension triple lock, due to the coronavirus crisis. Not only has the crisis already cost the UK tens of billions of pounds, but the nature of the triple lock means that it could become even more expensive … Continue reading “Chancellor to call time on the state pension triple lock?”

Surge in demand for pension advice amid COVID confusion

The UK has seen a rapid rise in the number of people accessing their pension pots or enquiring about doing so, according to separate findings by Unbiased.co.uk and HMRC.  A combination of pressures triggered by the COVID-19 crisis is driving more Brits to raid their pensions for one reason or another. And although many are … Continue reading “Surge in demand for pension advice amid COVID confusion”

Has lockdown lifted your savings?

Though many have suffered financially from the COVID-19 lockdown, some Brits are enjoying a mini-windfall due to lower spending. If your savings have received a boost, how can you make the most of it? They say it’s an ill wind that blows no-one any good. In the midst of so much bad news – both … Continue reading “Has lockdown lifted your savings?”

Property market health check: how will house prices move?

With the reopening of the housing market in the UK, all eyes are watching to see how it responds. If you’re hoping to buy, sell, remortgage or just get on the property ladder, here’s why the coming six months could be crucial. The government has opened the starting gate on the UK housing market, and … Continue reading “Property market health check: how will house prices move?”

So can I move home now?

The government has announced that the housing market in England can reopen this week, with some restrictions still in place. Here’s what buyers, sellers, renters and remortgagers need to know. Having been put on hold since the beginning of April, the property market has been given the green light – in England, anyway. People will … Continue reading “So can I move home now?”

COVID-19 raises pension fraud threat level

Just as the coronavirus crisis has brought out the best in humanity, in the form of selfless healthcare workers and the nationwide support for them, it has also – sadly – dredged up some of the worst. There are some who see the crisis only as an ‘opportunity’ to con older people out of their … Continue reading “COVID-19 raises pension fraud threat level”

The property market fightback begins

Home-buying has virtually ground to a halt due to the lockdown – but efforts are already underway to get the market moving again. Remote valuation and viewings, and the return of low-deposit mortgages, are among the encouraging signs. Positive signs are emerging that the UK property market may soon restart some activities in a limited … Continue reading “The property market fightback begins”

Why it’s time to stand by your workplace pension

The coronavirus lockdown is forcing millions of us to reduce our spending and economise. But one thing you shouldn’t cut back on, if possible, is contributing to your workplace pension. When minimum workplace pension contributions were raised to 5 per cent (for employees) last year, some commentators raised concerns that this would hurt the take-home … Continue reading “Why it’s time to stand by your workplace pension”

The UK property market freeze – what it means for you

The COVID-19 lockdown has put the UK’s housing market on hold. Find out what impact this could have on you, whether you’re hoping to buy, sell, move home or just remortgage – and how long it might last. The UK government has defied King Canute, and held back the UK’s most powerful tide: the property … Continue reading “The UK property market freeze – what it means for you”