Has Covid changed your retirement plans?

One of the pandemic’s lesser effects is how it has upset many long-term plans. Many Brits have been forced to reassess their retirement choices and perhaps make snap decisions. But if your planned retirement looks suddenly in doubt, what should you do? The best-laid plans often go wrong, as Robert Burns observed, and few things … Continue reading “Has Covid changed your retirement plans?”

SVR mortgage confusion costs homeowners over £4k

At least 1 in 4 mortgage holders are needlessly losing money every month by paying the maximum interest – and it could be many more. And yet it’s now relatively much cheaper to obtain a 5-year fixed rate mortgage for longer-term certainty. Over a quarter of homeowners with mortgages have ended up on their lender’s … Continue reading “SVR mortgage confusion costs homeowners over £4k”

How will house prices move in 2021?

Having hit an all-time high in December 2020, UK house prices once again stand on the brink of uncertainty. Will the fall, rise, stay the same – or something else? Despite being one of the most economically turbulent years in living memory, 2020 ended with UK house prices – almost incredibly – at a record … Continue reading “How will house prices move in 2021?”

90% mortgages are back – but there’s a catch

First-time buyers can once again get on the property ladder with a deposit as low as 10%. However, the interest rates they now face may exceed 5%. Are there still affordable first mortgages out there? After several months being shut out in the cold, first-time homebuyers can now borrow up to 90% of the value … Continue reading “90% mortgages are back – but there’s a catch”

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?”

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?”

‘Generation Buy’ – PM pledges 95% fixed-rate mortgages

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to bring back affordable 95% mortgages and ‘create two million more owner-occupiers’ under a new scheme already being dubbed ‘Generation Buy’.  It is not yet at all clear how the scheme would work, or what it might cost, but millions of frustrated buyers are doubtless hoping that it might help … Continue reading “‘Generation Buy’ – PM pledges 95% fixed-rate mortgages”

Financial decisions are hardest – but are women better at them?

Research by UCL and Barclays has confirmed that people struggle most of all with financial decisions. But while some women are emerging as more confident investors with the rewards to show for it, others are being left behind. Believe it or not, people agonise more over where to invest their money than they do over … Continue reading “Financial decisions are hardest – but are women better at them?”

Remortgage to renovate: the new UK property trend

A growing number of homeowners are turning to remortgaging to release funds to improve their homes and raise their value. Meanwhile some lenders are seeing remortgagers as a safer prospect than new buyers, resulting in better deals becoming available. Being locked down at home has given millions more Brits a chance to notice the peeling … Continue reading “Remortgage to renovate: the new UK property trend”