A rundown on the 2017 Autumn Budget

Philip Hammond has delivered his second Budget as chancellor. Here are the key points of his speech. Autumn Budget 2017: Stamp duty and housing Stamp duty to be abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000 To help those in London and other expensive areas, the first £300,000 of the cost of […]

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Why more and more young people are relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad to buy their first home

Rising house prices and more stringent affordability criteria on lending is making it increasingly difficult for first-time buyers to afford a home of their own. It’s therefore unsurprising that more and more young people are relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad in order to get a foot onto the housing ladder. In fact, recent […]

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The impact of the interest rate rise on the property market

Following a decision made by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee last week, interest rates grew for the first time in a decade, rising by 0.25% up to 0.5%. Marking the first increase since July 2007, the aim of the rise is to reduce the rate of inflation which has been largely attributed the […]

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Bristol and the South West property investment hotspot

With a robust housing market and strong economic activity, Bristol has been awarded ‘property hotspot’ status with property values in the city rising faster than any other in the country in 2016. (1) Here we explore why Bristol and the South West region is topping the desirability charts and why we think it’s such a high-potential […]

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10 ways to spot an up-and-coming area for house price growth

Spotting an up-and-coming area is every homeowner’s and property investor’s dream – and for good reason. Property hotspots, if you time your entry well, can result in greater capital growth ahead of the natural house price movements. But how do you find a town, village or city where prices are about to start increasing? The […]

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Property development pitfalls and the common development traps

Many of us are tempted by the idea of buying a property, doing it up and selling it for a huge profit. Unfortunately, only a handful of property developers will ever get past their first investment and even less will create a successful career out of it. Even in a rising market, it’s possible to […]

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Scaremongering Tactics – Looking beyond the headlines and considering the context

It’s a well-known fact that property will always make UK headlines. As a nation, we have become obsessed with property prices – watching back-to-back property shows on TV, gazing through estate agent windows and endlessly scrolling through popular property websites. In fact, according to research conducted by Direct Line Home Insurance, 63% of Brits admit […]

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Brexit Boom – How house prices have risen despite economic uncertainty

It’s been a hot topic for homeowners, prospective buyers and investors ever since the shock referendum result last year. Now, one year on from the decision to leave, what impact has Brexit really had on the UK property market? Considering the recent and ongoing political uncertainty, it appears that the UK economy may in fact […]

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Will the State Pension be enough to fund your retirement lifestyle?

Are you one of the six million people who will now have to work a year longer following today’s changes to the State Pension? Today, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke announced that the State Pension age is to rise to 68 from 2037, seven years earlier than originally proposed. Those affected are […]

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Move or improve? How to increase the value of your home

It’s the age-old question – should you move or improve? Whether you’re a property investor, a landlord or a homeowner, you’re likely to want to maximise the value of your property. Home renovations can be costly, and may take time and effort to complete; however the ‘fix what you have’ approach may well be the […]

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