Property News

2018 for consumers: price rises, volatile pound and interest rate hikes

Written by : News | Wed 10th Jan 2018

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Looking back over the year that is gone, there were few signs of relief for the average household.

Property tips: Keep your hallways bright and welcoming all year round

Written by : News | Wed 10th Jan 2018

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Not with fairy lights but with a new look for the walls and floors or even a new balustrade to create a real wow factor.

Porsche could ban out-of-hour emails – but what other companies already have these policies in place?

Written by : News | Wed 10th Jan 2018

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German carmaker Porsche may soon follow in the footsteps of rivals Daimler and Volkswagen by banning out-of-hours emails for its employees.

I owned a home briefly years ago, do I qualify as a first-time buyer to avoid stamp duty - and how would I get caught out?

Written by : News | Wed 10th Jan 2018

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I am buying my first home and was delighted when the Budget revealed a stamp duty cut for first-time buyers up to £300,000.

House prices rose £28 a DAY on average in 2017, with Clevedon, Ashbourne and Tewkesbury being the biggest winners

Written by : News | Wed 10th Jan 2018

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Homeowners have been 'earning' almost £30 a day by doing little more than sitting still on the property ladder, it has been revealed.

Slash £2k off your mortgage bills AND beat rate hikes: Our ingenious New Year trick to ensure your family budget doesn't feel the pinch

Written by : News | Wed 10th Jan 2018

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Homeowners could slash thousands of pounds from their mortgage costs by preparing now for the looming interest rate hikes.

The twelve days of Christmas ... the big trends of 2017 from stamp duty cuts to loft conversions

Written by : News | Wed 10th Jan 2018

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On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . .

We have a new mortgage and would like to travel for a year. Can we do it?

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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We need to know if we’ll have to change our mortgage to a buy-to-let, even if we don’t plan to make a profit

How the super rich in London can pay LESS council tax than a family in Wiltshire... and an old extension could make your bill soar

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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Big imbalances in Britain's council tax system mean that owners can find a smaller property costs more than a larger home, theirs costs more than their neighbours and homes for the wealthy can be cheaper than those for families.

Empty homes council tax rise unlikely to deter rich owners, say critics

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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Hammond’s 100% extra tax on vacant property dismissed as ‘joke’ unlikely to hit wealthy buyers or spur re-use of housing

Should the proceeds of a property sale be used to pay for care home care?

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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My parents-in-law might move nearer us, but one of them requires nursing home care and we don’t know the rules around paying for it

House prices UK: Is buying a home still a sound investment for YOUR hard-earned cash?

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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There was an increase in the number of homes sold in October, according to the latest data released from HMRC. 

Meet China’s five richest billionaires who’ve gone from nothing to $166bn

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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The wealthiest person on the list has seen their fortune multiply fourfold in the last year alone

A housebuilding drive, stamp duty cuts and what about buy-to-let? What the Budget has in store for home owners, buyers and landlords

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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Housing has been widely tipped to steal the show in Wednesday's Budget, with the Prime Minister saying this week it's now her 'personal mission' to build more homes.

Budget 2017: What does Philip Hammond's announcement mean for buy-to-let landlords?

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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Buy-to-let landlords who have been targeted by a three per cent surcharge on the Stamp Duty have welcomed the decision to scrap it.

Hammond bets the house: Chancellor ends austerity with £25bn Budget splurge SCRAPPING stamp duty on £300,000 homes for first-time buyers and pumping £3bn into Brexit plans to save his job

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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Philip Hammond effectively ended austerity today with a £25billion Budget splurge that abolished stamp duty for most first time buyers and pumped £3billion into preparing for Brexit.

Landlords relieved as buy-to-let avoids becoming a Budget 'whipping boy' again, but tax breaks for longer-term tenancies fail to arrive

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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Landlords breathed a sigh of relief as fears of another Budget tax raid proved unfounded - with the only buy-to-let reference a pledge to look into longer-term tenancies.

Want to make sure you get your rental deposit back? We reveal the main reasons why landlords refuse to return cash at the end of tenancies

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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It's often cited as the reason why tenants struggle to rent. Saving for a rental deposit of typically up to six weeks' rent while also paying a month's rent upfront can be financially crippling. 

House prices up £11k in a year, official data shows, and values are now rising fastest in the North West as it becomes new hotspot for growth

Written by : News | Mon 11th Dec 2017

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The average property price increased 5.4 per cent in the year to September 2017, official figures reveal this morning.

House prices hit record high after rising at fastest pace in eight months

Written by : News | Mon 13th Nov 2017

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Average cost of home jumps to £225,109, a rise of 4 per cent for the year and an all-time record high