So this is Christmas, And what have you done ..?

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The mince pies have been purchased, classic Christmas movies are running on the TV, and whilst Santa’s elves find the time to wrap all the presents I’m wondering where all the time went! It has been busy year, including a baby, a Brexit, and a bon voyage! The Bank of England decided in August to… Read more »

Rainbows amongst the autumn clouds?

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You could be forgiven for thinking that current housing market news is all about Brexit, and the possible impact of the referendum result in the short to medium term. However, there’s other interesting news of which (I think) you should take note. Help To Buy – Less than three months and counting. At the start… Read more »

What’s in a number?

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Quite a lot, it would seem, if that number’s your postcode. I can tell you from experience that it’s not just an urban myth that families will move lock, stock and kitchen table in order to give their children access to the best schools. It was reported in The Scotsman that a recent study by… Read more »

Balloons may rise, base rates may fall.

Posted by & filed under Brexit, Finance, First Time Buyer, House Hunting, Housing, Life Insurance, Lifestyle, Mortgage, Moving Experience, News Round, Politics, Property Purchase, Property Search.

You probably saw that Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, announced a reduction of UK base rate to an all-time low of 0.25% last week. This cut was the first change to base rate since March 2009. In this blog we take a look at how the mortgage / housing industry has… Read more »

Attacking the goldfish, and feeding the sharks?

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With approximately six weeks remaining until the implementation of the higher stamp duty rates for second properties, we take a look at the potentially wide reaching implications that these changes could bring. No one knows what the impact of changes will be, but we’ll take a look at some scenarios that could play out…. From… Read more »

Bristol is a hot place to be in 2016…

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…Even if it didn’t feel that way on my journey to work today. According to our local daily paper, The Bristol Post, this city has been decreed a hot place to buy for investors in 2016, up there with Marbella and St Ives in Cornwall apparently. But is that a good thing? The story originated… Read more »

The Help to Buy ISA – Is it the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

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The 1st of December is usually all about the Advent Calendar, and thinking of getting decorations down from the loft, but this year it is also notable as the date that the Government’s Help to Buy ISA scheme came into effect. First time buyers can, from today, start opening accounts that will allow them to save… Read more »

Black Friday – If you buy now will you REALLY pay later?!

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The UK seems to be being swept up in a whirl of anticipation and Black Friday mania. If you think back three years, the vast majority of the population had never heard of the US post-Thanksgiving sale (roughly their equivalent to a Boxing Day sale) but now it’s being mentioned whenever you turn on the… Read more »

“We are the builders” says George, but are they really?

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When Mr Osborne addressed the Conservative Party conference earlier this week, “We are the builders” was his most often repeated phrase. Among other things, the speech talked of investment in housing, in transport, and in the national infrastructure. He announced plans to give housing association tenants the right to buy, and we’re told that he’ll… Read more »

Buy or Rent? That is the question…

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Is it better to buy or to rent? This is a question that I have been asked on numerous occasions, and a decision that’s being faced by increasing numbers of people. There are advantages that can be argued for both options. For example, as a tenant: No maintenance costs to worry about Greater flexibility –… Read more »