British first-time buyers struggle with mortgage jargon

Buying your first home. What an exciting time in your life! It’s the start of a new chapter, but it doesn’t come without its struggles. Getting a mortgage can be hard enough, but add in the technical jargon and it can become the first-time buyers Mount Everest. Data released by Aldermore highlights the fact that…

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Five tax rules landlords need to know

Landlord tax rules have seen some significant changes over the last few years. From stamp duty to capital gains tax, there are a number of different rules and reliefs that apply at every stage of the property life cycle. As landlords it’s incredibly important to keep on top of your tax issues, so here we…

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Government tightens up electrical safety rules for landlords

The government has sparked up a new idea so that everyone can feel safe and secure in their homes. The idea gives landlords greater responsibility to ensure that their rental properties are fit to live in for their tenants. The new rule, that was announced in January, means that landlords must ensure mandatory electrical inspections…

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Student lets are a BIG opportunity for HMO landlords

Student lets are a BIG opportunity for HMO landlords We’re now in December, the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. But this also means that students across the country will be returning to their family homes for the Christmas period, no doubt looking forward to some home cooked meals! This mass…

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HELP! I’m self-employed

HELP! I’m self-employed There has been a rapid rise in self employment over recent years, in fact the number of self-employed workers has increased from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics. They now account for a substantial 15% of the British work force. But amongst…

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It’s Movember, are you protected?

It’s Movember, are you protected? It’s November already and it seems as if we Brits have entered autopilot preparing for the chaos that December brings in the run up to Christmas. But November is a big month for men as many attempt to grow moustaches on their upper lip reminiscent of the 80’s in order…

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Are you aware of the HMO changes?

Are you aware of the HMO changes? Houses of Multiple Occupancy are often lucrative ventures for British landlords. They can have the potential to bring in yields that can’t be matched by standard buy-to-lets. But you may already be aware that since October 1st new rules and regulations have effected HMOs, as well as property…

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The revival of the prefabricated home

What we associate with prefabricated homes has come a long way in recent years. Previously thought of as cheap post war buildings, they were built en-mas lacking character and individuality. Yet modern day prefabricated homes are now recognised for their unique and modern design, energy efficiency and advanced technology. Prefabricated homes are becoming widely accessible…

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Does the millennial generation still plan homeownership?

Despite prevailing assumptions about homeownership, three quarters of millennials from around the world still intend to buy their first home in the next five years. A study of over 100,000 young people from nine different countries revealed that millennials still have a generally positive attitude towards buying a home, even in the face of high…

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Remortgaging a big hit in 2017

Low interest rates coupled with the possibility to reducing monthly mortgage repayments has prompted a remortgage surge in early 2017. Activity climbed to represent 21% of the total valuations market in March, from 15% year-on-year. These figures also show that March remortgage activity was at its highest level for five years. A good start to…

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