Category Archive for "Property"

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Are you coming to the end of your deal?

Special introductory deals can be very helpful, but they run out eventually.  Similarly, fixed-rate mortgages also have a finite run-time, after which you are typically switched onto your lender’s standard product.  Remember that when a financial product comes to the…

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Getting help to buy

Getting “on the property ladder” is notoriously difficult and moving up it can also be quite a struggle.  (In fact, even downsizing can bring its challenges, especially if you are moving to a more expensive part of the country).  The…

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The golden rules of home improvement

The most fundamental rule of home improvement is that it should add value to your home in some way, be that by increasing your enjoyment of it or by increasing its financial value (or both).  While everyone will have their…

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The challenges of stepping up

Getting on the housing ladder is all very well, but if you start off your time as a home owner by purchasing a small property then you may well find yourself in a similar situation to first-time buyers if you…

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Shining a light on Solar Panels

With climate change a major political issue, politicians of all persuasions are publicly committed to moving away from carbon-based fossil fuels and towards clean energy in general and renewable energy in particular.  As a part of this movement, the UK…

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Young Family Collecting Keys To New Home From Realtor

The first Help to Buy deals are now coming to an end

The Help to Buy scheme was rolled out in April 2013 and recently made headlines (albeit not necessarily front-page ones) by being rolled out to March 2023.  While it may be a matter of debate whether the Help to Buy…

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The practicalities of property ownership

Romance can make the world a brighter place but as any long-term couple will know, in day-to-day life there are a lot of practicalities to consider when it comes to making a relationship work.  One of these is considering how…

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Loving young couple saying goodbye to their home as they prepare to move standing hand in hand surveying the pile of packed boxes

Why property surveys are money well spent

If you like reading about the property market, you may have noticed that, over recent years, there has been something of a trend away from “let the buyer beware” and towards seller disclosure.  In fact, buyers can now take legal…

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Maximising the sales appeal of your home

It may never have occurred to you that selling a home is rather like putting on a play, but actually it’s quite a good analogy.  You will have an audience (viewers) and they will judge your home on what they…

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Discussing downsizing

In principle, downsizing in retirement, after any children have flown the nest, is often the most financially-sensible option for many people.  As is so often the case in life, however, there can be a very wide gap between financial theory…

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