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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which comes into force in England and Wales on 1 April 2018, applies to private rented residential and non-domestic property and is aimed at encouraging landlords and property owners to improve the energy efficiency … Continue reading

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York – “The perfect mix of heritage and hi tech”

You can’t deny the romantic beauty of York. The period buildings, the meandering river and the iconic Minster have ensured this city a billing in every Best Places list. But it has hitherto been denied the top spot because it … Continue reading

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Equity Release – Lifetime Mortgages & Home Reversion

Lifetime mortgages Most people who take out equity release use a lifetime mortgage. Usually you don’t have to make any repayments while you’re alive, interest ‘rolls up’ (unpaid interest is added to the loan). This means that the debt can … Continue reading

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What is Equity Release?

Equity release refers to a range of products that let you access the equity (cash) tied up in your home if you are over the age of 55. You can take the money you release as a lump sum or, … Continue reading

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Firt Time Buyers numbers up 7% year on year

The latest data from UK Finance has shown a steady strengthening of the UK property market despite fears over Brexit and increasing political uncertainty. According to the most recent report, there were 49,800 new homeowner remortgages completed in January, 19.1% … Continue reading

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

New European Union (EU) legislation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect from Friday 25th May 2018. What is GDPR? GDPR is being introduced to standardise the way data is handled across the EU and will … Continue reading

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First UK base rate rise in a decade, what should I do?

At midday yesterday, 02/11/2017, the Bank of England announced an increase in the base rate from its historic low of 0.25% to 0.5%. This is the first rise in over a decade and  likely to signal the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Industry predicts November rate rise as inflation hits 3 Percent

CPI inflation rose to 3.0% in September, up from 2.7% in August, according to ONS data released this morning. CPIH, which the ONS are now using as their headline measure and which includes owner occupiers’ housing costs, rose to 2.8% … Continue reading

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Chancellor considering stamp duty cut for first-time buyers

Chancellor Philip Hammond is reportedly considering a cut to stamp duty for first-time buyers. The Evening Standard, of which former Chancellor George Osborne is now Editor, reported that the cut is among “bold measures” being studied ahead of next month’s … Continue reading

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Tracker Rate Mortgages

Tracking a 0.25 per cent base rate may seem an odd decision when you could fix for up to five years at a lower rate, however, there is one big advantage to a good lifetime tracker – flexibility. A fixed-rate … Continue reading

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